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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Thanks for voting! I’m in the Top 100

(Originally posted on my bucket list blog – The Goal List)

Thanks for voting for me in the Big Blog Exchange. I made it to the finalist round!

Next, the the panel of international judges will pick 14 winners from the top 100 (the 100 are made of the top 25 bloggers from each of the 4 regions). There will also be 2 additional wildcard winners chosen from any of the 633 participants. Winners (all 16 of them) and their exchanges will be announced Sept 16.

Click here to see the top 100 finalists.

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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Interview with Sarah Waite from Chalkboard Nails

Radiant Orchid Nail Art design by Sarah Waite at Chalkboard Nails (www.chalkboardnails.com). (C) Sarah Waite, Used with permission.

Radiant Orchid Nail Art design by Sarah Waite at Chalkboard Nails.
(C) Sarah Waite, Used with permission.

One of the things I like most about blogging is the blogging community. When I started getting interested in nail art (years before I had this blog), I began by reading interesting nail art blogs. I get ideas and inspiration from so many people like Sarah Waite from Chalkboard Nails, and I’m grateful that with the Internet, it is so easy to connect with anybody.

I was very happy when Sarah said yes to my request to interview her. Apart from having a great blog name and tagline (“The only time you’ll enjoy nails on a chalkboard”), her designs are fun to look at and her tutorials are easy to follow. I’ve learned a lot from her blog, and I’m honored she took the time to answer my questions so that I could share them with you.

Name and Blog:
Sarah Waite from Chalkboard Nails

Fun fact about you:
I cry at just about anything. Happy, sad, funny… I’ll cry at all of them. I’ve cried at jewelry commercials at Christmastime.

Funner fact:
At the risk of sounding impressed by myself, I’m a good singer! I’m also pretty good at mimicking specific singer’s voices (like Bruno Mars or Idina Menzel, for example).

Funnest fact:
I had six wisdom teeth. They’ve all been removed over two separate surgeries.

What do you think has been essential to your success as a nail art blogger?
Pinterest has been huge for Chalkboard Nails. I always aim to create original content, and Pinterest gives people an easy way to share that content with others.

What was something that surprised you about blogging?
I was surprised by how much work it is! I always figured that it wasn’t easy, but nothing could have prepared me for the actual amount of work a single nail art post requires.

Who or what inspires you?
Lately I’ve been getting inspired by color combinations. I’ll try to group up colors that I like together and then figure out what kind of design would best showcase them. This method leads to a lot of abstract or geometric nail art. Historically, I enjoy taking inspiration from some of my favorite elements of pop culture like TV shows or movies.

What is your all-time favorite nail art design (of yours or someone else’s)?
My favorite nail art design that I’ve done would likely be my radiant orchid freehand. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite by someone else. There are way too many talented artists out there with incredibly distinct styles.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Archive of fun, colorful nail art.

If you weren’t doing anything related to nail art, what would you be doing in your free time?
I enjoy cooking a lot, so I think I’d be honing that craft instead. I’m a solid baker, but am not very good at improvisational savory cooking, so I’d like to improve there.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t be afraid to do things differently than everyone else.

Thanks Sarah for your time and for sharing your nail art with the blogging world! You can check out her designs at Chalkboard Nails, and on all the major social media sites (links available on her blog).

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Nail Art Inspired by “Creativity for Sale” Book Cover

Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar inspired by Creativity for Sale book cover

When I first heard about Jason Sadler, he was getting attention by wearing T-shirts on camera. He charged people/businesses for them to send a shirt to him to wear for one day of the year and he’d make a YouTube video wearing the shirt. January 1 cost $1, Jan 2 cost $2, and so on until Dec 31 cost $365. I was interested and wanted to keep up with what he was doing, so I continued to follow him. He auctioned his last name. Twice (first to Headsets.com, becoming Jason Headsetsdotcom, and then to SurfrApp, so he’s now Jason SurfrApp). And now he’s written a book called Creativity for Sale, and like all the other things he’s done, he’s marketing it in a fun way.

He sent an email with a link to a “Super secret, top secret, secret mission…” recruiting page, asking participants to make creative signs advertising the book. Pictures of these signs would be shared on social media on the day of the launch, and participants who completed this mission would be given some compensation*:

  • “I will be printing some extremely limited edition t-shirts and other secret goodies. EVERY SINGLE PERSON will get something from me in the mail. You read that correctly. All 500 recruits will receive something unique.
  • You get to be a part of the story of my first book launch. This is an extremely coveted project for me, and I will be incredibly grateful.
  • I can guarantee you will be the envy of your friends, you may or may not grow 3″ taller, and you may or may not get the high score (in life).
  • You join an elite club of 500 people who are not afraid of a challenge. And who like to read emails like this :)”

So, here’s my take on the secret mission:

Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings, inspired by Creativity for Sale book cover

What I used:

Supplies for Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings, inspired by Creativity for Sale book cover

  • Base coat (not pictured)
  • white polish (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French Mani kit)
  • Sky Blue (NA910) by LA Colors (Art Deco collection)
  • Banana Blaze (615) by Revlon
  • Metallic Green (416A) by Wet n Wild
  • Black (71806-15) by e.l.f. (part of Necessary Nails collection)
  • Top coat (not pictured)
  • Piece of waxed paper
  • Golden nylon 10/0 American Painter paintbrush (very fine brush, not pictured-I forgot! See picture here)

What I did:

Overall: I didn’t have a color that was exactly like the green on the cover, so I attempted to recreate it using colors I have. Thus the complicated mixing and layering technique to follow.

Step 1: Base coat, let dry. Mix equal parts white and Sky Blue on waxed paper, then apply to nails with the paintbrush. Pour some nail polish remover in a soda cap or small cup to clean the brush between this step and the others, or it will dry and the bristles will be stuck together! If you’re careful, you can clean your brush while waiting for the polish on your nails to dry.

Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings, inspired by Creativity for Sale book cover

Step 2: When dry, apply 1 coat Banana Blaze (or other sheer yellow) to all nails.

Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings, inspired by Creativity for Sale book cover

Step 3: When that’s dry, mix 4 large drops Metallic Green with 2 large drops of top coat on the waxed paper. Work quickly (top coat dries much faster) to apply this in a thin coat over the yellow, using the paintbrush. This will make the color less yellow-ish but won’t be completely green (because you have the clear mixed in).

Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings, inspired by Creativity for Sale book cover

Step 4: Decorate, using the paintbrush and the black and white polishes. I drew dashed lines and arrows on 3 nails (thumb, index, and pinkie), a T-shirt on the ring finger, and a simplified version of the front cover on the middle nail. Top coat and done!

Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings, inspired by Creativity for Sale book cover

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*Disclaimer: As I mentioned above, participants were promised “something unique” in exchange for participating. Jason sent me a package with random items of nominal value like POGS, a business card, etc, and also a signed copy of his book “Creativity for Sale.” All of the supplies used in this post and the nail art design were paid for by me.