Thanksgiving Day Turkey Nail Art

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’ve been seeing my friends post pictures of their kids’ (!!!) handprint turkey art online and thought the feathers would make for some nice nail art.  Problem is that I felt too lazy to paint, so guess what shortcut I took?

Stamping to the rescue!

All I needed to do was find a plate that had some kind of long petal design.  After scanning through my inventory, I came up with this:

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Plate BPL-002 from Born Pretty Store.

Looks like there is a whole mish mash of things going on, but what I think was some kind of flower/mushroom design turned into turkey feathers for this manicure!  I used the part of the design at the top of the plate just left of center.

But first, the color palette.

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From left to right: Masked Beauty by Finger Paints, NY139 by Nicka K, Mai Tai by Nailtini, Olivia by Julep, and noir black by b.m.c. nail lacquer.

I started by painting all my nails with Masked Beauty.

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Goldfingers!  A swatch of Masked Beauty by Finger Paints.

I used a marshmallow stamper and noir black to transfer the design from BPL-002 to each of my nails.  The squishiness of the stamper allows you to line up the design on your nail and push down directly onto the nail instead of having to roll the stamper from one side of your nail to the other.

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Gobble gobble!  Time to trim this turkey.

So a few things that maybe I should have done differently about this manicure.  One- I didn’t want the circles in between the feathers, so I should have erased these from the stamper before applying it to my nail.  I ended up removing them by lightly applying a cotton swab dipped in acetone to the parts of the design I wanted to erase.

Two- Coloring in a design always looks better with the reverse stamping method because you get more of a solid black outline around the design.  This particular image wasn’t too hard to color in, so I decided to wing it and see if I could do it directly on the nail after stamping.  It looked a little sloppy for my taste, but I think it saved me time from having to make 10 separate decals for my nails.

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Shake your tailfeather!  Turkey nails served up in time for Thanksgiving.

Just wanted to also note that the coloring in was done with a dotting tool because the sections were large enough to do so.  This made cleaning up between colors a breeze- all I had to do was wipe the metal end on a napkin, and I was ready for the next color.

Hope you all get your fill of turkey today and score some excellent deals for Black Friday!  Happy Thanksgiving, and happy polishing!

Squirrel Themed Nail Art

Anyone who knows me also knows that I love squirrels!  I might even be considered something of a squirrel whisperer.  Here’s a video of me interacting with a very tame squirrel at the park a few years ago.

And here’s another one of me getting the opportunity to pet this wild squirrel!

But whether or not you have a fondness for squirrels, these cute little furry rodents also happen to be quintessentially associated with fall, the time when you can see them gathering and burying nuts all over the place.  Squirrel themed nail art has been a long time coming for me, but I’m glad that I waited until my skills improved some more so that I could do the animal some justice.

Let’s start with the nail polish palette:

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Left to right: I’ll Take the Cake! by OPI, I Think I Cayenne by Sephora by OPI, Espresso Your Style! by OPI, and Rich Gold by Sephora + Pantone Universe Jewel Dust Nail Lacquer.

For the acorns and the squirrel, I used acrylic paint by craft smart.

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Acrylic paint by craft smart in Black, Dark Grey, White, Golden Brown, and Brown.

I almost never use sheer polishes, but I wanted a neutral looking background for everything.  I’ll Take the Cake! has a nice shimmer to it while providing a hint of color to smooth things out.

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You can get a gorgeous nude shimmery mani from I’ll Take the Cake! by OPI.

I planned to paint a squirrel head on my ring finger, but I wanted a fall colored gradient on the tips of my other nails.  Using a sponge, I applied one color at a time.

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In order for the acorns to show up clearly, I had to start with my darkest color first. This rich brown is Espresso Your Style! from OPI.

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I continued to sponge on I Think I Cayenne from Sephora by OPI, a beautiful russet color, over the dark brown.

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The last layer of the gradient was Rich Gold from Sephora + Pantone Universe. The glitter is holographic when it catches the light, so the picture really doesn’t do it justice.

The gradient on its own makes for a lovely fall manicure, as it looks like piles of autumn leaves swirling in the wind.  I was tempted to leave it alone, but I wanted my squirrel to have some nuts!

The rest of this manicure was done with acrylic paint so I could clean my brushes easily.

The acorns were pretty simple to do.  I used Brown to create the bottom half of the acorn, swiped Golden Brown across the top and added a stem to the hat of the nut, lightly applied a cross hatch pattern across the top with Brown, and finished by outlining the major sections of the image with Black.

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How to paint an acorn.

I couldn’t afford to take so many pictures while painting the squirrel because I was blending colors together to get different shades and had limited time to use the paint before it dried.  To get the general shape, I painted an outline of the head with Dark Grey and tweaked the shading from there.

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Looks like an locked item from a video game! The squirrel is but a shade of itself.

Blend different amounts of brown and grey, brown and black, and white and grey to get the shading right on the face and ears.  I outlined the head with a combination of grey and black to give my guy a softer look.

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I get super happy whenever I see that cute face on my nail!

Operation Squirrel Manicure accomplished!  Hope you have all your nuts gathered and accounted for over the upcoming holidays!  Happy polishing!