Tutorial: Water Marbling
Yello! Good news: Got my laptop fixed. Bad news: My files remained in limbo. Anyway, I'll be posting more often now that my laptop's back.
I'm back with a nail tutorial for you! All this talk of nail swirling on Caronia's FB fan page made me try out water marbling once again. I've tried it about a couple of times before but failed in all the attempts because the polishes I used didn't spread out in the water. Anyway, I found out that some Caronia shades work well for water marbling so I gave it another try! Glad I did :)
On my first successful attempt in water marbling, I ended up with this design.
|I know it's messy! Practice pa lang naman eh :)|
Nails of the day care of Etude House Petit Darling Nails in WH702 and Caronia nail polishes in Sweet Surprise and Summer Fling.
Water marbling is a nail art technique that allows you to create really cool and unique designs on your nails. You don't have to be 'good' at nail art to do this. All you need are nail polishes and water, of course.
Read on for the tutorial!
Before you start, prepare the following:
- Nail polishes of choice (at least two shades)
- A cup/bowl with water (preferably not cold)
- Orange stick or toothpicks or anything with a pointy tip
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton pad and q-tips
- Tissue paper or cloth or anything you can use to wipe nail polish off the stick
Now let's start!
1. Water marbling is a messy technique. You can choose to cover the skin around your nails with tape to keep your skin polish-free so that cleaning up will be easier. You can also apply petroleum jelly/cuticle oil around the nails instead if you don't want to use tape so that any polish that sticks on your skin will be easier. I haven't tried the latter yet, though. I prefer the tape method because with it, I don't have to waste nail polish remover on cleaning my skin.
2. Apply base coat of choice to protect your nails from getting stained. I used The Face Shop's base coat.
3. Apply your base color. I chose white so that the shades would show their true color on my nails. I suggest you use a base color every time so that the design won't appear sheer (unless of course that's what you want to achieve).
|Taped the skin around my nails, |
applied base coat and my white base
4. Take your polishes and place them somewhere easy to reach. I suggest you twist the caps open already because in water marbling, you need to work quickly.
Put a drop of the first polish on the water and let it spread. Then put a drop of the second color and let it spread. Repeat until you get your desired number of layers.
5. Take your pointy thingy and create a pattern by swirling or dragging the nail polish. Remember to work quickly. You don't want the polish to dry up before you can create your design.
|After taking this picture, I decided to pull |
the colors closer to the center (see next pic).
7. While your fingers are still dipped, use the stick to remove the excess polish around carefully.
8. Wait for several seconds then remove your fingers from the water.
9. Take the tape off and clean up the edges of your nails using a Q-tip or cotton buds dipped in nail polish remover.
10. And now you have your unique design! Wait for several minutes before applying your top coat to prevent the design from smudging.
You can experiment with different shade combinations and patterns. Not all nail polishes work for water marbling so you have to test yours to see which ones would work. Trial and error.
I'm warning you now... Water marbling is not easy and it can get very frustrating, especially when the polish dries up before you can create a pattern. Also it uses up more polish than the conventional way of putting on nail polish so some consider it a wasteful method. And it's time consuming too, especially if you can't dip all your fingers at once. This technique takes practice. I'm still practicing my swirling and pattern-making :]
Having said those things, I still enjoy doing this. The results are cool enough to be worth the frustrating process for me! :)
|It's like I splattered paint on my nails :)|
Have you tried water marbling before? Are you going to try this sometime?
OH BTW, if you have already tried this, what polishes did you use? Better if they're locally available :)