I haven’t done a nail marble in a while and when my good girl friend Isabelle came over to watch movies and have some nail fun. She wanted to play with the Zoya jelly polishes and make “jelly sandwich” nails and I felt like marbling because it had been ages since I had.
I started with a white base on all my nails. I used “Paper Mache” by Fingerpaints. It required 2-3 coats for completely opaque coverage.
I wanted do use neutral colours and nothing too bright. So I actually opted for a black and silver. I used “Liquid Vinyl” by Orly as my black nail lacquer and “Platinum” from Mary Kay as my silver nail lacquer.
Using scotch tape you want to tape around your nails, exposing just the white and covering the skin about one-third of the way down your finger.
Using a small bowl (that you don’t care about ruining) fill it with room temperature water. I am using the bottom half of an old pop bottle. Given the dried drips down the side, you can see I reuse this all the time. Then, alternating each time, drop your polish into the centre of the water. Let each drop expand before dropping your next one. It should create a bullseye like pattern similar to this:
Then, using a toothpick, create a design in the water.
Then, simply dunk your finger in the water. Remember that your nail will pick up the exact pattern of wherever your nail makes contact with the design. If you are going for a specific design or pattern, you will likely only be able to do one nail at a time. Repeat for all nails, so your hand looks something like this. Also, don’t forget, that while your nail is submerged, use your toothpick to grab the extra “skin” of polish on the water before pulling out your finger.
Give them a few minutes to let them dry before removing the tape. Then simply clean up your fingers and skin with a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover.
Do you guys like how this nail marble turned out? Do you have a favourite colour combination for water marbling or something new you would like to see?
Thanks for reading everyone!
If you are completely new to marbling I have a more complete photo tutorial here.
It had been far too long since I’d put any effort into how my nails looked. So I decided to go all out and do a nail marble, instead of just painting them a single boring colour.
Depending on how familiar you are with Nail Marbling, you might want to first visit my full picture tutorial “The Art of Nail Marbling“.
I wasn’t actually blown away by how this manicure turned out. I found it, just “okay”. I blame it on my being rusty! But I figured I’d still post about it and let you all take a peek anyway.
To start out, I used a white basecoat: Paper Mache by Fingerpaints. I did two coats and let dry.
Then I taped around each nail on one hand using scotch tape.
For my marbling colours, I went with a green, red and blue nail polish – all from China Glaze. (I’ve used these polishes multiple times for nail marbling and have never had any problems getting them to expand in the water.)
I decided I wanted a lot of white in this manicure, so I alternated each colour with a drop of white in between (again, using Paper Mache nail lacquer by Fingerpaints as my white). My bullseye pattern ended up looking like this:
Using a toothpick I created a design.
Feeling like my nails have been neglected as of late, I decided to do a fun water marble last night. But rather than just random patterns, I opted for a design that would allow me to get a similar look on each nail.
Using Sexy in the City (blue polish by China Glaze) and Paper Mache (white polish from Fingerpaints) I came up with this:
If Nail Marbling is something new for you, please check out my nail marbling introduction here complete with lots of photos.
- In order to recreate this look you will need: scotch tape, a cup of room temperature water, toothpicks, white nail polish and a second contrasting polish of your choice.
- Prep your nails with two coats of your white polish.
- Scotch tape around your nails to make your life easier later.
- Begin dropping your polish into the water, alternating white and your second colour. Create a bullseye that looks something like this:
- Take a toothpick and create the design of your choice. For my burst design, drag your toothpick in towards the centre, creating an almost flower like shape. (If your centre gets super messy, take your toothpick and push it straight down into the centre and pull it back out, keeping your toothpick straight. This will clean up your centre.)
- Now, with your nail parallel to the surface of the water, hovering over the very centre of your design, push it down into the water. Then, using your toothpick clean up the rest of the polish from the surface of the water (leaving your finger submerged.)
- Once the surface of the water is clean, go ahead and bring your finger out of your water.
- Give your fingers a bit of time to dry before removing the tape. I like to do a complete hand before I remove the tape.
- Then, all you need to do is a little bit of clean up. Using a q-tip and a touch of nail polish remover, clean up the areas that your tape didn’t protect.
- Viola! A Burst of Blue manicure.
Samira’s visit from Brazil made nail marbling mandatory. She had never tried it before, so we decided it was definitely time! Her nails turned our really well for someone who had never done it before. Let’s take a look at what she used:
She started out by painting a white base using China Glaze’s White on White Nail Polish.
Next step would be taping around your nails with scotch tape. Once ready, you start dropping the polishes into the water, alternating colours and creating rings.
Keep repeating this process until you have several rings and your water looks something like this:
Then, using a toothpick, create a design in the water.
Once you have a design you are happy with, get ready to dunk your finger in. If you want, feel free to dunk more than one finger at once.
Repeat for all your fingers, remove the tape once dry and enjoy the finished look!
I thought she really did a fantastic job for her first try and she only had to redo one finger! (Much better than my first attempt!) She is definitely now an expert and can teach all of her friends back home in Brazil.
So with the record breaking beautiful weather we had been having this March, I was inspired to do a Spring Time Nail Marble. I went with bright colours this time to try to capture all the sunshine we’d been receiving here in Ottawa.
To start out, I used a basecoat to prevent the yellow from staining my nails. I then painted all my nails with two coats of Orly’s Hook Up Nail Polish.
***I chose to do a yellow base for this nail marble because I wanted the colours to show up very bright and vibrant. Giving them a bright yellow background to lay on top of, does just that. Please keep in mind that you will have to adjust your base depending on what colours you use. For example: purple on top of yellow might end up looking sort of brown. You can always use white to be safe, but it can also lighten the colours a bit and almost wash them out in a sense. When in doubt, experiment and find a combination that works for you!***
Once dry, I taped around my nails with scotch tape and was ready to start my nail marbling in the water. Here is a look at one of the designs:
The polishes used are:
Green – Paper Chasing by China Glaze
Blue – Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Polish in Pacific Blue
Yellow – Orly’s Hook Up (same as the base used above)
Here is a look at some of my nails before the removal of the scotch tape:
If you aren’t one to wear green makeup for St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps a fun green manicure is more your style. A friend came over last night and we gave ourselves some very green nails using the Nail Marbling technique using only green polishes.
Wanting a dark green nail marble, I started out by painting my nails with a base of Paper Chasing by China Glaze. This way, when I marbled, all colours would appear darker than if you used a white base for example. Scotch taping all around my fingers I was ready to start marbling. Using slightly cooler than room temperature water, you simply drop in alternating colours of polish to create a bullseye look. I used only two polishes, Jolly Holly by China Glaze and Outta Bounds by China Glaze.
Then, using a tooth pick I gently pulled in towards the centre from each side, creating a sort of flower look. (If your petals are too big, simply push the tooth pick down into the water a couple of times directly in the centre of your petals and it will pull them in tighter and closer together so they can fit on your nail.) When you have the design in the water just the way you want it, you can dunk your finger in, placing the nail exactly over top of the design you want. Once your finger is submerged, keep it there and use a tooth pick to clean the surface area of the water before you pull out your finger.
The draw back of trying to get the flower/clover look on each nail is that you have to repeat this for every nail. You aren’t able to dunk more than one finger at once, so it is more time consuming. Here is what it looked like after I had a few nails done:
So, because I have no intent on marbling my nails for the big day at the end of this month…I thought it would be fun to do up the “wedding colours” for the upcoming bridal shower this weekend. People ask us about our wedding colours all the time. It seems to be a question in the top three…
You’re getting married? Congratulations!
When is the big day?
Have you picked your colour scheme?
That seems crazy to me. That people inquire about colours before anything else. It’s funny, because we never even picked colours at all. But with it being brought up so early in conversation, it seems like it must be important…I guess we missed something with planning our wedding. I guess I thought people would be more interested in the location, the bridal party, the vows. Something?!