Monday, December 5, 2011

Snowmen of Calvin and Hobbes

Today's manicure features a few of the beleaguered snowmen from the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Bill Watterson's amazing cartoon strip had some really twisted snowmen created by Calvin. Often the snowmen made his dad's life more difficult, by blocking the driveway, or embarrassing the family. Click here to see a few of the great snowmen comic strips, as well as some real life recreations.

This nail art is a combination of two different comic strips. On my thumb, I have Calvin walking along in his snow gear, quite satisfied with himself. On my middle and ring fingers you see two melting snowmen holding signs and warning of the coming Spring.

One of the strips I based my manicure on. 

I started with a white polish base using Sinful Colors Snow Me White. And lookee at my hand pose, inspired by my polish buddy Sarah from Chalkboard Nails. :-)

Here are the snowmen up close before I top coated. I was hard to write those small letters on their signs, so I had to truncate the messages. Artistic license. 

Here's the manicure before topcoat. I think it turned out well!

On my right hand I painted a little bit of Lynnderella glitter polish on the tips to give it a cold frosty appearance. This could be a very pretty winter themed manicure on its own. 

Polishes used in this manicure: Lynnderella Thank Blue! and Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I also used Essie All In One Basecoat and Seche Vite topcoat. 

I made a quick video of these nails to include it in Robin Moses' Let It Snow collaboration. Any snow inspired art work is welcome. I think this is pretty fun. :-) 



27 comments:

  1. Love it! Your right hand is also really pretty!

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  2. Thank you Amber!! This was so fun to do, and surprisingly really did not take too long.

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  3. Amazing as usual!
    Those snowman comics are amongst my absolute favourites and they're classics around this house. When someone says snowman, these guys are exactly what I think of, hahahahaha.

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  4. Ha ha, mine too Rach! Calvin had so many creative ways to torture his parents, but the snowmen were some of my favorites. Did you get the nail polish yet? I sure hope so.

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  5. LOVE them! I've always wanted to do these scenes, but never enough snow. On the nails is perfect!

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  6. Ha ha! Thanks thenailaholic! I never have enough snow to do these in real life either, but I am totally okay with that. I am not a big fan of snow.

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  7. I got it!!! I sent an email when I opened the box but it must have been eaten in cyberspace! Silly internet. I've had DS Sapphire on my hands for the last week and I simply cannot stop staring. :D

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  8. I love this one and it's actually pretty special to me personally! Calvin and Hobbes is one of my dad's favourite comics and nail art is one of my favourite hobbies, so I sent him this link!! :D

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  9. Oh that's so great to hear, Rach! DS Sapphire is really gorgeous, I hope you are getting compliments on it. :)

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  10. Thank you Kayleigh! Calvin and Hobbes is really dear to me too! My little brother learned to read by poring over Calvin and Hobbes comic books. I remember he came up to my parents one day and complained about his allowance, saying "How am I supposed to do anything with these measly ducats?" He had learned that phrase (measly ducats) from Calvin. SOOO funny!

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  11. Thanks Leslie! I will having to do another Calvin and Hobbes mani soon.

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  12. You're so great! This is such an awesome mani!

    xoxox

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  13. This is so cool! It's like having your own comic strip on your nails!

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  14. Omg this is gorgeous! I love Calvin and Hobbes(:

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  15. Ha ha, it is Rins! I will have to do more comic strips, especially because my brother is sad that Hobbes is not on my nails too. :)

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  16. Thank you Nicole! I love Calvin and Hobbes too!

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  17. This mani is absolutely amazing! I have always loved reading Calvin & Hobbes :) You have recreated his silly snowmen perfectly!!!

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  18. Thank you so much, Christy! I actually was flipping through Calvin and Hobbes books while I did this mani. Watterson was so brilliant in this strip.

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