September 5, 2016

31-Day Nail Challenge #31DC2016 - Geek Girl Theme - Blue

Fezzes are red
The TARDIS is blue
Bowties are cool
And so are you!

-- a valentine from the 11th Doctor

When I created this year's challenge list of geek girl themes, Doctor Who was the only choice for blue on day 5. The color of the Doctor's trusted time machine, the TARDIS, is so iconic it even has its own BBC-approved Pantone color (Pantone 2955C - TARDIS Blue).

I started watching Doctor Who when PBS began broadcasting it in the US in 1978, so Tom Baker is my Doctor. I quickly became a fan and watched earlier episodes as they became available on VHS. The early years were cheaply made and sometime cheesy, but there was something intriguing about the Time Lords and their ability to travel in time and space. I had my doubts when the series rebooted in 2005, but fell in love with this new incarnation and have been a huge geek about the show ever since. I've been known to cosplay several different Doctor Who characters, so why should my nails be any different?

I don't have the official TARDIS Blue nail color, but Sinful Colors Rain Storm is pretty close. OPI Alpine White was used for the time vortex (ring finger) and bmc Liqiud Gold was used to create the Doctor's most feared nemesis, the Daleks. A single nail vinyl from Espionage Cosmetics' Nailed It Nebulae set is on my thumb and I used bmc Iced Silver and the L004 stamping plate from Born Pretty to finish off the look. The details were completed with Wet n' Wild Ebony Hates Chris and a black sharpie.

So, like Doctor Who itself, this nail design has a little bit of everything! I'm still not happy with my freehand skills, but I keep practicing and hope to get better. Comment below if you have any freehand tips for me or you want to geek out about Doctor Who. To see more nail challenge designs, look for the #31DC2016 tag, or browse through the In-Linkz posts below.


  1. Yay! I <3 <3 Doctor Who! Your Dalek is super adorable! And once again, I think your freehand lettering is absolutely amazing. Those letters are so tiny!

    1. Thank you! It's easier to letter with ultra-fine Sharpies, but they smear if I'm not careful. I've seen nail artists who can do such amazingly detailed work with brushes and polish or acrylic paint - I don't know how they get everything so perfect. I wish I had those skills.