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Monday, January 24, 2011

Water Marble Picture Tutorial

Okay, so since I had quit a few requests to do a tutorial on how I do my water marbling, here it is. I start with filtered water, and since ours is refrigerated, I heat it up for a about 20 sec. in the microwave, just to make it room temp. I use a throw away coffee cup that I have cut in half. Here are my basic supplies. Oh just so you all know, this is with my sad, pathetic broken middle finger. I know it looks awful, and I'm sorry, but I have decided to just let it be, and hope it grows out soon.Okay anyways, for this mani I used Sally Hansen Gray Area, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender and China Glaze White on White.

I first did a base of the OPI (sorry about the poor lighting, where I do this, it's not near a direct light source)


When I start, I make sure all the lids are off. Here I just dropped in a blob of my first color, Gray Area, and you can see it spreads.


Then I dropped in a blob of White on White, right in the center of the Gray Area


and dropped in a blob of the OPI


I repeated the 3 colors again, until I was happy with how it looked.

Then using my pencil, I lightly drag the polish into designs in the cup

This is what it looked like, when I stopped, and I liked the designs I had.


I tape each finger, using 3 pieces of tape.


Then you pick which part of the design you made, you want on your nail.


and dip your nail into it, at an angle.


Once you have fully dipped your nail, I take my pencil, and with my nail still in the water, swipe it around my nail, and this picks up all the excess polish, so you don't ruin your nail, when you remove it from the water.


I then remove the tape, and do the rest the same way, re-doing the polish dipping and all. This is what I ended up with.


Then using some nail Q-tips, I clean up the excess polish from around my nail with 100% pure acetone.

Here is my mess, when I'm all done, lol

Then once all fingers are cleaned up, and my top coat has been applied, this is my final mani :)





















I really hope this helps you guys :P

218 comments:

  1. Well that's just fabulous!!

    Thanks for being so informative. I am confident I can do this! My nails are unfortunately short at the moment (sad breakage incident) but as soon as they are fit for coloured polish I'M DOING THIS! :-D

    2 questions:

    1. Does it use a lot of polish / do you have to drop a lot of polish in the water? Is it wasteful?

    2. When your nails is in the water and you swipe around it with the pencil - do you touch the nail with it or just go near around it? Does it just pull the extra polish away in the water or something?

    Thanks again. Another lovely creation!

    Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! x

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    1. Maybe try using Jello instead of water. When I marble paper I have used jello to suspend my paint. Don't know if it will work but it's worth a try. Oh, make sure the jello has chilled first!
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    2. if you use jello I highly doubt it would go on your nails as well. nails do not soak things up, paper does.

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    3. To your first question it just takes a drop, typically the same amount you would put on a nail. For the second question you can just lightly run whatever you are using to move the polish away against your finger but don't touch the nail. I found the hardest part is doing my right hand since I am right handed. Also do not use Styrofoam cups. Sometimes the drop can come off the brush real fast and it will fall to the bottom and will eat through the cup. Then you have a big problem (learned that the hard way).

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  2. This is just so cool!! I want to try this!! :D Hopefully I'll be able to do it right :)

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  3. this is a great tutorial!!
    your marble looks great!

    just a tip...
    if I marble and I do the 1e drop of polish in the water I always go round the polish..so that its going to stick at the cup...then it stays on the place!

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    1. what do u mean?

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    2. When you drop the first drop of paint into the cup, take the tip of the pencil and on the outer edges of the drop pull them to the cups edge where the paint will cling to the cup and not move when you go to dip your nail in.

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    3. ^ I have found that to be helpful. Also found undercoating using one color in the water instead of brushing an undercoat on, it's much less thick and less risk of the design bubbling.

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    4. How do you undercoat in the water? Sounds interesting, I hate having to wait for the undercoat to dry because I have a problem with over applying polish :(

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    5. no you dont undercoat in the water... I think she means that you do your undercoat with a color that you're going to use in the water marble thing..

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    6. You can put the base coat on in the water. I prefer to brush it on myself. One other thing I found that works really well is when you want to put a top coat of a holographic polish you can do it in water. Just put on your base color...I like to use black...the put a few drops of holographic polish in the water and dip just like you do for the marble. It uses less of the holographic polish and looks great!!

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  4. wow, it s so helpful. im sure i ll try this :) thanks for the tutorial.
    xoxo

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  5. @Renate - that's a great tip! I'll try that when I have a go. x

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  6. Hi lovely!!
    I don't know why I can't get this right. my polish cercles don't want to spread, they just remain concentrated and then I just get this gray colour, is it because of the water? does it have to be bottled water, or can I use tap water too?

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    1. I have had the same problem every single time!! I have used plastic, paper, glass, big, little cups, room temp cold and hot water, and many brands/types of polishes with different thicknesses and still no luck!! The polish doesn't spread and when it does I go to make a design and its dried already and wrinkles and creases and bubbles :( can anyone help?

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    2. hey, i had that problem when i started water marbling. i found that if you use filtered water, from a bottle or a filter such as brita, it works better. the water has to be room temperature, too. i found opi nailpolish spreads well. hope this helped. xoxox.

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    3. to the comment before mine : although I have never tried OPI i heard from many different blogs websites ect. that it works okay. I use Sally Hensen X-Treme wear bottles because it works very well and stays on fairly long with out a clear coat. When I do this technique I use tap water at basically room temp or as close as I can get. Hope this helps!
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    4. I think more expensive nail polishes work better... Like if it's a better brand..

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    5. @Anonymous No, you can use cheaper polishes and they work just fine. I have used polish that cost 89 cents from Walmart. Not all polishes will work. It is trial and error.

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  7. Wow O_O I'm in awe, that is incredibly creative! How long did the entire process take you?? I'm tempted to try this, though I'm sure I'd make a huge mess!

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    1. I just found out what marble nail art is last week and I think its really cool! But is using a pencil okay because in the other tutorials they use toothpick

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    2. I use an old pen. really anything from a toothpick to an pencil can do but my pen works just as well

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  8. This is a pretty one. I might have to do one for Valentine's Day.

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  9. Thanks!
    I really wanted to know if I should use room temp. or cold water.
    So room temp. is the answer :-)

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  10. Thanks everyone, and you're all very welcome. I hope this helps some of you :)

    Rabbit, it really doesn't use that much polish. Each ring you see, is 1 drop of polish, so I really don't consider it to be too wasteful. When you're swiping the pencil in the water, you do not touch your nail, you're just removing the extra polish on top of the water, so when you bring your nail out, no excess gets on your nail, and smears it :P

    Renate, I have heard that, but haven't had a problem with getting a design I like yet. I think I'm just lazy, LOLOLOL.

    Une Ruxi à Paris, I have read that you do have to use either bottled water or filtered. I guess the polish just doesn't eact well when tap is used. I would try that first, and see if you still have the same issues.

    Celina, the first time or two, it did take me a while, about an hour, but I've gotten it down to under 30 minutes :P

    betty, yes def room temp is a key in ths working properly :P

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  11. Great pictures you have there! I can never get my polish to spread out as nicely as you have there, do you know if the type of polish matters or the water?

    Tried out a couple polishes (some holographic ones and Essie solid ones too, tap water) and they just kind of disappear.

    Love your blog! :)
    Adeline
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  12. That looks great! Thanks for the tutorial, I can't wait to try, but I will probably make a mess! :P

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  13. Thanks Adeline!! I do know not all polishes work well with this. I try to use ones that are really pigmented, or 1 coaters. Also using a base helps with the ones that appear to be to sheer in the water. For example with holos, I would do a black base. I also have heard that tap water does not work well. You need to try either bottled water or filtered.

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    1. I was trying to show my cousin how to do the water marble nails,but I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working ( I have done it before on myself..). So I went back and referenced your blog (which has become an integral part of my nail life)and figured out that it was the fact that I was using tap water when I was attempting to demostrate it for her. So, yes; it is definitely a difference in results using filtered (bottled) water vs. tap.

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    2. this may be true but in my case I use tap every time and it has been succeseful every time

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    3. it depends on the place where you live... the sp.gravity of tap water is different from place to place... in the place where i used to live (Germany) i used tap water... but now here (in India) I kept messing it up when i used tap water... when i tried it with bottled water, it worked perfectly...

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  14. that is super cute!! reminds me of marshmallows & chocolates!! thanks for sharing!

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  15. Soo cute water marbling! :) Yesterday I also made some water marble. :)

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  16. Do you have to re marble it for every nail? Or can you redip into the same design?

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  17. I really want to try this, but I know I will make such a mess. haha thanks for the tutorial

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  18. Cute marble! And thanks for the tutorial!

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  19. My polish won't ever spread out for some reason... This is a good tutorial, though!

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  20. That's insane! I would have never guessed that's how you do it. It looks so cool!

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  21. Thanks ladies!!

    Anonymous, yes, you do need to re-drop the polishes and re-swirl for each nail. Sometimes though, when I'm in a hurry, I would dip 2-3 nails in at once.

    Brittany, you should def try it! It is a tad messy, but just do it all on a paper towel, and that helps with the cleanup.

    Kendal, are you using room temp, bottled or filtered water? Not all polishes work with this or togther, so it's just trial and error.

    Kamani, I was sooo shocked the first time I watched a tutorial on youtube! It's so creative!

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    1. Hi Chloe
      I have posted a few comments at the bottom and haven't gotten a response from you...can you please helppppp lol.
      Thanks and Happy Memorial Day.

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  22. thanx I will try bottled water, and maybe the temperature wasn't room temperature either.

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  23. thanks dear for this tutorial :-)

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  24. Thanks ladies, and you are very welcome!!

    Une Ruxi à Paris, yes def do, and let me know how it turns out. If that doesn't help, I'll try my best to help out.

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  25. Great tutorial! Only thing I still don't get completely, what you mean by swirling the pen around before taking the nail out of the water? You mean like slicing your nail free from the pattern?

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  26. Wow, this is one of the best tutorials I've seen for this, and I have looked at a lot! Now my nails just need to be a little longer so I can try =)

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  27. love it!!! i can't wait till i can try this. i haven't done it since i don't have much free time because of my 1 year old. but soon, i HAVE to try it!!!!

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  28. Very pretty and glossy :) I love how shiny your manis always are, seche is awesome! Great colour choice also

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  29. This is so pretty! Thank you for posting this. I am going to try marbling again using your tips and hopefully it turns out decent :)

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  30. Thank you everyone!!

    Deborah, when I say swirl it round, your nail is under the water, so you're just removing all the polish that is still sitting on top of the water, so you don't mess up your nail when you bring it out. Just make sure not to touch your nail with the pencil, or whatever you use to swirl your polish :P

    Brittany, def give it another go, and let me know how it turns out!!

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  31. I have a question: Where did you buy those pointed Q-tips and what brand are they? Thanks Erika! =)

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  32. hi:)
    one question, do you use a basecoat before you paint your nails?

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  33. Great post....I've got the same mess on the desk when I'm done with water marbling :)

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  34. Reminds me of chocolate! Pretty! : D

    How long does it take you to do a water marble? It took me two hours...haha.

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  35. soooo Pretty! I have tried and failed, but I wnat to try again after seeing this tutorial. Question...do you have your finger taped before you drop the polish onto the water, or after?

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  36. oh wow! This looks just like the dove cherry and dark chocolate hearts I just got! oh yum! xD Thanks for the tutorial, I will (someday) be brave enough to try it!

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  37. Thank you ladies!!

    Angela, I buy mine at Bed Bath & Beyond. I LOVE them for Konad and marble clean up :)

    Ximena, I never used a base coat for years, but I just recently picked up Gelous, from Sally's, to help baby my broken nail, lol.

    Cammy, thanks!! I can now do them in 20-30 minutes :)

    Julie, I tape mine before I drop the polish, since the polish seems to dry pretty quick in the water.

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  38. Awesome. I tried this one time, but I used tap water (which I didn't know made a difference, but it makes sense!) and the nail polishes I used weren't that great. I want to go do this now! I need to get some of those awesome qtips.

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  39. aaaaaarggghhhh cute! cute! cute! i gotta try this one! thankyou for the tutorial!

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  40. Thanks girls, and you're of course very welcome!!

    Stephanie, when I tried it once a long time ago, I used tap too, and it failed, so I gave up, lol. It really does make a difference :) Oh and you DO need those q-tips, they are beyond awesome.

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  41. Wow~ your marble nails look great! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm gonna try it out tomorrow~ :)

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  42. what a gorgeous look! I'm definitely going to try this.

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  43. Thanks you two!! I hope you both do, and love it like I do!!

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  44. Thanks for the tutorial!

    I saw another tutorial that said you can use Vaseline around the nail instead of tape to make clean up easier. Have you tried this before?

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  45. I love the behind the scenes! Thank you for sharing!! :-) And the colors are beautiful! Love the way it turned out!!

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  46. wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!amaizing!!!

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  47. Perfect! :) I need to get some of those nail q-tips. I always take a bit of a cotton ball and roll it around a tooth pick to get a sharp end. It works really well to get a neat cuticle line.

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  48. Thanks ladies!!

    I have heard the vaseline thing, but never tried it :)

    Kellie, thats a good idea! You do need these q-tips though, they are amazing!

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  49. Is Bed Bath & Beyond the only place I can get those q-tips? Do they sell them online cause I can't seem to find them >.<

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    1. I just bought some at Walmart and I have seen them at Walgreens.

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  50. That is the only place I have seen them, so far.

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  51. Hi there, I just cant seem to get this to work! I really want to. The polish seems to dry to fast and I have used bottled water. When you say room temp water do you mean water that has sat out. Is it warm at all?
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  52. Mine might be a tad warm, but not very much, since i heat it in the microwave. You def do have to work fast, and not all polishes work. It takes some trial and error to get the right colors to cooperate ;)

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  53. Thanks so much for responding. I have ordered some OPI and China Glaze Polish from the States (I live in London UK)so ill try again. Your nails look fantastic and im determined to make it work :)
    Kimberly

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  54. Kimberly, thank you! That's so exciting, I hope you love what you ordered!

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  55. They sell the pointed q-tips and Sally's aswell, they only have the point at one end, the other end has a different shape but it's better than nothing :)

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  56. this was just brilliant...

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  57. Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)

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  58. You have really nice nails, and you paint them really well! follow my blog please... styleitgirl.blogspot.com/

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  59. this is a great tutorial!
    I'm not sure that I'm able to do this, my mani it's always simple.

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  60. Thank you for sharing a picture tute. There are lots of video tutes and I wanted to show my best friend how to do these, but she can't watch videos on her computer. So this site is PERFECT! I linked and she's looking at it right now. Great job and thanks for posting!

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  61. Awww, you're very welcome!! I hope it is able to help your friend :)

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  62. Thank you so much for the help! It works really great to use Vaseline also instead of tape. :)

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  63. You are very welcome! Thanks for the tip as well

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  64. this is a way better tutorial than others i've seen. awesome job! i may try this again, your way.

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  65. This is a great tutorial. Does it matter if the cup or bowl you are using for the marble is circular or not?

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  66. When I drop the polish in the filtered water it seems to dissolve looks very watery. Definitely not thick enough to stick. What am I doing wrong?

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  67. wow, i tried after reading and scouring this tutorial for a very long time... and it just didn't work out in my favor. what a mess! it looks wonderful and professional on you, but what a hassle! i did, however, have to share it on my latest link love post via my blog. lets see if anyone else can manage to nail it like you did :)

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  68. Chloe, this tutorial is awesome! Can't wait to try it out. :) By the way, love your blog!

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  69. I read a lot of nail blogs. A LOT. Too many. Yours is the best EVER. Love your creative looks and tips. Thank you!!!

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  70. I so want to try this. It looks uber awesome.

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  71. that was soooooo awesome me and my friend are going to try it as soon as we can

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  72. Thanks for the great tutorial! I am about to try this right now.

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  73. When I did this I used tape one the first hand and then decided it was to much work and I still had polish on my fingers....so I put baby oil all around my skin but NOT ON your nail and the polish was very easy to come off!!

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  74. I tried this several times, but as soon as I try to swirl the polish, it just wraps around my pencil, like its drying already =(

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    1. this happens to me too I don't understand how to make a design without the nail polish drying first :s

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  75. These colors are so pretty! I love water marbling and I can't wait until I go to back to normal college and can start doing my nails again!

    Love your blog!

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  76. Do you know of colors that are compatible? i have tried many colors, and i can't find any.

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  77. I have really short nails due to my playing instruments...do you think this stuff will still work?????

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  78. hii, how do you know if it has a high pigment! i dont know where to look on the bottle, whould barry m work? haha thanks, good picutreess xx

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  79. Hi im Lindsey, I tried this and the nail polish ended up sticking together in the water and when i tried to make a design it all stuck to the pencil and came out with the pencil. Is this because im not using the right nail polish? Thanks

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  80. awesomeness what is SV

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  81. Good question who posted at 9:06 AM on Jan 3 what is SV I didn't see it in this tutorial but what is it????????????

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  82. Where do you get pointy q tips?

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  83. SV is Seche Vite. It's the top coat she uses

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  84. will it work for shellac nails?

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  85. As I web site possessor I believe the content material here is rattling wonderful , appreciate it for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.
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  86. I could not get the colors to marble. I finally got them to make rings and when I went to run the pencil through the colors it just pulled all the colors off.... I don't know what I am doing wrong....

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  87. I can not understand my nail polish doesent spred out

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  88. I tried it after reading your blog several times and I finally managed to get it right!!! They turned out GREAT!!! It only took me about 45 minutes, not to bad for the first time.....I love your blog, thank you for all the helpful tips....You do a wonderful job!!!

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  89. Does anyone know whether or not the base coat needs to be completely dry before you do the marbling?

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  90. tried this with plain ol tap water and it was a big NO GO the nail polish wouldn't spread it just bubbled and sank to the bottom!! however i tried it again with some room temp bottled water and it turned out amazing!! thank you so much for your easy instructions and i can't wait to show my nails off :)

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  91. Just tried this and it looks sooo neat! I used white as my base and then pink and green with the white and it looks soo neat even for my first time doing this! Thanks so much I just found your site from pinterest and then spent an hour looking through all your nail art creations! Very awesome I love it all!

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  92. Hey there. :) Vaseline works wonders instead of tape. Just a quick tip. :D

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  93. This is one of my favorite water marbles I've seen! I just love the colors you used in this one. : )

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  94. Hola, soy de buenos aires argentina, lo voy a intentar hacer
    graciass

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  95. OOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGG! AMAZING! I usually don't like designs on every nail, but since they each look different, it REALLY works!!!!!!!! Love the tips from other people who tried it, too.

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  96. im doing this for my science project

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  97. Gonna try this tonight, I hope it works!!

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  98. this is sooo cool! i have a question- do you dip your nail right into the water? or do you place the nail sort of flat on top of the water?

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  99. My name is Precious: I think this is amazing, but I have have trouble making my designs. Every time I try for a design the polish completely lifts away with the pencil. Am I waiting too long to start my design or am I starting too far out on the edge where it's already dried or am I dipping the pencil too deep into the polish when I make my designs? You can email me @pjarrells@yahoo.com

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  100. I tried but my nail polish didn't spread!

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  101. One time you posted a mani that was a gorgeos pink.The name had something to do with lobishomen.Can you help me out and seach your 1.000 polish and see if you find the polish name.

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  102. I tried to do this...I put the drops of polish in the cup...as soon as I dipped my nail into the cup it was as if the polish had turned into a film...like a really thin plastic wrap or something. It didn't work at all. I made sure the water was filtered and room temp. I tried several times and it just didn't work. Any suggestions?
    kelliemurray@sbcglobal.net

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  103. I tried this and it is amazing! your designs are fantastic, but this one is definitely my favorite...thanks for sharing!

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  104. does it work with any type of nail polish?

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  105. I once tired it and failed.

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  106. the nail polish didn't spread like yours. How could that happen? Is that because of the temperature? But I did it in my room :| thanks before.

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  107. I have tried bottled water and I have tried water from the tap that is filtered. I had the water at room temperature every time I tried it. Nothing worked. Unless possibly my 'room temperature' was either too hot or too cold. Other than that I don't see how I could have done anything wrong. *frustrated*

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  108. I just got done trying to do it and it turned into a DISASTER!!! IM NEVER DOING IT AGAIN (only if my friend helps me)

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  109. Tried it for the first time and loved it! Thanks for the tips ~ LOVE your blog!

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  110. Me and my friend tried to do this at home but it didn't work... do u think it might b a prob with the nail polish itself? Do we need to shake it or something?

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    1. No, I have seen too many videos for this and they all say that you can use any nail polish. As far as shaking it goes...you should always shake your nail polish no matter what type of manicure you do. I think the issue stems from water temperature. It says to use room temperature water...but...everyone's room temperature is different. I may try this again with different water temperatures to see what happens.

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  111. Do you HAVE to use OPI nail polish?

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  112. Soon I'm gunna carve my natural nails into stilettos then do this with neon pink, neon green, & neon blue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  113. That's soooo cool!! Imma trying that cx

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  114. Hey thanks for WASTING MY TIME!!! It DIDN'T WORK. I'm very upset!!!! I think you need to work in your INSTRUCTIONS because I followed them exactly and it came out a HUGE BLOB or it DRIED before I can put it on!! Once again thanks a million!!!!!!

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  115. I think someone needs a nap lol.

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    1. Yes I am. You jumped all over Chloe for no reason. First off no one twisted your arm and forced you to do the mani. Second, it isn't her fault that it didn't work. It didn't work for me either but I'm not going to blame Chloe or anyone else. It has to do with the water temperature, not a blog post. Go look on youtube...there are several videos showing how to do this mani and every one of them are exactly the same as how she described it on here. Don't be so quick to judge. It wasn't fair of you to blame Chloe, she didn't do anything wrong and she certainly didn't deserve you going off on her.

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    2. Well I'm sorry that I was in a bad mood. Normally I wouldn't say things like that, but I tried like 20 times, changed the water like 10, and my family kept breathing down my neck asking me what am I doing over and over. Then I was told to give her hate mail.

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    3. It takes practice and penitence. And if it dried you need to work faster, but efficient.

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    4. That was a very mean thing to do and say. I too tried one time and failed miserably, but I tried again after I had looked at a few more and it turned out great the second time around. Don't be so mean and hateful because that is a sure fire way of getting no help at all. You should apologize to Chloe.

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  116. Just amazing! You are wonderful in all your nail art work! Congratulations!

    Corali

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  117. U do such a great job

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  118. amazing... always like how we can nail designs with marbling. thanks :)

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  119. I just tried to do this, and the nail polish didn't spread out in the water. It just formed a little dot in the middle of my cup, every nail polish I tried did that as well. Could it be the brand of nail polish? Or is my water temperature wrong? It wasn't cold or hot, it was pretty much room temperature.

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    1. check your water temp. it needs to be room temp or slightly warmer.

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    2. I have seen on other videos that you have to shake the bowl a bit to make the dot spread.

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    3. Actually you don't shake the cup/bowl, you can just tap it or you can use your orange stick to guide the polish. If you shake it the colors will mix.

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  120. Love your site Chloe! I randomly found your page from a pin on pinterest, but saw this tutorial and it reminded me of a pin I'd seen earlier this evening.

    I read your picture policy and just thought you should know that some one has ripped off these photos and put them on pinterest with your watermarks removed and their website stamped on the bottom.

    I repinned it here with a link to this page in the description:http://pinterest.com/pin/286330488779637708/

    Love this tutorial though!

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    1. I tried going to the website that is watermarked on the pic and it takes you to a sign in page. http://weibo.com/u/2230641783

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  121. I just did this for my second try, and baised on your toutorial they turned out awesome. thanks so much.

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  122. I think this is a really good tutorial but maybe it should say that "room temperature" shouldn´t be to cold :) at least for me, warmer water works better since cold water makes the polish dry really fast, and then it just sticks to the pen/pin, when you try to make patterns :)
    I use lukewarm tap water and it works well enough not to have to buy filtered water :) But some polishes just don´t want to work, I used two OPI polishes from the same collection and same finish on them, one works perfectly, and the other not at all, a mystery :D the only thing with warmer water is, when you have dipped your fingers, you have to hold them there for a while until the polish on the surface have dried, before you can remove the acces :) And if you still have problem, try using a new/clean cup and clean water in between dips. I usually dip all 4 fingers at once, so I only need two dips total.

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  123. This is really awesome! Love the color combo. I have recently tried water marbeling and I love it. Now I want to see what a water marble looks like with a matte top coat.

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  124. Hi, I tried this today but I didn't work.. I don't knw if the fault is frm the water I used or the polish

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  125. how long does it take? I want to do this with my mom for our vacation. we're leaving tomorrow and I want to do this. HELP!!!!

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  126. Every time I do this the polish doesn't spread it sinks to the bottom

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    1. That means you are dropping the polish from too high up. Make sure you drop the polish close to the water.

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  127. I adore the colours you've used, and your nails are soooo pretty. Can't wait for my nails to grow a little longer. I'm keen to try 3 colours like you have here. 2 seems to work for me at the moment.

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  128. do you need cold water?

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    1. No...cold water will not work. You need room temperature distilled water.

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  129. Great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts.


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  130. After trying several times I finally got it to work. It still wasn't as pretty as Chloe's but it worked nonetheless. The tricks I used were as follows...

    Use distilled water. I tried several different types of water and only distilled worked for me.

    The water has got to be room temperature or even a little warmer. Cold water will seize up the polish.

    Make sure that there is no air blowing...like turn off any fans and make sure you aren't in front of an air conditioner vent.

    Work quickly.

    Lastly, don't get frustrated...it takes time and patience.
    Good luck ladies!

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    1. i tried it out but i ended up wit a big chunky bubble of nail polish on my nail instead of da design!!! how cn i make this work out??? =(

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    2. The water has got to be room temperature or even a little warmer. Cold water will seize up the polish.

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    3. its not the cold water ur nail polish is too thick

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    4. It is the water temperature. It is not the thickness of the polish...unless your polish is REALLY thick then no it won't work. Cold water will dry the polish.

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  131. this works amazing!! wish i could post a pic..it looks fabulous!! thanks so much!! as soon as i saw this post, i tried it and it worked great!!! can wait to do it on all of my friends!!! thanks :)

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  132. hey i tried it out but it didnt work!!! =( my circles dodnt expand n after i poked my nail into da design there was a big chunk of bubbly nail polish on my nail!! how cn i make dis work out??? plz help me out.=(

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  133. Got it on my second try! Vaseline worked much better than tape. I usedWet n' Wild and Spoiled by Wet n'Wild (.99 and 1.99 a bottle). Worked better than my Sally Hansen!

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  134. TO EVRYONE: WHEN UR DOING THE MARBLE NAILS THE NAIL POLISH HAS TO BE THIN. iF ITS NOT BRAND NEW AND SLIGHTY WATER IT WONT WORK. TO TEST TO SEE IT ITS NEW SHAKE THE METAL BALLS INSIDE IT. IF THEY MOVE AROUND ALOT THE NAIL POLISH WILL WORK. IF NOT GET A NEW NAIL POLISH :p

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    1. The water temperature has everything to do with it. I have used thicker and thin polishes and had them work just fine. The water however has got to be room temperature or even a slight bit warmer depending on how cool your room is.

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  136. Hello There,

    this is really very nice blog and looking very nice. this blog is very helpfull for shopping .. we want come back on this blog...

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  137. Fantastic job! Great colors-I can't wait to try this!! Think I'll use Vaseline instead of tape.

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  138. Hello There,

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  139. Hii, i love your designs and i tried doing this but i came across a problem.. the first drop of polish spreads of fully to the edges of the cup, but the second drop spreads much less even though i put it in right after i put the the first drop in... and then the third barely spreads out and the forth doesn't spread at all...

    what do you suggest?

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  140. Gorgeous!! Love the nail art you've done, so pretty! Always wanted to try a matte polish, and now i want it more! Lovely review. Matte nail polish

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  141. Can you do all 5 nails at one time?

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  142. Hi i tiered this out and the first drop worked but couldn't get the other drops to spread like yours do any advice?

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