Lit from Within: Back to School! Pencils and Pandas

Monday, August 19, 2013

Back to School! Pencils and Pandas

Hello, Fireflies!

I'm going to pretend that I'm not doing these out of order, and while my Summer Love mani is finished, I wanted to bump this mani up to today because public school in my county starts today!  I don't have kids, but the collective cheering of all the moms is deafening.

So, I've wanted to do a pencil mani, and I found this tutorial by Cutepolish that had the pencil tips, too!  I couldn't resist.

sharp pencils and shiny erasers!

Her tutorial is really good, so I didn't do step-by-step pix.  The only thing I changed was to switch the order of the erasers.  She did pencil, metal, eraser.  I did pencil, eraser, and then the metal part because I knew I'd need the denser silver to cover any mistakes I'd made!

I'm totally excited about this mani.  I'd wear it again when University starts for me in a couple of weeks, but I'm not sure my students have ever seen, much less used, a pencil.  Maybe I'll do tablets or cellphones... lol

Here's the bottle shot of all the polishes I used for this mani:  Bondi Brick Road, Zoya Flynn, stripers in orange and black, Above The Curve Michelle's Pink Polish, and Revlon Sequin.

 bottle shot:  Bondi Brick Road, Zoya Flynn, stripers in orange and black, Above The Curve Michelle's Pink Polish, and Revlon Sequin.

If I don't have kids, how did I know that school starts today?  Well, my friend Toni wanted a new mani to start school.  She chose these adorable pandas!

panda nail art

I couldn't find the Instagram account she used for the tutorial, but this mani looks like the template I used.  I used Essie Shop Till I Drop for the pink base, and Cult Nails Tempest and Nevermore for the art.

Essie and Cult Nails

Even though this is a simple mani, I'm proud of it.

black and silver and holo

Toni's mom, Jill, is quitting smoking, and her nails and cuticles have taken a beating.  Jill didn't think she had enough nails to paint, but I wanted to do something for her, and she loves black nails.  I used Liquid Sky Lacquer Rain Cloud with a tip of Cult Nails Nevermore and a bit of silver nail art glitter striper.

Love lives here daily

Her nails and cuticles may bear the brunt of her nicotine withdrawal now, but I think her tattoo speaks louder -
Love lives here daily. 

Be good to each other.


  1. Cute pencil nails! I love cutepolish's channel! :)

    1. Thanks! It was a great tutorial video. I'll have to watch more of her stuff!

  2. Those pencils are TOO DARN CUTE! I love those! The pandas are incredible, too! You rock! Maybe I could use more exclamation marks!!!!

  3. Fabulous recreation! I'm deciding whether I should do this or notebook paper for my back to school manicure.

    1. Thanks! I was thinking about the notebook paper, too! So cute.

  4. I like your pencils, it's a cool idea! I can't decide for diaries or notebook, damn!
    The pandas are cute too!

    1. I haven't seen diary nails! I hope you'll post them (or a link) if you do them. I want to do notebook paper ones at some point. Thanks!


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