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The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures: Dragon

Continuing a week of nail art for The Digit-al Dozen. The Digital Dozen is a small group of highly skilled bloggers and nail artists who do 5 themed manis each month. The theme for February is ‘Mythical Creatures’ and for today’s mani I went with a Dragon. I had a dragon planned for weeks but when I took a closer look at the full dragon image I was going to use I wasn’t real happy with it. So I turned to Pinterest at the last minute and found all sorts of great inspiration!

The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures: Dragon

Items used:

  • Tonic Polish Lava Lust
  • Starlight Polish Dragon
  • Painted Polish Midnight Mischief
  • Yellow Sharpie
  • Orange Sharpie
  • Black Sharpie
  • Gold Foil
  • Nail Studs
  • Whats Up Nails Plate B026 Animalistic Nature

The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures: Dragon

I started with base color Tonic Polish Lava Lust, it was the perfect glowy orange-red I was imagining for this dragon. I then topped it with Starlight Polish Dragon from the Mythological Topcoats line. It gave the base an extra gold-green sparkle, and I would obviously be remiss to not use it! To get the dragon skin finished I used an image from my new What’s Up Nails plate Animalistic Nature. Then I had an epiphany about the dragons tail. I have a whole helmer drawer of nails charms and studs and remembered these crazy spikes that I got in a pack of miscellaneous nail studs years ago. If you had told me 3 years ago I would ever have a use for them I would have laughed. But low and behold I finally actually needed them, and dare I say this mani wouldn’t be the same without! 

The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures: Dragon The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures: Dragon
I know what you’re thinking.. you want to know how I did the eye. I got the idea from a Pinterest photo and followed along somewhat loosely. But it definitely was not my original idea. I just wish I was that creative! I placed a bit of gold foil on the nail and applied a layer of top coat. I then outlined the foil with a bit of black polish. I used sharpies and isopropyl alcohol to create some alcohol inks. I colored in the gold foil with yellow for a brighter color, then added some orange around the edges. I added the black slit in the eye with a black sharpie and finished it off with another layer of top coat. Isn’t it just wicked cool?! 😎👁

The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures: Dragon The Digit-al Dozen does Mythical Creatures: Dragon

What do you think of my dragon nails? Don’t you just love all the dragons from the Middle Earth movies? Check back tomorrow for my final mythical creature mani!

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  • Tracey

    Oooo I think this has to be my favourite look for mythical creatures. Love everything about it especially the golden spikes ♡

  • Wow!!! This is fan freaking tastic!

  • Ehmkay Nails

    That tonic polish is a great base. And I love the 3D spikes!

  • Allison Cohen

    I adore the Lava Lust base shade – perfect for me. You did a fabulous job creating the dragon! I had no idea that you could use Sharpies in nail art.

  • These are so good and spooky! You did a fantastic job with your dragon!

  • Michelle Chouinard

    Where do I start! The perfect polish for the base, OMG on the gold foil, and those spikes!! So awesome. 🙂

  • Kristi Vasquez

    Amazing Tiffany! I love that eye and the spikes are so bad arse!

  • marciaf

    Wow you did an incredible job. The eye is beyond compare. I don’t know if I could walk around with those spikes though without hurting someone.

  • Omg I love this!!! Very Hobbit-esque

  • polarbelle

    oh man, that’s awesome!!! Were the spikes hard to wear or was it for editorial?

  • Ay, this turned out HOT LIKE LAVA. It’s so pretty and that Tonic was perfect for this mani.

  • You did another amazing nail art! I admire your skills!

  • That Tonic was the perfect base for this. Its so firey and gorgeous

  • Yvette Price

    I love the use of the gold foil and markers! Stunning!

  • The dragon scales are stunning, but that eye – perfection! You should do a Lord of the Rings mani (if you haven’t already) and use it as Sauron’s eye!

  • I saw these and instantly had Cumberbatch whispering in my ear “I am…fire, I am..death” – this is Smaug!! And I agree, it’s hard to get a full body dragon on the nails, but I think broken up like this it shows off more elements 🙂

  • You did a fantastic job! I wouldn’t have thought to use Sharpies!

  • That eye is just amazing!!! Bravo!!!

  • Jen Sky Walker

    I love this design, especially the dragon’s eye! Wicked cool!

  • Wow, these are so neat!! The colors are stunning and I’m loving all of the shimmer!

  • Lothwen Akira

    Oh wow, everything and especially that eye, amazing!