So those of you who know me know that I really love doing my nails, even though sometimes I’m not the best at it. Hey, I try! Recently I pinned a tutorial for newspaper nail art. I’ve seen it floating around Pinterest for a couple of months now, and decided to give it a try. My sister and I bought some new nail polish from Avon (Though admittedly we really do not need any more. Thankfully, she’s as obsessed with nail polish as I am.). Anyways, the tutorial calls for a light color of polish, and the new pastel pink we bought fit the bill.
As I did in my last nail art post, I’m going to give you a rundown of the directions and then pictures of the process I followed, with a couple of tips to hopefully help anyone who chooses to attempt this. You’ll need a small glass, rubbing alcohol, and strips of newspaper. I used bits of the classifieds, as the print is smaller.
-Apply a base coat of your choice, keep in mind that this works best with light polishes.
-Allow your nails to dry completely – this step is highly important.
-Pour a little bit of alcohol in the glass.
-Dip your nail in the alcohol. Make sure to get the full nail wet.
-Place a strip of newspaper over the nail, hold firmly for about 30 seconds. Make sure the strip doesn’t move, or you risk smearing the ink while it transfers.
-Gently remove the newspaper.
-Carefully apply top coat to protect the newspaper and make your nails shine!
I started with clean nails, and a base coat of Sally Hansen “hard as nails”.
Avon’s “pastel pink” is a fantastic color.
See? I’m even getting better at keeping the polish actually on my nails.
Tip one: Cut extra strips of newspaper. I ended up with pieces that didn’t transfer right, and had to quickly cut more strips with partially done nails.
Tip two: Make sure not to press down too hard. While the alcohol won’t remove the nail polish, it will act as a bonding agent between polish and paper if you press too hard. This fact is proven by my right ring finger.
The finished product:
Overall, I think there is definite room for improvement, but that’s more user error than the actual project. I still really like how they turned out, they’re fun and interesting and unique. I will definitely do it again.