I’m still recovering from St. Patrick’s Day, how about you? Sorry for the late post, but you’ll have this tutorial ready for the next time you want to show some Irish pride!
It’s been awhile since I tried doing any kind of water marbling, and I felt like maybe I could make a nice cloverleaf pattern by using that technique. I can’t stand the mess of cleaning up my nails with the tradition dunking method associated with water marbling, so I tried making decals this time around, which worked great.
I chose a nice assortment of green nail polishes for the marbling, and I threw in a glittery gold polish for good luck.
To make the decals, I used a small plastic cap to hold the water and dropped in my colors one at a time. Because my cap has a 1.5 inch diameter, it doesn’t take many rings to get the colors nicely packed.
I used a toothpick to bring the outside rings of the bullseye to a point in the middle.
I blew on the surface of the water to help the polish dry a little more before picking up the image with a large stamper.
After waiting a few minutes, the water marbled polish is ready to be peeled off the stamper head. If it doesn’t lift easily, allow the polish to dry some more. Having multiple stampers makes this process easy because as one decal is drying, you can make another water marble pattern to be picked up with a different stamper.
I made several decals, although I only needed four of them in the end.
The process for the application is fairly easy. I cut out the portion of the decal that I wanted to use and trimmed it to fit my nail.
I used White Hot by Sephora by OPI as a base color under the water marble. I only used one coat of polish, and it doesn’t have to be opaque because the water marble will cover it up. White helps the colors pop.
While the polish is still tacky, apply your decal and set it with clear top coat.
I really wanted sparkly green nails, but I don’t own a green glitter polish, so I made my own with the following steps.
While the polish was still wet, I poured on green glitter. I used a fan brush to sweep away the excess.
I then took Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat and brushed on about 2-3 coats over the glitter so that it formed a smooth surface. I wouldn’t have minded having some texture, but I wanted to paint belt buckles on top of the glitter.
To form the belt, I used the striping brush from Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black to make two parallel lines and filled in the section.
Using a detail brush and Masked Beauty, I painted a thin gold line above and below the black section and connected them to form the square buckle.
It took awhile to finish this, but I love the results.
May the luck of the Irish be with you! Happy polishing!