Nail The Week: Abstract Skulls!

This week I decided to dig out my trusty sugar skulls stamping plate (featured in my original Skull Stamping post) to create another funky, spooky design, this time with a more mysterious feel to it.

To create this look, I used different parts of the GIANT skull in the centre of the plate to swipe electric blue swirls, flowers, teeth and moustaches onto my nails over a taupe base (Barry M Indigo over Barry M Vanilla). I decided to finish with a matte top coat to prevent any glare from obscuring the detail of this abstract design.

Once again I’m really pleased with the outcome of my stamping endeavour. The MoYou plates are fantastic value for money and great quality, plus the number of different designs which can be created with them is almost endless. With these plates I can also produce far more intricate and detailed designs than I could ever dream of doing freehand (steady-handed I am not). Creating a nail look with the large centre image was even easier than using the smaller, individual skulls because there were no concerns over image centralisation or alignment. That said, I do adore the little skulls and will probably incorporate them into a mani including segments of the larger one in the future.

A reminder of what the MoYou Explorer Collection Number 8 Image Plate looks like.

Nail The Week: Sugar Skull Stamping!

I absolutely adore skulls and everything associated with them so when, hot on the heels of my first stamping experience, I spied this sugar skull image plate on the MoYou website I knew instantly that I had to make it mine.

One of the best things about stamping is the number of different looks you can create with one plate; colours can be changed up endlessly to create a variety of designs. For this mani I decided to keep things simple but striking with a range of strong, vibrant colours standing out over a white base.

Unlike a large, whole-nail design which can pretty much be planted on anywhere and then cleaned up around the edges, the small, individual designs on this plate require more precise placement. I decided to practice a little on paper first but in a way I wished I hadn’t because it gave me misleading ideas about how easy it would be to line up the skulls! I was originally aiming to have each skull in the centre of the nail, but I’m actually glad it didn’t quite turn out that way, as slightly off-centred, skewiff skulls gave a funky, asymmetric feel to the manicure.

After my first use of this MoYou plate, I can safely say that I’m delighted with it. It’s affordable and good quality and I love how each little skull has different features, such as flowers or stars for the eyes and assorted headpieces (my favourite is the little pirate!) I worked out that you could do almost two manicures without using the same skull twice and many more using portions of the large skull to create an abstract effect. My test run on paper also proved that the use of this image plate is not limited to nails; it could also be used to adorn letters, cards and invitations. I’m not usually one for repeat manicures, but I loved this look so much that I might just have to bring out the plate again for my next nail design.

Here’s a look at my practice run on paper and a close-up of the image plate:

And lastly the materials I used:

– Gelly Nail Paint in Watermelon, Pomegranate and Satsuma and Nail Paint in Matt White, Bright Purple and Navy, all Barry M

– MoYou Explorer Collection Number 8 Image Plate

– Konad Stamper and Scraper Set

– Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Base Coat and Insta-Dri Top Coat (not pictured)