Thursday, September 20, 2012

31 Day Challenge - Day 20: Water Marble

Hey guys!

So today's theme is the water marble, and it's a technique that I've definitely had a love/hate relationship with in the past.

I ran into so many problems when I first started water marbling, but I'm finally comfortable with it! So comfortable in fact that I actually did two different marble manis for today! I picked one of them as my "official" challenge mani, but I'll definitely be showing you the other one some time later.

All of the polishes I chose for this marble are by China Glaze as I've found that they work quite well for water marbling. That's not to say that any other brands don't work for marbling, but I've just personally had good luck with China Glaze.

The colours are White on White, Make Some Noise, Custom Kicks and Sunshine Pop. There's no rhyme or reason to the marble patter that I made in the water, I just played around until I had something that I liked each time.

It wasn't exactly planned, but I think it ended up having sort of a retro vibe, and I like that!

I won't give you a super in-depth tutorial, but I'll give you a few tips that I've learned that help to ensure I always get good results from my water marbles.

1.) Use room temperature, filtered water.
2. ) Have your polishes ready, lined up in the order you're going to use them, with the caps unscrewed.
3.) When dropping the polish into the water, don't drop it from too high. If you do so, the dollop of polish will just sink to the bottom.
4.) When you're creating your designs with your orange stick (or toothpick/dotting tool/whatever you choose), clean it off after every couple of swipes through the polish.
5.) If you're dunking two nails at a time, make sure that they hit the polish at the same time. If they hit at different times, the first one is going to drag the polish into the water and your second nail isn't going to look very hot.
6.) Before removing your nail(s), make sure the water is completely clean.

Those are just a few tips that have helped me along the way, so hopefully they'll be helpful for you as well. And for more in-depth water marbling tutorials, you can always check out the Queen of Water Marbling herself, Colette from My Simple Little Pleasures.

That's twenty days down, only eleven more to go!

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the "inspired by" series of manicures, and I'm pretty excited about the designs I have planned!


  1. cool! I love the 60ties feeling I get with looking at your design!

  2. Gorgeous!!! I like the colour combination!

  3. Ohh I love these colours together Kayla, they look so nice and bright!

  4. Ooooh gorgeous!! Love these colors together, very summer-y!

  5. Beautiful! Reminds me of those giant candy lollipops =D

  6. ugh this is just TOO perfect!! I love how icy the colours look too xxx

  7. Wow these are SO awesome :)

    xo Maddy

  8. These are beautiful and they also reminds me those giants candy lollipops :)

  9. I love watermarbling, but watermarbling must hate me! What for an unrequited love...
    Gorgeous nails <3


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