Tribal Tuesday: Nail Art with Nail Pattern Boldness

Tribal art, stamping tribal nails, Kiyoco Miyaji charm, MoYou London Explorer 24, Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool

I am excited to be starting a new feature on the blog called ‘Tribal Tuesday’ today! Why you ask? Take the jump with me and I’ll tell you.

Honestly, I feel like I could wear tribal and southwestern nail art every day. I am fortunate enough to live close to the culture and pueblos and it adds a deeper meaning to the art for me. I’ve been collecting Native American pottery, fetishes, and kachinas since my first visit here in 1995. So I have plenty of inspiration hiding from 2 kitties in my china cabinet.

I decided to make it a new feature on the blog to give myself license to show more of it without feeling guilty about not having diverse styles all the time. There will still be plenty of other designs, no worries, there will just be more tribal too. I should do what I love, right???
Tribal art, stamping tribal nails, Kiyoco Miyaji charm, MoYou London Explorer 24, Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool
The idea for this design came from this gorgeous Kiyoco Miyaji charm that I purchased when she was still available at Daily Charme. Today her work is available on Instagram (link below) with a website coming soon. You may recall that I featured a beachy charm from Kiyoco a few months ago in Magic Mermaid Nails with Fairy Dust Glitter Powder.
Tribal art, stamping tribal nails, Kiyoco Miyaji charm, MoYou London Explorer 24, Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool
The color palette and stamping pattern ideas came directly from this selection of minis from my Native American pottery collection.
Tribal art, stamping tribal nails, Kiyoco Miyaji charm, MoYou London Explorer 24, Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool

Design Details

As you can tell from my square nails, this is another throwback design. It was created in early 2016 for a NailIT Magazine ‘southwestern’ prompt and I was THRILLED when it was published in the May/June 2016 issue.

I started with 2 coats of Nail Pattern Boldness Ichabod Crane on my thumb and ring finger and Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool on my remaining nails. I finished with a healthy coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat.

Tribal art, stamping tribal nails, Kiyoco Miyaji charm, MoYou London Explorer 24, Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool
Next, I stamped using 2 subtle tribal patterns from MoYou London Explorer 24 plate and Mundo de Unas Taupe (57).
Tribal art, stamping tribal nails, Kiyoco Miyaji charm, MoYou London Explorer 24, Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool
This decorating was so much fun!! I used Genuine Turquoise Stones from WiiNo Shop and multiple sizes of Gold Feather Charms from Daily Charme. I sorted through the turquoise stones, selected my favorite pieces and placed them on the nail first with a bit of nail glue.
Tribal art, stamping tribal nails, Kiyoco Miyaji charm, MoYou London Explorer 24, Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool
Then I added the feather charms to the stones and placed coordinating Topaz Swarovski Crystals from Artbeads.com. The finishing touch was adhering Kiyoco’s charm on my ring finger.
Tribal art, stamping tribal nails, Kiyoco Miyaji charm, MoYou London Explorer 24, Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool
I love how the subtle glitter in Beautiful Little Fool pop in this macro among all of the other embellishments!
Product Recap Photo

Product Recap

(clockwise from 6pm with brand links)
MoYou London Explorer 24
Orly Bonder Basecoat
HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Pahlish Beautiful Little Fool
Nail Pattern Boldness Ichabod Crane
Mundo de Unas Taupe (57)
WiiNo Shop Genuine Turquoise Stones
Daily Charme Gold Feathers (multiple sizes)
Swarovski Crystals in Topaz from Artbeads.com
Southwestern Charm by Kiyoco Miyaji (not shown)

I would love to hear your thoughts on the 1st edition of Tribal Tuesday!! Do you have a favorite style of nail art that you could wear every day? If so, it would be great to see it. Please feel free to share a photo of that style with your comment below!

Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the next post.
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  • Cat

    Hi Karolyn, these are fabulous! I love the idea of seeing a semi-regular feature of nailart that is inspired by something you personally love and already collect. (I also enjoy the Native American Indian aesthetic, especially turquoise stone and silver jewelry.) Congratulations on being featured in NailIt magazine!!

    • Hey Cat!! Thank you so much! Not that I don’t enjoy all of the nail art I create, but this feature is going to be really special to me. Thank you for the fun Cat fact! Do you ever shop with Albuquerque’s own Carolyn Pollack? Thank you again! I was fortunate enough to appear in NailIT Mag several times before they threw in the towel. <3 <3