Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Digit-al Dozen does Book Week: The Yellow Wallpaper

(Let me start this blog post by saying this isn't what I would call a pretty manicure. I really do not need to read any hate comments about what an 'ugly paint job' this is because IT IS MEANT TO BE LIKE IT! :D )

Today's manicure is based on an amazing short story called The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. This is a story that I think every women should read at least once in their lifetime. There are so many nuances to the story that even if you don't pick up on them all you are sure to pick up on a few. This is a story that (I know it is a cliche) changed my life. It made me look at the world in a whole different way.

This manicure is based on the namesake of the book- the wallpaper. When the narrator of the novel is forced into the rest-cure after the birth if her child she becomes obsessed by the pattern and color of the wallpaper in the room she is confined.

 "It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw – not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things. But there is something else about that paper – the smell! ... The only thing I can think of that it is like is the color of the paper! A yellow smell."


  The pattern of the wallpaper seems to make no sense, there are various missing patches. It leaves yellow smears on the skin and clothing of anyone who touches it. The narrator describes how the longer one stays in the bedroom, the more the wallpaper appears to mutate and change, especially in the moonlight. With no stimuli other than the wallpaper, the pattern and designs become increasingly intriguing. She soon begins to see a figure in the design and eventually comes to believe that a woman is creeping on all fours behind the pattern.


 I really wanted to get across the complexity and disgusting nature of the wallpaper in my manicure. This is not at all something I would wear out and is more a piece of art concerned with texture and layers. In actuality this was quite a complex process to create this.

I started with two layers of Barry M Matte White. I then added to that two layers of Nails Inc Summer Place which is a pastel lemon colour. Then using a cotton bud and acetone I removed some of the Nails Inc to reveal the white underneath to represent the ripped off parts of the paper. Then I used a scrunched plastic bag to add some NYC Lexgington Yelloe for texture,this is more of a darker yellow. Next I used a black nail art pen to draw my pattern onto some parts of the nail. Then I randomly went over some parts of the pattern with a thin layer of Summer Place and then remove a bit of the excess polish with the scrunched plastic.

I hope you can appreciate what I was going for with this post. Have you read this book?
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6 comments

  1. Never read this book but great mani for it :)

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  2. Love this look! It's so abstract, definitely something an artist would appreciate!

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  3. Really fab!! I love the end result <3

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  4. I've not read the book but from your description, it sounds like you've perfectly captured the essence of the wallpaper.

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  5. I know this story!! I love what you did with your design! :)

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