Do you ever have those moments when you are feeling a little restless and stuck in a rut? I sometimes have those days where I just want to do something creative. Unfortunately, I don’t think I am very good at art. Yes, I had Creative Expression emphasis in grad school. But other than drawing trees, I don’t think my artistic skills are very advanced. I can see an image of what I want to create so clearly in my head, but translating it on paper is a whole different story–it just never seems to come out right.

The one thing I can do very well is to copy images. If I have a picture in front of me I can usually copy it and have it turn out fairly well. I think its because the spatial reasoning is already done for me and I don’t have to figure it out on my own (those of you who have seen me park know that spatial reasoning is not my forte).

I think this week’s manicure was successful because I had a clear image in front of me and I was able to break down a seemingly complex design into a set of very simple steps. My inspiration this week comes from Martina of EatYourKimchi. I love Martina’s cute and quirky style and that definitely extends to her nails. I like designs that are unique but don’t have a lot of rhinestones or things that may easily get torn off from everyday activities.

Cute and quirky without a lot of fuss

All it took to achieve this look were a few simple steps:

  1. Cut paper sheet protectors in half and place on nail. This will mark the point where you don’t want nail polish to go so you can get that large clear cuticle space.
  2. Take a very thin brush and make black vertical lines on your ring finger. Do the same with white polish to get the stripe effect. I used this kit that I bought at CVS.
  3. Alternate the rest of your nails in blue and pink. I used both Essie and OPI brands, so its up to you what colors you like. I recommend 2 coats so its nice and opaque.
  4. Using a thin brush, dip it into any gold glitter polish and outline the edges of your polish.
  5. Let it dry between coats and especially at the end (this may take a bit longer since you have a lot of polish going on.
  6. Use a fast drying top coat (I recommend Seche Vite–smells like paint thinner but nothing works better.
Voila! Easy as pie. And here is my end result:
This design was fun and easy to do. I’ve already received so many compliments on it.
If you tried this design, or any other design for Manicure Monday, comment with the link below-I would love to see it!