Well today’s theme is Monsters in the crumpets Halloween challenge, or it was yesterday. Straight away I knew I wanted my monster to have claws, like a werewolf and that’s where this was headed. I cut and shaped nice big long claws out of fake nails, then I drew fine black lines on them with nail art pen. I sealed that with matte top coat and then painted the underside of the nail in a pale lemon yellow, but this just wasn’t yellowy and claw like enough. So I then smeared over yellow acrylic paint with my finger so only a thin layer would be left. I was thinking of a turkey we have at work which has great big long claws! Then I painted some white acrylic paint at the base of each nail. Now it was too white, so working at the kitchen sink (as you do!) I spied the green kitchen scourer and gently scraped some of the white off again….perfect!!! Another coat of matte top coat and the nails were done.
So then to be a werewolf I needed fur, I was planning on just stroking the cat with one hand and have glue ready on the other hand! In my craft/nail art stash lurked some snake skin that I had found in the garden. I have been meaning to put it on my nails, but never seem to get around to it. So how about I just see if I can stick it on my skin and be some weird made-up clawed reptilian beast??!!
Yes it works, you can stick snake skin to your hand and its even quite comfortable as I’m still wearing it as I type this, it flexes with my fingers nicely. I’m feeling a bit like the creature from the black lagoon right now! I ripped the skin up and stuck pieces on with PVA (Elmer’s) glue, I tried to apply fur, but it don’t go to well. So I dabbed brown acrylic paint with a q-tip over the bare skin that remained, applying it with the q-tip helped mimic the scales in the skin and blended the whole look together well.
Hope you have enjoyed my snake, clawed talons. They were fun to create and to try to trick the cat, that there was a snake in the house, but she is way too smart for that! I wonder how much fun its going to be to remove the snake skin?!