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33DC Day 15: Animals

This was another prompt in the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge that I went back and forth with ideas for.

I thought about doing penguins (might leave those until Christmas now), then an animal print like leopard or zebra. I Googled for inspiration but nothing was jumping out at me.

I was starting to get somewhere when I was looking at images of cartoon character animals. Mickey Mouse and the like are quite hard for me to replicate, but I suddenly saw an image of good old Roobarb and Custard and knew I shouldn’t have any problems reproducing them.

For those of you who aren’t British, Roobarb was a fantastic children’s cartoon, shown at tea time back when I was a child in the mid 1970s. Roobarb was a green dog and Custard, his nemesis, a pink cat. It was voiced by the wonderful Richard Briers and drawn in a very sketchy way – hence why I thought I could manage to draw it!

I hand drew the characters onto some home-made decals, rather than drawing them straight onto my nails. It was a straightforward process, and although my drawing isn’t perfect (the mouths are missing some teeth for example), it certainly represents the characters I remember so well.

I used Model’s Own Raspberry Crush for Custard. I meant to use Pink Blush, which is a brighter, more Barbie pink, but I grabbed the wrong one out of the Helmer and didn’t realise until it was too late.

Roobarb is done in Barry M Lime Green.

Roobarb and Custard nails
Day 15: Animals – Roobarb and Custard nails, using Barry M Lime Green, Model’s Own Raspberry Crush, China Glaze White On White and Barry M Nail Art Pen in Black

For those of you who have never seen it, here’s an episode of Roobarb, called When The Day Wouldn’t Keep Still:

It’s “South America” next – I have no ideas yet!

Crumpet's Nail Tarts 33DC


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Model’s Own Raspberry Crush, two coats of China Glaze White on White, or two coats of Barry M Lime Green over one coat of China Glaze White On White
  • DIY decals: hand-drawn using Barry M nail art pen in Black and filled in with Barry M Lime Green, Model’s Own Raspberry Crush and China Glaze White On White
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


Have a look at what everyone else doing the challenge has come up with:

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This is adorable! I wasn’t familiar with the cartoon so I thought Roobarb was a green koala : /. After my confusion cleared up this looks like an awesome job!


Amazing! I cant stop humming the theme tune now 🙂 x


aww these are cute!