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.
Even though Spring has been fighting to make an appearance around here, the 2012 summer nail polish collections are starting to hit the shelves.
China Glaze has been releasing their Crackle Glitters collection this month, featuring four bright funky shades. They are receiving fantastic reviews saying the glitter creates a much nicer look than standard creme crackles. I must say I am excited to try them!
Hitting stores next month is their gorgeous Summer Neons collection. Featuring 12 new shades!!
I am looking forward to seeing what these look like in store because I do already have some neon China Glaze polishes and I don’t want to double up if they are too similar. There are some really beautiful shades in this collection though, I can’t wait for them to come out in Canada at the Sally Beauty Supply stores!
Finger paints (a brand exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply) is coming out with a collection of neons as well, featuring 7 new shades.
OPI is hitting the shelves this summer with two unique collections. Minnie Mouse featuring gorgeous pinks and a beautiful top coat complete with hearts…
Orly has a couple of collections due out as well. First they have their Dark Shadows collection in honour of the movie hitting theatres May 11 starring Johnny Depp.
And to not miss out on the neon trend, they are also releasing their “Feel the Vibe” collection for the summer of 2012 as well.
So tell me, is there anything you absolutely can’t wait to have or perhaps something you have already ran out and purchased?
Isn’t summer the best!?!?!
After my and Samira’s whirlwind visit, upon arriving home, I almost immediately got sick. Feeling not so hot resulted in a lot of couch time. I have a hard time just sitting and watching TV and not doing anything else at the same time. So I decided to put some time in and create a manicure I really loved. You might remember what happened, last time I was sick. I created a very lengthy scotch tape manicure using my new Hunger Games colours…and although I loved the idea, I wasn’t crazy about the colours together when I finished…
So this time, I made sure I would love the finished result. Best way to do that – GO BRIGHT!
First let’s look at the colours I used:
I started out by painting my nails different colours. You can see that I originally wasn’t planning on incorporating yellow into this manicure, but once I started making the blocks, I couldn’t resist.
Use a fast drying top coat on your neon manicure and give it a couple of minutes to set. (I have the best results using Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat)
From here, I simply started by creating one block on each finger until each finger had a contrasting block of colour.
Let’s take a look at creating blocks:
First, using clear scotch tape place a strip vertically on your nail. Clear tape will work the best because you can make sure it is sealed nice and tight to help avoid any bleeding.
Then, using another piece of tape, place one horizontally on the same nail.
Once your tape is on and you have a good seal, choose a contrasting colour and paint the exposed portion of the nail.
Once the exposed portion of the nail is filled in, you want to remove the tape before the polish is dry. (This way when you lift up the tape, it won’t pull up the polish with it.)
Your nail should like something like this when done your first block. Be sure to use your fast drying top coat again and move onto your next nail.
After you have a few nails complete, your manicure should look something like this:
I wanted to make sure my manicure had a “random” look, so I placed the blue block in different quadrants on each nail.
From this point, you simply repeat for each nail until you have four contrasting colour blocks on each finger nail.
I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat in between each colour to help speed up the process, but it still takes a long time. Pop a movie in and you will be good to go! 😉
I have to say, that this is probably my most favourite manicure that I’ve ever done. I can’t remember loving my nails this much, ever. What is so cool about it too, is that you can really choose any colours you want. You could even incorporate the ombre nail trend into your nails by using all shades from one colour if you wanted. I’d love to hear what you guys think about this look and if you see yourself giving it a try!
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:
Looking for a way to spice up your Crackle? How about instead of purchasing an endless range of colours…you try changing the way you use them?
***Please note: I continue to purchase an endless range of colours anyways***
Thanks to an ad in an Avon catalogue, I got the idea of creating a multi coloured nail look underneath the crackle nail polish.
Here is what I decided to use:
Sexy in the City by China Glaze – beautiful metallic jewel toned blue
Hook Up by Orly – lovely fresh spring time yellow
Sexy Silhouette by China Glaze – gorgeous jewel toned pink that gets darker and darker with your number of coats, it is a very rich shade
Black Mesh by China Glaze – crackle nail polish
I discovered this Leopard Manicure tutorial on the China Glaze website and just had to share it with all of you.
Check out the video – it is a lot of fun and really allows people to be creative.
I certainly chose more neutral colours than what they used in the tutorial. But I think the brights would certainly be more suiting come Spring time.
I used Swing Baby by China Glaze as my base. Then did my spots with In Awe of Amber by China Glaze and outlined them with Orly’s Liquid Vinyl.
I used a Nail Dotting Tool for the black – purchased at Sally Beauty Supply store, but if you don’t have one, try using a toothpick.
Do you see yourself trying this out? I sure hope you answer yes and have some fun with this!