Inspired by a Book Mani series - The Day The Babies Crawled Away

Every week I will bring you nail art! Thursdays used to be Fail Art Thursday, but hopefully I'll have less "fail" here! I'm going to do this series (for as long as I can), with nail art inspired by books! The covers of books specifically. I hope to be able to do this EVERY Thursday - and I'm going to try my hardest to make this a weekly feature - there are SO many books I can utilize :)

So what is this week's book? The Day The Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann! This is a children's book - my son's favorite book when he was a toddler to be exact. At about the age of 9 or 10 months (right around the time he became mobile), this book became a constant in our house. My husband and I had to read it to the boy every night before he'd go to sleep! We even had his one-year pictures taken WITH this book! I won't lie - my husband and I even had it memorized for long car trips. (actually, I STILL have it memorized...)

This book is huge. I mean, it's really, really tall. Having the entire book in a picture with my nails would be crazy! haha I had my husband choose which book to use this week, and he was just determined I was going to use this one :) I have never really been good at gradients, so I decided this was going to be my time to practice!! I loved all the colors on the cover, so I decided to do more than one gradient!

Here are all the colors I used for this mani :) Wet n Wild Inkwell, Cult Nails Tied Up, China Glaze Electric Beat, Catrice I Sea You and Sold Out Forever and Cult Nails Feel Me Up. Each of these polishes were purchased with my own money or traded for with friends. Also pictured is the cosmetic sponge I used hehe I scattered the gradients. I used Tied Up and Electric Beat together, then Electric Beat and I Sea You, then I Sea You and Sold Out Forever, and lastly, Sold Out Forever and Feel Me Up. I gradiented (is that a word? hahah) over a base of white polish.

I'm quite proud of this!!! I wore this around for a day just basking in the fact that I got it to work!! hehe I painted the polish directly onto my cosmetic sponge, instead of putting it on wax paper or anything. I think maybe this is just my way of doing it. Gradients are going to be on my menu more often! :) Even tho I like this so so much, I decided I needed to add the butterflies from the cover, and I knew I had a stamping plate with them! The plate came with a set I purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond many a moon ago!

This may very well be one of my most favorite manis I've EVER done. Seriously. It turned out so well. I'm not sure I can top it!!

So what do you guys think? I am really looking forward to what I can accomplish with this feature! Is there a book you'd like to see me attempt nail art inspired by? I'll gladly take suggestions! I can even get the book checked out from the library if need be ;)

**DISCLAIMER** I either purchased these products myself or were given gifts from friend.