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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

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White Hearts Design for GOT Polish Challenge: Valentines

This is my first successful stamping design, so I’m very excited about it (stamping was something that I’ve been trying to get the hang of since my parents gave me the nail art stamping kit last year). Cross one thing off the list of techniques I want to try this year!

I like how this design came out, because it looks so delicate and pretty. I stamped with white polish directly on bare nails to imitate the lacy look of a classic Valentine’s Day card.

GOT Polish Valentine Heart Stamping, picture by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

What I used:

GOT Polish Valentine Heart Stamping Supplies, picture by Shelly Najjar for Ten Tiny Paintings

What I did:

Step 1: Use the white polish to fill in the plate, scrape off the excess with the plastic card, and pick design up with rubber stamper.

Step 2: Carefully line up design where you want it on nail. Press design on the nail using a rolling motion. 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/)

13th Feb – Valentines Open 6 – 20 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


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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

Tacky Tourist Beach Nails

These are the nails I did for my Halloween costume this year. It’s basically a version of the palm-tree-on-a-beach design that surfaces every summer, but if you want to know what I did, here it is:

Tacky Tourist Beach Nails by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

What I used:

Supplies used for Tacky Tourist Beach Nails by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

  • White glue base coat (read how here) applied with the black plastic paint brush
  • White polish by Kiss Colors (unnamed, no number, from French Mani set)
  • Wet Sand by Maybelline New York
  • Sky Blue by LA Colors (Art Deco line – has striper)
  • Mint Green by LA Colors (Art Deco line – has striper)
  • Chocolate by e.l.f. applied with the 1 mm dotting tool
  • Clear quick dry top coat (generic)

What I did:

Step 1: I wanted this to be super temporary so I used the plastic paint brush to apply a very thick base coat of white glue (read how here). Unfortunately, this made it a little too temporary and I spent the rest of the day making sure that it didn’t fall off. On the plus side, it peeled off easily after I was done with my costume, so it did what I wanted it to.

(Perhaps that was because I also was not very careful and didn’t treat my nails very gently, but also because I didn’t put the top coat far enough to the edge to cover the glue so it kept getting soft whenever it became wet. Still, if the paint begins to lift off or starts to peel off, I just gently wet the nail and press the peeled off section back down. Then wait until it dries again, and it’s just like new.)

Step 2: Add two coats of white.

White Background for Tacky Tourist Beach Nails by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

Step 3: Paint a corner at a diagonal with the sandy gold color. (I like how this color was named Wet Sand, like it was made for a design like this!) It doesn’t have to have perfectly straight edges. I made the edges uneven so it looked more like a bumpy beach.

Sand for Tacky Tourist Beach Nails by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

Step 4: Paint the other corner with the light blue, for the water.

Water for Tacky Tourist Beach Nails by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

Step 5: Use the dotting tool (or a toothpick) and the brown polish to draw a trunk from the sand to midway to the base of the nail.

Trunk for Tacky Tourist Beach Nails by Shelly Najjar at Ten Tiny Paintings

Step 6: Paint the leaves using smooth brush strokes with the green polish and a  striper (like the one included in the Art Deco polish I used) or other thin paintbrush.

Step 7: When dry, use the top coat to seal the design and cover the white glue base if it wasn’t all covered by the white polish. If you miss this, you’ll spend a lot of time trying to make sure that it doesn’t peel off before you’re ready for it to be removed.