Request: Dr. Seuss!!

bendedspoon kindly requested a nail tutorial for her daughter, who loves Dr. Seuss!

I love Dr. Seuss as well, and one of my favorite characters is the Cat in the Hat*!

Looking at this picutre, here is the design I came up with:

Here are the items I used to create this design:

– Base and top coat by OPI

– Shimmery golden-red nailpolish (24 by Etos Long Lasting polish)

– White nailpolish (103 by Seventeen Cosmetics)

– White nail art striper (29 by Inglot)

– Dark brown nail art striper (30 by Orkide)

– toothpick


1. After applying a basecoat, paint your ring finger white and the rest of your fingers red. I used a shimmery golden-red because it is a great color for fall, and because this will be a fun and playful design 🙂

2. Using the white nail-art striper, carefully paint two horizontal white stripes on each red nail. This will represent our Cat’s famous hat! Notice that the white stripes are somewhat thinner than the red ones.

Tip: to draw a straight horizontal line across your nail, it is easier to hold the brush steady and to rotate your nail. This tequnique works especially well when you are making a design on your dominant hand.

3. The next step is to create the lovely red bow that the Cat wears around his neck, on our ring finger. Start off by making a few blobs of the red polish on your nails, remotely resembling the bow:

Then, while the nailpolish is still wet, use a toothpick to quickly manipulate the blobs into the shape of a bow. Add more blobs if necessary.

4. As a finishing touch, outline the bow details and the boundaries between the lines with a thin black or dark brown striper. Don’t worry if the lines aren’t perfect; it will only add to the cartoonish and playful effect of the design.

5. Finally, if anyone still doubts what cartoon character your nail design is representing, write “The Cat in the Hat” on your thumb:

6. Once your design is completely dry, apply a top coat and you’re done!

Here are more photos of the design!

Coming soon: Dr. Seuss toenails! 😀

* disclaimer: I don’t own any of Dr. Seuss’ characters; I just use them for inspiration 🙂


7 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. bendedspoon
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 00:15:46

    you amaze me without fail
    with this cat in the nail!
    simply great great
    love it love it!


  3. furryfurynailart
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 15:12:49

    Glad you liked it 🙂 Let me know if you have any other requests 🙂


  4. bendedspoon
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 22:52:56

    really? so kind of you!
    for ideas here’s my fave characters
    charlie brown, charlie chaplin
    and albert einstein


  5. Trackback: Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat nail art tutorial 2! « Furry Fury Nail Art

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