So, I had tried to water marble before, but it never worked our right, I just got annoyed and gave up. I have a few days off from work this week and figured that I have a lot more spare time on my hands, so I wanted to give water marbling another chance. This effort is by no means perfect, but this is the first manicure I have done where I am pleased with the results.
This is what I did: first I painted all my nails with a base colour, Models Own Beth's Blue, I applied one coat.
For my marbling colours I used Models Own in Blue Lagoon and Lemon Meringue and Barry M in Spring Green.
Using a plastic cup filled with water (much easier than using a china bowl, because you can just throw the cup away after) I dropped a dot of each polish in the centre and watched it spread. I did this a few times with each colour.
Then using a bent out kirby grip I created patterns along the polish, work quickly because as I discovered if you work slowly the polish can dry out on the surface of the water and it makes it much harder to manipulate.
When I was happy with the pattern created I dunked my finger in the water a pulled it out slowly.....
Now, next time I do this I will put sticky tape round my fingers as this does make a lot of mess, but nothing a cotton wool pub can't fix.
I do like that each time I did this I could create different patterns, so each finger is different.
I then used China Glaze fast forward top coat to smooth everything out, I did get a few air bubbles from my marbling, hopefully with more practice I will figure out how to avoid these. Like I said, this is by no means perfect and compared to other people's efforts perhaps quite poor but I like it! For me this have given me a little more confidence to try this technique again.