Newspaper nails.

Went to Mitsuwa in Edgewater with the man on Sunday and picked up the 週刊NY生活, which is a free newspaper in Japanese about daily (Japanese) life in NY, published weekly. 

I found that pouring some rubbing alcohol in the cap and dabbing it onto your finger, instead of dipping, was less messy and more controlled.  Also, if you push too hard, the little paper shreds will stick on the nail and create non-consensual texture.  It’s good to push a little firmly, though, cause then the ink transfers more precisely and darker. 

I also tried to capture every part of the Japanese writing system on the span of these nails. Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji, numbers, punctuation and quotations all on my nails! Just no Romaji, oh well…

Over Deborah Lippmann Waking Up In Vegas

Music note mani! I looooved this one.

How to recreate:

1) Choose any printed paper to use as a decal (will be mirror-imaged).

2) Cut paper into nail-sized pieces.

3) Paint basecoat and underwear color.

4) Dip nail in Rubbing alcohol/vodka for ~10 seconds

5) Press paper onto nail, pat a little more solvent onto paper to make sure it is soaked through.

6) Peel up slowly like a temporary tattoo.

7) Top coat!

I’ve been in this nail art mood lately, ironic, I cant ever keep nailpolish on my fingers. But anyways, I attempted the ombré nail art and failed, tremendously. (If anyone has pointers for that, I’d love to hear them!)

So, since the ombré looked so horrific, I tried the newspaper technique. I just found a video on YouTube, and it was as easy as it looks! Not even kidding!

I’m getting awesome feed back on the picture of my nails. Some people want to know how to do it. It’s ridiculously easy to do.

You will need:
-rubbing alcohol
-your nail polish color of choice
-base/top coat, of course

1) Paint your nails whatever color you want and use top coat. I like to use a bright color OR something more neutral like grey or a muted pink like the one above.
2) Make sure your nails are COMPLETELY dry. I’m really bad at doing this so I usually paint my nails the night before so that when I’m ready to use the newsprint, I KNOW they’re dry. I’m very impatient. 
3) Pour the rubbing alcohol in a small container. I usually just use the cap to the alcohol bottle. Rip up your newspaper so that you have a piece for each nail.
4) Dip your nail in the rubbing alcohol and press the piece of newspaper on your nail. Make sure you’re applying even pressure and hold it down for about 20 seconds.
5) Slowly peel away the news paper and the ink should have transferred from the paper to your nail.
6) Repeat for each nail and make sure to put another layer of top coat over the ink when you’re done. This makes it darker and protects it from chips.  

Newspaper Nails.

super easy!

What you’ll need:

  • light colored nail polish for the base coat
  • clear nail polish for the top
  • strips of newspaper
  • rubbing alcohol or vodka (in a small bowl or you can use the cap of the bottle)


  1. paint your nails with a light/pastel colored polish and let them dry.
  2. dip your dried nail in the rubbing alcohol/vodka. make sure the nail gets completely covered.
  3. place the small piece of newspaper onto your nail and firmly hold it there for about 30 seconds. (do not move the paper or the text will blur.)
  4. peel off the newspaper as you would a temporary tattoo. 
  5. lastly, paint over your nails with a clear coat to protect the text. 


Newspaper nails.


  • 1 Small glass
  • Rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 10 Strips of newspaper (big enough to cover each nail)
  • Any light colored nail polish (whites and pastels work best)
  • Clear top coat polish


  1. Polish your nails with your desired coats and let dry
  2. Pour some rubbing alcohol/vodka in the small glass
  3. Dip your (dried) nail in the rubbing alcohol/vodka (make sure you wet whole nail)
  4. Place and press a strip of the newspaper on your nail and hold firmly but careful for 30 seconds. (do NOT Move the strip around)
  5. Remove strip and repeat on each nail or a select few nails if desired
  6. Finally, polish your nails with a good clear top coat to seal the deal.