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31DC2013 Day 20: Water Marble

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: 31DC2013  day 20 water marbleI’m not going to lie – I was both extremely excited for AND dreading this day. Yes, the prompt of the day is water marble, also known as the freaking hardest thing to do ever. Water marbling is deceptively complicated. It seems like it shouldn’t be that hard, and yet…

The Dalai Lama's Nails: 31DC2013  day 20 water marbleThey came out awesome! Woohoo!!!!! I have a complicated history with water marble manicures. Water marbling was the first nail art I ever tried – I spent hours and hours watching My Simple Little Pleasures tutorials and even longer trying to do one! This is back before the days of my blog, so I don’t think I even have any pictures of it! The next few times I tried water marbling, I got so frustrated! I don’t marble very often, but it’s just so cool, maybe I should try it more!

The Dalai Lama's Nails: 31DC2013  day 20 water marble

The Dalai Lama's Nails: 31DC2013  day 20 water marble

The Dalai Lama's Nails: 31DC2013  day 20 water marbleIn case you’ve never heard of water marbling, here’s how it works: you take a cup of water, and drop little bits of polish in concentric circles onto the surface of the water. Then, you use a toothpick (or similar) to draw designs into the polish. You dip your finger into the design, and it sticks to the nail! See, it seems easy, but there are a few things that get in the way: not every polish will spread in the water, and it’s crazy messy unless you somehow protect the skin around your fingers. Plus, sometimes you end up with bubbles.
The Dalai Lama's Nails: 31DC2013  day 20 water marble

For this marble, I started with a coat of OPI Alpine Snow. Then, in a move of sheer brilliance, I coated my fingers to the knuckle with Liquid Palisade. I think that made everything SO much easier – the only problem is that it takes up quite a bit of product, and Liquid Palisade is like liquid magic (and I don’t want to waste any of it!!). The colors in my marble are: Sally Hansen Perfect Pair-ing, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, and Zoya Kieko in the center. 
The Dalai Lama's Nails: 31DC2013  day 20 water marbleSo, I pretty much love how this came out. I figured out a few things about placement, and even though it’s not totally perfect, I’m really pleased with how I got the purple to line up!

We’re in the home stretch! I bet you want to know what’s coming up tomorrow,  so you should click here to check out the prompts! And remember, check out #31DC2013 on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Love how it came out. My water marbling history is quite similar. I’ve gotten more bold about it, but I still do it very rarely.

  • I’ve seen water marble evrywhere, but I’ve never actually tried it out yet..I’ll have to do that one of these days! 🙂 I love the colors you used! 😀

    • You should try! I won’t lie, it’s not for the faint of heart – I think it’s hard but super pretty!

  • really pretty girl !

  • Good job! I suck at marbling. I can never get the paint to spread right. I do it like 20 times before i get one good one!

    • I seriously tried a zillion polishes – none of them would spread in the water the right way!

  • Freakin hardest thing to do but you KNOCKED IT OUT THE PARK! Stunning