I made pretty clear references in yesterday’s post about where I would be drawing inspiration from for today’s nail art. Rather than being inspired by the supernatural (in general), I focused specifically on the television show called Supernatural. It is my favorite tv show and I’ve been following the series for what feels like forever. So it sort of sucked to not include Supernatural in my fandom mani yesterday since I watched Supernatural before either Sherlock or Doctor Who. But I comforted myself with the knowledge that the show would get its own mani today.
Now, this was a difficult one for me. There are so many characters, items, and symbols associated with the show that I wanted to include, but I discarded my original torso nail art idea since I just did that yesterday for WhoLock. I then thought that maybe I should just take the obvious route and focus on Dean, Sam, and Cas…which made me realize that I didn’t really want to do anything for Sam because most days I just don’t like him. And it seemed unfair to exclude Sam and include Cas, so that left me with Dean nails! I am completely fine with that.
After much thought, I decided to focus on his marks. An anti-possession tattoo, Castiel’s handprint from when he pulled Dean from Hell (which is actually no longer there, but oh well), and the Mark of Cain.
The fourth ‘mark’ that Dean (and Sam) once had were Enochian protection sigils carved into their ribs, but there was no way I was going to attempt such intricate detail. That left one nail free, so I chose Baby’s license plate. Because there are very few things in the world that Dean loves more than his car.
I used LynBDesigns Battle Dress for the skin tone on the mark nails, and Essie In Stitches and Kleancolor Black for the marks themselves. For the license plate I used a base color of Essie Avenue Maintain and the details were done with Kleancolor Black, Essie Blanc, and a mix of Kleancolor Tangerine Burst and Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass.
As you can plainly see, I had some directional and spacing issues when painting two of these. My lettering on the license plate unfortunately didn’t fit on the nail as well as I would have liked, but I still think it looks okay. In future I know to make the letters/numbers a little smaller though. My other problem was with the anti-possession tattoo. You can kind of see at the top of the mark where I jammed three of those wavy things in where only two would have comfortably fit, but I chose number accuracy over visual accuracy. I’m also not sure if it’s facing the right direction or not. According to that collection of marks above it’s not, but lots of drawn references (including the one I used) have it the way I have it. And for the record, my handprint is in the right direction (the reference image above is a reflection). So yay, got that right!
It might sound like I’m complaining like crazy about how these turned out, but I’m only nitpicking because of how much I love Supernatural. I do really like these though. They don’t exactly show off clean details like I was hoping, but if you look at them as a whole they look pretty dang good. The handprint is definitely my favorite nail. No problems with that one at all, in my opinion, and it was surprisingly one the easiest of the four to do. My second favorite is the anti-possession tattoo, mainly for the center. Very pleased with my star and the circles around it.
And that wraps up my lengthy commentary on my relatively simple Supernatural nail art. Sorry about how wordy this is! Supernatural makes me babble, apparently. Provided nothing goes wrong, the post tomorrow should be much shorter. It will be inspired by a tutorial, but I haven’t quite decided what tutorial I want to use yet.