Thursday, June 9, 2011

TUTORIAL: newsprint nails

well hello stranger!
am i allowed to say that if i'm the one who went missing?
let's go with yes.

well, in my fervor to live it up during my last few months in philly, i neglected you. i'm very sorry. but philly is so fun! she has concerts, and festivals, and cool art, and so much food! tons of amazing food. but she's just a friend, i promise. you've always been my one and only love.
really! it's true.

so, what have i been up to?
i've been traveling for work, and subsequently getting stranded in various cities across the country. i'm just lucky like that.
i've gone to tons of concerts: from country concerts to chick band sets to vienna teng shows. two vienna teng shows, actually! score.
i've been literally eating my way through the city — not unlike godzilla. which is, of course, glorious.
i've also been working. and as a result, i've begun to develop remarkable methods of procrastination.  and this week's project is a direct result of this situation.  newsprint nails!


light colored nail polish
clear coat polish
alcohol (rubbing alcohol works, but vodka works better. trust me. incidentally, when is this statement ever not true?)
newspaper (mine was obtained for free ninety-free at the asian market. just one of the many great deals that can be found in chinatown.)

1. paint your nails the light color of your choice. i chose white, but my next experiment will involve pink.  i'll keep you posted.
for kicks, throw another coat on there. we are trying to avoid doing actual work, aren't we? yes.
let dry.

2. paint a clear coat over the top of the polish. let dry.
while waiting for your nails to dry, debate the liklihood of a bird barging through your screen-less windows with your roommate. conclude that a trespassing squirrel would also be a less likely, but more hilarious, possibility.

3. pour yourself a small shot of alcohol.
now, like a real lush, i was loath to waste perfectly good vodka for a nail painting experiment, but it really does work better. but if, for some inconceivable reason, you don't happen to have a handle of vodka handy (which is just poor planning, honestly), rubbing alcohol will suffice.
dip your nail into the alcohol, making sure to get the whole nail wet.  then press a piece of newspaper onto your wet nail. 

4. press the newsprint evenly onto your nail, being careful not to scootch the paper around. after a few seconds, peel off the newspaper. ta-da! magic!



5. let your newsprint nails dry for a few hours. then apply another clear coat over them.
if you attempt to clear coat your inky nails too soon, the ink will smear, and then you will be sad.


alright, i'm out.


Laura said...

Cool! Looks like fun!

Ann said...

I knew I had good reason for missing your blog so much. :)

Anonymous said...

you're back! I was starting to feel a bit stalkerish checking this thing all the time. Yay Philly and lots of eating. miss you! oh, and did you consider a trespassing albino squirrel. -AB (I'm not really anonymous, just haven't taken the time to actually figure out my name)

BellsInSpires said...

@ Laura - thanks! it was really fun, you should definitely try it!

@ Ann - hiii! =)

@ ex-homie - if we had a trespassing albino squirrel, then we'd all do well on our finals! :D miss your face too!!

Isis said...

This worked out awesome! Thanks :D

BellsInSpires said...

Hi Isis - yay! i'm so glad it worked out for you! it's shockingly simple for such a cool result!

Anonymous said...

Just think, I always thought getting newsprint on your hands was messy, but your nails are actually kind of cute!

Daily Craft said...

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BellsInSpires said...

@anonymous: thanks!

@Daily Craft: thank you so much! i'm super flattered!! :D

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