'Miniature works of art' - nail artist Emma Leak wins national award

Now Emma, 25, has won a national award after painting miniature portraits of characters from the Toy Story films.
20 November, 2015

Emma Leak's work is so realistic it looks like it has been printed digitally. But the nail designs are all hand-drawn to create any image her client wishes.

Now Emma, 25, has won a national award after painting miniature portraits of characters from the Toy Story films.

"It took me five hours for every face, so I did one a night over one week," she said.

"I think its the shading and details that's involved that they really have picked up on."

The intricate work won Emma the Pro Hair and Beauty Nail Artist of the Year and the chance to spend a day working on a photoshoot with make-up artist Ruby Hammer, hair stylist Andrew Barton and nail expert Karen Louise.

It was an exciting experience but Emma, from Elloughton, is just as satisfied working with clients in their homes through her mobile beauty business, Stickla and Cake.

"I have been doing it for three years now and it's all just been world of mouth," she said.

"People respond really well to someone who does a proper job. I would rather stay with someone ten minutes longer and make sure it is spot-on rather than rushing."

Her perfectionism is a family trait seen also in her grandad, who inspired the company name.

"I was trying to think of something really different and my grandad was a stickler for being on time," said Emma.

She changed the spelling to "stickla" and added cake as a nod to her grandad's affection for a slice or two.

Now she is looking forward to creating new designs with the only limit being the imagination.

"I don't have time to practice, so people just have an image ready or idea and I do it for them," said Rebecca.

"I did art A-level at school, so I do have a bit of a skill for drawing.

"It's being able to offer that service so people can have something different."

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