Indigo Jelly and Texture Zigzags

Does anyone else have fond memories of playing with the ole’ carpenter’s folding ruler? I loved making zigzags with one as a kid. You know what? I’m pretty sure they were originally designed for kids, but some adult decided that he wanted to keep using one in his day job. Yeah. That’s my story.

Indigo ZigZag Texture Nail Polish Design by Kimett Kolor

Ahem. Let’s see, where to begin this nail art post…

Well…I once again joined the fabulous Mani Swap Circle challenge group this month. This round was extra special too! Instead of the whole gang doing re-creations in the same color(s), we were divided up into groups of the colors of the rainbow. Check out this extremely cool collage:

#maniswapcircle Rainbow Collage

So, as you already guessed, I was in “Team Indigo”. Being a pretty specific shade, I have only a half dozen or so polishes in my collection that would work. As a result, the limitation helped me decide what kind of nail art I could make. Argument for more polish? [Sheepish grin]

I was assigned @dolls.and.nails who has a beautiful blog as well as Instagram account. We may not speak the same language, but we both speak nail art — so that works out just fine!

Pink Zigzag Manicure by Dolls & Nails

I was drawn to her Pink Zigzag manicure with that lovely contrast of sheer jelly polish and opaque texture combination.

And as it happened, I had just received my prize package from Ejiubas’ giveaway in the mail. Among tons of goodies, were lots of full nail vinyl sheets.

Indigo ZigZag Texture Nail Polish Design by Kimett Kolor


The zigzag pattern of the vinyl sheet I used included a diamond shape pattern in the middle of it (see photo further down the post). So, to try and stay within my inspiration source, I used only the zigzag portion on my accent nail (index). It didn’t quite cover the whole nail – but I liked the look of it starting just down from the edge. What do you think?

Indigo ZigZag Texture Nail Polish Design by Kimett Kolor

Don’t you love how the pink of my skin (under the nail beds) make the jelly polish look more purple than it does over my tips. It almost looks like it was a thermal polish transitioning from purple to blue, but it’s not. I just have very pink colored nail beds. Happy accident.

Taking a bit of artistic license, I applied the zigzag pattern on my thumb as well. Okay. You caught me. I wanted two zigzag nails just like my muse! Mine just happen to all be on one hand. Don’t sue me.

Indigo ZigZag Texture Nail Polish Design by Kimett Kolor

I went ahead and used the entire vinyl pattern on my thumb. I didn’t notice until after peeling up the vinyl that I didn’t press one of the zigzags down enough and polish seeped under it. So, I have one very thick zigzag…oops. It didn’t look like a mistake to the naked eye, it only stands out in this extra close-up photograph. (100% user error.)

Indigo ZigZag Texture Nail Polish Design by Kimett Kolor

Design Details

I was quite impressed with the quality of these nail vinyls. They are very thin — great for curvy nails like mine. The included instructions suggest you use tweezers to gently lift and peel them off the clear shiny backing sheet they come on — and that worked out well for me. Yes, another reason to work out my issues with tweezers. LOL

Indigo ZigZag Texture Nail Polish Design by Kimett Kolor


Products Used:

Point of Blue
by Essie from their Silk Watercolor line
Evening Strolls by Polish My Life
Sparkle In The Sky by Finger Paints (texture)
Nail vinyl
ES-07 zigzag pattern, by Ejiubas
Top Coat
Le Top Coat by Polish My Life
***I love this top coat. I only needed to let my nails dry for 45 minutes before being able to use the nail vinyls. Although out of habit from using tape in the old days, I did apply vinyls to my palm first to make them slightly less sticky.
Indigo ZigZag Texture Nail Polish Design by Kimett Kolor

I chose to wear this glitter polish in its textured state (without top coat), but you can see in this bottle shot and in the ring made with the same polishes under the glass dome that the polish looks lovely shiny too.

It felt great to be doing nail art again. This design was simple to make, but really packed a punch anyway. Those zigzags are darling and the polishes played well together. Phew!

Oh. Did you happen to notice I’m trying to shape my nails? I believe these would be called coffin or ballerina shape — and maybe when I get better at it they will resemble those namesakes. Heh, heh. It’s a work in progress…I’d love to know what you think though…

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day!!

Till Next Time,


  • love this indigo mani!

  • Beautiful! I actually thought the extra thick zig zag was a design element, ha ha! It’s right over where your nail line is and right next to the on-purpose design elements, so it totally looks intentional, and I actually really like it. (Insert Bob Ross voice: we don’t make mistakes here; just happy little accidents.)

    • Thanks Rachelle! I didn’t actually notice the non-mistake either, until I was photographing the vinyls….so it worked out. Definitely a happy accident! 😉

  • vicky baker

    Such a gorgeous design and these colours are beautiful. I love the hint about the vinyls, why have I never thought of that?? Sorry you had a nasty nail break, I sending lots of healing and fast nail growing wishes your way!
    Vicky xx

    • It was kinda nice having the design “all picked out for me” since I am getting back to it after a short time without doing nail art. I’m so glad you liked it — and especially glad you got a tip from me. 😉 Thanks for the healing vibes too! XO

  • Debbie Jarman

    these are gorgeous!! lovw everything about them (apart from the fact that I can never get a good result with vinyls!)

    • Wow – thanks so much Debbie!! Despite me being rusty – and not having great luck with vinyls (or much experience with them either), I think they did come out okay. Thank you!!

  • I love this contrast of textures.

    • Thanks Alisha!! I liked the extremes of the jelly with the texture too! It was fun to do it in another color. 😉

  • pp.

    thank you so much for linking me in your post 🙂 I mentioned you in my blog post, if you don’t mind:

    • Of course!! Your design was the inspiration after all! Glad you saw it. 😉

  • CurlyGirl66

    So happy to have you back posting your blog! I have been missing my regular fix of nail art! This was a great post – I loved seeing the designs taken from your inspiration (features) and the designs that you have recreated too. I also liked the kaleidoscope of colors in the mani swap collage – very pretty. I have a few of those folding rulers! They are fun. Your design was just right (although if you hadn’t had to recreate someone else’s design, I’d have said go for all zigzags)! And like someone else commented, I thought the extra thick zigzag was intentional. The indigo color and the glitter polish zigzags – beautiful!

    • Me too!! Thanks so much for all the praises! This design turned out to be so popular, that glitter polish is one that you wanted me to buy from Sally’s BTW. Good choice!!

      Wasn’t the rainbow theme a great one for this!! Angela did an amazing job with 200+ photos in that collage! Regarding my extra thick zigzag — I wasn’t going to even mention it, but I didn’t want anyone who went and bought those vinyl stickers to be confused when their nails came out different… LOL

      Thank you so much again!! 😉

  • CurlyGirl66

    I meant to tell you how much I liked the new shape! However, I think the “ballet” image works better with “Cinderella” terminology than “coffin”!!! I think it is a very becoming shape and I can see how it would be easier when using stamped images, having more length to work with. Very nicely done.

    • Oh, yes, Thanks!! Ballerina nails it is. 🙂 Just for you.
      I am enjoying them…although sometimes I don’t get the filing quite right (you’ll see in the next post); but it’s going to be a learning curve, I’m sure.