Katja Strunz work inspired me…


I love Strunz’s placement of simple shapes, on neutral negative space, and her use of line. There is a sense that the elements are falling… or loosely suspended.

Manic Monday Katja Strunz nails© Julianne Monday 2012

I tried to capture a similar overall aesthetic by using similar elements, across all of the nails.

Manic Monday Katja Strunz nails© Julianne Monday 2012

It is my hope that the shapes appear to be falling across the nails, or loosely suspended in neutral negative space, in a similar manner.

I used:  Barielle “Delicate Dancer” for the nude. Topcoat was Essie’s “Good-to-Go.” To achieve this look, first paint the nude shade over the entire nail. Allow to dry completely. If you are uncomfortable painting sharp lines freehand, use sellotape (scotch tape) to tape off shapes in the middle/side of the nail. I used Orly’s “Liquid Vinyl” to paint these black shapes.


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art deco

My “fall collection” of nail art designs has been heavily influenced by specific geometric ‘art deco’ images.

Manic Monday geometric nail art© JulianneMonday 2012

These gold spikes on baby blue are a kind of deconstruction of basic elements of this image:

I adapted previous designs of mine to adhere to the color/form/overall-aesthetic of this and other similar “art deco” images. Like my “gold pyramids:”

Manic Monday gold pyramids© JulianneMonday 2012

Additionally, my fall version of “spikes.” I call it “red eye” (although it slightly resembles snake eyes… good for Halloween, anyway).

Manic Monday snake eye © JulianneMonday 2012

There are still so many variations I could do from these images. I’m working on making a quite long series of adaptations.


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I originally did this design over a year ago now. I taped off one long, thin acute triangle (if I remember geometry terms correctly) that looked like a spike slashing into the nail. See it on my tumblr.Manic Monday spikes© JulianneMonday 2012

I liked it so much I repeated this design again and again.

This is one of my later variations. I used two of my favorite crème polishes Sephora by O.P.I in “break-a-leg-warmer” (grey) and Sephora by O.P.I “read-my-palm” (“jade” green) over the coppery-gold 17 fast finish “fury” (as I said before the swatch that Boots uses online is nothing like the actual polish.)

Manic Monday spikes© JulianneMonday 2012

I have a great tip for “metal-finish” micro-glitter polishes. Ever notice that no matter how much you mix the polish, it always creates streaks on the nails when painted? I have a way to fix this… Paint the first layer of the polish as normal, then allow time to dry. Then, dab a bit of the polish onto a make-up sponge (notice a pattern? Make-up sponges seem to be one of my favorite ‘nail art tools’…) and sponge on the second coat. (I forget where/who I learned this trick from, but I’m sure other nail art blogs have posted this tip first). This evenly distributes the gold/silver/copper polish so that it looks much more like the polish in the bottle.


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The “marble” effect is not a new trend, but it seems to be evolving from the swirled water-marbles (that look like glass marbles…) to techniques that look like actual marble stone (and uncut gems).

I tried the latter a bit ago, creating a white marble effect with gold accent nails. You can find it here, on my tumblr page.

This is my third real attempt to mimic patterns in stone.

Manic Monday marble nails © JulianneMonday 2012

I didn’t post my second attempt at white marble nails–they always washed out and looked more like teeth (not great) in photographs.

Manic Monday marble nails© JulianneMonday 2012

Once again, third time lucky? I am actually not as happy with these ones as my white version (maybe I’ll try to photograph them again?) I need another variation in color to evoke the natural ‘veins’ that you find in actual stone. But this is a very easy look to create.

Details: Base, Sephora by O.P.I in “break-a-leg-warmer” (from their ballet collection, a slightly cool, opaque crème grey). To create the marble effect, use a gel-based (that is, a clear-based and not a crème) nude shade (I used Barielle “Delicate dancer“). When the grey base is completely dry (you will get a smoother finish if you let the base completely dry) sponge on the clear nude using a tiny piece of a makeup sponge (I hold it with tweezers). Start at one side or in the very middle. Use the polish sparingly, because it is a gel-based polish, it will not cover completely. This is what gives the design its marble effect–the grey will show through. Finish, of course, with your favorite topcoat. I used Essie “Good-to-go.”

There are alternatives to this process, like the “saran wrap method.” Birchbox blog does a great tutorial here.


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geometric nails

Bold geometric nails seemed to work best for Spring/Summer in bright, contrasting colors. See my older versions here and here. But I wanted to carry this kind fo design through to the Autumn/Winter.

Julianne Monday gold nails© Julianne Monday 2012

I tried for a subtle take on Ancient Egyptian shapes and colors. With a base of Orly “Liquid Vinyl” paired with Barielle “Berry Blue” (an unfortunate polish name for this amazingly deep royal… also hard to find on the internet to buy, my apologies), with 17 “Fury” gold sponged on taped-off tips (so that there was no streaking… Note: the swatch at boots.co.uk looks nothing like the actual polish. It is a deep coppery/gold not sickly yellow!).


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half and half

Autumn neutrals, split right down the middle.

Manic Monday nails© Julianne Monday 2012

I used: Gosh “Night Kiss” and Barielle “Delicate Dancer.” Topcoat was Essie’s “Good-to-Go.” To achieve this look, first paint the nude shade over the entire nail. Allow to dry completely. Use sellotape (scotch tape) to completely tape off one side. Then paint the dark brown shade over the other side. Peel off tape, allow time to dry a bit and apply topcoat to finish.

Hope you like this simple, yet lovely, Fall look.


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Gradient tips have been a huge trend for a while now. I’ve tried them in the past with varying levels of success. See: red to blue and a yellow to purple (with silver tips) I did previously. But this time I think I’ve managed to get the technique down much better.

Manic Monday Gradient NailsImage: ©Julianne Monday 2012

I used the “sponge” technique. The Nailasaurus does a pretty good one. The only way I tweaked her tutorial for this was that I painted the very tips of my nails the dark purple and let dry. Her tutorial works best with similar colors, but when you have two drastically different colors like the ones I chose, you might want to paint a strip of the darker one on first.

I used: 17 “Copper Nail” for the gold base and BD (Barbara Daly) “Purple Velvet” for the purple fade. I sponged this on with a makeup sponge. Finished it off with Essie’s “Good-to-go.”


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