September 12, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does it AGAIN: Books! The Mortal Instruments Runes Nail Art

I've been reading books from The Mortal Instruments series like there's no tomorrow! While I'm not sure that the plots are any good (they just seem like a mish-mash of every other similar-ish thing I've read), the writing is really great and fast paced so it's hard for me to put one down when I'm in the middle of it! Today's nails for the 'book' theme of the Digit-al Dozen September Spectacular are a multi-stamp representation of the runes on Shadowhunters' skins. WTF are Shadowhunters and runes? Shadowhunters are half-angel half-human demon-fighting heroes, and they use these tools called steles to draw runes on themselves; the runes have different meanings and properties - some help heal wounds, others protect you or give you good luck, etc. Check it out!




Currently I'm most of the way through City of Glass so I promise no spoilers for you if you promise no spoilers for me in the comments (however, I did look up one thing because the ~plot twist~ at the end of the first book made me nauseous...). In the books the descriptions of the runes on Shadowhunters makes it seem like they are covered in old rune scars, mixed with some permanent ones. Whenever you draw a new rune onto your skin, it's very dark and obvious, then fades over time to thin, silvery marks. Keeping this idea in mind I did multiple different stamps in OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Barry M silver foil, and black. This was my first time doing multiple stamps on one nail and I think it went A-OK! Mostly I'm just always pleased that challenges like this give me a reason to use the patterns on plates I would never use otherwise (I don't understand why there are so many images that look like awful tribal tattoos on ALL OF THE PLATES).

Admittedly, the trailer for the movie based on the first book got me interested in reading the books and I'm about 10 years too old for the intended audience (yikes). I am a wee bit weirded out that the books are essentially fanfic based on the author's own previous fanfic of Harry Potter ; while the story is "original" it takes A LOT of inspiration from and includes a lot of similar elements of Harry Potter (not cool, because HP is my homeboy). I guess once Snooki had published a book, fanfic seemed like a totally normal thing to actually publish and sell in stores [yep, totally looking at you 50 Shades of Grey]. Granted these Mortal Instruments books are FUN to read despite overwhelming similarities (Clary vs. Valentine is the new Harry vs. Voldemort?!), while FSOG is more like me shaking my head at how truly, truly godawful the writing and characters are the whole time -__-

Now check out the other book-inspired nail artz for today and of course don't forget our $200 gift card giveaway!!!


8 comments:

  1. I love the nails, and I do love the books! I stopped after I read the third one, still have to read the others, but I'm not obsessed over it... I have way too many books to read to be obsessed about TMI lol :D

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  2. I haven't read the books but the nails are super pretty!

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  3. I just recently finished reading the first book, that is one doozy of a plot twist isn't it?
    I absolutely love how you did these, layering in nude and silver is ingenious!

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  4. I haven't even heard of the books! But this manicure is so pretty it makes me want to read them!!! =)

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  5. Fabulous job! Ah, gotta love that plot twist eh? :)

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  6. This is really awesome! The layering is amazing.

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  7. Gorgeous mani! I started reading the books when they first came out but kinda lost interest after the first two.

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  8. Great mani! I was going to read the books and then I read a review of them and didn't want to waste my time. I heard it was bad Harry Potter fan fiction. But that is no reflection on your fantastic mani! :)

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