Newsprint Nails

I’m baaaaaack!
What a summer this was! From floods to oppressive heat, we weathered it all. (ha, see what I did there?)
Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging. (As regular as I can with two kids in school, football games, various activities, and work. )

I bought several lemmings of mine this summer and now am on a non-self-imposed buy ban. (boooo-urns!) So now I get to show you the pretty pretty polishes I acquired on my summer hiatus.

I’ll start by saying that Pinterest is either a) the most awesome gathering of ideas and memes on earth or b) the devil. My answer all depends on if I can get my pin of the day to work in real life. I am sure you know what I mean.

After seeing the Newspaper Manicure on several blogs, I decided that it can’t be too difficult to try. And after a slight learning curve and two “erasings”, I have decided that today is an answer (a) day.

In my arsenal for today’s mani I have a section of newspaper (metro section) from my keepsake stash (what? You don’t keep newspapers as momentos?), scissors (for cutting, Duuuh), 91% rubbing alcohol, an old medicine measuring cup, a q-tip soaked in polish remover (henceforth known as my “eraser”), topcoat (Seche Vite), and my color of choice OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls from the Spiderman Collection.

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First let me talk about this color. It’s perfect. I am not usually one to drool over a mainstream brand because, let’s face it, they’re about as imaginative as my last bowl of Corn Flakes. I prefer Indie polishes because they truly are an art form. This is an exception. This polish was white while not being TOO white. It didn’t look like I used White Out to paint my nails like I did when I was 8 years old. It went on easily, a tad thick, but easy to control. Three thin coats made it perfect with no bald spots and no dragging. Dry time was relatively quick. A tint of gray made this the perfect choice for this project.

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Now on to the learning curve. There are a few different instructions floating out there. This is what ended up working for me. Nails were dry for about an hour (I got impatient). I poured about an inch or so of alcohol into the cup. Working one nail at a time, I dipped my finger into the alcohol, covering the whole nail, letting it sit for a few seconds. I then dipped my tiny section of newspaper into the alcohol cup, also letting it sit for a couple seconds. (Note: cut the paper slightly larger than the nail. You can cut out certain words for fun, but they will be mirror image.) you want the newspaper saturated, but not so much so that it will fall apart when manipulating it on the nail.

Place the paper on your fingernail. Once you put the paper on there, don’t move it. Even a tiny shift will be noticeable and will result in blurry words. My first two attempts, the paper wasn’t wet enough. When I tried to make sure the paper touched every curve of my nail, I wound up with a double image. Enter my “eraser”. A few quick swipes removed the newsprint without damaging my polish.

Let the paper sit on the nail while applying slight pressure. You’re going to wait anywhere from 10-20 seconds, allowing some of the alcohol to evaporate. Slowly peel away the paper. If all went well, you should have success. If not, don’t blame me. Blame Pinterest! 😉

Here is the finished product, topped with Seche Vite. Make sure you load up your brush first, or else you run the risk of smearing the newsprint.

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I proclaim this pin a relative success. There are a few spots that aren’t exactly top notch, but for a first try I’m pretty happy. Next time should be even better now that I’ve seen what and what not to do. 😉

Oh, and here is the same shot alongside its mirror image. A few key words made it onto my nails, officially making this a Who Dat In The News manicure.

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