It's day 20 Water Marble!! Water marbling is one of the most beloved, and most hated, nail art techniques out there...you either rock at it...or end up angry-crying in a corner after hours of fruitless attempts. I usually fall somewhere in between those two extremes. I understand the concept behind water marbling...I know how it's done...and I have watched countless tutorials to pick up the tips and tricks. But somehow, things still go poorly. I used to water marble more often, but I don't think I have since last year in the 31 Day Challenge.
However, I met Corynn of Mucking Fusser at the #OhioNailGirlMeetup2014, and her water marbled nails were so fabulous in person that I almost wanted to cry. This inspired me to really give it a go for my 31 Day Challenge water marble, so I headed to her blog and read all that I could about marbling direct from the WATER MARBLE GODDESS herself! I decided on a tutorial that she did in a guest post on the Girly Bits Blog for the Spiral Water Marble! I even used the same color scheme...and I think it actually turned out well!
Obviously, when you look at these super zoomed in shots, you can see big imperfections, but I am pleased with my overall execution here! And I did it on all ten fingers! That's a big deal. I started with one coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On and marbled with White On and OPI WHO ARE YOU CALLING BOSSY?!?. I sealed everything in with Glisten & Glow HK Girl.
There were a few things I did differently from my previous water marble attempts here. 1) I followed a tutorial that showed me to "anchor" my design to the side of the cup. I think I usually just go in without a plan and pull from the outside to the center first. 2) I used Glisten & Glow HK Girl so there was no smearing or pulling of the final design. 3) I picked polishes that I knew would work. Corynn used White On in her marble, and told me that she usually has good luck with OPI cremes. 4) I took my time, and attempted a design that has a bit more room for mistakes than the normal "side by side flower" technique.
And yes, I pulled it off on all ten nails...here's the Cinderella hand shot!
So, not perfect, but awesome for me! Thanks to Corynn for the inspiration ;) Check back tomorrow for the beginning of the final chunk of the Challenge with 21 Inspired by a Color!
Sally Hansen and OPI products used in this post were provided for previous review.