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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).

Blue Glitter for GOT Polish Challenge: Blue

This design is a stretch for this week’s blue theme, but because I did a blue design last week for the stripes theme, I wanted a different color this week. So I used a purple-gray color and then put blue glitter on top. Both were older than 1 year, and I used at least one blue polish. (Go to the bottom of the post to read more about the challenge.)

Blue design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings for GOT Polish Challenge

What I used:

Supplies for blue design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings for GOT Polish Challenge

So simple!

  • base coat (not shown)
  • Cerish by Bonne Bell
  • blue glitter by Bon Bons (unnamed, no number)
  • generic quick dry top coat (not shown)

What I did:

Step 1: After the base coat dries, I put 1 coat of Cerish on the full nail, then a second coat on the middle part of the nail. It’s been a while since I used this color, but I really like it. It shifts from gray to purple depending on the light. I ended up wearing it plain for a few days before adding the blue.

Step 2: Add 1 thin coat of blue glitter (this is blue colored glitter in clear polish). 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/)

23rd Jan – Stripes  Open 16th to 30th January!

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

Diagonal Autumn Tips – Nail Art

This was an intermediate design created to cover up a design fail. I know the index finger isn’t really at that much of a diagonal, but I didn’t care because it was an intermediate design I was going to cover up anyway. If I did this for real, from the start, I would use tape to make sure the lines were straight going from corner on one side to midway on the other side.

Diagonal Autumn Tips Final Design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

What I used:

Supplies for Diagonal Autumn Tips Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

  • Base coat (not shown)
  • Blush by e.l.f. (part of Necessary Nails collection)
  • Shield by Wet n Wild
  • Quicksand by Maybelline New York
  • generic quick dry top coat

How I did it/would have done it if I were starting from the beginning:

Step 1: Base coat (I already had this on from the earlier design, but if you’re starting from blank nails, you will want to add a base coat)

Step 2: Apply two coats of Blush by e.l.f. (also already on from the earlier design)

Step 3: At a diagonal, apply one coat Quicksand by Maybelline NY to tip. You can use a piece of tape (if Blush color is completely dry) to make the line straighter.  (I didn’t care because it was going to be covered up anyway. If I were doing this from the beginning I would also make more of an effort to make these diagonal, because the index finger’s almost just a plain curved tip, but I had to cover up any place I put the old design, and I wasn’t very careful to keep the line straight. You can also still see the paint underneath the red color, but don’t worry, you can’t see it after the next step)

Red step for Diagonal Autumn Tips Nail Art design by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

Step 4: When dry, paint one coat of Shield by Wet n Wild on top of the diagonal tip.

Step 5: Top coat. (I skipped this because this was an intermediate design and going to be covered up)

[Covered up with Gold Gradient]

See all the posts in this series:

  1. Fall Dots (Attempt #1) = Fail
  2. Diagonal Autumn Tips (this post)
  3. Gold Gradient
  4. Gold with Black Swirls

Brushed with Gold – Nail Art

Brushed with Gold by Shelly Najjar

This is a super quick idea (less than 10 minutes) that is great for unsteady hands and nails of any size. You can change the colors if you want to make a variety of looks.

What I used:

Supplies for Brushed with Gold design by Shelly Najjar

  • White glue base coat applied with plastic paint brush
  • Chocolate by e.l.f. (part of Necessary Nails collection)
  • Wet Sand by Maybelline New York
  • Clear quick dry top coat (generic)

What I did:

Step 1: I decided to use the white glue base coat again. After it was dry, I did one coat of the Chocolate by e.l.f. This is where you could use whatever solid color you want.

Step 2: When that dried, using the Wet Sand (gold) by Maybelline NY, I wiped off most of the brush and only applied a thin layer to the center part of the nail, brushing it outward in all directions but not covering the bottom color completely. You could use any metallic color here.

Step 3: Let dry and cover with top coat.