Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kiss Me...

...I'm not Irish.  Well, maybe a little, but not enough to count.  LOL

Good morning, Kitschies!  I hope you have beautiful weather wherever you are.  It's supposed to be in the high 70s today and right now it's clear and not a breath of wind.  I got to bed at a half-way decent hour last night and I feel a little more rested today.  It could partly be because I'm only working half-day today.  I'm playing hookie and taking Nate to see a movie.  Is it considered hookie if my employer knows and already granted my time off request?  *giggle*  I was supposed to take my bestie's oldest boy along with, but...*some*body had other plans.  Anyway...I'm almost out of here for the day and that makes me feel good!!

Last week I dug out my green and white polish to do a water marble for St Patty's Day.  Out of all the marbling I've done, I think this one is my favorite.  And not only do you get to see the end result, I'm going to share a sort of tutorial with you on how I do my water marbling.  Take a seat...there's gonna be a lot of pics to share.

First...gather your equipment including scissors, paint brush for clean up, Scotch tape, toothpicks, acetone (also for clean up), a cup with room temperature filtered water, base coat, polish colors and top coat.  The colors I picked for this marble are Sally Hansen White On and ChG Jolly Holly from the 2010 holiday collection.

After you apply your base coat, start with one coat of one of your colors.  You don't have to worry too much about application because this is just a base - you won't see much of it.  If you're unsure of which color to use as a base, pick one of the lighter colors or a color you think will be thinner than the others to give it a bit more opacity in the marbling.


Once your base color has dried a bit, wrap each finger with Scotch tape to give a barrier to your skin.  If you don't do this, you'll have quite the mess to clean up when you're finished.  Be sure to get the tape all the way to the nail on the under side of your fingers.

Using your polish, alternate drops, creating a bulls eye pattern like you see here.  It took me a while to figure out how to get this just right.  The thing that worked for me is having room temperature filtered water.  If it's too cold, the polish hardens and glops and won't spread well.


Then using your toothpick, lightly drag it across the rings of polish to create a design like you have here. You can play around with it as much as you like, but know that the more you move the polish around, the finer, more lined design you'll get.

Pick an area of the design you want on your nails, place your finger nail down in to the image.  Be sure to use your toothpick to collect any polish that's floating around on the water before you bring your finger back up.  The tape shields your fingers from a lot of the excess polish, but every once in a while, some sneaks past the tape (notice my middle finger).



Once you are finished with all the fingers on one hand, peel or cut off the tape using scissors.  You won't have much to clean up if you taped good enough.  Either way, though, using straight acetone makes clean up a breeze.

Let's see the end result, shall we?

Please excuse the whiteness on my middle finger - that's from having to use acetone to clean up what wasn't shielded by the tape.  I really, really like how this one turned out.  Definitely my favorite so far!

This is my left hand with flash (above) and in sunlight (below).  It's hard to pick a favorite, but on this hand it would have to be my index and ring fingers.

I'm horrible at taking pics of my right hand so there's only one (this was taken in indirect sunlight).  On this hand, I like the pinkie and index the best.  I liked the thumb a lot too, but my topcoat caused a little drag.

This marble even gave me great designs on the under side of my nails!  I usually have great wear with my marbles because the tips are already wrapped with polish - hard to get tip wear when the tips are wrapped!

Last one - promise.  Here's a closer look at my thumbs.  I like them both - probably the left more than the right because the pattern is so different from the others.

*whew*  Tired of pictures?  Yeah, me too.  Kinda.  If you'd like a better tutorial for water marbling, check out My Simple Little Pleasures.  She does awesome marbles and provides a tutorial for pretty much each design she does.

Happy St Patty's Day!  If you go out to celebrate...be careful!!  Don't drink too many green beers.


18 comments:

Jen said...

turned out great! I was thinking about doing a green water marble too! Now I really want to!

L said...

OMG you did an excellent job!

BlushingNoir said...

That is SO cool and incredibly easy! It's definately a must try. Thank you!

Robyn said...

They really look like shamrocks... cute! I love MSLP too, she is awesome!

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Those look awesome.

Debra said...

Wow! That is so cool. I am not sure I could do it though, although I seriously want to try!

Stray Stitches said...

Absolutely amazing!! What movie did you take Nate to see?

Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes said...

Holy Shamrocks! that is the most awesome and YES thank you for the tutorial. I'm going to do this in the next couple days and see what I turn up with (will be my first attempt).

I've decided if I can't get watermarbling to work for me - you will have to come to my place and show me in person. LOL Its only 40 for the high so pack a sweater. ;)

Kimberly said...

Gorgeous!!!!! You make it look sooo easy too. But I know it's a pistol to make this.

I hope you enjoyed your hooky day!

cathryn said...

this is so cute!! i hate water marbling >< i always get gaps on the sides of my nails! idk if its because of the shape of my nails or because im completely inept but i LOVE how they look, hate the process!!

i think that marbles last so long because theyre incredibly thin. whenever i wore them they were ultra durable!

Danielle said...

wow, this looks awesome, I think this is my favorite mani of yours. It came out great and is perfect for st. Patrick's day :)

Emmy said...

Holy cow cooliest thing ever! Never in a million years would have guessed that would be how to do that! I am sending a friend a link to your blog, she is going to love it.

ABOP (laquerlove on MUA) said...

I looooove this Megan! Gorgeous!

Mamarazzi said...

this is freaking amazeballs...seriously my mind is blown. i love the tutorial. i always wondered how people did that.

MartianDelights said...

Amazing mani !

Myya said...

Ok so seriously I thought that you always put a glob on & did each finger individually with a toothpick or something. I am super amazed at how this whole process works. Freaking COOL!!! Oh & it looks really great too!

Lenae said...

Using tape saves so much clean up time!! Thanks for sharing!

Erica said...

I'm a bit late finding this post. I just found your blog through your mother's blog.

I LOVE how you did the marbling effect! I used to be a manicurist and this sure would have come in handy back then. I used to marble directly on the nail and sometimes it would just turn into a gloppy mess. I will be trying this technique out soon!