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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 www.classy.org/shellynajjar).

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: www.classy.org/shellynajjar.

Newsprint Nail Art by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

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).

Orange Splatter Paint

Splatter paint seemed easy and I’ve wanted to try it for a while. So, here’s a version in orange (with other colors) on a white background. (Sorry about going back to the blurry cell phone pictures. I’m still trying to figure out how to take quality pictures on the very old, used digital camera I just got.)

Orange Splatter Paint nail art design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

What I used:

Supplies for Orange Splatter Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

  • base coat (not shown)
  • white (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French mani kit)
  • Modern Art (844) by Rimmel London
  • Mint Green (NA911) by LA Colors (Art Deco collection)
  • Sky Blue (NA910) by LA Colors (Art Deco collection)
  • coffee stir straw
  • 1mm dotting tool for additional dots (optional)
  • generic quick dry top coat (not shown)

What I did:

Step 1: Base coat. When dry, paint 2-3 coats white.

Step 2: Take the coffee stir straw and dip it in a small drips of nail polish (place it on a waxed paper or something). Blow through the straw gently above the nail to splatter the paint on the nail. You can also add extra splatters by quickly flicking a paintbrush or stir straw (with polish on it) toward the nail to get little drips and splatters, or by using the dotting tool to put extra dots. Do this until you’re happy with the design.

Step 3: Clean up around nail. Top coat and done!

Orange Splatter Paint nail art design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

Neutral Dotted Chevron for GOT Polish Challenge: Chevron

This is simple, pretty, and fast. You can use a dotting tool/toothpick/bobby pin if you want, but I just used the brush from the polish because I didn’t want the dots to be too small. It only takes 5-10 minutes. (Go to the bottom of the post to read more about the challenge.)

Neutral Dotted Chevron Nail Art Design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings for GOT Polish Chevron

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What I used:

Supplies for Neutral Dotted Chevron Nail Art Design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings for GOT Polish Chevron

  • base coat (not shown)
  • sheer beige color (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French mani kit)
  • Shield by Wet n Wild
  • quick dry top coat (not shown)

What I did:

Step 1: Base coat, then 1 coat beige.

Step 2: Make 5 dots in chevron pattern, first dot is largest and goes in center, then the two middle dots are a little smaller, and the last two dots are even smaller. Top coat and done!


If you’re interested in the GOT Polish Challenge…

This is the linkup page (how to sign up) for the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge – “GOT Polish Challenge” by the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts (https://www.facebook.com/groups/purplecrumpetfairy/)

20th Feb – Chevron Open 13 – 27 February!

The rules:

* the polish you use should be at least one year old

* if you haven’t been a polishaholic that long, you can use the oldest polishes you have

* the polish should be previously used, but if you’re stuck, you could free a yearling from Mount Untried

* you can use more than 1 polish as long as it fits the theme and the rules

 

Red and White Polka Dots for GOT Polish Challenge: Dots

Oh, the best laid schemes of mice and men… This week’s design isn’t what it started out as, but in the end is a simple polka dots pattern with a cheerfully bright, classic red. Simple, easy, quick – I wonder why I had planned to do anything else.

(Go to the bottom of the post to read more about the GOT Polish challenge.)

Red and White Polka Dot design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings for GOT Polish Challenge: Dots

What I used:

Supplies for Red and White Polka Dot design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings for GOT Polish Challenge: Dots

  • base coat (not shown)
  • Red Red (414) by Wet n Wild
  • white (unnamed, no number) by Kiss Colors (part of French mani kit)
  • 1 mm dotting tool
  • generic quick dry top coat (not shown)

What I did:

Step 1: Base coat, then 1-2 coats of red. For the accent nail, use 2-3 coats of white instead.

Step 2: Using the dotting tool, add polka dots evenly spaced over the nail, in opposite color of base color. Top coat and done.

Pinterest Red and White Polka Dots Tutorial for nail art design by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

Click to pin on Pinterest

If you’re interested in the GOT Polish Challenge…

This is the linkup page (how to sign up) for the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge – “GOT Polish Challenge” by the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts (https://www.facebook.com/groups/purplecrumpetfairy/)

30th Jan – Dots Open 23 January – 6 February!

The rules:

* the polish you use should be at least one year old

* if you haven’t been a polishaholic that long, you can use the oldest polishes you have

* the polish should be previously used, but if you’re stuck, you could free a yearling from Mount Untried

* you can use more than 1 polish as long as it fits the theme and the rules