I love nativities. I have a beautiful olive wood one that I inherited from my grandparents that I love! I’ve got a big one in the front yard. I’ve got lots of little nativity ornaments on my Christmas tree. For me, these serve as a great reminder of the reason we celebrate Christmas: Christ’s birth. Because of this, I really like to take a break from the Santa/snowman/candy cane manis and replace them with some nail art that reflects the true meaning of Christmas.
I had a couple ideas rolling around in my head, so I decided to make my right and left hands each a little different. Here’s my left hand:
Here’s my right hand:
Here’s a close up of my Baby Jesus nail:
Except for the blue base color and the sparkly background “light”, this was done entirely with craft paint. It always creeps me out a little to see a picture of my nails this close up.
And here’s the reason you should keep practicing your nail art:
These are the nativity nails that I did last year. I have since had a TON of practice, learned a few tricks and techniques, and gotten a finer paint brush. Sometimes progress comes in such tiny steps that it’s sort of hard to see, so looking back a full year to see my improvement is really encouraging. I’ve still got lots of room for growth!
Thanks for reading!