Mondrian nails

Saturday, April 8, 2017


I originally posted about these Mondrian-inspired nails on the blog's Instagram, captioned "up on the blog tonight!". Well, that was a big lie, because it's been TWO WEEKS and I'm just now sitting down to write this blog post. It's also been FIVE MONTHS (to the day!) since I last posted, but oh boy! do I have a big life update for the few of you that hang on through my long hiatuses.

That big life update is that I made it through the college applications process and now know that I'll be attending the University of Pennsylvania next year! I'm in the Wharton School within Penn, which means that I'll be majoring in economics. I'm so happy to be done with the college applications process and super excited to be in Philly/at Penn for the next four years. The downside of all of this, of course, is that Ivies are expensive; Penn's cost of attendance is $70k/year and that's going to be painful to cough up... I have so much more to say about the cost of higher education in the U.S., but I'll save it for another day ;-) 

***I also wrote one of the essays I sent to Penn about nail art, so this blog and its readers played a pretty unexpectedly large part in this whole thing!!

But I digress. the nails!! I was inspired to create these by my friend, who was attempting to freehand a Mondrian-esque painting because he didn't have tape. I did have tape, so I figured I should do some Mondrian-inspired nails.

I know I'm not the first to do this type of design and certainly not the best! but at least it was fun :)

For those wondering, Piet Mondrian was a late-19th/early-20th century Dutch painter. He called this (black lines + primary colors + white background) "neoplasticism". And he looked like this:

Pretty debonair, I guess. 

I hope you guys liked these nails enough to make up for the last five months. 
Either way, thanks SO much for reading and for sticking with the Nail Snail through all of this!!!

Lucy xx


  1. Congrats on getting into such an amazing school! I love these nails! My grandma used to do paintings like these all the time, and I did nail art based on it too!


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