Apologies for not having this up earlier today, but these nails took a wee bit longer than I had anticipated last night and it was just too late to type up the post! I have now taken on two nail challenges though I am not intense enough to have a different set of nails every day! For Week 18 of the #BCDNails Challenge, the theme was "Border Nails". I was about to do a traditional set of border nails with a solid colour outlined with black when suddenly inspiration hit me. Aren't all cells "bordered" by a cell membrane? Thus, inspiring these "plant cell nails"! I had no idea how these were going to turn out as I have NEVER seen these done before, but I am very pleased!
I Googled basic pictures of plant cells and made sure to put in key elements that we all remember from high school biology. Though I wish I'd had the forethought to keep everything to scale. I won't get into the details of what a plant cell is or the mechanics of each element, but I will mention that "ER" is an abbreviation for "Endoplasmic Reticulum" and the little black dots represent ribosomes, protein-making machines. ER with ribosomes is termed "rough" for its appearance and "smooth" when no ribosomes are present.
This manicure took about 2 hours to draw and no, I did not paint my right hand with the same design! For my base, I used one of my favourite white polishes - Essence Wild White Ways* and then hand-painted everything else with acrylic paint and a fine nail art brush. Oh wait, my nucleolus was dotted with China Glaze - Flying Dragon! I then topped it all off with top coat, put my nails together and looked at my plant cell puzzle nails. Success! It all lined up!
Check out Traci's (@drinkcitra) creations for this challenge and stay tuned for 15 more designs of #BCDNails! Tag us if you feel like joining in!