Sunday, September 1, 2013

31DC2013: Day 01 - Red

Hello everyone!! I've finally putting some nail art on this dang blog! HOORAH!

So once again this year, I have decided to take on the 31 Day Challenge. I may regret this decision later on in the month, but right now I am excited. I took part in it last year, and it really helped me grow as a nail (I guess I'm a nail artist...)

I hope that I'm able to keep up and post something everyday, but hey, you know, life happens sometimes. Even last year I had some difficulties posting every single day, but I did finish on October 1st, and that is my plan for this year as well.

Day 1 is red and for some reason I had a really strong desire to do a red plaid, picnic table-esque pattern. I love how it turned out, it's super cute, and super easy to do too!

The only thing I wish I had done differently was to use a dotting tool for the bits of darker red instead of just dabbing them all willy-nilly with a brush. A dotting tool would've made the spots (almost) all the same size/shape. I managed to dab on pretty identical dots on my ring ringer and I just love how my cleaner that looks that my other fingers.

The colors I used, because of the challenge day being red, scream summer picnic, but I think you could totally use orange/browns/yellows/etc to make a more fall look. Plaid is perfect for fall, which is just around the corner :)

For these nails, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base, a mix of that and Julep Nan for the stripes, and just Nan for the dots where the stripes cross.

Here's the prompt for the 31 Day Challenge (created by Chalkboard Nails) so you know what's to come and maybe you want to join in as well! :)


  1. You said it - these are super cute! I'd call this 'gingham' - I don't know if you use that term in the US?