31DC12: Gradient Newspaper Nails

by - Friday, November 08, 2013


Yes, I am indeed still finishing a challenge from 2012... Yikes! Haha. Today I have my fill for Day 10: Gradient. I finally decided to try my hand at newsprint nails, which I did on top of the gradient. The print came out a bit splotchy, but I find that I like the look! :) It's more the idea of newsprint rather than a direct image of it. Hmm!


I started out with two coats of Essie Blanc, and then made a gradient with it and Sinful Colors Black on Black to make my base. When that was dry I smoothed it out with a layer of topcoat, and then when THAT was dry I dipped my fingers in rubbing alcohol before pressing on the newspaper. I eventually found that the trick was to make sure the rubbing alcohol had dried off a bit (as in it wasn't soaked anymore - about 5 full seconds or so) and then firmly press the newsprint onto it and let it chill for a few seconds. I had to go over most nails a few times with different pieces of paper, until I was happy with the way they looked. I then sealed the whole thing with another layer of topcoat.


I think this is a pretty cool look. The gradient almost looks like newsprint itself, with the faded/splotchy way the texture came out. I'm totally going to be trying this look again in different ways now that I know how to do it.

Have you tried newspaper nails before? If so do you use real alcohol or rubbing alcohol or something else? :) Let me know!!

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6 comments

  1. That's such a great idea! I've never seen nails like that before:)

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  2. I think the black and white gradient works perfect for the newspaper print! I tried them once but I haven't tried doing them again haha

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    1. Agreed, I'm super happy with how this combo turned out. :) You need to try them again! Doooo it! Haha.

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  3. These look very classy -- I love the black-white gradient! I tried newspaper nails this summer but I used almond extract, which worked really well for me :)

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    1. Thank you! Ageed. :) And almond extract, eh? That's interesting! I never would have thought of that, good tip!

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