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Saturday, September 24, 2011

31 Day Challenge, Day 24: Inspired by a Book

As soon as I saw the theme "inspired by a book" I had a million ideas running through my head. I eventually settled on doing a Chuck Palahniuk book, as he is my favorite author, but which one to choose?! I like so many of them, so much.

I was looking at the covers of some of them that I have in my home library, and I came across Invisible Monsters. I love that book. So here is the mani that I came up with.



Here's a quick synopsis:
Meet the protagonist of this high stakes tale of a high fashion model. She’s got everything: a great career, a boyfriend, a loyal best friend. But a terrible accident leaves this beauty a hideous monster with only half a face! In fact, no one will even acknowledge she’s alive until she meets Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, who’s one operation away from being a woman. She teaches her how to reinvent herself into something better and how to get revenge on her two-timing ex-boyfriend and back-stabbing best friend in Chuck Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters.
Palahniuk's books are not like other books you've probably read. They are written in a gritty, fast, detailed style, with biting wit and bitter cultural criticism. They are often graphic and explicit in their descriptions, and definitely do not appeal to everyone.

Anyway, so I was looking at the cover, and it's one of my favorite covers of his books. The image on the cover of a beauty queen turns into the face of a hag when you turn the book upside down. The pink splatter over her mouth is in reference to the fact that the main character goes through a terrible ordeal that leaves her jaw blown off. Check it out:

right side up: beauty queen

upside down: hag

I tried to recreate the image on the book cover on my accent (fourth) nail by freehanding it on with a needle. I think I did a pretty good job, but I don't think the old hag translates very well when you flip it upside down. CMON, I'm not a miracle worker, haha! :D

I also added pink french tips, pink splatter, and black "splatter." I did the black splatter by hand and then sort of fiddled with it to get that effect. I may have overdone the effects on this mani a little bit. ;)

The white is ChG White On White, the black is Wet N Wild Ink Well, and the pink is Sinful Colors 24/7.


22 comments:

  1. Amazing nail art!! When I first saw the picture of the old woman I screamed lol :P

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  2. What an amazing job! I have heard a lot of good things about that author..I will have to check out a book or two

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  3. OMG I think I love you.
    I love that book, I love Chuck.

    Those are amazing!!!

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  4. This looks awesome!! And the book sounds right up my alley!

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  5. Love it! Chuck is one of my favorite authors too. Great job!

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  6. This is so awesome! He's my favorite author also and Invisible Monsters is my fav!

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  7. The old hag kinda creeped me out too. LOL
    Your nails came out great :)

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  8. You did a great job. It looks good.

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  9. This is amazing! I need to read this book!

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  10. Fantastic! I love nail art inspired by things like this. You did an incredible job!!

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  11. You really translated the print perfectly on your nails, wow!

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  12. As always with your nail art: AWESOME!

    I LOVE Palahniuk and have read a lot of his books.. My fave: Rant.. But invisible monster is quite good too.. The book I read had a different cover, but I'm glad I got to see this cover too, because it's much more awesome..

    You should upload this nail art here: http://chuckpalahniuk.net/forum/1000007 (I hope this comment doesn't show up as spam now!)

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  13. Ooh, great idea! Thanks Swååfie (had to copy and paste your name, haha)! I will definitely do that when I get home from work today!

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  14. OMG I LOVE PALAHNIUK!!

    My fave is Diary.

    Awesome Design!

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  15. Nice job! I have this book also

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