Friday, March 9, 2012

The Hunger Games

In honor of my finishing The Hunger Games trilogy and in anticipation of the first movie, I decided to do Hunger Games nail art. I think this is one of the only books I've ever read where I didn't prefer any one character over any other; I just plain liked them all: in various different ways, yes, but still ... I tip my imaginary hat to Suzanne Collins.

The first nail, the thumb, is the mockingjay of course. I mean, what else could possibly say Hunger Games better than the mockingjay? Not my best work, I admit. I'm guessing it looks more like a blob than a bird with an arrow if you don't know what you're looking for.

The index finger is to honor Katniss Everdeen, The Girl on Fire, one light shining gloriously in the dark of District 12 (and all of Panem). The flame, the dark surrounding it, and a little bit of coal using black crackle to show where she comes from.

Next is the one nail I desperately wanted to do but debated endlessly on just how to accomplish it. Even with my love and sorrow over Rue, I was left agonizing over what to do for her. I already had the mockingjay, but that was for the overall series. I could do an orchard tree but that didn't feel right either. Finally, I decided to follow Katniss and honor Rue with flowers. So, I tried covering the entire nail in nothing but flowers. I reworked this multiple times. I can't tell you how many times I had to use nail polish remover. Finally, I used a combination of stamping and a brush to fill the flowers in with different colors. The flowers cover the peephole into another world; one where Rue leaps through the trees like a bird with the whistles of her mockingjays singing that she's safe. Yeah, I'm a big ol' sap!

After that is the forest, stream, and the cave from the Arena. Again, it's not my best work, but I lost a good deal of canvas space. I haven't done a nail art design this intricate since I cut off a lot of my nail length. Still, I'm very pleased. Blue Year's Eve makes an absolutely stunning stream! All that bright blue glitter gleaming from the darker polish just speaks of hidden depths, and whether what lurks in those depths is good or bad will only be found out when you dip in a toe. I tried to add a muddy-ish, sandy bank and some odd rocks before it leads into the greanery of the forest. I'm pretty sure it was the other way around in the books: the forest leads into the barren stream riddled with a mess of rocks and the cave, but I couldn't see filling a whole nail with rocks.

Last but not least, I wanted to do something to encompass the violence of the Hunger Games. I knew I wanted blood, but wasn't sure in what way until I happened upon the trailer while searching out ideas. I saw the reaping of District 12, and when I saw the drab gray blues of their clothes (Katniss's horrific dress especially) I knew what I had to do. The blood spatter is done by straw as per a tutorial I found on Youtube. However, the original idea goes to

Not sure if anyone wants know this but I thought I would include it just in case. You can totally skip over this. :)

Polish Used

  • Wet n Wild - Goldmine
  • Funky Fingers - Platinum Record
  • Petites - Bronze Baby
  • L.A. Colors - Black Velvet
  • Pure Ice - Siren
  • Sally Hansen - Sun Kissed
  • Sally Hansen - Mellow Yellow
  • Funky Fingers - Black Scales
  • Sally Hansen - White On
  • Revlon - Tangerine
  • Sally Hansen- Sun Kissed
  • Sally Hansen - Mellow Yellow
  • Pure Ice - Siren
  • Borghese - Buon Viaggio Mauve
  • Sinful Colors - Beautiful Girl
  • Sinful Colors - Feeling Great
  • Bon Bons - Blue
  • Sally Hansen - Green with Envy
  • Sally Hansen - Emerald City
  • Pure Ice - Free Spirit
  • Funky Fingers - Platinum Record
  • Wet n Wild - Metallica
  • Sally Hansen - Wet Cement
  • L.A. Colors - Black Velvet
  • China Glaze - Blue Year's Eve
  • Revlon - Cloud
  • Pure Ice - Siren


  1. The "blood" splatter is my favorite!

  2. Probably some of my favorite Hunger Games nails! I love how you did something different with each finger :)


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