Thursday, February 24, 2011

DIY: Water Marbling Your Nails


These are some left over ASP French White nail tips I have that don't fit my fingers, so I thought I'd practice water marbling on them!

I had heard of water marbling before, but the other night I decided to YouTube a video before bed (on my phone...lol!).  I came across SimpleLittlePleasures, and she's a genius basically!  If water marbling is something you're interested in, please check her out!  And no, I don't know her and am not affiliated with her.  She's just GREAT at this and she's very inspiring!  :)

Anyway!  Water marbling, in short, is dropping several drops of nail polish in a cup of water and then dragging your finger nail through it.  Again, check out that YouTuber listed above to see exactly how it's done!

From my SUPER limited experience, I've discovered that the China Glaze neons DO NOT work very well.  They dry super fast or something.  I did my nails this morning (black/white/neon pink) and it didn't look anything like the videos I had seen!  It just looked like a big, globby mess!  I was super disappointed!  Anyway, I broke out my extra tips and I started playing around and I'm happy to see I can do it!

Also, this is a pretty wasteful method of painting your nails (if you care about that).  Normally, it probably takes 1 drop of polish per coat?  With this method, you could easily use 10 drops of polish to paint only one nail.  Maybe don't use your super expensive polishes?  :P

ALSO (again), this is super messy.  But it's fun!  :)

 The third nail above was an attempt to marble China Glaze Red Pearl and China Glaze Ruby Pumps together, but I don't like the results.  It wasn't like I thought it would be.  Live and learn!


For the top right nail, I was hoping to get a blue-zebra print look.  Not sure I did, but I still like it!  :)
The bottom left nail is an example of the marbling of neons.  Those three colors are from the China Glaze Pool Side Collection from last summer.  That huge white gap is a "bald spot" from trying to marble.  :(




And lastly, an up close shot of my two favorites!  :)


**If you're wondering, all the little white squares at the bottoms of the nails are from where I was holding them with tweezers (just a cheapie pair, don't worry!).

17 comments:

sugar sugar said...

these are so pretty! i want to try it on my nails too! :)

Susalie said...

These are all so gorgeous!! You did them really well! I really love the pink one in the shot of your favorites.

FunnyFaceBeauty said...

These are amazing!! I really want to try this now!
xx
Alicia

Vanessa said...

Those look really good (: i really want to try that now!

Aya said...

Wow this is so interesting! Im gonna try this :D

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

very cool, I have to check them out

Nelah said...

Wow those are absolutely cool and pretty! Interesting techniques and awesome results.

Sandi said...

Jeremy and I both thought these were awesome! I especially like the blue zebra and the second one in the first picture!

Kiva said...

you did some amazing designs! very nice :)

My Heart Blogged said...

That is such a cool nail technique.
My Heart Blogged

a girl named Sam said...

I had never heard of this before, but it looks so neat. I might have to give it a try one day.
http://chasingbluefeathers.blogspot.com/

Gertrude said...

Wow these are really wonderful! Love the designs! x

Bows and Pearls

Erin said...

Hey thanks for checking out my blog post -

Aww marbleized nails, oh man I use to get my nails done @ the salon and every time I'd get these sort of designs it was real fun to watch! haha :-)

Leah ♥ said...

OMG I love those, I wanted to try that one day and it turned out horrible!!! Thanks for commenting my last post, Im a new follower and glad I found your blog :)

jezmacmania said...

these look awesome!! ahh i wanna try this out now! =D

Katie said...

Those look so interesting!

Gertrude said...

These look so pretty! Too bad about the China Glaze polishes, they have some really great quality nail polishes xo

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