To get the newsprint effect, you paint a base coat of a bone-colored nail polish, allow it to dry, then dip each nail in alcohol for about five seconds and press a pre-cut piece of newspaper against the nail. Peel it off slowly, and voilà!, there it is... Seal with a clear top coat.
Mine managed to last about three days before chipping, which is some kind of record for me. I am pretty hard on my nails, which is why I never paint them. It was fun though. While it's a little more trouble than I would take for my normal nail routine (which is pretty much "cut-and-file-the-rough-edges-and-get-rid-of-hangnails-and-that's-it"), I think this would be fun to do for a book club meeting or if you were the editor of a newspaper or something (female, of course). Anyway. There it is.
|Don't look at my cuticles. |
You looked, didn't you?
By the way, none of us are expert or even very good amateur birders, so you really don't have to know what you're doing to join in. Just get a field guide and a camera and come along.... There's a cool app for your smart phone called iBird that has a field guide, slide shows with bird calls, and neat search features. It's easier than toting around a bulky field guide, and you can use your camera phone to make it an all-in-one tool. So feel free to join us!
3. Speaking of cool apps, have you heard of "Draw Something"? It's basically Pictionary that you can play on your phone with your friends. Your friend sends you a picture, which you get to watch them draw in real time and attempt to guess what it is with some random letters they give you. Then you draw a picture to send back (choosing from three options they give you). Your friend gets to watch your attempt at guessing his or her drawing, then guess your drawing, then draw another picture for you. There's no real way to win, you just see how many rounds you can go without missing one. It's a lot of fun... and quite challenging at times, since you're drawing on a two inch screen with your stubby fingertip. Here are some examples ("Medusa," "Wardrobe," and "Paris" - Please excuse the stripes on my French flag... I had the colors right, but the orientation wrong. My apologies to the French.)
4. Here's a dumb little video I made:
That's all I've got! Have a good weekend!