Nail art is real art so I feel like I can put it here. I just really got bored so I thought I'd do my nails in the style of a artist or painting I really liked. Immediately, Van Gogh's "Starry Night" popped into my head because I've done my own version of that painting before (which is somewhere with my middle school french teacher) and I really liked it. Also I just have a lot of different shades of blue nail polish because it's my favorite color. I don't have any yellow which is why I decided to not paint any of the stars or the moon in the painting.
My plan was to paint a swirly, multicolored blue background with the classic Van Gogh-esque strokes and then go over it with the black tree lines. In terms of nail polish colors I used a glittery dark green/blue, a really pale blue/green, a base of medium blue, a white, a black, and a dark blue. I also used a tiny brush instead of the nail polish brushes because I wanted more control over my strokes. I wanted to do it on both hands, but I figured it would be too much to try and paint with my left hand onto my right fingernails.
While I was actually painting my nails, I realized it was a bit difficult to get the strokes right the first time in the right order. What I ended up doing was just going with each nail polish and making short marks going in one direction, then switching colors and going over top, covering some, but not all of the previous mark. I had started out with a base of blue so it was fine if I missed a spot here and there. I developed a pattern of starting with the dark glittery blue/green, then the pale blue/green, then the white, then the bark blue, then I'd cycle back and choose anything I thought would look nice.
After I did a little swirling background on each nail, I waited for them to dry and then used an extremely tiny brush with black nail polish to draw the tree on each one. After that I waited for everything to dry and put a shiny top coat on it. I really enjoyed doing this because I had to use a material that I never used before as art (Nail Polish) and I had to find a process that made it look like what I wanted it to. Also it was fun trying to work in Van Gogh's signature mark and make his most well known-painting. That is all. -Akshata