Saturday, February 11, 2017

Call of Cthulhu

Hey, everyone!

Lately I have been reading a lot of H.P. Lovecraft's short stories. I have a huge bound collection of his works (although it's not anywhere near his complete works), and I finally got around to reading it. So, it inspired me to create some nice creepy nail art! Keep reading for all the details!

H.P. Lovecraft truly was a master of horror. He combined space and the occult in such a way that it is truly terrifying to imagine, especially when such terrors were not explicitly stated but merely hinted at. Honestly, I haven't even finished the collection I have yet because I was starting to have pretty eerie nightmarish dreams after reading so much of his stuff, but I got through about 400 pages of it! My favorite stories that I have read thus far are absolutely At the Mountains of Madness (which might be getting a film adaptation directed by Guillermo del Toro!), The Dunwich Horror, The Thing on the Doorstep, and of course, The Call of Cthulhu.

Since the creature/monster/demigod Cthulhu is what most people associate with H.P. Lovecraft, I decided to try my best to recreate it on my nails! In The Call of Cthulhu, Cthulhu is described as "A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind." Pretty terrifying, right? I wasn't sure that I could fit all of that on one nail, so I went for just the head and wings instead!

I started with a base of A England St. George on all of my nails, a great color for something associated with deep space and the deep ocean. On my index, ring, and pinky fingers, I stamped some tentacles using Bundle Monster plate BM-506 and Sinful Colors Olympia. Isn't is such a great color for Cthulhu?! I then started painting the general shape of the creature on my middle finger, starting with the bulbous head and tentacles and then the wings. I filled it in using Olympia, then added some details using China Glaze Westside Warrior. I then added some small red rhinestones for evil eyes, then used Olympia again to add some angry brows and lids. On my thumb I painted the name, also using Olympia. After all of that, I carefully applied topcoat to all of my nails.

Materials Used
A England St. George
Sinful Colors Olympia
China Glaze Westside Warrior
Stamping plate BM-506
Red rhinestones

Did I do this horrifying creature justice? I absolutely loved having these on my nails! They made me feel so... powerful! MUAHAHA! Oh, just kidding. But tell me what YOU think of them! Thanks for stopping by!

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