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01 July 2013

Manicure Monday (22): The Orphan Master's Son

Good morning! I can't believe it's Monday again. Where did the weekend go? I am still currently on vacation and loving every second on it. I've gotten a bit of reading done and am mostly just trying to stay out of this crazy heat wave. Today I have a fun little manicure that I did while reading my current book club selection, The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson.

I love the original cover to this book (it was changed for paperback) and I was super excited to create a manicure inspired by it. I decided to go pretty straight forward with this and do a tiger stripe manicure to go with the tiger on the cover. Having never done a manicure like this before, I looked online for tiger stripe patterns to try to get the look right. The end result probably isn't biologically accurate, but I think it looks cool.

Polishes used:
  • American Apparel Cotton (white)
  • OPI A Roll in the Hague (orange)
  • American Apparel Port (burgundy)
  • Wet N Wild Black
I started off with a creamy white base. I picked Cotton because it is not a stark white and matched the color of the cover well. For the orange, I didn't have anything quite that shade so I mixed a bright orange with a darker red to create darker orange shade. I did a simple gradient with it. After letting that dry, I used a teeny tiny paintbrush from the craft store to paint in the tiger stripes. I think the result is fun and looks harder than it actually is. 

I am enjoying the book so far though it is hard to read. It's about the life one man from North Korea and, though fictitious, was extensively researched. It's not the most light hearted read and definitely not a fun, summer read. So I am slowly reading it while I read some other books.

One last shot of my tiger nails. Hope your week is off to a good start. If you decide to participate in Manicure Monday, please leave your link in the widget below. :)

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