Allow me to explain.
Water marbling isn't hard! At least it shouldn't be. The process is relatively simple, as long as you have everything you need set out and you're not in a rush. All you need is nail polish, a cup of room-temperature filtered water, a cuticle stick/toothpick/pokey object, and optional tape and paper towels. And some patience.
Let's see if you can guess which of these ingredients I didn't have.
It's pretty obvious that you can't do water marbling without nail polish, something to draw a design with (pokey object), and a container of water. What's less obvious is that your water has to be PERFECT.
No cold water, no tap water, no hot water. Room. Temperature. Filtered. Water.
Have you guessed my problem yet?
Yeah. If you don't have the right water, it can keep your polish from spreading out in the water. The wrong temperature can cause the polish to dry instantly. Sometimes the polish just sinks to the bottom of the cup in a single droplet.
Luckily for me I at least had plenty of patience while working on this mani. After my practice last night, I was able to get something done today that didn't look awful. But I don't think I'll be doing this again any time soon.
Today's marble mani was made with Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Fig, and Essie Shine of the Times. It ended up looking pretty... festive.
Peppermint Ribbon Marble
Even though Fig is a magenta polish, I think the Essie turned it into a festive red. The resulting striped pattern reminds me of peppermint sticks (candy canes) or peppermint pillow candies. If I had the patience to keep trying, I'd want all of my fingers to look like my ring finger. It looks the most like a candy cane!
Apologies for the messy and dry cuticles btw. I've been feeling sick today so I just couldn't be bothered. Also I'm about ready to take this marble off anyway! I only did four fingers because I knew I wouldn't be keeping this on long.
Enjoy your weekend! I'll try to get some swatches posted tomorrow as they are long overdue. :(
Also, thank you everyone for all of your wonderful comments! You honestly make my day every time I read them. :) Much love!