Category Archives: Nail Art

Easy Easter Bunny Nail Art (on pistachio shell)

This year I was so busy I didn’t do any nail art for Easter, and last year, I was working at a place where I wasn’t supposed to wear nail polish, so I had painted this pistachio shell instead. It’s kind of the cheapo makeshift version of the nail wheels.

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter bunny nail art (pistachio shell) - by Shelly Najjar on Ten Tiny Paintings


Newsprint nail art for literacy awareness

Newsprint Nail Art by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

November is a time to be thankful for what we have. I’m grateful that I have had people investing in my literacy development throughout my life, because it has helped me in my academic, professional, and personal activities. It makes me sad to think that everyone does not get the same opportunity.

As part of my bucket list, I want to raise $1000 for a cause I’m passionate about. That cause, among others, is literacy. The organization I chose to support is a non-profit called National Novel Writing Month, and in addition to sponsoring an event by the same name, they also support literacy efforts, donate curriculum kits to schools worldwide, and help teach children and adults healthy expression through storytelling.

In a world where there are so many problems with self-esteem and violence, I am happy to support an organization that tells people their story is worth telling, and then helps them tell it. I did this nail art to bring awareness to this cause and my fundraising goal, and perhaps get some more people to give (at the fundraising page

Newsprint Nail Art by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

What I used:

  • base coat
  • rubbing alcohol
  • white polish (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French Mani kit)
  • newspaper article, cut up into strips
  • generic quick dry top coat

What I did:

Step 1: Base coat. 2 layers of white polish. Let dry. Add quick dry top coat.

Step 2: Take newspaper and lay across nail. Drip 1 drop rubbing alcohol on top of newspaper and press gently onto nail and hold for 12-15 seconds. (You may want to use a piece of plastic between the newspaper and the finger you use to press it to your nail, or the skin will dry out.) Gently peel off the newspaper. (Think temporary tatoo – leave it on long enough for the print to transfer but don’t hold it on too long or it could mess it up or the paper could get stuck to your nails.) Top coat and done!

If you’re interested in learning more about the non-profit or donating to this cause, please go to my fundraising page:

Newsprint Nail Art by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

Technique: Reverse Stamping

Just learned about a technique called reverse stamping, where you combine the techniques of DIY decals (which I’ve mentioned before) and stamping plates to come up with almost a stained glass effect. Yes, I’m a little behind, it’s been out in nail blogs for about a year and a half, but it’s never too late to learn something new.

When I followed all the links back to what seems to be the original design, I found 3 new blogs to follow and great examples of this technique. Follow me through the rabbit hole…

1) Start with Sarah at Chalkboard Nails, who just posted this example of the technique.

2) The tutorial she used was from Drama Queen Nails, who posted this mini-tutorial on Instagram (full version on her blog).

3) She learned the technique from the tutorial by Shatter Me Claire

4) …who modified the technique (to make it easier) from what seems to be the original: this Nailz Craze tutorial (mini-tutorial below, full version on the blog).

Have you tried this technique? How did it turn out?

Interview with Marisa from Hey, Darling Polish!

Today’s interview is with Marisa from Hey, Darling Polish. Her designs are creative and often inspired by the various nail art challenges that she participates in. She has a special interest in indie polishes and features beautifully executed freehand designs.

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Name and blog:
Marisa from Hey, Darling Polish!

Fun fact about you:
I always have a random color in my hair, currently I have teal and lime green! I think the longest I went without a weird color in my hair was like a month haha.

Funner fact:
I’m obsessed with patterns! I am constantly creating patterns or photographing them and I love putting them on my nails.

Funnest fact:
This might be weird but I love Jurassic Park and dinosaurs! I used to watch Jurassic Park at least once a week and I have a bunch of random memorabilia from the franchise.

What do you think has been essential to your success as a nail art blogger?
I think being a “successful” blogger is different for everyone but for me, I’m just really happy in how my own ability as a nail artist has grown and that’s come from a lot of practice. Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t give up!

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
I was honestly shocked at how time-consuming blogging is. One post involves painting your nails, photographing them, sorting and editing the photos, writing the post, and then promoting the post. I think I probably put in the same amount of hours blogging as I do at my part-time job.

Who or what inspires you?
Oh boy, haha, I’m inspired by a lot of things! I talked about patterns above but that’s a lot of what my nail art consists of. I also read a ton of nail blogs! Some of my favorites are Wondrously Polished, Will Paint Nails For Food, Gnarly Gnails, Accio Lacquer, and Chalkboard Nails.

What is your all-time favorite nail art design (of yours or someone else’s)?
This is hard too, haha! I don’t know if I could pick an all-time favorite but pretty much any floral design is up there in my favorites.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Random, Quirky, Colorful

If you weren’t doing anything related to nail art, what would you be doing in your free time?
I like designing things like posters, patterns, and web stuff! Or if I’m being lazy, I like marathoning Criminal Minds and Doctor Who episodes (:

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve probably gotten was to start being positive. I constantly am doubting myself with everything I do from blogging, nail art, to my design work, etc. But a professor told me that I needed to be positive about what I do. It has definitely helped me to realize that I can do the things I set out to do and I can do them well if I believe in myself!

Thanks Marisa! Check out her blog to learn more about her, keep an eye on her designs, and follow her on all the major social media sites (links on her blog).

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Colored Swirls nail art inspired by lighting ad

The inspiration for this very simple nail art design comes from an advertisement featuring a light by David Trubridge Design. The ad was printed in the March 2014 issue of Dwell magazine, which I got as a prize in a contest and have mainly enjoyed using the pages for arts and crafts inspiration like this, or as a part of the art (example: paper beads, gift wrapping labels, greeting cards, etc).

Colored Swirls inspired by lighting ad - final 1

What I used:

Colored Swirls inspired by lighting ad - supplies
Colored Swirls inspired by lighting ad - Stamping plate HN03-A by Hollywood Nails

  • base coat (not shown)
  • white polish (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French Mani kit)
  • Jade (234) by Wet n Wild USA (part of Craze collection)
  • Quicksand (240) by Maybelline New York
  • stamping plate HN03-A by Hollywood Nails
  • rubber stamper by Hollywood Nails
  • plastic card (instead of the scraper, I find it easier to use and clean)
  • generic quick dry top coat (not shown)

What I did:

Step 1: Base coat, let dry. 2-3 coats white polish, let dry completely. Top coat (this makes it easier to remove stamping mistakes if you mess up, without having to redo the base color).

Step 2: Use the Jade polish to fill in the plate, scrape off the excess with the plastic card, and pick design up with rubber stamper. Press design on the nail using a rolling motion.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 with the Quicksand polish, turning the design so the brown doesn’t cover all the green. Top coat and done!

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Confetti nail art inspired by the BBE

I entered a blogging competition to win a foreign exchange blogging trip. Blogging is a big hobby of mine (I have 4 blogs!) and this would be a great opportunity. When I saw the logo of the Big Blog Exchange, I wanted to do a nail art design with the bold colors they feature in the logo. For this design, I took the colors and the general idea of the pixelated look they use in the logo, and made a version of confetti nail art.

If you want to vote for me to help me get a chance to win the trip, please take 4 minutes to go to my BBE profile, enter your email, use the link in the email to confirm your vote (or it won’t count). Also, let me know in the comments of this post if you vote, so I can thank you!

BBE Confetti Final

What I used:

BBE Confetti Supplies

  • base coat (not shown)
  • white polish (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French Mani kit)
  • scissors
  • colored paper (or confetti)
  • quick dry top coat (not shown)

What I did:

Step 1: Choose your confetti or cut your own using thin strips of colored paper or foil, then cutting them into little squares. I used strips in each color so that I would have about the same proportions of each color in the mixture as they have in the logo.

BBE Confetti Paper Strips

BBE Confetti Paper Confetti

Step 2: Base coat. 2-3 coats of white polish until opaque.

Step 3: When still tacky (or, if you waited too long, just add a layer of top coat) add confetti to the nail until you have the amount you want on each. Top coat and done!

If you haven’t voted, please consider taking 4 min of your time to vote for me in the Big Blog Exchange, to help give me a chance to win a foreign exchange blog trip. Click the button that says Vote for Me (right above About Me), enter your email, and confirm the vote via email (or it won’t count).

Colorful chevron nail art inspired by C9 by Champion ad in SELF magazine

I enter many contests to get free magazine subscriptions, mainly to look at the ads, because I get so many ideas from them. The July 2014 issue of SELF magazine was filled with inspiring pictures. Based primarily on the ads plus a few pictures from real content, I came up with 15 sketches of designs I’d be interested in trying. Today’s design was inspired by a C9 by Champion ad seen on page 48 (apparently this was a very inspiring ad for me, I got 3 designs out of the same page. You’ll see the other two on this blog soon).

Colorful Chevron nail art design inspired by C9 by Champion ad in SELF magazine

What I used:

Supplies for Colorful Chevron nail art design inspired by C9 by Champion ad in SELF magazine

  • base coat (not shown)
  • sheer beige (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French mani kit)
  • silver (C96RF1) by Sally Hanson (unnamed, from French mani set)
  • Black (71806-15) by e.l.f. (part of Necessary Nails collection)
  • quick dry top coat (optional, and not shown)
  • Modern Art (844) by Rimmel London
  • Neon Pink (20) by KleanColor
  • Metallic Green (416A) by Wet n Wild
  • Mint Green (NA911) by LA Colors (Art Deco collection)
  • Golden nylon 10/0 American Painter paintbrush
  • matte top coat (not shown)

That’s a long list! I used several colors to mix to get as close to the colors in the ad as I could. If you didn’t want to duplicate the colors exactly, or if you own colors that are exactly like the ad, it would be far fewer polishes. The fewest needed would be 4 colors (gray, orange, pink, green) plus base coat and matte top coat.

What I did:

Step 1: Base coat. When dry, use your gray polish (or mix beige, silver, and black to get gray). Apply 1-2 coats with the paintbrush, let dry. Clean the paintbrush.

First step in Colorful Chevron nail art design inspired by C9 by Champion ad in SELF magazine

Step 2: (Optional, but it makes your life easier if you’re not great at freehand designs) Apply 1 coat of quick dry top coat. This allows you to use a little nail polish remover to remove just the stripes if you mess them up, without removing the base color.

Step 3: Use an opaque orange (mine is sheer, so I have to mix it with something else to get it to show up over other colors. I mixed the orange with a small drop of silver) and add a chevron stripe with the paintbrush, clean brush (The color I used looks more yellow in the pictures, but it was a little more orange in real life).

Step 4: Leaving a space as wide as the first stripe, add a second stripe with the paintbrush, this time in pink, then clean brush.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 using your green (or mix Metallic Green with Mint Green).

Step 6: Repeat Step 4 again in orange if you have room on your nail.

Step 7: Matte top coat and done!

Colorful Chevron nail art design inspired by C9 by Champion ad in SELF magazine 2

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