Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stylized Goldfish Scales Nail Art

Stylized scale nail art by @chalkboardnails

It's animal print day of the 31 Day Challenge! This is always one of my favorite days. I do a lot of animal print in my regular nail art work, so I like to take the challenge as an opportunity to get inspired by some unusual animals. This year, I've gone with a freehand stylized goldfish scale print, inspired by Queen Otohime from the One Piece anime. Does anyone else watch?

Stylized scale nail art by @chalkboardnails

Nail polishes used:
OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours
China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
American Apparel Hassid

Without giving too much about the story away, Otohime wears a kimono with this stylized fish scale print on it. I tried to directly mimic the way it looks in the anime, and I think I did a nice job! I painted my nails with the red-orange first, then added the yellow detailing, and finally finished it off with the black lines.

Stylized scale nail art by @chalkboardnails

I'm pretty enamored with this pattern. It definitely looks like fish scales, though I can also see phoenix feathers or dragon scales. Very bold and cool.

Animal print from years past:


  1. So fun - I can't stop staring. I always look forward to your fun & off beat animal prints & this is another winner!

  2. These are fantastic! Love that you outlined the scales, makes it so much bolder!

  3. Ahh, I love these! I love Queen Otohime. I cried so hard when we learned her story. ;_;

  4. So pretty, this really caught my eye in my feed.

  5. Nice idea! I LOVE Queen Otohime's story. ♥


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