Color of the Week – Water Marbling

I don’t know if you guys noticed that I haven’t been doing CotW for almost a month. The main reason is that I wasn’t motivated enough to come up with any new shades or new design. I was also playing around with UV gels and other stuff, such as water. Yeah you heard it right. You can actually do your nail design with water. It’s called water marbling.

Let’s take a quick look at what we need today. A dampening dish filled with water and a tooth pick are basically all.

Some nail polishes. You can choose similar colors for a subtle marbling or contrast colors for a bolder look.

My mood is peachy today so I use my Maybelline Express Finish #160 Racy Red and Forever Strong #50 Petal Power.

You’re going to drop the two nail polishes alternately into the water. So it’ll end up look like this.

Use the tooth pick to make a pattern before the polishes dry up.

Dip your nail into the water pattern. Do not pick it up yet.

You need to clean up the polishes on the water surface or else your nail will look like a mess. Simply use the tooth pick to make swirling motion.

Once you clean up the water, then you can pull the nail out. Wait for a few seconds (or minutes), it’ll look like this.

Some other pictures in different angles.

The good thing about water marbling is that no two nails will look the same. Even on the same nail, different places have different pattern. It’s really random and spontaneous. And I think that’s the beauty of it.

Even though my pattern didn’t turn out as planned, I really had fun doing it. I’m going to try some other colors later on. I hope you enjoyed today’s CotW. See you next time.

8 Responses to Color of the Week – Water Marbling

  1. Thifa October 4, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    I like the colors you pick. I don’t like marbles that have too contrasting colors among them. That’s something I would probably wear 🙂

  2. Blair October 4, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    I’ve heard of this water marbling technique but haven’t tried it yet! But won’t it stain my whole finger since I have to dip it in the water?

    • admin October 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM

      I’ve seen people taping their fingers or applying cuticle oils when they do this. It looked fairly easy to get rid of the polish on the finger but I haven’t tried it yet. I was only doing it for fun on the fake nails.

  3. Starryxuan October 4, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    I wanted to ask the same question as Blair 😛 but it look pretty! 🙂

    • admin October 6, 2010 at 1:43 PM

      By using a Q-tip it’ll be less likely to mess up with your nail design too.

  4. Jenny October 5, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    very pretty! what a cool technique!! would this work as well on a real nail?

    • admin October 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

      Yes it also works on real nails.

  5. Pop Champagne October 6, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    that’s a pretty color! and the pattern turn out really nice


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