Monday, August 26, 2013

Back To School! Ampersand Style

Hello lovelies!

I'm sure as you could guess by the title of this post, today is my first day back to class. Funny thing, though I won't be in class when this post goes up. My schedule got changed so I only have one class on Mondays and it doesn't start till 2:30pm! Score!!



Now, I'm sure you're wondering what all those pretty little symbols are (if you do know, kudos to you (: ). As a Graphic Designer, typography is a huge part of our job and studies. So, on each nail I painted an ampersand (&) from different fonts! This is mostly for my roommate who is obsessed with ampersands, she wants me to paint these on her nails but she has to grow her nails longer (she has baby nubbins :3 ).

Here's a cool article if you would like to learn more about ampersands! HERE

I had plans to make decals of all the ampersands and just place them on my nails but I ran out of time last night and just decided to free hand them all. So, I used my cut down detail brush and some black nail polish! I'm really happy with how they came out, they give me hope for my free hand skills haha!

Here's what I used:

I should probably acknowledge the change in picture quality. My roommate's boyfriend is letting us borrow his light box which is great, but the thing is ancient and it's just taking me a little while to get used to using it. The box leaves everything with a really orange tint so I've tried my best to color balance them. I photographed these a second time because my hands looked like a lobster the first time! They were SO red, it was ridiculous haha. So yay! Lightbox! (:

I'm in love with this blue, I actually just bought it Saturday! It's New York Color's Skyline Blue. It's a little bluer than my photos show and has a really great shimmer to it that I unfortunately couldn't capture. It was only 93 cents too! HUHELLO!

I feel like I ranted a ton throughout this whole post, haha sorry! I'm glad I went out of my comfort zone though and freehanded the ampersands!

What do you think of this manicure? Do you think ampersands are neat too? Let me know!

Today's song:

The Lonely Forest - Turn Off This Song And Go Outside

Have a great day!
-Marisa (:


  1. They look amazing! Yay for ampersands!

  2. Wow. what a great idea!. you just inspired me girl ;) Loved it (:

    1. Oh yay! Thank you! I can't wait to see what you do (:

  3. YESSSS! I love ampersands, too! Totally knew what they were before you had to tell me ;)