Hello and welcome to the blog I never expected to have. And it's about Nail Art, of all things, written by someone who could not even polish her own nails properly a year ago (2013). Seriously. It just goes to show you that anyone can do this with practice and patience, or potty mouth and persistence in my case since I have no patience, but anyway.

I took my acrylics off in March of 2013, after nearly continuous wear since 2006. My nails were a disaster (paper thin, ridged and peeling) and I quickly remembered why I had the acrylics put on to begin with. But I was tired of the expensive fills and I was determined to have nice, natural nails. I cherish the day I discovered Nailtiques Formula 2. I followed the instructions, applied one coat daily, removed it after 7 days and started again. It was tough having to look at my sad nails without polish on them, but the results I was seeing were encouraging and I had strong, moderately long nails by the end of July that year.

During that time I made a new friend who was not only polishing her own nails, but she was doing this amazing nail art. I was so inspired that I took the first step, learning how to do my own manicures and polish my nails. They still don't come out perfect today, but there is much less polish on my cuticles and none on my fingers (yes, fingers!) when I am done and cleanup is my friend.

The itch to try nail art came next and I started the way most everyone does, with a few Konad plates, their special polish and a stamper. It was nothing short of an epic failure in the beginning, but I'll save that story for a post where I can share what I learned the hard way and perhaps save you the trouble. What I will say now is that it is a lot harder than it looks; set your expectations accordingly.

I had been stamping for about 7 months when I started this blog on April 8, 2014 and somehow I had managed to collect over 100 plates. There it is, I admitted it. I am shamelessly addicted and the only thing that rivals my plate collection is, of course, my nail polish collection. In case you are curious about how my collections look today, here are up-to-date (June 2017) links to my lacquer, gel, stamping plate and stamping polish collections.

My Nail Polish Collection
My Gel Polish Collection
My Stamping Plate Collection
My Stamping Polish Collection 

I can't bear to see my nails without some sort of nail art on them and I started this blog to share my obsession with you. I plan to share lots of pictures and information about nail art, stamping and other assorted techniques. My pictures will show the design from start to finish whenever possible, so you can see the unadorned polish swatches and the steps I took to decorate it. I dislike seeing a really pretty design posted somewhere and visiting the blog only to find more pictures of the finished design and no indications of how it came to be. So I plan to do my best not to leave you hanging like that here. I will also share my opinions, when relevant, on the products I use.

Thank you for reading and joining me on this new journey. I hope you enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy working on them. Feel free to email me at nailsofaquarius@comcast.net if you'd like to ask me something privately.


  1. Nice to see you have a blog, Karolyn. :) I would have never guessed that your mani's work the result of only a year or so practice makes perfect…. beauteous!

    1. Hey there Claudia! Thanks for stopping by my new blog! I hope my About Me will inspire newer nail artists when they see that it doesn't take years of practice to create pretty nail art. Keep in touch!

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  3. Thank you so much for the tips! The priming and tape trick works great. After much frustration using a double sided Konrad stamper, we figured out our issue was pushing too hard and scraping at an angle. Now, we scrape almost upright and did not push so hard. It finally worked! My girls were happy.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind feedback! It makes me so happy to hear that you found information in my posts that made stamping work for you and your girls! YAY!! xoxo Karolyn

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