Sunday, April 22, 2012

NOTW: Water Marble

Three days in a row, tic-tac-toe!  Yes, I have posted three days in a row.  What an accomplishment.
Anyway, I have a water marble design to share with you all today. 

Water marble in natural sunlight

I wore this on my nails for about two and a half weeks (I didn't have to take it off and certainly didn't have time to repaint them).  I have absolutely found water marbling to be really cool, but never got around to trying it...until now!  Hope you all like the final result!

Here are all the materials I used.  
  1. Finger Paints-Drawn to this Shade (you'd think I didn't have any other nail polish since this about my 5th post involving FP, but i just think it's sooo pretty)
  2. KISS White Nail Striper
  3. (Distorted) bobby pin
  4. A cup of SmartWater at room temperature

I'm not all that sure if the "room temperature" part is a huge must.  This was the first time I tried and it worked, but the room I was in was a little cold.  I probably could have drank the water and it wouldn't have tasted too bad, temp rise.  I started off by painting my nails with OPI Chip Skip and Seche Clear base coat followed by one coat of Finger Paints.

Next, I taped off my nail.  I'm sure if you're reading this post, you have already heard about how to tape off your nail for a water marble design.  I just used clear Scotch tape.

This is just a picture of my left index finger after I nudged from attempting to put the tape on my right hand fingers.  So, make sure your base color is completely dry.  It didn't really show up that much in the final result, but I still knew.  And that's what matters, right? 

Here is a picture of alternating coral and white rings in the water.  It spread pretty nicely and the polish was easy to design with. So happy I didn't have to experiment with a whole bunch like I've read about people doing.  Yay for luck!

This was just right after I had applied Seche Vite top coat, so there is still nail polish around my nail bed and on the cuticle left from after I took the tape off.  But, as you can see in the first photo, everything turned out all fine and dandy =]

Until next time (which will hopefully be tomorrow, because then that would make it four in a row *connect four*)


  1. Your nails look gorgeous! I really want to try this on my nails sometime. Could you provide more detailed instructions? We see a picture of nail polish in water, and then polish on your nails, with no instructions explaining how it got there. How exactly do you dip them?

    1. Thanks! Sorry for the lack of details, I had to work fast before the polish dried, and I didn't have time to take a picture. You basically take the bobby pin and swirl it in the water to make a design. Then, take your nail and aim it for the spot that you want to appear on your nail. With the nail still in the water, take the bobby pin and remove the excess nail polish that is still on the top of the water. Once there is no more polish left on the water, you can remove your nail and cut off the tape. Hopefully this clears it up, let me know if you need more help. I'm planning on doing another water marble either this week or next, and I'll make sure I take more pictures.

  2. Nice mani! I'm still trying to master the water marble *sigh* LOL

    1. Thank you! Just keep trying. The best thing about it is that even if you mess up a little, it still will look fine (fingers crossed).


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