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Monday, September 1, 2014

Crab Print and Nautical Mix


It's the beginning of the #31DC2014! The first prompt, of course, is red nails, and I've done this crab print/nautical combo that I just love. Every element of this manicure was painted freehand, even the stripes on the thumb!


The crab print was a brilliant idea from my friend Kristi, and I decided to add a bit of nautical flair into the mix with the thick stripes and anchor. I painted all of the elements freehand with one of my new liner brushes from Stylish Nail Art Shop.

This nail art uses:
Model's Own Hyper Gel in Naked Glow
Nicole by OPI American As Apple Pie
American Apparel Hassid


I love the way this miniature crab print turned out, and I'm especially proud that I freehanded the stripes on my thumb. I still struggle with horizontal stripes so this feels like a real win for me!

My past red manicures:

28 comments:

  1. These are adorable! Great way to start the 31 days!

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  2. Those stripes are perfect! Your little crabs are so cute - wish I was capable of doing this myself!

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  3. These look amazing! I cannot believe they are freehand too! The crabs are so cute! :)

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  4. :D Awesome! The crabs are super cute, love the whole nail art! :)

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  5. Wow, I'm so impressed at your freehand skills! This looks great!

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  6. The Crabs are so cute!! I did red lighting bolts for today. Can't wait to see what you do tomorrow for orange!!

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  7. Oh my goodness, this is an awesome design! Great job freehanding all of it :)

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  8. This is incredibly cute! I just love everything about it.

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  9. Gillian from PlumeriaPaintedSeptember 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Love the print, it's very cool. Nautical nails are always great and really those crabs just look really good :)

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  10. The Dalai Lama's NailsSeptember 1, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    those little crabs are just the bees knees. or something!

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  11. This is ridiculously adorable! And those lines! Amazing.

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  12. So cute! I lived in Maryland for quite a while, so I love me some cute little crabs!

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  13. I love those crabs! So cute <3

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  14. Awww cute crabs!! How can you draw such straight lines?! You're amazing!!

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  15. The crabs are adorable!!

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  16. Oh my goodness, these are adorable!

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  17. Ohhh, this is so cute! You totally nailed those stripes. I struggle with them as well! Congratulations! <3

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  18. OH MY GOODNESS I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU FREEHANDED THE CRABS. If I did that, they would literally just be red blobs. People would say, "cute polka-dots" and I wouldn't correct them. Very cool :)

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  19. Haha oh my gosh your comment is hysterical. I bet it wouldn't be as bad as you think though! A lot of times it's all about the right tools. Try cutting down your nail art brushes a bit with cuticle nippers for a thinner line! :)

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  20. I am in awe of your freehand skills. Those crabs are sooooo cute!!! love it.

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  21. Omg!! How cute!!

    XoXo Shea L. ---------> kissmychocolate.com

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  22. So cute! Your free hand art is amazing. longhairprettynails.com

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  23. Oh my goodness, those cabs are too cute!

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  24. This is such a great pattern! I love the crabs, they are just so sweet ^^ And such a neat anchor as well! Loving it <3

    http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/09/carpe-diem-dead-poets-society-15.html

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