Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Water Marbling Tutorial




I've never been adept at painting my nails, nor have I frequented salons. With sewing and using scissors constantly, my nails are left a mess. However, since I've started wearing more accessories, I've been into keeping my nails looking somewhat presentable. When I'm in Florida, I call on my sister, Amanda, to do my nails. When I asked her what she knew about water marbling (I've recently become mildly obsessed), she agreed to do a step by step tutorial for my readers.  Keep reading for step by step instructions on how to achieve this effect!



Gather all of your tools. I forgot to list top coat, but that should also be included. You'll need at least two colors of polish (any colors) to do your water marble. If you don't have an orange stick, a toothpick or the handle of a thin paint brush will also do. If you don't have a brush to clean up around your nail, a q-tip will work.



I chose a white polish as my first coat before marbling, because it makes the colors pop.




The bigger the bullseye, the better. Keep adding polish and it will continue to spread across the water.

Do this quickly, before the polish dries. Drag the orange stick very lightly through the polish, not into the water.






It might take a bit of practice to make it perfect but once you have the hang of it, it's a lot of fun and easy to do!


p.s. For the other water marbled nail, we used just the yellow and pink, skipping the black.

80 comments:

  1. thats pretty awesome! im going to have to try that sometime

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love water marbling!! Great way to jazz up my boring manicures. love

    ReplyDelete
  3. I LOVE THIS IDEAAAA!!! I'm so going to use it!

    ReplyDelete
  4. wow, i've never heard of this before. the result is super awesome!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. this is awesome! have never even heard of it before. will get my friends together and we can have a nail painting night together 8D thanks so much to you and your sister for the tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  6. i saw this on pinterest! you did a great job and i love how it turned out!

    Lindsay

    ReplyDelete
  7. So pretty - I can't wait to try it out. I like the idea of jus tdoing one accent nail, too!
    Much love,
    B

    ReplyDelete
  8. That's such an awesome idea, i'll have to try it out one day xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  9. awesom tutorial! I'm def gonna try it


    http://isthisclaudia.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  10. OMG WHAT?! I had never heard of this before but that is so genius! Whoever came up with it has a very creative imagination!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow, that's so cool! I'm gonna try that with my teenager nieces. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love the colors and how you only did it on one nail. I did this DIY a while ago.. now want to try it again!

    http://sprinklesinsprings.com/2011/03/marble-nail-diy.html

    xx Kara
    Sprinkles in Springs

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow!!! I found what I'm doing this weekend! That is one of the neatest thing I've seen in the world of nail art!! Such a great step-by-step guide too! Thanks for sharing!!! I'm super excited to try it! Xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm not big on manicures, either. However I have had fun with DIY nail art, and this marbling technique takes the cake. Going to have to try it out soon!

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your nails look great! I've been meaning to try this.

    ReplyDelete
  16. wow I really loved this tutorial, I want to try it right now! The colors look very great and artsy in the water.

    ReplyDelete
  17. So original. Don't know if I'll enough skilled to do it & nake it look good.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh my god! This is amazing!
    Gonna try it one day *-*

    ReplyDelete
  19. Say WHAT?! This is seriously advanced nail art. I love that effect!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh yay, I've seen the finished product on Pinterest before, but never saw the tutorial. I remember doing this same marbling thing in high school art class with paper. So much fun!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I actually tried water marbling yesterday but it didn't come out very good...I put my nail in the water first and under the nail polish...maybe that was what i did wrong;I'm gonna try it the other way round next time,like you show here! :) xoxo
    www.miouprincesslovespink.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. This is so cool! I've always wondered how to do this, thanks for the tutorial =).

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wow Keiko, this is great! I'm so excited to try it.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love this! I have seen this and wondered how it was done! Great tutorial! I shared it on my blog! Thanks for posting!
    love what you do!

    http://taadaadesigns.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  25. brilliant!! I am so going to have to give this a try!!
    jess
    www.jesscauseblog.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Love it!

    I always wondered how exactly it worked! Thanks! = )

    ReplyDelete
  27. I've been wanting to try this for a while now. I think as I have no plans tonight I might as well go for it! Thankyou for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  28. very pretty!

    www.petiteandhungry.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. I've wanted to do this for a long time !!
    Your tutorial was easy breezy - thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. this is cool. the first time I saw this was on another blog about a month ago. I tried it and it turned out pretty nice.

    ReplyDelete
  31. i've never seen this done! and I can't wait to try it!! :)
    Thanks for the tutorial!!

    kaithuber.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. i've never seen anything quite like this. i want to try it now!!!

    ReplyDelete
  33. what if i want to do my toenails? ;)

    ReplyDelete
  34. I've never seen this before! This is so cool...i must try this soon :) Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  35. This is so fun and cool! Definitively trying it. Thanks! for the tutorial.

    Xo
    Nicole
    The Owl Girl

    ReplyDelete
  36. I love it!i usually don't spend much time doing my nails,but this one i'm definetely gonna try!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I had never even heard of that. It looks super cool. I can't wait to try it!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I will definitely have to give this a try, very pretty colors

    xx
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. beautiful!


    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  40. ooh! I've done this before! very messy, but so much fun. The tape is a great idea, I'll have to do that next time.



    http://melon-heart.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  41. This is amazing and so pretty! I never knew we could do this!

    Fang Ting
    ftashion

    ReplyDelete
  42. wow really cool & really original!
    love it!

    btw you have such a cool name :)

    http://avocadosundays.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  43. Oh my gosh, that's amazing! Never thought, that something like that would work..!!! I absolutely have to try that! Thank you so much for posting this!!!

    kind regars, Charlene

    ReplyDelete
  44. Oh my go-rgeous nails! This rocks! I can't wait to try it out!
    Thank you so much - how fun!
    luvluv,
    Sway xx

    ReplyDelete
  45. Oh wow this is crazy amazing!! I can imagine I would just make a huge mess if I tried it myself.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Wow - i've never even heard of this - how amazing!!

    The doll on fashion

    ReplyDelete
  47. I've seen this before, might try too :)

    ReplyDelete
  48. This technique is fun once you get the hang of it. I'd suggest just sitting down one day and trying it on all of your nails, knowing it's not really going to turn out the first time. Some brands of polish work better than others. I would HIGHLY suggest one modification however. Putting the tape around your finger is a pain in the butt. I get a stiff bristled paint brush and a jar of Vaseline, and paint a thin layer around my nail and the back of my finger. Basically anywhere you DON'T want the polish to go. Then, once you've dipped your nail, wait a minute or so and gently wipe off the Vaseline. Not only will it keep your finger protected, it moisturized your cuticles as well :)

    ReplyDelete
  49. I have never seen this before! So cool, I will def try this. I think I will pink, red, white! :-) Thank you Keiko! Very informative!

    ReplyDelete
  50. beautiful nail...
    nice blog...

    ReplyDelete
  51. i will have to try this! I'm glad you put this step by step tutorial ^_^

    TTFN

    Lexy♥

    ReplyDelete
  52. I can't wait to try this. everyone is becoming so creative with nail polish. I love it!
    http://curiouschase.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  53. Oooh I love this tutorial :) I've never even heard of water-marbling lol. But I will definitely try it :) I was wondering if you have to use filtered water, because I used to have a water-filter, but we got rid of it :/ Thanks in advance!

    ReplyDelete
  54. this is soo cool! thanks a lot for sharing!

    love,
    ROSECANDLE11

    ReplyDelete
  55. will def try that :) thanks so much

    ReplyDelete
  56. This post/tutorial is FABULOUS!! I featured you (and the tutorial) on my blog today. Love it!!!

    http://caviartaste.blogspot.com/2011/10/water-marble-nails.html

    ReplyDelete
  57. The white base is a brilliant idea! I'm going to try this again but using the white first.
    Thanks!


    Girlfriends Are Like Shoes

    ReplyDelete
  58. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I'm really into experimenting with nailpolish at the moment, so I'm definitely going to try this!

    xoxo, Femke On the Button

    ReplyDelete
  59. Whaaaaat?!?!I never heard about this!Amazing!!Thank you millions for sharing this step by step!
    xx
    B.

    ReplyDelete
  60. Soo cool! I've always wanted to learn how to do this. Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  61. FInally!! I had been wondering if anyone had tutorials on how to do this neat nail polish tutorial after I heard about it from a friend from Venezuela, she explained it to me but didn't stick so well. I'm so glad you had a perfect tutorial!!!

    Caterine
    730design.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  62. Thankyou sooooooo much!!! I have been looking for an easy to follow tutorial for this FOREVER!!!!
    XX
    S

    ReplyDelete
  63. I love water marbling!
    I love your pink nail polish color :)

    ReplyDelete
  64. I've tried out your tutorial! It worked really well!
    Thank you!

    http://even-fairys-dream.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  65. Oh my, that is so amazing! I've been wondering how to do this for Fantasy Fest. Perfect tutorial and just in time!

    ReplyDelete
  66. This is so cool, I can't wait to give it a try!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Omg this is so awesome!! Thanks for sharing! Love youu!!

    ReplyDelete
  68. What a cool idea! I'm going to try it out tonight, thanks for this tutorial!

    http://rococo-blog.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete