Alcohol ink makes for marvelous marbled nail art

Saturday, February 7, 2015

There are so many awesome ideas popping up in the nail world. One of the ideas that caught my attention is the alcohol ink marbled look. I have been wanting to try it for so long. But I imagined it as a messy adventure.

I received a product last week that pushed me to try it. Crystalline Nail Veil from Color4Nails allowed me to put the dye on my nails and not my skin.

Alcohol Ink marbled nail art

I started off with a base color of KBShimmer Eyes White Open. This white is perfect for nail art. Then I applied a top coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. I wanted a completely smooth surface to put the dye on. Once this was dry, I applied Crystalline Nail Veil to my cuticles around the white polish. I made sure to cover any part of the nail that I didn't want ink to get on also. The small striping brush from the Nail Veil made it easy. It does have a strong odor to it. But it dissipates quickly. I allowed it to dry about five minutes. If you are allergic to latex, do not use this product. 
I tore a cosmetic sponge into tiny pieces and added two small drops of alcohol ink to a small section. Then using tweezers, I dabbed it onto my nail. I added the ink to my nails pretty randomly. I learned I like to add a little of alcohol to my sponge as it makes the marble look a little more muted. I started off with the Teakwood color. I bought a set of three inks at Hobby Lobby. They are $9.99 for the set; and of course I used one of their handy 40 percent off coupons. And as it only takes a couple of small drops of ink, it will last for quite a while.

I actually like the Teakwood on its own. But as I was experimenting, I decided to add the other colors. I repeated the process with the Indigo and Mermaid colors. 

Alcohol Ink marbled nail art

The ink dries really quickly, so there wasn't much waiting to suffer through. I used tweezers and peeled off the Nail Veil. It was oh-so-easy. Without it, I am pretty sure I wouldn't have tried this technique for a while. Alcohol inks are a stain, so they will stain your skin.

Alcohol Ink marbled nail art

I am pleased with this marbled look and I can't wait to try it some more. In the meantime, I will be using Nail Veil for marbling and gradients.

I am not sure who initially came up with this ingenious idea of using alcohol inks. But I took my lead from Ten Little Canvases. You can see her YouTube video here.

Is this something you would try?

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  1. amazing!!! I love how this looks!

  2. I love the way you write and share your niche! Very interesting and different! Keep it coming! alcohol


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