Nail Art // Very Hungry Caterpillar Nails for Children's Book Day

by - Saturday, April 02, 2016

Nail art featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar and an apple

I have been so excited to share these with you! These nails were a true labour of love and took me hours to finish, and when I had to take them off I wanted to cry. Day 2 of the Unique Holidays Challenge for the 30 Days of Colour was for Children's Book Day and I decided to create a tribute to one of my most memorable children's books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Check under the cut for more pics and a run down of all the steps I took to complete this look!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Nail Art for Children's Book Day

Okay! So the basic technique I used to make these was to create small sheets of marbled polish (using the squish marble technique where you paint blobs on a stamper and then smoosh it to the stamping mat) which I then cut into the shapes I needed and applied like decals. There were three sheets: one for the green body, one for the red head and one for the red apple. The feet/antenna/stem details I drew with polish at the end.

Here's the polishes I used...

Quo by ORLY Daydreamer

The body:
China Glaze My Way or the Highway
OPI Christmas Gone Plaid
China Glaze Sun's Up Top Down

The face:
OPI Red Lights Ahead... Where?
China Glaze Sun's Up Top Down

The apple:
Square Hue King Street
China Glaze Sun's Up Top Down
Quo by ORLY Daydreamer

And here are some closeups so you can see all the details...

Nail art with a dark red apple from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Nail art with the head of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Nail art with the body of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Nail art of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Nails for Children's Book Day

It was so fun to position my nails to take these pictures - each new pose made the caterpillar look like he was crawling in a different way!

I can't even begin to describe how much I adore these nails, and even though it was labour-intensive I really like the look the cut marbled decal sheets technique turned out... Definitely something I will have to try again with different looks in the future!

Do you remember this book from your childhood? What was your favourite book and have you/would you ever do a mani based on it? Let me know! 

Thanks for visiting! xx

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  1. These turned out pretty cool. Love the effect :)

  2. What a funny and cute mani :D And different than these I use to watch.

  3. OMG, my mouth is hanging open and there are tears in my eyes! This one one of my absolutely favorite childrens' books and I have not thought about it for years, but you captured it PERFECTLY. I love how all the images looked marbled. Thanks for showing us this amazing mani!

  4. These are awesome! I didn't actually read this book until my sister was born and I was almost a pre-teen then and thought I was above childrens books lol. My favorite as a kid was I'll Love You Forever, I'd love to dedicate a mani to it but wouldn't know where to start lol.

  5. You did such a great job on these! I always remember this book from my childhood and it puts a smile on my face! I think of my favorite books from childhood was the various Clifford The Big Red Dog books. I can't remember a specific book lol. I would love to do nails about Clifford if I could draw.

  6. This is so cute! I love the marbled segments :)


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