April 26, 2014

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes!


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].

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com

The Design

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!

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com
left photo via bcymet on flickr*

The Polishes

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!

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com

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!


Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com

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! 

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com

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).

Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com
VIBRANT = small cup
Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com
SUBTLE (more sheer) = large cup
Green Conure Parrot Inspired Watermarble Nails with China Glaze Polishes - with a must-read tip for successful water marbling! | Manicurity.com
again, VIBRANT = small cup

PS. Hope you have a fab weekend :D


Disclosure: I bought all the things mentioned! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

*CC 2.0 - I resized the lovely photo from bcymet

18 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous manicure!!! I attempted my second ever full water marble manicure the other night and also discovered that a smaller cup works wonders!!! I was having issues with spreading but found dropping the polish closer to the water helped tremendously for that!! Due to a couple errors on my part the mani started out as a bit of a fail but I added glitter which made it all better. Oh and I almost drank the water....bleh!! The thought of using a foil polish was genius!! It really gives great depth to the colors!!! Super gorgeous Emma! Hopefully there will be more water marbles in your future, I can't wait to see them!!!

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    1. Glitter definitely makes EVERYTHING better!! Thanks so much for your comment Dani :D I will definitely be attempting marbles more often in the future :p

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  2. These look amazing! Love the swirls of colors you used here too.

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  3. Such a great idea to use a smaller cup.

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    1. Totally! Do you do marble nail designs often Soraya?

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  4. Water marble also frustrates me. I think I may also have been using to big of a cup. Thanks for the info!

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    1. I think what's so frustrating it that the facts of water marbling are so easy to comprehend, but DOING water marbling is so unpredictable (like the weather!). I hope using a smaller cup works for you :D

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  5. Great tip about the cups! Perhaps that is what I have been doing wrong!!

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    1. Thanks Anne!! I hope it helps! Let me know if it improves your marblin' :D

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  6. This is gorgeous! Love your inspiration and colour choices!

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    1. Awww thank you so much Squeaky!! I was really happy with how these ended up (once I switched to a smaller cup) <3

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    1. Hahah thank you Kirsten :) You are such a sweetheart <3

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  8. I am totally in love with this. I love the end result next to the inspiration! I've never done water marbling because I never felt the result was worth the trouble for me, but seeing this... Maybe I should give it a try.
    I love the combination of cream and shimmer and also how the patterns remind me of the pretty cover sheets in old books. Most of the water marbling I've seen had more of an almost cartoonish feel to it. And while there's nothing wrong with that, I like this just so much better.
    If some water marbling pops up on my blog some time soon, I'll blame you =p
    Love, love, love!

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  9. This color combo and pattern caught my attention immediately, love how your water marble turned out. Fantastic manicure!

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  10. Really gorgeous nail designs, beautiful colors too.

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  11. oh my gosh those parrots used to be everywhere here in South Florida! haven't seen (or heard) them in a year or so though.

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