Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oilslick Water Marble

I believe it was in a contest entry for Rescue Beauty Lounge's new color contest that I first heard this idea. The fan that submitted the entry was suggesting a nail polish color that would have all the varying duochrome-y goodness of a fresh oil slick.
*edit* the fan was a polish problem 
(this pic was obviously copied and pasted from a google search)

That sounds beautiful to me, but sadly I don't think it made it into the final submissions. :(
Well tonight has been terrible! I haven't even been to sleep yet and it's nearly 4 am! Just insomnia I guess.... So while my mind is racing with new thoughts and ideas for nail polish art, this is what I came up with. I was so pleasantly suprised because I totally stink at water marbles. I don't have enough patience to practice it and get better. Tonight seemed like a perfect night to play in it.

I started just doing my last three fingers but it turned out so great, I kept going!

 As I kept going, my right hand got messier, more bubbles, and less ease in making the swirls. Most likely due to many factors.... It being my dominant hand, my water was kinda chunky at this point, and by now it was nearing the 2nd hour of working on it! I went through about half of "Lost" Season Two during this sleepless night.
 Here is what I used:
  • Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Silver Sweep (which I find is actually a lot smoother and less streaky than Millennium!)
  • ChG - Emotion (pink) , Avalanche (purple) , Adore (blue) , & Cherish (green). If I'm not mistaken I think these are all from the Romantique collection.
 One more picture with flash to show just how metallic and awesomely shiny it is!
Colette is the queen of water marbiling. If you have any questions about this technique or would like to see a tutorial of how it's done check out her blog here: My Simple Little Treasures.
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  1. I love this! I think it looks a lot like a oil slick!

  2. Its a technique called water marbling. Search for Colette over at her nail blog, life's simple pleasures. I believe that's what hers is called. She is the queen of marbling and she does awesome video tutorials step by step. I'll post a link to hers as soon as I get back in front of the computer.

  3. Sorry! Correction: Colette's blog is "My Simple Little Pleasures" not life's simple pleasures! Whoops! I'm editing in a link. :)

  4. Wow! I love it! I think I may try to water marble now. I totally feel inspired. By the way, LOST is a fantastic show :)

  5. really nice job!
    i always want to try new marbles but it is just so frustrating sometimes!

  6. What an awesome colour combination! And you did a VERY good job marbling! I'm jealous, haha.

  7. Very pretty!! Metallics are my one of my favorites!


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