29 July 2010

My Three Water Marbling Attempts

So this is basically a follow up to my last post, How to Water Marble.

I first got into water marbling a little over a month ago. I had heard about it for a super long time, but I never looked into it or knew how it was done.

My first attempt was on July 2nd I believe. I tried to do a red, white, and blue manicure for the 4th of July, and it was a disaster. Sometimes the polishes would drop to the bottom, but sometimes they'd spread nicely, and other times the colors would all blend together and make a purple color, which definitely wasn't what I was going for. Looking back, I should have started with something easy, but that's never my nature =P

So I did my first nail and decided it came out pretty good. Then I did another nail and decided that that one looked soooo much better than the first, and that I should redo the first one. I had only had 4 nails finished and each had been done twice when I finally stopped. This was probably because I hated how different each nail looked, even though to some, that's part of the fun of it lol. I kept taking the polish off after deciding I didn't like it, and then I got too frustrated to keep going. My nails ended up neon orange for the fourth of July instead.

A week or so later I decided to try again. My two favorite colors are light green and purple, so I did a green, blue, and purple water marble, which I thought was a really pretty color scheme. I didn't really try any special design for this one, just a couple lines in opposite directions, but it came out pretty decently.

For this I used Savvy's French White White as my base, and for marbling I used Pure Ice Wild Thing, Wet n Wild Caribbean Frost (a turquoise color), and China Glaze Coconut Kiss. I hadn't thought of starting a blog at that point, or even taking pictures of my nails, so what you're seeing here are pictures I took with my webcam so that I could show them to friends I don't see often.

Sorry about the poor quality.

Right hand

Left hand


This took probably two hours to do, which sounds like a really long time, and I guess it is. The polish cooperated most of the time and I had to redo a couple nails, but it was a much better experience than my first try.

I thought it was pretty good for one of my first attempts, and I got soooo many compliments on them. It was crazy. I feel like I had to explain water marbling a hundred times to everyone that said, "YOU did that? YOURSELF? How?!"

I wore those for at least 10 days, with chips here and there that I touched up, and I kept adding coats of topcoat. I finally took the polish off after I was done a week of volunteering; three of my nails broke and the chipping got really bad.

So I was finally ready to do it again. Step by step instructions and the polishes I used are included in the How to Water Marble post (another link for convenience).

I took a TON of pictures of these. It was so easy! The polish cooperated every single time and I didn't redo a single nail! Pretty good right?!







Left Thumb

Right Thumb



I love them! (Can't you tell? I have enough pictures =P) My favorite nails are my left index finger and ring finger, and my right pinky. I still can't believe how easy this was =] I'd say this took me about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes, not counting cleanup, dipping each nail by itself (and I was taking my merry old time).

I had tons of fun with this! Please give it a try if you haven't already =]

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed looking at my nails as much as I do! =P



  1. They look amazing! I will definitely give it a try.

  2. Thank you so much! I wore them out today and got so many compliments =] Good luck and be patient lol

  3. Woah, those rainbow nails look amazing! I've always wanted to try water marbling but I thought it might be too much trouble.

  4. Thank you so much! I think you should try it at least once. I was so frustrated at first, but if you find polishes that cooperate, you'll get a really cool result! Best of luck if you try it!

  5. I think these both look good =) & it will only get easier with practice!

  6. These look so good! I am looking forward to trying a rainbow water marbling!!!

  7. Oh this is cool, reminds me of a lollypop. hehe

  8. hahaha it definitely does look like it =p never thought of it like that!

  9. I love the rainbow marble. It's stunning!

  10. Aw thank you so much! It's STILL on my nails cause I'm so sad to take it off.

  11. LOVE IT I wanna try it right now!!! - xox NeverNaked.blogspot.com

  12. I found the pure ice and it worked so good!!! I linked you in my blog! xoxo Camille @ nevernaked.blogspot.com

  13. Ooooh! love the rainbow water marble :)


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