When the sun goes down, we turn to our nails for decoration.
But what if you want to keep the design on the nail even when it’s dark?
That’s the challenge faced by designer, cornhole board designer, and nail design enthusiast, Christopher O’Brien.
Here, he shares the tips and tricks he learned from his past work to nail his next project.
Get creative with the design.
The best time to nail a design is when it is still bright, says O’Connor.
“If it’s bright, it’s a sign that you’re getting into the design process,” he says.
“And if you’re not getting into it, you’re losing the design.”
For this project, O’Connors idea is to take a traditional cornhole ball and use it as a canvas to design his nails.
“I’m trying to use a simple theme that works for both cornhole and nail,” he explains.
“The idea is that I want to create a fun design that works well on both.”
To get started, O’s using his own designs for the design, and he’s even using his family’s favorite, the T. Rex.
“My dad has an 8-foot cornhole table,” he tells us.
“He always loves to have fun with the cornhole.”
O’s also used a design he found on a local business website to help guide his design.
“It was a fun, easy to do, fun design,” he laughs.
“In the end, I think it came out great.”
Choose your materials wisely.
If you’re going to be using a large variety of materials to nail, you need to be sure to choose the right material, says Chris.
“You need to make sure you’re choosing materials that are going to last you years and years,” he adds.
“This is where I put my money.”
Choose a template.
“A template is a great way to find out which materials you need for your project,” says O. “Some of my templates were actually created in a single day.
So, it was really helpful to get my own hands on those and see how they worked.”
He also uses this template as a reference for his designs.
“For my project, I picked the blue and yellow pieces because it’s the best combination of materials and colors,” he said.
“But you also have to remember that it’s not the same for everyone.”
“Being able to go to a design show and get inspired to go into that project is really helpful,” O’Connor says.
He also encourages people to experiment with different materials.
“When you’re starting out, you may not be able to use everything that you find, but you can find something to work with,” he suggests.
“We found a nice pattern on a fabric that’s going to work for this project.”
For the last piece, he used his father’s favorite pattern.
“That was really hard,” he admits.
“Then I got inspired by that and decided to use that as my template.
So I got the same colors, and it was a really fun project.”
Make your own.
“There’s so many different styles of nail,” O’s says.
And, like any good DIY project, it can be challenging to find the right materials.
For the first few days of his project, he experimented with different colors and materials, and then settled on the red and green.
“So I started looking for materials that were going to fit this pattern,” he explained.
“They were going in a nice, smooth line, and they were going through a good layer.
And I was really pleased with the result.
So that’s what I’ve been doing.
I’ve used those pieces and my dad’s favorite color, and I’ve really been able to make my own pieces.”
Get to work.
“Sometimes, I’ll have to sit for hours at a time and it’s just a nightmare,” he stresses.
“To be able get through those hours, and work in the daylight, that’s a good thing.”
Do your research.
“Look for a website where you can see the materials,” O warns.
“Just because it looks like a website, doesn’t mean it’s going into the same type of material that’s on your nails,” he advises.
Choose the right nail art.
“At this point, I’m just trying to pick my nails.
I’m not really thinking about the designs or the designs themselves,” he warns.
You need to look at the design and how it looks and what you can do with it.
“What you need is something that looks like it would look on your fingers, and that’s it,” he emphasizes.
Even if it’s on