Showing posts with label water marbling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label water marbling. Show all posts

Zoya Stunning Collection water marble

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Zoya is churning the polish collections out - which is making me very happy. I received the Stunning Collection to share with you. The swatches will be in another post. But I used all the colors in this festive summery water marble.

I enjoy water marbling. It's fun and you never know exactly how it's going to come out. At least I never know. The Stunning Collection was great to marble with. It spread across the water wonderfully and the colors stayed vibrant.

I used each of the six polishes in the "bulls eye" twice for the design. The colors work well together.

The colors in this collection are Rocky (blue), Darcy (sunny yellow), Yana (fuchsia pink), Thandie (bright orange), Josie (grassy green), and Micky (coral pink).

Water marble nail art with the Zoya Stunning Collection
Water marble nail art with the Zoya Stunning Collection

Water marble nail art with the Zoya Stunning Collection
Water marble nail art with the Zoya Stunning Collection
The polishes in the Zoya Stunning collection can be purchased at Zoya.com.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Spring water marble with Barielle polish

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It’s Spring! Well, maybe not here yet. As I am writing this we are having a winter storm. Winter storm in the Spring? Yes folks. It’s Springtime in Wyoming. The wind is blowing and the snow is coming down. Well it’s eventually making it to the ground… after it blows for several hundred yards. So with an expected snowfall of 12 to 18 inches I am rebelling and sporting a mani inspired by the colors of Spring.

I wanted something bright and cheerful so I decided to go with a water marble. So I pulled out some Barielle polishes and set to work. Barielle polishes are wonderful for marbling.
I started with a base coat and then applied a Barielle Young’n in Love. I always use a base color when I water marble. It makes the colors pop and provides more opacity.

Nail art - Spring Water Marble
Nail art - Spring Water Marble

Nail art - Spring Water Marble
Nail art - Spring Water Marble

For the colors in the marble I used Barielle Banana Drop, Elated, Swizzle Stix, and Orange Parfait. Then I used the same colors with a dotting tool for a little extra design. I like to dot on water marbles because it actually helps hide those small bubbles you can get with marbling. 

I love the bright look of this mani. So while the snow is flying I can at least pretend that it is Spring.

These polishes were purchased by me and some were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Water Marble with dotting

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I love water marbles but they don't always love me. They can be a temperamental and persnickety method to use.

But this one seemed to come together. For the water marble I used Barielle Remember Me, Queen for the Day, Black Rose and Friday Night Party. I used Barielle Greenwich Village for the light colored dotting.


Water marble nail art using Barielle
Water marble nail art using Barielle

Water marble nail art using Barielle
Water marble nail art using Barielle
I always use distilled, room temperature water for marbling. Putting scotch tape around my nails helps with clean up.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Water marble and dotting with Orly

Friday, November 23, 2012

I love water marbles. But they are completely temperamental. Some days they work and some days they just don't cooperate at all.

Today the water marble gods were on my side. The polish spread on the water well and dried quickly - although almost too quickly.

I used Orly Decided, Shockwave, Terra Mauve and Basket Case. Orly works quite well for marbling. I started off with a base color of Orly Decided and then rotated the colors in the water. I'm not going to go into the how-to so much in this post. I have another post that shows the how-to here and there are some amazing instructional videos available on line.

After I finished the marbling I used a dotting tool and applied a few flowers and dots using contrasting colors. Dotting on top of the marble can help hide those annoying little air bubbles you get sometimes. 

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

Water marbling and dotting with Zoya

Monday, October 29, 2012

Water marbling - it's enough to strike fear in in the heart of most people who have tried it. Every once in a while I get brave and decide to take on the battle of me vs water marbling.

I think I won this battle. I actually like how it came out! I used Zoya Natty and Purity.

Water marble using Zoya nail polishes
Water marble using Zoya nail polishes


I use a small condiment cup or a shot glass filled with distilled water for my marbling. The smaller area seems to give me a little more control over my design.

After I had marbled all of my nails I decided to use some dots. I really like the dots in the design. An added bonus of dotting is that you can conceal imperfections like bubbles with the dots.



Water marble - China Glaze Bohemian collection

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Water marbling has been failing me lately. And it took until today to figure out why. My son used my jug of distilled water in the swamp cooler and then replaced the water with tap water. Now I know why the polishes weren't spreading in the water.

So with my new distilled water I decided to try again.

I used Deviantly Daring, No Plain Jane, Swanky Silk and Want my Bawdy from the China Glaze Bohemian Collection. I love the way the colors play on each other. But if you are going to use these polishes for a water marble be sure to allow extra time for clean up. The metallic shimmer is extremely hard to clean off your fingers. 

After I put scotch tape on my fingers to help in cleaning up I dipped two fingers at a time in the polish covered water. 

Water marble using some of the polishes from the China Glaze Bohemian Collection.
Water marble using some of the polishes from the China Glaze Bohemian Collection.
This photo is of my right hand and is taken in full sun. Look at that shimmer and shine! And it is all over my fingers too.

Water marble using some of the polishes from the China Glaze Bohemian Collection.
Photo in full sun. Water marble using the China Glaze Bohemian Collection. Right hand.

Water marble using some of the polishes from the China Glaze Bohemian Collection.
Photo in full sun. Water marble using some of the polishes from the China Glaze Bohemian Collection.
There is a photo tutorial of water marbling here.

Make sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a full set of the China Glaze Bohemian Collection.

The China Glaze® New Bohemian collection are available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide. Individual polishes retail for $6.99.
 
The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.

Neon water marble with Picture Polish

Sunday, July 22, 2012

These neon polishes by Picture Polish were calling to me. What they were screaming was "water marble." 

I used Crazy, Hot Lips and Lime Lite. The yellow Crazy and pick Hot Lips sort of merged together to make orange. But I still love the finished look -- Bright and summery. These dried extremely fast in the water. But that just meant I had to work fast. I dipped two fingers at once for this marble.

Picture Polish water marble
Picture Polish water marble

Bottom line: Neons are fun and these Picture Perfect polishes are great for water marbling. Picture Perfect polish is available at shop.llarowe.com for $12.50

The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.

Practice practice practice. Water marbling

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Water marbling. I always see such cool manis with this that it makes me want to try it more. It is very time intensive but I love the way it looks. 

I used China Glaze White on White, Zoya Breezi and Zoya Whitney.

I started out painting my nails a base color with the China Glaze White on White.

Then after that dried I place scotch tape around my nails to make the clean up easier. 

Then I used a small condiment container with room temperature distilled water. 


Room temperature distilled water

Swirling the design


I put one or two drops of Zoya Breezi in the water. Then I turned the cup around a couple of times. This helps the polish disperse across the top of the water. Then I put a drop of China Glaze White on White and spun the cup around again. Then I put a drop of Zoya Whitney in the center. You want to create a type of bullseye. You have to move relatively quickly as the polish dries fast on the water's surface. 

You can use as many colors and drops as you want for as simple or as complicated as you want it. I wanted a simple design as I had a plan in mind. But needless to say the marbling took on a life of its own and my idea didn't work. But I still like the design.

Water marbling with Zoya
Then I used a toothpick to drag the colors into the center and make a design. Then I placed my nail on top of the part of the design I liked and dipped it under the water. Make sure to lay the nail on at a horizontal angle and not dip it straight down. Don't let your nail hit the side or the bottom of the cup. While my finger was under the water I used a orange stick on the surface of the water and pulled it around the polish to get it away from my nail. I left my nail under the water for about 30 seconds and then pulled it out.

Remove the tape and move on to the next nail repeating the steps. I changed the water about every third nail as bits of polish were on the water's surface and kept the polish from spreading across.

Once all my nails were finished I cleaned up the stray polish from my cuticles, applied a top coat and "Voila!" -- Instant nail art. Actually quite easy although it takes some time.

With a little more practice I am sure I can develop a consistent design.
The right hand came out a little more consistent.

Me versus water marbling

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I took on water marbling today. There wasn't a clear victor in this battle. There are tons of blog posts and videos on marbling so I am not going to go over it step by step. But let me go over some of the things I learned.

1. Make sure you have plenty of time.

2. Definitely use scotch tape and cuticle oil to aid in clean up.

3. One of the biggest errors I  made (You can see it on my pinkie) was to dip the finger in the water instead of "laying" it on the design and then submersing it.

4. Keeping the water clean and free of polish particles was an issue for me. I ended up changing the water twice.

The first fingernail I did came out the best. That was my pointer finger. I wish they would have all come out like that. 

I tried to pick bright colors and went with China Glaze and one Orly. The only polish that gave me any trouble was the CG white. It didn't disperse as well as the other polishes.

I am not sure I will do this too often as it was phenomenally time consuming. But who knows. Now that I have done it once maybe the next time won't take as long.

Happy Polishing!

Kelly

 

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