nails

Bobby Pin Polka Dot Nails DIY by Julia Walck

Last week, I painted my nails in a cute floral pattern using a bobby pin and nail polish. I got so many compliments and people asking how I did it so I thought, why not do a DIY?!

Here's a super simple polka dot nail tutorial; skip the salon for those fancy "extra design" charges and do it yourself for free! 

SUPPLIES: 

  • 2 contrasting colors of nail polish.
  • topcoat
  • a pulled apart bobby pin

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Paint your nails with the base color (double up on this!)
     
  • Let your nails dry.
     
  • Dip the bobby pin into your second color. It doesn't matter what side of the bobby pin you use.
     
  • Press down gently on your nails making a polka dot pattern. Use more polish for bigger dots and less polish for tiny dots.
     
  • Sit back and wait for the dots to dry. You might want to give yourself a few extra minutes on this to prevent smudging. 
     
  • Apply topcoat.
     
  • Voila! Now you have super fun patterned nails. High five! (but make sure your polish is dry first)

Color Crush No. 4 by Julia Walck

I've been eyeing this wall hanging by Karen Kimmel for a while now. The colors and shapes used are a fantastic combo! I just had to use it on something.

I rounded up the closest colored nail polishes I had and went freestyle on my nails. Starting with a yellow base (obv. because it's my favorite color), I swooped polish over not afraid of going onto my fingers. Lots of remover was used around the edges, but the method made for a super playful nail design! 

Second Hand Illustrations by Julia Walck

Sometimes there's those projects that just don't quite work out. Color schemes that don't flow, logos that are unsuccessful, puns that make no sense... What I love about those projects is that chances are you'll be able to find a home for that illustration, or idea in some other little side project. That's 100% what happened with these lil' hands below. 

We're working on a new app at work called LAQ, and it's based on nail wraps. I thought since hands have nails, and can make shapes to then make letters it would build a pretty sweet logo.

It turns out that an OK sign with a pointer finger coming through it to look like a Q just doesn't really look like a Q. 

So even though they didn't work out the way I intended them to, I got a cute lil' OK sign and LA illustration out of the project. 

Bits and Pieces by Julia Walck

Fun fact: Did you know I name and describe all of the tattoos and nail wraps for Tattify? So far, there's over 600 tattoos, and 400 nail wraps. Whoa. Good thing I'm clever, right? (and modest)

These ones are called “An Eye for an Eye” 👀 and are part of a collaboration with nail artist Make My Day. The more you know 🌈