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Black, White and Orange Tartan | Books | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

These black, white and orange tartan nails are for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas “books” prompt.

I don’t read anywhere near as much as I would like to. It’s all my son’s fault. Before he was born, I used to read about one book a week. Admittedly, I commuted into central London every day, so there was plenty of time on the train. But I also used to read in bed at night before going to sleep, so really used to be quite a voracious reader.

Then, nearly thirteen years ago, my son was born and suddenly I had no time to myself. I also became self-employed so no longer had a commute. And my son was nicknamed POD for a long time, meaning Prince of Darkness, as he was awake all night (and day too a lot of the time!) so you can probably tell that I didn’t get much night-time reading done either.

Black, white and orange tartan nails
Black, white and orange tartan nails

So, in the past thirteen years, I have read precisely eight books. Eight. That’s not even one a year. I’ve read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; Saturday, On Chesil Beach and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan; Suggs’ autobiography That Close; and A Long Way Down, Slam and Funny Girl by Nick Hornby.

I read the last book in that list – Funny Girl – just a few weeks ago while I was on holiday. This nail art takes its inspiration from the paperback cover, which shows a black and white photo of a young woman wearing a tartan dress, with the book title written in orange. So these black, white and orange tartan nails are the result.

Black, white and orange tartan nails
Black, white and orange tartan nails

On a white base, I stamped the tartan image in black, using Jordana Black and an image from MoYou Nails 401.

I added in the orange afterwards using a W7 jelly polish, Orange Crush. I painted it on just using the brush and a striping brush for the thin lines.

I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with these nails. I should have top-coated the stamping before adding the orange, because it has smeared it quite badly. They look great at arm’s length; just not so much close up in a photo. Then I’ve managed to capture a bit of my light tent in the top left corner of one of the shots. It’s out of focus, so just looks like a bit of a blur, but all the same, I’m not happy. And finally, I had to adjust the colour balance on the images quite a bit, as the orange was looking red. So that’s made my fingers look yellow. It seems to have been “one of those days”.

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat of Barry M Cotton
  • Orange: W7 Orange Crush
  • Stamping polish: Jordana Black
  • Stamping plate: MoYou Nails 401
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


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Green, Blue and White Tartan | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

For the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group, the theme is children’s TV. I’m honouring Great Uncle Bulgaria from The Wombles with these green, blue and white tartan nails.

Orinoco was my favourite Womble really, but he just wears a big, floppy hat and a red scarf. Great Uncle Bulgaria, on the other hand, has a tartan hat and shawl – far easier to recreate on my nails!

Now my memory isn’t so great, so I couldn’t recall what colour his tartan was and had to search. Doing so resulted in green, blue and white. But it was only after painting them that I actually looked at any video. It seems that the blue, green and white is the colour used in the later 1990s series. Originally, it seems, from the video I can find at least, that it was green and black (or dark green).

Green, blue white tartan
Green, blue and white tartan

I would have preferred to honour the Great Uncle Bulgaria that I remember, but in fairness, I prefer the colours of this manicure, so I’ll just ignore my mistake.

The base is two coats of Barry M Spring Green, over which I stamped using two different designs from the Moyra Fabric Texture plate (plate 2). I used Moyra stamping polish SP.05 (blue) and then Essence Stamp Me! White. I also used the Moyra clear stamper to place the images as straight as I could.

It’s not the most accomplished stamping I’ve ever done. But I love the look and definitely want to do more of this in other colours.

Green, blue white tartan
Green, blue and white tartan

I’m most pleased with the index finger as it also has a vertical white stripe, which I didn’t manage to get onto any of the other nails.

For those of you nostalgic for the 1970s, here’s “Great Uncle Bulgaria’s Keep Fit Lesson”:

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Barry M Spring Green
  • Stamping polishes: Moyra Stamping Polish SP.05 (blue) and Essence Stamp Me! White
  • Stamping plate: Moyra Fabric Texture (plate 2)
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Moyra top coat and Moyra stamper mentioned in this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

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Tartan Nails: Twin Post with Em’s Little Corner

A while ago, I got chatting with Emma from Em’s Little Corner and we decided to do a twin post based on the theme of tartan (plaid) nails.

I did some blue tartan nails last year for a challenge and I wasn’t very happy that I didn’t manage to finish them, so this was a great opportunity to try them again.

Having said that, I’m still not entirely satisfied with these. They look fantastic at arm’s length, but perfectionist me isn’t happy that close-up photos show the messy white striper lines. I definitely need more practice with a striper brush.

I used Barry M Plum (mine is incorrectly labelled Blackberry, as many bottles were at first) for the dark purple, and for the lilac I used a recent prize win – ironically won in Emma’s recent competition giveaway – OPI Do You Lilac It? I painted all the detail with a striping brush, except for the purple squares where the lilac lines cross, which I did with a cut down detailing brush.

It was just as difficult as my last attempt, but I’m pleased I finished these. Do go and check out Emma’s tartan nails.

Purple tartan plaid nails using OPI Do You Lilac It and Barry M Plum
Purple tartan nails using OPI Do You Lilac It and Barry M Plum

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Plum
  • Tartan nails: two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, OPI Do You Lilac It? and Barry M Plum
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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Blue Tartan: 33DC Day 28: Lines

The prompt in today’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts 33 Day Challenge is lines.

I have wanted to do tartan nails for ages, ever since seeing a tutorial on Tumblr. It wasn’t easy. I usually do my stripes and straight-lined patterns using tape. But for some reason, I chose to freehand these with nail art brushes and that made it a whole lot harder. It also meant my lines are all a bit wobbly!

I do love how they look, even though I didn’t quite finish them off. They should really have another line (I was going to do red or navy) in the centre of the white stripes. But I was pleased with how far I had already got, and was convinced I might ruin them, so chickened out of adding anything else.

Tartan plaid nails
Day 28: Lines – tartan nails using Barry M Blackberry, Barry M Matt White and NYC Raindrop (Blue Sky)

There are only five more of these challenges left. I’ve enjoyed doing them as it’s made me do more than simply paint my nails with a single colour. There are two or three Christmas challenges coming up afterwards, which I may take part in – I’m not sure as yet.

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain nails: two coats of Barry M Blackberry
  • Tartan nails: two coats of Barry M Matt White, plus NYC Raindrop (Blue Sky), Barry M Blackberry and Barry M Matt White – all added using nail art brushes
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

 

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

 

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