Full Name: Sherri Traweek
Hometown: Redlands, Calif.
Salon: Hair Lounge
Preferred Nail Art Medium: Handpainting and 3-D acrylic
Favorite Nail Trend: Anything sparkly!

My name is Sherri, and I love doing nails! I grew up in a family that was pretty artistic, and that quality was passed on to me. It’s a quality that grounds me, restores me, and keeps me happy and bubbly. It wasn’t until later in life that I found out that my medium wasn’t canvas, but nails. It’s fun and quirky, which compliments my personality perfectly.

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Week 2: Bio Seaweed Gel


When I hear the words “In Too Deep” I think of someone in over their head. I also think of deep sea exploration and sea monsters. I thought about a deep sea exploration gone wrong. These explorers come face to face with this insanely scary, huge sea monster. These guys realize they are “in too deep!”


I created my sea monster using foil and clay as a base, and sculpted detail with sculpting gel. I got an LED light from the craft store and (I feel really bad about this part) drilled a hole in my monster’s head. I ran the light through the hole and coated it in gel. The submarine was made with a straw and sculpting gel. The seaweed was made using tinted gel wrapped around a C-curve stick. The rocks were made with foil coated in gel. Also small details were added with paint and real seashells.


I loved this challenge and could have literally kept working on this for another two weeks. I love the ocean and I’m a huge supporter of oceanic animal rights. Thank you for letting me express my love of the ocean through these nails!


Click here to see a video of how Sherri created these nails.

Week 1: Young Nails


Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I’m a big fan of Walt Disney, and a lot of his philosophies on life. This particular quote of his describes my attitude toward everything. If you’ve already put the energy into dreaming something up, then it just takes one minor step to make it a reality. I’ve been saying since last year’s NTNA competition, “I can do this. Why not?” Then self-doubt started to put a damper on things, and I almost didn’t apply. These words reminded me that I had already dreamt it…now I just had to have the courage to take the first step to make it a reality.

One of humanity’s dreams since time began has been flight. Until recently, it was just that…a dream. But many people who embody the “Dreaming is doing” attitude weren’t afraid to dream, and weren’t afraid to step out and act on those dreams. Beginning with Leonardo DaVinci’s first sketch of his flying machine, a great adventure took place that allowed humans to break the bonds of gravity and soar…eventually allowing us to touch the stars. None of it would have been possible if someone hadn’t taken the first step to realize that dream.