Mani Monday: Neon Marble
I came upon the brilliant art of Water Marbling a few months ago, through Colette’s Youtube Channel. I knew this was something I’d want to try, but I needed to wait til my nails were a bit longer. I mean, you can do this on acrylics and put them on afterwards, but those absolutely wreck my nails. I didn’t mind waiting anyway.
So this week, I figured my nails were long and strong enough to take a little experimentation. I gathered up my paper cup, some toothpicks, a roll of tape, and an absolute crapload of polishes.
I was a bit ambitious and went for a rainbow of colours. I used Sally Hansen Complete Care Extra Moisturizing 4-in-1 Treatment as a base and top coat. Next came three coats of OPI’s ‘Peace, Baby!’, because I wanted to make sure the colours would be nice and vibrant. In retrospect, I probably could’ve done without this step, but hey, I’m learning. Next I gathered up my marbling colours: OPI ‘Don’t Know…Beets Me!’, Sinful Colors ‘Unicorn’, Sinful Colors ‘Hazard’, Pure Ice ‘Wild Thing’, Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear ‘ Pacific Blue’, and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear ‘Purple Potion’.
I built my “bullseye” using two rounds of all six colours, dragged the colour from the centre to the edges of the cup, did a swirl, and popped my (taped) nails in the cup. To really understand just what all this means, I’d take a peek at some of Colette’s tutorials (this one is a really good one, with some handy tips and tricks on how to keep your water surface clean).
It didn’t take too much trial and error – I only totally beefed up one nail. For my first time doing water marbling, I think it turned out fairly okay:
You’ll notice I ran into some bubbles during the process, which I didn’t see until after I had lifted my nails out of the water. I’ll definitely work in a better-lit area next time, so I can spot bubbles before I drop my nails. This is definitely a technique which takes practice to master, and I look foward to doing it again and again!