Well, I’m getting over my jet lag slowly but surely and thinking a lot about what I want to do in 2011. Of course, that thinking led to a New Year’s themed mani. 2011 is a Rabbit year according to the Eastern calendar. The Chinese celebrate in the Lunar New Year, but in Japan, they combine the traditional Western New Year of Jan. 1 with the Eastern animal, so the Year of the Rabbit is considered to begin from Jan. 1.
I wanted a hopeful sort of color, so I mixed a base of half white and half clear polish and then added a pea-size scoop of TKB Trading Sparkle Turquoise pigment to get a sort of ghostly white with turquoise flash. I could have gotten a similar result if I’d just added the pigment to clear polish, but then extra pigment is necessary to avoid a streaky polish. The white polish in the mix gives a more opaque and even coating.
The rabbits are decals I got locally (yes, I totally cheated), but I hand-painted the teeny carrot.
Here’s the pigment I use. I like TKB Trading products, but the bag is not my favorite because the pigment flies everywhere when I pull open the (very strong) ziplock. But it’s handy for shipping and storage. When you use pigment, make sure it’s cosmetic-grade and NOT artist’s pigment. Artist’s pigments are very often poisonous and not meant to be used on the body.
The thumb says “Usagi” in Japanese, which means rabbit.
Oh, and take a look at what Santy Claus got me! He left it in my apartment while I was away:
A nail polish rack! Before, I was storing my polish in boxes in my bookshelf, but Santa got me this nifty piece of furniture. The front racks slide back and forth and there are racks behind them, all of which are totally filled with polish. I’m not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed that my polish collection now needs its own dedicated furniture. I also have a big rack with wicker baskets to hold my Konads, acrylics, pigments, and glitter as well as a workdesk which is perpetually covered in polish-related stuff. Next place I get will have to have a dedicated polish room for sure!