33DC Day 13: Chinese
Today’s prompt in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge is Chinese.
I had an idea immediately that I wanted to use red, gold and black – colours that I associate strongly with China – and that I wanted to incorporate some Chinese lettering.
I used a base coat of Sally Hansen Rapid Red, with Ciaté Ladylike Luxe on the accent finger.
Then I stamped a bamboo design to one side of the accent nail, using a plate from the new Bundle Monster “Create Your Own” set, and added some Chinese lettering by hand, using a black striper.
I could have stamped some Chinese characters – I have plenty of plates with Chinese characters on. But I thought it would be funny to write “nails” in Chinese, so that I really do have “Chinese nails”.
I used Google translate to get the proper characters, which are: 指甲 (I hope your web browser can display that OK). And in pinyin, which is Chinese transcribed into Latin script, it’s Zhǐjiǎ. I have no way of telling if Google has done well by me or not! I did do an image search for Zhǐjiǎ and got some ancient, ceremonial-looking metal nails and one or two hands of nails, but I had expected to get loads of manicure pictures, so I’m not entirely sure I’ve got it right! Perhaps a Mandarin speaker can let me know!
After I did this, I then stamped the bamboo image in gold over the red nails, but it looked too busy, and I thought this simpler version was better.
- Base colour: one coat of Sally Hansen Rapid Red or three coats of Ciaté Ladylike Luxe
- Accent nail: stamped plus hand-drawn characters using a black striper
- Stamping polish: Sally Hansen Rapid Red
- Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-424
- Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl
Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:
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