Welcome back for the 14th week of Kimber’s ABC Challenge. I’ve been looking forward to the letter “N” since this event began. For ages, I’ve been dying to try that technique known as “newsprint” nails! By the time this week rolled around, I was determined to learn how it was done. Did I succeed? You tell me. What follows are photographs of my end results, interspersed with the twisted paths I took to get there…
- Base Coat ( butterLONDON Horse Power, thanks to a St. Paddy’s day swap with the lovely Meredith);
- OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (my favorite opaque nail art white; thanks again, to the lovely Meredith!!); and
- Top Coat (butterLONDON Hardwear)
- painting one’s nails a neutral color;
- letting the mani “cure”;
- applying wet pieces of newspaper, face-down on the dry nail bed;
- removing wet newsprint to reveal a transferred image on the nail; and
- applying a top coat to seal the images.
The only point on which these tutorials differed is in what form of liquid was used to “wet” the newsprint. Some swear by vodka, which I find an abominable use of good booze. Others turn to rubbing alcohol, and a handful of sensible ladies used plain tap water.
Since I couldn’t find the rubbing alcohol, and since I wasn’t about to crack open a bottle of Absolut, I went the sensible ladies route.
That’s when I noted a significant problem: I didn’t have a physical newspaper on hand. Way to go, Lisa. Duh.
But, necessity being the mother of invention, I cruised the Internet in search of a Chinese language periodical, and decided to publish my own newsprint on the family’s (el-cheapo but trusty) Brother laser printer. I mean, why not?
“OK, but wait a second. Rewind. Why Chinese?” you ask.
Well, silly rabbit, because the Chinese alphabet is so devastatingly beautiful. That’s why.
My quest brought me to a website for some outfit called the Chinese World Journal.
Now, here’s the potential rub…
I don’t read Chinese, and can only speculate about what’s going on here.
Nevertheless, being in lacquerhead-mode I printed out my “ePaper”, cut out 10 small pieces of fabulous typeface, and began hoping that the stuff I was transferring to my nails would be PG-rated and Homeland Security approved.
I’ve really no interest in pissing off the Feds.
I’ve got 10 pieces of “newsprint” soaking in a dish of water.
And when I apply said wet pieces to my nails….
No image transfer. Nada.
That’s when I had an idea…
On my next dry nail, I applied a layer of quick dry top coat, and let that sit for about 20 seconds before placing the wet newsprint (face down) on the tacky nail surface.
After smoothing things out, and letting it rest for another 15 seconds or so, I then gently peeled back the paper, and was greeted with the crisp black lettering left behind! Yesssssssssssssss!!!
True, there was a little paper “fuzz” on the nail, but that was remedied by gently wiping the nail down with a water-dampened cotton ball.
Finally, I topped off this mani with two layers of top coat, to seal the image transfers.
I’m pleased as punch!
This is a crisp technique I’ll be using again and again, and the possibilities are endless.
So, tell me: After all is said and done, how did I do?
Do we have here “newsprint” nails, or some cockamamie faux technique, not worth spending another second on?
Is this something you’d be interested in seeing a brief step-by-step pictorial on?
Lemme know in comments….
And after chiming in, make yourself happy by checking out all the fabu goodness my lovely co-challengers have in store for THEIR letter “N” manis…