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August 16, 2011
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UPDATE: Also works awesome with straight up glitter!

Enamel Girl posted this trick on her blog and I had to try it out.  By applying the nail polish first to the side of a plastic bag you’re able to blend polishes that may not work for water marbling (like the chunky glitters) and potentially create any sort of design you want.  Very cool.  So I grabbed Color Club Frills, American Apparel Rouge and Wet n Wild Sparked, added wide swaths of them to the side of a baggie (in hindsight, thinner lines would have been better), then used a toothpick to swirl and blend the polishes.  Initially I wanted to do just regular water-marble-type pull for the swirls but I got lost in all of the poking and got the edges all good and swirled up.

dry water marble nail polish

Once that dried for about an hour/while I did a report, I added a single coat of Frills to my nails and, before it dried completely, went back and laid the peeled polish on the nails like a foil.  Got a little messy but whatever, just wanted to give this a test drive!

dry water marble

Color Club Frills

February 2012 Update:

This method will probably work better with parchment paper as demonstrated in the Creating Your Own Nail Transfers post.  Use the same technique, but apply it on parchment paper instead of a plastic baggie for easier removal.

5 Responses

  1. Olivia C. says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this, too! Yours turned out awesome! :D

  2. the nerd says:

    Thanks Olivia! I tried another one last night using glitter and I really like it — it’s a neat trick using the baggies, seems like there’s a lot of potential there!

  3. Meg says:

    I’ve never seen this before! What an interesting idea. I might have to try that out.

  4. Gwendolyn says:

    I wonder how this would work if you used a stamper to pick up the polish and put on your nails.

    • the nerd says:

      Ooooo interesting — give it a shot! I don’t know if a stamper would pick it up from a baggie, but it might work for the parchment paper option. I’m horrible at accurately placing things with a stamper but I bet if you were good at it that would totally help!

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