Monday, November 05, 2012

31 Day Challenge, day 13: Animal Print


Hello readers! For this post I'd like to show you my attempt on challenge 13 of the 31 Day Challenge: a very literal animal print. It was a bit of an experiment as I used other materials besides nail polish: a Staedtler permanent marker and an Edding Deco Marker in white. Once the blue basecolor was dry (nameless polish from Claire's), I freehanded the curious animals on top. The markers seemed to attach well on the matte surface, the polish just needs to be completely dry before you can draw on it.
The animals in this print were supposed to be cats, but with a little imagination they can be any animal you like... Dogs, mice, pigs, ferrets... If you squint your eyes, they can even be the little black soot creatures from Miyazaki's Spirited Away. Oh, yeah, definitely going for the squinting. Love that movie! 

61 comments:

  1. OMG! This is sooo cute! I really need such a marker too!

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  2. Great idea to use something non polish related ;) it looks great ;)

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  3. Love this!!! They look like adorable curious kitties to me :) Awesome job! :)

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  4. Deze is te gek, Jane! Echt een super leuke creatie.

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  5. So adorable! Reminds me of the kitty doodles I have all over my notes!

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  6. Very cute, I like how inventive you where using the pens, they came out great!

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    1. Thanks! I'll be using markers more often for sure, more precision and less drying time than nail polish. ^^

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  7. Awww! So cute! And nice shade of blue (:

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  8. cute design :) ingenious idea!

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  9. Super cute! I thought of owls at first sight ^^ But cats or owls, they are really amazing :)

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    1. Ooh, they could be owls indeed, haha! All about imagination, right? ;-)

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  10. I've used markers before and they left some red dots on my nails... did that happened with you too?

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    1. Hmm, that's strange. Were you wearing polish underneath it? I used two coats of polish and didn't have any staining at all.

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    2. I was wearing one thin coat, maybe I'll need two!
      Tnks so much!
      Love your blog, and your designs btw!

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  11. omg how cute! That blue is perfect, too!

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  12. Oh I love it, I have a black cat she's called Blitz, I must do this for her, will pin your photo, thanks for sharing x

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  13. Thanks for the sweet comments, everyone! :-*

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  14. Your cats are so cool and they look great on that blue base!

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  15. O my goodness. I LOVE this! So smart!

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  16. This was SO cute and original! I liked it a lot! :)

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  17. omg this is so freaking cute! love this! best animal print mani!

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  18. OMG this is awesome!! :)

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  19. I love that movie too! Cute little soot creatures <3

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  20. Haha this is really adorable!! Love it!

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  21. Wow! These are amazing ;) Did you really draw this cats?

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  22. Oh this is soooooo cute!
    I love cats and have tried a mani similar to this!
    It's perfect, congrats!

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  23. This is so cute! They look like an imaginary creature to me--mmm, how about Shadow Petz?

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  24. oohh... so cute! *-*
    love cats! :)
    xoxo

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  25. Haha! What a glorious take on animal print. You get A+ on originality! Super cute!

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  26. I think the animals could be something like this as well:
    http://www.hscz.cz/hscze/20100626_kosman/kosman1.jpg
    :D

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  27. This is so cute and done very well. You always do such a great job of describing how you've done a mani and have given me a lot of inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Lady, I always thought your blog was awesome but now that you mentioned you love Spirited Away...you went up about 150 notches in my AMAZEBALLS meter! That movie took my breath away! Oh, and your nails look friggin cute! :D

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  29. This is ADORABLE! I don't know if it was intentional or not, but some of those cats look extra spooked, which makes them even more adorable to look at :D

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  30. Definitely the cutest animal featured nails!

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  31. Love these cuties! Reminds me of the stray cats stalking our neighbors! Unique take on animal print BTW.

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  32. Did you use a top coat? I have tried markers before, but they always bled with a top coat. I didn't use this brand though.

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    1. Hi Brandy, I didn't use topcoat with this mani. However, I did use it in the post after this one:

      http://nailside.blogspot.nl/2012/11/smudges.html

      So head over to that post to see and read about the results. ;-)

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