Jip & Janneke

Friday, October 15, 2010
Hey everyone! From 6 to 16 October we have 'Kinderboekenweek' here in the Netherlands, roughly translated as Children's Book Week, meaning there's a whole theme week about books, specially for kids. I remember that when I was a kid I always looked forward to Kinderboekenweek (and still do!). Meeting writers, teachers who will read you a whole afternoon, sitting with the whole school in the great hall with your pillow and read your own book. Very awesome. This years theme is 'imagery in children's books' and I think we all loved pretty pictures in our childhood books. One of the books I loved and still love is Jip & Janneke, written by Annie M. G. Schmidt, full of great drawings by Fiep Westendorp. Let me introduce them:

Jip en Janneke Children's Book Nail Art Design

On my pinkie you see Takkie the dog, next to it there's Jip, then we have Siepie the cat and last there's Janneke. Maybe you've seen them already because not only is the book Jip & Janneke translated in a few foreign languages, also the Dutch company Hema has released a limited edition collection of these four figures - you might have seen the nail polish that was a part from this collection.

Jip en Janneke Children's Book Nail Art Design

See, matchy matchy isn't it? This make up bag is one thing I scored out of the cute Hema collection. Jip & Janneke is one of my happy childhood memories and I truly love Fiep's drawings and Annie's stories. If you ever stumble across this book you should definitely have a peek in it!

For this manicure I used Diamond Cosmetics I'm Raven About You as my base colour and H&M Love at First Sight for the characters. I drew them by hand with a striper brush. In the picture above I've mattified it with China Glaze Matte Magic. Also, since I've been getting questions about the treatments I use: my base is NailTek Foundation II and I use the China Glaze Fast Forward top coat.

What is your favourite Childhood book?
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