10 January 2011

Tutorial: Newspaper Nails

I have been requested to do this tutorial on this by Zeby over at Eye to the Keyhole and so here it is :)

You will need:
- A light nail polish
- Newspaper
- Vodka / Whiskey any high percentage alcohol
- Shot glass / egg cup
- Top coat

Paint your fingernails with a light colour, I chose white but I guess that you could pick any colour which black print would show up on

Once they are fully dry get some newspaper, tear it up in to pieces big enough to cover your nail. About 3cm by 3cm but no need to go measuring. I think this would look better with a non-english text, Russian or Greek perhaps

Get your alcohol, I chose this one

Pour enough in to the shot glass to cover your nail and stick in your finger, mine is actually in there but because of the liquid the photo looks a little distorted, keep it in there for around 45 seconds

Once you have taken out your nail, press on the newspaper square. Push it down and make sure it goes all the way around the curve of your nail and up to the tip. Hold it there for about 30 seconds, you want the print to transfer but not for the paper to stick and fibres to come off and stick to your nail

Peel away the paper and you should have something a little bit like this, messy but that is fixable

Paint on a couple of coats of top coat to seal the ink transfer in

When that has dried you can just go ahead and wash your hands, get all the alcohol and ink off from around your fingertips. And thats it really, the times are approximate so just go with what works best for you
A touch on the messy side but seeing as this is my first ever attempt at this I think it worked quite nicely. My poor middle fingernail was caught on my razor and came off. I have no idea how I do these things! And unfortunately I have ran out of nail glue too.

Hope you like my attempt at this nail art tutorial, I first saw this over at Confessions of a Polishaholic and then inspired to try it out when I saw Nailsaholic's tutorial.

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