I had never painted nail art before, so I started with basic sketches, but it was my first time creating an actual nail art object.
The next day, I was working with a client and he said, “We need to do a nail on a chalkboard,” so I created a chalk board with a piece of chalk that I used for painting, and I painted a nail, which was a pretty good start.
My clients then said, OK, this is something we can do.
“I worked for a couple of years as a nail artist, but I did not make my first nail art design until I was 27.
When I started working at a studio in London in 2004, I knew that I wanted to create my own designs.
I started by sketching out the designs on a piece in my sketchbook, and then I started using a computer and a pen.
Then I started experimenting with different types of brushes, and eventually I was able to create some of my own, but when I was 28, I started painting my own nail art.
When you start painting nails, it’s hard to stop, and after a while, you’re just like, “Wow, I’m so inspired.”
I’m just like a crazy artist, I think.
When we went out to paint at the studio, the first day, they were just amazed to see what I had created.
I have always been a perfectionist, and at the beginning I was just trying to make a piece that would look perfect, but then after a few weeks I started feeling the pressure.
When it was time to get rid of the nail, the client said, you know what?
Let’s do something else.
I told my boss that I was going to paint my nails in the studio’s basement, and he agreed.
I was the only one there, and it was a great place for me.
When the studio was ready to move, I had to be in the office all day.
I had a very busy schedule that day, so when I came back I had an extra day, but there were some other people who were not in the workshop who were also there.
I also went with my partner.
I worked in the same room, so they were able to help me get my nails done.
They were very good.
After the nails were finished, we had to put them back in the dryer, so the drywall had to come out.
The drywall was still intact, but the nail had to fall off.
I got home, took the nails out, put them on a shelf, and painted the nail.
I went to the studio and I worked as usual.
I didn: I worked on my design for two months.
When they called me to paint nails, I did: a whole week of work, and there were a lot of nails on the shelf, so it was really hard.
The client called me on the day I was leaving, and she was like, ‘Hey, can you come over and paint your nails?’
I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’
So I came over to the place where they were painting, but they didn’t give me the opportunity to paint.
I said to them, ‘I’m done!
I went back to work, but not in a day, and a month later I was still painting nails.
I kept going back and forth with them.
Eventually, I ended up giving up and stopped because it was too hard.
When that day came, the next day they gave me a painting credit and said, it was perfect!
When I was done with the nails, they said, well, what do you want to do with them?
I said I would paint them and have them painted on the wall.
They said, okay.
That was it.
I’ve never felt so fulfilled.
They made it easy for me to say yes to that because they know that I’m not the only person who wants to do that.
I think it was the most rewarding experience in my life, because I felt so happy that I finally got the opportunity.
I’m still very busy now, but now I feel like I’m getting a lot done, and they have done a lot for me, and now I’m happy that they gave it to me.
You can learn more about the artist, Jennifer Jansen, and the art at www.jensianjansen.com.
This story was produced by The Wall St. Journal, a division of CBS Interactive.