25 January 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does Fairytales, Day Four: The Seven Ravens by Brothers Grimm

Hi everyone! This post is horribly late I know. My work schedule the last three weeks has been the worst. I'm not going to apologize, I just want to let you know posting is going to be sporadic for awhile, but I'm not disappearing. ;)

The Seven Ravens nail art

I was able to complete one final fairytales-themed mani before my work got overwhelming. I really love how this turned out, and it may be one of my favourites from this theme.

About the story and the design:

The Seven Ravens is a story that was collected by The Brothers Grimm. The story is about a father who turns his seven sons into ravens after they fail to do something he asked them to. The father also has a daughter, the youngest, and when she grows older, she sets out to find and rescue her brothers.

The Seven Ravens nail art

The Seven Ravens nail art

For the design I wanted to do something that had a bold, graphic look--like woodblock prints. So I did minimal shading, and only accents of colours here and there.

The Seven Ravens nail art

To get this look:

Like the previous three designs, this is also done with acrylic paint on a nude base. At times I pressed my brush down while I was painting to get that streaky look. I also wanted to imitate the texture that you see with woodblock prints.
  • Base: OPI My Vampire is Buff
  • Design: Acrylic paint in black, white, brown, and sap green
  • Brush: Pure Color Glamor 1 from Stylish Nail Art on Etsy
  • Top coats: Girly Bits What a Rush and Essie Matte About You

The Seven Ravens nail art

See also:

Day One: The Angel
Day Three: Rapunzel

What do you think about this? Have you read The Seven Ravens before?



  1. The wood-blocking concept looks great against that base. Great detail work!

    This is actually a story I never heard of; it sounds really dark!...well, as are all Grimm tales, I guess!

  2. This is absolute perfection, as always! Love it!

  3. Aaah, again that gorgeous sketch style that I love so much. The color scheme is perfect, too!

  4. your nails look so great!
    I love all the details and I hope you'll have a wonderful week!
    I look forward to see your next nail art and read your next post <3

  5. These nails blew my mind. GORGEOUS!

  6. Outstanding! While I know I won't do as good a job of it as you've done, I pinned this so I'll have inspiration to celebrate Poe's birthday next year. (this came out just a smidge too late this year, darn it!)


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