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.



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

  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

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

    Those are amazing!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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: (I hope this comment doesn't show up as spam now!)

  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!


    My fave is Diary.

    Awesome Design!

  15. Nice job! I have this book also


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