Closing out another year of intensely fussy nail art with a look back at the 16 designs that ruled my 2016. Highlights this year include a growing mastery of the water marbling technique (if not the ability to get any two of my nails to look the same), a begrudging acceptance of once-hated charms, studs and other dangly bits, a more than passing acquaintance with tiny, free-handed designs and an absolute ton of lettering, both on my nails and on the page, one of many fun little tangential offshoots of this nail art business.
In nearly all respects, 2016 has been a miserable year, more like a deeply unpleasant dream than actual reality. But that warm, tiny little fissure of joy I get from a nail art job well done? That’s real, and cherished – a bright spot amidst the gloom, and one I’d like to share with you. I hope you enjoy this look back at some of my better efforts. 🙂
Miss Argentina, the droll, seen-it-all receptionist who mans the check-in desk in the Waiting Room of the Dead in the movie Beetlejuice.
Beetlejuice. This manicure is my favourite of the year; I think I really nailed the lettering. A more than fitting tribute for a beloved movie.
Suicide Squad, a movie that had a lot of (Hot Topic-infused) style and not much substance.
Sandra’s Midnight Garden, because sometimes you just want pretty, pretty nails.
Butterfly Garden, for when you’re in the mood to infuriate yourself with glitter placement. Also, see above re: pretty.
Sandra’s Fabrics. Here’s another post with my name in the title, this time a play on the name of textile purveyor Jo-Ann’s Fabrics.
Saturberries. Because this is a strawberry manicure and I did it on a Saturday. Sometimes it’s really just that silly!
Super Mario Bros. Boing, boing!
Floral Fingers. The absolute height of 3D embellishment madness.
Fruity Fingers. Although there is an awful lot of stuff on these nails, is there not?
What a Gem. Although these nails are nothing BUT gorgeous little gemstone nail charms atop a smokin’ hot polish, so clearly I have no idea what I’m talking about!
The Division. For my gamer husband, who is approaching 1,000 hours of playable game time. It’s a sickness.
Blurryface. Twenty One Pilots was the non-stop soundtrack to my 2016.
Saturday Night Sushi. Another lotsa-stuff-on-my-nails mani painted on a Saturday night. Those microbeads were a nightmare to corral.
Dory. I like this nail art more than I liked the actual movie. Pixar, you be slacking lately.