Hello hello! I've been wanting to do a water marble again since I hadn't
tortured myself attempted one in a long while. Today, after much hardship finally realizing what size cup to use, I have one to share with you!! Read on for more photos, all the deets on the polishes, and my new #1 tip for being a teensy tiny bit less frustrated if you find water marbling to be your mortal enemy [like I sometimes do].
These are loosely inspired by the green parrots that I have spotted around Southern Florida!! I say loosely because IF I had been more exact with my pattern making I would have made all of the patterns on my nails more 'wing' shaped like the one on my right hand ring finger. [Alas I was so frustrated with my crap job at marbling because I started wrong that by the time I was doing a better job I was so many hours invested into it I just wanted something at all swirly on my nails.] The color palette is inspired by the colors found on green conure parrots and the feathers under their wings tho, so I still have that going for me!
|left photo via bcymet on flickr*|
First I painted all my nails with two coats of a silver foil polish to use as a backdrop for my marble. Usually I go with a solid neutral creme base like a nude-beige or a white, but I've read that silver can be pretty darn cool. And darn cool it was indeed! It adds a really neat reflective quality to the marbled colors, and wherever the polish has sheered out a little because of the water marble the silver shows through a little!
I used all China Glaze polishes for this design and I was thrilled that all of the different finishes - from shimmery neons to cremes to crellies - were up to the job of marbling just fine! From L -> R in the above photo: I'm with the Lifeguard (a shimmery neon yellow-green), Bahamian Escape (a sky-blue creme to die for), Four Leaf Clover (a green-toned tealish creme color that never ever photographs correctly), Poinsettia (a red crelly), and Custom Kicks (a blue-toned tealish color with orange-gold shimmer that stains terribly just FYI).
Now click thru for EVEN MOAR photos including my right hand marble (shocking!) + my #1 Super Important Tip for successful water marbles!
The SUPER Important Tip!
So this is one of those ~things~ that I feel like I learned the hard way and then forgot because I don't marble very frequently, and thus had to re-learn it. Hopefully by writing it out I will remember for NEXT time! Anyhoo my #1-super-most-important-do-not-miss-it-tip-for-water-marbling IS: use something with a small opening so your bullseye doesn't dry up on you!!! Using a smaller container to hold your water, and consequently your polish drops, also makes your patterns much more vibrant!
At first I was using a normal sized red Solo cup and basically every bullseye dried wayyyy before I could even bother making a pattern. I spent like 4053068406036 minutes doing this before I finally remembered I have a second set of much smaller mouth'd blue Solo cups just for marbling!!! Derp! My right hand is pale and subtle and done with the way-too-large cup; my left hand is vibrant and detailed and was done with my much-more-appropriate-for-nail-art-but-probably-not-my-real-mouth cup. My right hand is so pale it seems like I used a different set of polishes, but nope. All the same colors on both hands (altho I did add a shimmery blue when I did my left).PS. Hope you have a fab weekend :D
|VIBRANT = small cup|
|SUBTLE (more sheer) = large cup|
|again, VIBRANT = small cup|
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*CC 2.0 - I resized the lovely photo from bcymet