The very first nail art tutorial video i ever watched was a water marbling one. I had several reactions to it – “I will never be able to do that”; “it looks amazing!” and “it looks kind of time consuming and messy…”
So I never tried it. I put it off, thinking it was difficult, messy, time consuming, out of my league. Finally I decided that on a rainy Friday afternoon when I had nothing better to do would be the perfect time to give it a try.
I watched a ton of tutorial videos! My favourites were cutepolish’s video (she must be one of my most referenced video tutorial makers!) and simplelittlepleasures’ video. nail art 101 also does a great photo tutorial.
So here are the results from my first try!
I was so thrilled! I had one nail which came out a bit bubbly and another that looked a bit dull (maybe I hadn’t cleaned all the excess polish off the water surface when I took my finger out of the water) but otherwise they looked great!
I was so excited that I wanted to have another try a couple of days later – so my Sunday afternoon was spent water marbling too!
So it turned out I was mainly wrong with my initial reactions to water marbling – I can do them, they’re no messier than sponging if you tape them well and not that time consuming – I’ve spent far longer on other designs! I was right about one thing: They look amazing!!!
I used: Mellow Yellow – Sally Hansen, Do you Lilac It? – OPI, For Audrey – China Glaze (first pic)
Baker Street – Nails Inc, Papaya Punch – China Glaze, The Last Trial – Anny (second pic)
WOW. what brand of polish are you using, and are you using tap water or bottled? those look AMAZING
Thanks! I was really pleased with them! I used filtered tap water at room temperature. I used a variety of brands, the polishes are all listed at the end of my post.
LOOKS FREAKIN AMAZING!! I haven’t tried yet. I have marble-phobia too.
I totally understand your phobia – there’s something very intimidating about marbling. Somehow I felt I shouldn’t have something so amazing looking on my nails! But you should try it – it’s not as scary as it seems!
OMG these look amazing!!!! I can’t believe you’re a newbie at marbling! I only got it right once 😦 Have to keep trying.
It’s probably just beginner’s luck – the next one I do might be a complete disaster! (but I really hope not cos I enjoyed it!)
I’m sure your next try will be amazing too! 😀 It’s really fun. I’m going to try it again soon.
Awesome, I wish my first tries looked so great !
Not all my first tries are so successful. I’m excited about this one cos I’d been so scared of trying it for so long!
wow these are amazing! I find it messy but I love the results, I think you have inspired me to have another go at the weekend 🙂
Thanks! I’ll look out for your water marbling soon!
You did such a great job! I love the color combination of the second one! I’m a little apprehensive about water-marbling, but i think I’m going to try it soon. Thank you for giving us all a little boost of confidence:)
Thanks, glad to pass on a bit of inspiration to try this technique! (and happy to find out I wasn’t the only one avoiding it) Good luck with yours – I’ll look forward to seeing the results.
These are your first tries?! Very nice! I always wanted to try but I was scared of making a huge mess and wasting my polish.
This is amazing! Awesome job!
I just learned the magic of taping before sponging this week. I feel emboldened to water marble as well. Your nails are awesome! Totallyy RAD!
On another note I know I’m a little late in the game but you are one of my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award! http://thenailinator.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-versatile-blogger-award.html
Thanks for the nailspiration!
Thanks for the nomination – I really appreciate it! Glad to pass on some inspiration. 😉