Andersen’s {Ole-Luk-Oie} Nail Art Tutorial

Hello my Beauties,

first of all i want to give you the warmest welcome to my blog in 2015! Hope you’re off to a great & successful start. Have you written down any resolutions for this year? Anything you’d like to achieve or change? Please comment below and let me know what you’re looking for the most in 2015!

To finish off last years nail art series, i’d love to introduce you to Brijit from Brijits Digits, in case you’re new to the nail art world. She has been a great blogging friend of mine for quite some time now and i really love her nail polish swatches and designs.

As for today’s post – remember we were doing the Hans Christian Andersen inspired tutorials? This is going to be the last one of the series.
Let’s see what Brijit came up with for us today.

Hi! I’m Brijit of Brijits Digits (naturally!)

Today I have a nail art tutorial for you, based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. I did one last year, based on a Grimm’s fairy tale – but I have a little less nail real estate this year, so maybe this one is better for short-medium nails 🙂

I hadn’t heard of this story before, but I think it’s quite cute! It’s called “Ole-Luk-Oie, the Dream-God“, and you can read the story here. I love how the story is basically trying to teach the little boy some important life lessons, although the story is still fairly scary by today’s standards!

Ole-Luk-Oie-the-Dream-God nail art

Of course, there is a huge amount of detail that you can visualise in this story, but I didn’t want to make a messy mani, so I chose 3 elements to make a mani from. The night sky (as Ole-Luk-Oie visits at night), Hjalmar – the little boy that Ole-Luk-Oie talks to, and Ole-Luk-Oie’s brother, also called Ole-Luk-Oie 🙂

Still with me?

For this mani, you will need the following –

  • base coat (of course!)
  • top coat (preferably not fast-dry)
  • a fine paint brush – I used no. 2
  • nail polish remover
  • black nail polish
  • glitter nail polish (silver or multi coloured)
  • beige nail polish
  • grey nail polish (light blue would also work well)
  • navy blue nail polish
  • nail art pens in silver or black – I like Barry M. If you don’t have nail art pens, a very fine brush and silver & black nail polish or acrylic paint will do the job

Don’t worry! this actually goes quite quickly 🙂 I did my nail art, and took pictures, in about an hour.

Step 1 – base colours. I used black on my thumb and index (pointer), navy blue on my ring and little finger (pinkie) and on my middle finger, I started with beige near the cuticle, then added grey in a sort of triangle near the tip.
Step 1 Base Colours with notes

Step 2 – The middle finger is where we will have the little sleeping boy, so dip a No 2 (or similar size) brush in polish remover (it doesn’t have to contain acetone, any good remover will do) and make a little more space for his head peeking out from under the covers. While you’re at it, you could also use the brush to tidy up around your cuticles, if you need to – just make sure you wipe it off regularly, or it may make more mess!Step 2 Tidy Negative Space with notes

Step 3 – Add a little glitter to the black nails – this will add depth to your starry night sky 🙂Step 3 Glitter on black with notes

Step 4 – When the glitter is dry, add a silver moon shape with your nail art pen (or fine brush with silver polish/acrylic paint). If your nail art pens don’t make a good, solid line, wait for it to dry, then go over it again – and remember, top coat will even it out more!
Step 4 Moon

Step 5 – Add a few stars, too! Step 5 Stars

Step 6 – Using the black pen, or fine brush with nail polish/paint, out line the (grey) bedcover in a roughly square shape
Step 6 Outline blanket with notes

Step 7 – add a little shading to the bedcover, and detail to Hjalmar’s face. Since he is sleeping, little lines will do for eyes

Step 7 Detail of sleeping boy with notes

Step 8 – Just in case it isn’t clear enough, you can add a little “Z z z …” too 🙂Step 8 Zzzz with notes

Step 9 – when Ole-Luk-Oie is talking about his brother to Hjalmar, he says “his coat is embroidered with silver, and he wears the splendid uniform of a hussar”, so add 5 straight silver lines to the ring finger to guide you in making those lovely patterns from the jacket.Step 9 5 Silver Lines with notes

Step 10 – add a few loops to make the pattern like the front of a Hussar’s jacket

Step 10 Squiggly bits with notesStep 11 – Symmetrical loops on the little finger

I had a lot of fun looking up Hussar uniforms (it’s a word I didn’t know!) – this site is particularly great and has some great photos to inspire your loops! Step 11 Little Nail with notes

Step 12 – Wait for it to dry really well! You don’t want to risk smudging your hard work! Then you can add top coat and admire your work
Step 12 Top Coat with notes
Ole-Luk-Oie, the Dream-God -001 Ole-Luk-Oie, the Dream-God

What do you think my Beauties? Isn’t it a fun design?! I actually love how the ring finger came out.
If you’d like to see more designs, please visit Brijits at
I can recommend you an easy & fun nail art look, that i really liked: 
Festive Ruffian Mani

I hope you’ve enjoyed the fairy tale nail art series and will come back for more by the end of 2015, when there’s going to be more stories inspired tutorials.