Whew! Things have been busy in the NeverTooMuchGlitter world! Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were national holidays in Japan, and I did some dull stuff like put together furniture (to hold more nail supplies), cleaned the house, etc. But I also went for a motorcycle ride, and painted some kickin’ nails. I’ve been trying to make enough to put 100 items in my Etsy shop, but it’s pretty labor intensive since I do everything from photography, production and mailing by myself. It’s a one-woman show, but my guy usually picks up the slack by washing dishes and doing laundry.
Here’s some of what I’ve been making in the past week, in order of fabulousness:
Melaka Gravestone- There are some really old graves in Melaka, Malaysia that I saw last time I visited, with intricate etchings and happy skulls and crossbones. I’m a sucker for teeny skulls and crossbones.
A Sushi Set, with Japanese sushi-related words and California rolls:
And here’s my favorite- I think I gave it away in the title of the post!
It’s Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.
I started off with blank nails, of course, and then painted the base with Orly Star of Bombay, a deep navy blue. These are entirely painted with nail polish. I might have had an easier time and more vivid results with some acrylic paint, but the nail polish is more durable and waterproof. One of the tricky parts on this one was finding a yellow bright enough to pop against the deep blues. I actually laid down the yellow areas with white first and then went over them. I don’t know of any yellows that are opaque in one coat.
I usually work at a desk, but these require really close work, so I paint them while sitting on the couch with a lapdesk.
I use a plastic board with double sided foam tape to hold the nails horizontal and a silicone baking cup for a palette. The paintbrush I use is tiny, about 1mm wide.
I haven’t put these up for sale yet. I was going to paint a tiny gold picture frame around the edges but I don’t know if I want to or not.
This is the second set of nails that I’ve done based on classic paintings. The first was The Scream. I’m thinking of what I want to try next, maybe The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali.