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We were asked to choose a past cover and do a hand painted manicure inspired by it! I chose the Feb. 1997 issue. I has a black and white photo of a silver painted hand and manicure. The caption says "Mars Attacks"
when I think of a martian invasion, I think of Orson Welles' 'War of the Worlds" It was a radio show in 1938 that accidentally tricked many people that there was really a martian invasion happening! This mani shows a family gathered around their radio listening to the program, while a young girl imagines the horrible martian attack happening outside. I hope you enjoy!!!

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First, I sized the nails, shaped them and applied 2 coats of white polish.

First, I sized the nails, shaped them and applied 2 coats of white polish.  

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With acrylic paints, I then roughed in where I wanted the furniture and floor to be.

With acrylic paints, I then roughed in where I wanted the furniture and floor to be.  

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Next I added detail to the wood floor by randomly swiping different wood shades and I added a hanging picture because this family seems like the kind that appreciates fine art!

Next I added detail to the wood floor by randomly swiping different wood shades and I added a hanging picture because this family seems like the kind that appreciates fine art!  

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I then put further detail into the floor by mixing clear and a brown polish. this kind of toned down the crazy looking lines. I also added the details into the couch, rug, and radio. I added a side table with a framed family portrait and gave them a sweet lamp. After this step, i topcoated everything with gel polish. This way, as I added more to it, I could use alcohol to wipe away mistakes and keep the base intact.

I then put further detail into the floor by mixing clear and a brown polish. this kind of toned down the crazy looking lines. I also added the details into the couch, rug, and radio. I added a side table with a framed family portrait and gave them a sweet lamp. After this step, i topcoated everything with gel polish. This way, as I added more to it, I could use alcohol to wipe away mistakes and keep the base intact.  

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I looked up photos of fashion in the 30's and based my family off of that. I completed them one at a time, top coating after I was finished. I then added the

I looked up photos of fashion in the 30's and based my family off of that. I completed them one at a time, top coating after I was finished. I then added the "martians" detail coming from the radio. The thought bubble coming from the little girl has silver surrounding it to help give the feeling of a daydream.  

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With acrylic paints and a detailer brush, I then began on the daydream parts. I used much brighter colors than in the

With acrylic paints and a detailer brush, I then began on the daydream parts. I used much brighter colors than in the "real world" because In my mind, childrens' imaginations are so much more vivid than the reality around them. I roughed in the martian robots, and I made a neighborhood- adding in trees, sidewalks, grass, and a road.  

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Next, I DESTROYED the neighborhood! (well, technically the martians did it with their laser beams...) I added flames to the houses, trees, and the road. I also added in black smoke behind the martians with a stippling brush and layered it until it was dark enough. I used a cleaning brush and alcohol to remove the excess. I added life to the scary martians with acrylic paint and detailer brushes. I also threw in a boxer puppy into the real world. This family just needed a dog. \n

Next, I DESTROYED the neighborhood! (well, technically the martians did it with their laser beams...) I added flames to the houses, trees, and the road. I also added in black smoke behind the martians with a stippling brush and layered it until it was dark enough. I used a cleaning brush and alcohol to remove the excess. I added life to the scary martians with acrylic paint and detailer brushes. I also threw in a boxer puppy into the real world. This family just needed a dog. \n  

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Finally I topcoated everything. I used a matte finish all over and then went back over with a shiny coat on the dream portions. I like that the matte gives the feeling of a

Finally I topcoated everything. I used a matte finish all over and then went back over with a shiny coat on the dream portions. I like that the matte gives the feeling of a "BLAH" regular world, and the shiny paired with the brighter colors really helps this daydream scene pop!  

 
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