Creative musings in bright colors

Pumpkin Top

This was another smush marble design. I wanted to make it look like there were jack o’lantern faces on the tops of pumpkins! If I am being honest the idea flopped miserably (these look nothing like pumpkin tops) and I forgot that this plate barely stamps. Despite that, I had made the decals (which were a pain to get onto my nails) and so I wore the resulting manicure for 5 days anyway. Not my best work!

~ Light orange: Forumla X – Incandescent
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: Born Pretty – Halloween L004

I actually don’t think I have ANY other pumpkins to post at this point! its going to be fully Halloween spookiness or dead leaves from here on out :-p Enjoy

Butterscotch Triangles

I made this up as I went and I am pretty happy with the outcome! I knew I wanted to use this bubbles polish by Emily de Molly, and I knew I wanted to use a black stamp to pair it with. I don’t know why this semi-tessalated triangle pattern from the Moyra 54 Matrix plate caught my eye but it did. Once stamped it looked boring, so I went in and carefully traced the inside and filled in some of the triangles. And then more of them. Until I ended up here, and I am quite happy!

This is two coats of The Way I’m Wired by Emily de Molly. It is a somewhat fugly butterscotch yellow/green color (think old grandparents carpets) filled with different sizes of white glitter. It is hideous and I love it. I don’t usually go for fugly colors but this one caught my eye (and to be honest I bought almost the entire collection of these bubble polishes) and I had to have it! I have no idea what else I am going to do with it but I will come up with SOMETHING. Also, surprisingly, like the other polishes in this collection, despite the glitter density these actually remove easily. Not creme-level easy, but far easier than other dense glitter polishes I own!

This ended up odd looking but fun all the same. I have no idea when I am next going to wear this color polish, but I own it so I CAN if the fancy every strikes me! I feel like I own a lot of polishes with that same idea :-p

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for more oddly colored and vaguely spooky things 🙂

Orange Fog

This was intended to be the spooky backdrop to some creepy eyes, but I liked the background section so much that I didn’t want to risk messing it up by adding eyes! So we ended up with this, a Halloween-colored foggy creepy forest. It was also, notably, my first ever successful radial gradient 😀

~ Light orange: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur (renaissance)
~ Stamp: BM – XL472

Maybe I will try this again this year (these are from last year) but with purple! Or green. Creepy green forest fog. Hope you enjoyed! 

Double Webs

This I enjoyed making, even if I wanted to tear my hair out. I decided that the smush marble technique would be perfect to make something that looked like but was not quite a spider web. Turns out I was correct…but I had to make 11 smush marbles to end up with even 5 usable patterns, and even so, only 3 of them actually looked web-like. Well, the end results were also a bit too dark for me, so I gave up and added some gold spider web and spiders with stamps. And then I added a lot of glitter polish to the spiders after top coat to make them 3D. It was fun.

~ Light orange: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Gold glitter: Zoya – Tomoko
~ Stamps: BP – Halloween L004

Smush marbles always take longer than I think they should, mostly because getting them onto the nail and CLEANING my fingers after they are in place takes forever. Note to myself for next time! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

 Shredded Red

I really wanted to make something cool with this. Different shades of grey ripping over a red landscape with some gold highlights. Sounded great in my head (and honestly looked surprisingly good on my thumb) but I ran out of nail real estate on my other fingers! I should have gone horizontal not vertical. Whoops. In the end I rather hate this manicure although it took quite a while to complete.

~ Red: Emily de Molly – LE 28
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Light grey: Formula X – Delightful
~ Grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Dark grey: WOW – #333
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Liquid Gold

I guess it rather looks like scratches, what with the red background? So I figured it was Halloween-adjcent and you guys get to see it now. Maybe someone can be inspired to make something prettier (or creepier) out of it?

Fall Fox

I decided to start this year with a less-spooky manicure, and went for something distinctly autumn but also cute! I spent probably an hour browsing the internet for something to inspire me, before ending up with the adorable fox manicure. I have seen multiple versions of this manicure and I mostly ended up tweaking bits of all of them to make my own. Voila! I also only used 4 colors which made me very happy.

~ Grey: Forumla X – Delightful
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: BM – XL472

I should add that most “paw print” nail art is not any particular animal. I had started making my paw prints when I decided to look at what fox prints actually look like, and was mildly horrified at myself. I ended up not changing the pad of the foot design (since it was already on the nail) but I did give the poor fox some actual claws. I like it, and I hope you do too!

Pumpkin and Green

I don’t know when people started calling October “spooky season” instead of just “Halloween season” or you know, October (with the implication of working-towards-Halloween) but I find it odd. I love Halloween and fall and the general existence of October and November, but it doesn’t need a “season” name? Anyway, prepare for the rest of this month to see fall- and halloween- themed nails! This particular design was inspired by @nailart_bygracie, because sometimes cute inspiration is all you need for a lovely fall manicure! Of course I had to go complicate things by adding some more gradients to the orange and trying to make it appear to have depth, but oh well :-p

~ Nude: KBShimmer – Caught on Tape
~ Green shimmer: Cult Nails – In a Trance
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Dark orange: Essie – Playing Koi
~ Orange: Forumla X – Incandescent
~ Light orange: Wet n’ Wild – Sunny Side Up
~ Pastel orange: KBShimmer – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Gold: Zoya – Ziv
~ Gold holo: FUN Lacquer – Million Dollar Dream
~ Brown: Zoya – Louise

These were fun to make and fun to wear, and I will likely do another set this year of something similar. Yes, these are from LAST fall :-p. Hope you enjoyed!

Justice for All

These nails were painted 24 hours after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who, for the duration of her life, was likely one of my favorite people. Women’s rights (and human rights) are near and dear to my heart, and she fought elegantly, eloquently, and intelligently for everything I believe in. She was an incredible woman and this country was lucky to have her. In honor of her, I painted two sets of nails (the others I posted last week). These were modeled after her sense of fashion: she loved to jazz up the black justice ensemble with a truly spectacular necklace or lace collar. RBG, these are for you.

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Nude: Zoya – Chantal
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BP – L020

I can only hope that the supreme court will continue to uphold the things that I cherish, and specifically in the current climate that Texan women will again have the right to control their own bodies. Enjoy the nail art.

I am just going to go ahead and post all of the nail art that I have shown over the month of September for the 31 day challenge! I typically save up a bunch of my favorites to post along with everyone else (although honestly there was very low participation this year, ever since More Nail Polish went on hiatus, the Challenge has dwindled. Regardless! Have some art.

Which one was your favorite? I am partial to a bunch of them, but Rainbow Sunset, Rocky Desert Sunset, and Nested Nude Dots are probably my personal top three.

Rocky Desert Sunset

This was inspired by @nails4cocktails who as it turns out was inspired by @snh001. Yes, I went down an inspiration rabbit hole (and i am not ashamed!). At some point I will try to aim more for snh001’s original idea and do blue mountains, but I need to get more liquid latex first, I am out and this would be near-impossible to do with tape!

~ Purple: Formula X – Ignition
~ Hot pink: Zoya – Kelsey
~ Pink: L’oreal – Orange You Jealous
~ Orange: KBShimmer – Papaya Don’t Preach
~ Yellow: Revlon – Electric
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Stamps: Nicole Diary – 122, BM – XL204

This concludes the 31 day challenge of 2021, with honor nails you love. I participated in almost half of the challenges (14 out of 31) continuing with my M-W-F posting schedule. I am pretty darn proud of myself altogether, and will likely make a collage (if I have time) of the posts that I’ve made. Hope you enjoyed!

RBG, A Star is Born

Justice Ginsburg died almost exactly a year ago today. To honor her memory, I made two sets of nails. She was an epic incredible woman, and I wanted her name written in the stars, so I made it so. I used a bunch of different holographic polish to create the galaxy look, painted the letters, and added a few other stars. I also put her signature lace collar on my thumb. Enjoy.

~ Black holo: Zoya – Storm
~ Teal holo: ILNP – Party Favor
~ Blue holo: ILNP – Downpour
~ Purple holo: ILNP – Zoe
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamps: BM – XL213, MoYou Frenchy – 14

I figured these fit the theme for supernatural for the 31 day challenge. I only hope that other Justices honor her memory, and that maybe one day I, or someone I know, will have an impact the way she did on the country and advancing rights for people around the world.

Rainbow Sunset

I adore this design. I will probably try to do something similar again with a different foreground because this was awesome. I was inspired by @alittlegreenpolishbottle who took her inspiration from a watercolor by @artbysinch. I actually went and watched the making of the watercolor to have an inkling of how to paint this. I had intended to start with a black background, sponge on white, and then sponge (neon) color over the white…but the idea was watercolor! So instead I started with a white base, loosely sponged on some very bright colors, and then added the black for the sky. The last step was the foreground (mountains and trees) and the white/grey highlights in the mountains. It took a few hours but I think it was worth it!

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Holo glitter: China Glaze – Fairy Dust
~ Pink: Zoya – Morgan
~ Orange: Zoya – Thandie
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Green: KBShimmer – Race Against Slime
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Indigo: Zoya – Danielle
~ Violet: Zoya – Margo

Honestly, I think picking bright colors/neons for the sunset was really what made this. It would not have worked nearly as well with more muted tones. Next time I will try for a few more fingers like my ring finger, the transition between the green/blue and the orange/pink/purple looks epic! I am posting this today in particular because I can think of no better nail art I’ve made in the past year that fits “inspired by art” the way this one does for the 31 day challenge. Enjoy!

Itinerant Traveler

I had been staring at this design on the stamping plate for SO LONG and I just had to use it. I had to. The biggest struggle was how to make the dragons stand out. The stamping plate has the dragons as part of the design, but I didn’t want them to be just black. So, I stamped over the black with multichrome (and then went back in and added more multichrome by hand because shifty dragons just make sense)!

I started with a bright green base. What you see here are two coats of OPI’s Did It On ‘Em. I hate the name, but the color is a beautiful pale grass green (a yellow-leaning bright pale green). I had been looking for a replacement for Essie The More The Merrier, and I think I have found it! Its a nice polish.

To make the base more grass-like, I dry-brushed on two more shades of green. When that was dry and top coated, I added my stamping decals, and then finished off with the multichrome dragons. I initially painted the blue sky directly on the nail after the stamp was finished, but I decided that was farrrrr to much effort and just turned it into part of the stamping decal after the first two nails 😀

~ Pale green: OPI – Did It On ‘Em
~ Green: Zoya – Josie
~ Dark green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Blue: KBShimmer – I’d Rather be with Blue
~ Light grey: Zoya – Dove
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Dark grey: Zoya – Evvie
~ Pale grey with black flecks: Cirque – Hatch
~ Red: KBShimmer – Chai-huahua
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Brown: Zoya – Dea
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf
~ Blue multichrome: ILNP – Birefringence
~ Stamp: Maniology – M035

Thats all for today, and fits the 31 day challenge of book, mostly because I love fantasy novels! I don’t have a specific one here, but there are so many who cares :-p. Hope you enjoyed!

Under the Sea

No, this is not a Little Mermaid reference, although it should be! This is instead a red-tinged ocean manicure :-D. And since today’s theme in the 31 day challenge was ‘inspired by a song’ I figured it fit! Unfortunately the stamping plate that has the fish is somewhat under-etched…so I stamped 2-3 times over each fish design which is why the edges are rather fuzzy. That said, I love clear stampers!

~ Royal blue (base): Zoya – Ibiza
~ Blue with red shimmer: Illyrian – Narrow Sea
~ Green: Essie – the More the Merrier
~ Pastel blue: Zoya – Blu
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Darker blue: Maybelline – Shocking Seas
~ Light teal: L’oreal – Not a Cloud in Sight
~ Teal: Zoya – Rocky
~ Stamps: hehe – 012, UC – Lovely Leaves 2

I really love the overall color pallet and look of this design, although I do wish my fish stamps worked better. I might need more stamps (ha!). Anyway, hope you enjoyed! It is so weird to think that we are entering the final few days of the 31 day challenge for this year!

Underwater Marble

I just really really wanted to make a water marble that looked like it was done underwater. Blues and green and white and shimmery. This is what I ended up with, and I have to say I am quite happy! I applied the polish in a slightly different order for each decal used on each separate nail, and honestly I am not sure I overall have a most and least favorite! Which is a bit surprising, but they all came out pretty.

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ryan
~ Dark teal: Zoya – Cecilia
~ Teal glitter: ORLY – Sparking Garbage
~ Blue spot shimmer: Baroness X – Atlantis

This fit the theme for water marble day for the 31 day challenge as well (even if it isn’t quite done in water, it is marbled and done of water…) so enjoy!


Sooooo I went overboard with this. I wanted to sponge on the beautiful rainbow flakies in my pretty new polish, Cohesion by Emily de Molly, over black…and I ended up using them soo densely that they look silver not rainbow! I just plain painted one coat on my pinky and its honestly my favorite finger. So much time spent with tape for so little reward! Oh well. I need to use this polish again with a better-designed design :-p. It does fit for the “glitter” theme for the 31 day challenge though!

~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Flakies: Emily de Molly – Cohesion

I promise I will post a real review of this polish at some point, just not today. Sorry! Hope you enjoyed despite the glitter flakie bomb fail :-p

Nested Nude Dots

I actually did this while on vacation, and I think it will stand as the most intricate nail art I have done with minimal supplies, at a place outside of my nail art room! Anyway. The 31 day challenge theme for today calls for “delicate” and I think these count! I somehow made delicate nails with nothing but a dotting tool and a nail art brush. And nude colors (to make my mom happy, although she decided she didn’t want her nails painted after all)!

~ Nude: Zoya – Rue
~ Light nude: KBShimmer – Caught on Tape
~ Gold: Salon Perfect – Gold Leaf

I remember I used to adore making intricate circle and dot nails, but they take to long for me to have much time to do them while in the hospital! Hopefully on some easier blocks, but not right now. Hope you enjoyed!

Orange Butterflies

This manicure is simple, but fun. I cannot even count how many times I have done butterfly (or dragonfly) wings. It’s a lot! This particular design got me bonus points in the hospital though, because I was on pediatrics at the time and they made a small child not only smile, but talk to us (“butterflies!”) when she had previously refused. So, win one for nail art! It also goes well for the animal theme of the 31 day challenge.

~ Light orange: Formula X – Incandescent
~ Orange: ULTA – Sun of a Gun
~ Red: Zoya – Sooki
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White

Bug nails are pretty much the only animal patterns that I like, I don’t particularly care for zebra nails and I actively dislike leopard print things. So, I have done butterflies multiple times, dragonflies, bees, and ladybugs. I don’t like buts in real life, but apparently I do on my nails! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Dot Blossom

Well, this was fun! I was inspired to make simple cherry blossoms (that were just dots). Of course, that made everything easier! And quite cute. When I painted these it had been a while since I did a fully freehand mani and this felt good! Of course everything is better on a gradient background! And this works for gradient day of the 31 day challenge 😀

~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Hot pink: Essie – Sunday Funday
~ Pink: L’oreal – Orange you Jealous?

I thought about posting these in the spring, but I also figured that I already had 93048 cherry blossom nail arts, so I saved them. I am so sneaky! Hope you enjoyed!

Elegant Looped French

My workplace sent out a ‘reminder’ email some time ago that stated that nail polish (of any color?) was acceptable and that french nails were acceptable, but that nail ART was not. So using the logic of any color and french, I made a set of “its not nail art if its a french manicure” to protest the silly email. Voila!

~ Blue metallic: Zoya – Ibiza
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur Renaissance
~ Stamp: MoYou – Frenchy 14

Which is to say if there was a ‘protest’ option for the 31 day challenge I would post this, but since there isn’t, I guess I will have to use it for metallic day. It came out quite nicely too! Enjoy 🙂

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