newsprint-nails

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:
-newspaper
-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.  

Newsprint Nails

I finally got around to doing the newsprint nails:

It actually looks really cool in person. 

You’ll Need: 

  • Nail polish (light color)
  • Nail polish (clear)
  • 10 strips of newspaper (with a lot of lines of print)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs

Directions:

1. Paint your nails a light color (ie: white, yellow, pink). Make sure it’s not sparkly. Just one coat.

2. When your nails are dry, take a cotton swab and dip it in the rubbing alcohol. Coat your nail in the alcohol.

3. Quickly, before the alcohol dries, press a strip of newspaper on your nail. Press down firmly for only a second or two. Peel off quickly, or you’ll have layers of paper sticking to your nails, and you’ll have to redo it. 

4. Repeat for every nail. If you mess up and the newsprint doesn’t show up dark enough, take the nail polish off and repaint that nail, then try again. Don’t try to just keep doing it over and over again, as it’ll wear the varnish down. 

5. When all your nails have newsprint on them, take the clear nail polish and cover each nail with a single coat. Try to spread the polish thinly, as it’ll become too thick and peel off if you use too many coats. The newsprint will also blur if you’re not careful.

6. Be careful while it dries, because the newsprint can smudge. I suggest running your nails under cold tap water for a minute or two. This should dry your nails most of the way through, but still be careful when drying your hands, just in case. 

7. Take a picture and post it on Tumblr. 

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

This post goes out to my best friend Katie, who turned twenty-two yesterday. I have never met someone who has such an obsession with painting her nails. Here are some nails I found to be more of an expression of artistic style than just painted nails.

Photo Credit: Pin Market

Photo Credit: Pin Market

Photo Credit: Passionnailart.com

Translation from page: cut squares of newsprint larger than nails. apply a base coat of polish. when nails are completely dry, soak them in alcohol, then press newsprint on nail and slowly pull off. top coat to seal.

Chevron Nails

Photo Credit: Fabfatale.com

Photo Credit: Nevertoomuchglitter.wordpress.com

Mix MAC eyeshadow with some clear polish and finish it will Essie “Matte About You”

Photo Credit: cupcakesandcashmere.com

Paint two coats of Essie Mint Candy Apple, let dry. Apply clear polish and using a small paint brush, brush Martha Stewart’s Aquamarine Glitter onto the end of the ring finger nail.

Gold Leaf Nails

Photo Credit: Thebeautydepartment.com

Instructions (credit: thebeautydepartment.com)

STEPS:

  1. Select a good turquoise polish. I used this one, but to be honest you can use any color that you think goes well with gold. (It’s really pretty with white + coral!)
  2. Paint all of your nails with the base color you choose.
  3. Gold leaf sheets (I used these) are VERY delicate so make sure your hands are clean + dry before handling. They tear so easily! Use scissors to cut small triangle shapes that will fit the corners of your nails. You want to cover about 1/3 of your nail, so make your triangles about that size.
  4. Wet a q-tip and use that to pick up your gold triangle. Don’t try to pick them up with your fingers– you’ll crumble them and that’s a bummer!
  5. Lay the gold leaf triangle on the corner of the nail. You want to work quickly so the leafing sticks to the polish. The polish should be dry but still slightly tacky. If it’s too dry, put a very thin layer of clear top coat down before laying the leaf on the nail.
  6. Smooth over the gold leaf with a clean dry q-tip to remove wrinkles/bubbles. If you mess up and chip off a piece of gold, it’s totally fine! Gold leafing is so thin that you can just lay another piece over the messed up part and it blends right in.
  7. Use a nail file to gently file off the excess just like you would with nail stickers!
  8. Finish with a quick drying clear coat to lock the gold leafing down!

Challenge 7: black and white nails

Black and white… and read all over! Woop, I’m really pleased with how these newsprint nails turned out, as I’ve been meaning to try this for a while now. Ingredients: cheap white (french manicure) nail polish, local freesheet, vodka, matte topcoat. (Cue some funny looks from my partner when I picked these things up and announced I was going to do my nails, haha!)

Newsprint nails!

1. Paint your nails a light color (ie: white, yellow, pink). Make sure it’s not sparkly. Just one coat.

2. When your nails are dry, take a cotton swab and dip it in the rubbing alcohol. Coat your nail in the alcohol.

3. Quickly, before the alcohol dries, press a strip of newspaper on your nail. Press down firmly for only a second or two. Peel off quickly, or you’ll have layers of paper sticking to your nails, and you’ll have to redo it. 

4. Repeat for every nail. If you mess up and the newsprint doesn’t show up dark enough, take the nail polish off and repaint that nail, then try again. Don’t try to just keep doing it over and over again, as it’ll wear the varnish down. 

5. When all your nails have newsprint on them, take the clear nail polish and cover each nail with a single coat. Try to spread the polish thinly, as it’ll become too thick and peel off if you use too many coats. The newsprint will also blur if you’re not careful.

6. Be careful while it dries, because the newsprint can smudge. I suggest running your nails under cold tap water for a minute or two. This should dry your nails most of the way through, but still be careful when drying your hands, just in case.