Carte Blanche

This is my first-ever blog post. This blog is meant for people who, like me, have an equally divided love for both books and nail polish. A strange combination? Maybe, but as a new nail art fan I seemed to find enough overlap between the two to start this blog.

First of all, I have always been good at collecting things. Mostly, this modest hoarder-trait was directed towards books. However, since I also enjoy having a lot of colour in my life and the waiting time of drying nails turned out to be a good opportunity to continue reading, I became more interested in nail polish. A few weeks ago, when I discovered that nail art is not necessarily created in salons, but can also come from your own creativity and skill, I was keen to give it a try. And at this moment, I have almost doubled my collection of polishes to about a 100. I absolutely love the way in which you can create anything you like and make it actually look kind of professional.

Secondly, it turns out that anything (depending on imagination and creativity) can be made into a nail art design, such as nature, tribal, Christmas, or even film character-inspired designs. The nail art doesn’t even have to exactly reflect specific characters or objects, as long as you make sure to capture the feeling of a film (for instance, I have seen an Little Mermaid-inspired nail art tutorial with one red nail to represent Ariel’s hair, one nail with a starfish as a symbol for the sea, and so on).

Besides, reading and nail painting are not even that different: it is all about creativity, beauty and imagination. Very many authors can be found who write about art and thus, make art about writing!

When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.

~ Lewis Carroll

So I thought, why not combine nail polish and books?

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