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!