10 mini canvases

hey, my name is Jennifer and I often enjoy painting my 10 mini canvases. you can count on me to always cite my polishes! feel free to e-mail me at 10minicanvases@gmail.com.
okay, okay, so I don’t usually like to post swatches, but I have been getting so many compliments on my bubblegum nails!  what a fun color for such a not fun time here in the collegiate world.  ugh, you feel me?  I mean, I’m stoked that there’s only four weeks left, but there are far too many things to accomplish before then!  I will just have to paint my way through it.
Zoya Shelby

okay, okay, so I don’t usually like to post swatches, but I have been getting so many compliments on my bubblegum nails!  what a fun color for such a not fun time here in the collegiate world.  ugh, you feel me?  I mean, I’m stoked that there’s only four weeks left, but there are far too many things to accomplish before then!  I will just have to paint my way through it.


Zoya Shelby

y’all, I LITERALLY cannot do a tape manicure.

what is the secret?  obviously letting the base totallydry, I got that.  but then when you are removing the tape, do you wait until that second color is completely dry or do you remove it right away?  and is the secret to having the second color not be “pulled” do you have to really beware of how thick the layer is?  because honestly, I tried to do one for about the millionth time tonight and I could have drawn straighter nails by hand.  I am so sad.  and I will never be no NailSide, but I would like to try.  haha  let me know what I may be doing wrong!  what’s the trick?

my first floral, Spring is so lovely <3
white - American Apparel California Trooperbrown - OPI Ginger Bells!green - American Apparel Mac Arthur Parkpink - American Apparel Roguepurple - OPI Pamplona Purpleblack - American Apparel HassidSeche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

my first floral, Spring is so lovely <3


white - American Apparel California Trooper
brown - OPI Ginger Bells!
green - American Apparel Mac Arthur Park
pink - American Apparel Rogue
purple - OPI Pamplona Purple
black - American Apparel Hassid
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

colorful, Spring flowers inspired by this papers plate!  takes me back to this post, one of my first inspirations.  the ironic thing is that when I stepped outside onto my porch to photograph this manicure, it had begun snowing.  -_-  I guess we here in Iowa City are just getting a little hasty for some sunshiney days.  and okay, I would love to cite my polishes for you all, but I used a total of 28 polishes for this manicure!  but if you&#8217;re curious about a particular shade, let me know and I can fill you in.  :]  hope y&#8217;all have had a great weekend!

colorful, Spring flowers inspired by this papers plate!  takes me back to this post, one of my first inspirations.  the ironic thing is that when I stepped outside onto my porch to photograph this manicure, it had begun snowing.  -_-  I guess we here in Iowa City are just getting a little hasty for some sunshiney days.  and okay, I would love to cite my polishes for you all, but I used a total of 28 polishes for this manicure!  but if you’re curious about a particular shade, let me know and I can fill you in.  :]  hope y’all have had a great weekend!

ladies and (potentially?) gentlemen, I have swatched.  I spent a little quality time with each of my 180-some polishes and sampled all of them onto the color-grouped wheels.  it was a really fun process!  I ended up using sticky-tack and mounting them up on my wall in my nail-painting nook, as I like to call it.  I store all of my polishes under the coffee table and sit right there on the floor and paint away!  I ended up with this really interesting group of like nudes/peaches/pearls/sheers…  very classy, French wheel if you ask me.  I was also pretty excited when I realized I had enough teal-like shades that merited their own wheel considering I didn’t feel right putting them with either the blues or the the greens.  also, have you every considered the dynamic nature of your brown polishes?  I mean, I have my ‘regular’ browns, tans, bronzes, mahoganies, gray-browns…  it’s probably my most diverse wheel!  ended up kind of just looking like an autumn-pallet.  also very cool though!  okay, well I just wanted to share my little project with you all.  hope you’re ready for your week!  it totally just started snowing here in Iowa City…  whomp.

cutesie cupcakes!  inspired by my roommate&#8217;s adorable apron.  also Valentine&#8217;s Day appropriate, hooray!  this color pallet really cheers me up, makes my cheeks a little rosy, you know?
white - Sally Hansen CSM Lavender Cloudlight pink - American Apparel Coney Islandpink - Essie Lovey Doveydark pink - American Apparel Angelinegreen - China Glaze Electric Pineappledarker green - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green With Envyblue - China Glaze For Audreydarker blue - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away!brown - Essie Mink Muffsblack - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Outsilver - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb Citya coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat!

cutesie cupcakes!  inspired by my roommate’s adorable apron.  also Valentine’s Day appropriate, hooray!  this color pallet really cheers me up, makes my cheeks a little rosy, you know?

white - Sally Hansen CSM Lavender Cloud
light pink - American Apparel Coney Island
pink - Essie Lovey Dovey
dark pink - American Apparel Angeline
green - China Glaze Electric Pineapple
darker green - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green With Envy
blue - China Glaze For Audrey
darker blue - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away!
brown - Essie Mink Muffs
black - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out
silver - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City
a coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat!

veinesarc asked: you should do tutorials

I would love to give tutorials a try!!  maybe once I get into the rhythm of my spring semester, I will get organized and get filming :]  thanks for the encouragement, hope you’re having a great weekend!

nailsinthecity asked: Just wanted to wish you the best birthday of all the birthdays! May your gift bags be filled to the brim with many American Apparels, OPIs, and Essies. =) Love, Kels and Breeze.

thank you, girls!!  it has been a very joyful weekend!  which included 6 new polishes :]  :]  from my cotton balls, acetone, and bottles to yours, I love you both very much!!

here at the University of Iowa, I am involved in a Christian campus ministry called 24:7, inspired by the prophetic record in Jeremiah 24:7. I was asked to write a blog post for our website and I chose to write about my passion for polish!  check out what I wrote here.  :]  also, I never thought that I would mention the bible and American Apparel in one text.  haha  I love the Internet.
yellow - American Apparel Manilablack - American Apparel Hassida coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

here at the University of Iowa, I am involved in a Christian campus ministry called 24:7, inspired by the prophetic record in Jeremiah 24:7. I was asked to write a blog post for our website and I chose to write about my passion for polish!  check out what I wrote here.  :]  also, I never thought that I would mention the bible and American Apparel in one text.  haha  I love the Internet.

yellow - American Apparel Manila
black - American Apparel Hassid
a coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

look at how long my nails are!  and they&#8217;re still going strong, this is a record for me and my weakling tips.  anyways, here are some lines.  super innovative, right?  haha
yellow - American Apparel Trenchcoatred orange - American Apparel Lopez Canyonblue - American Apparel Peacocka coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

look at how long my nails are!  and they’re still going strong, this is a record for me and my weakling tips.  anyways, here are some lines.  super innovative, right?  haha

yellow - American Apparel Trenchcoat
red orange - American Apparel Lopez Canyon
blue - American Apparel Peacock
a coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat