Not satisfied with my rainbow bright shades of water marbling polishes, I mixed myself up a collection of pastel water marbling polishes too.
I messed the tip of my ring finger by just being clumsy, and again trying to save time by doing two nails into the bullseye at one time. That's it, I'm not going to do that again. I really love these pastel shades, they are all roughly the same tone of colour which makes then such a lovely collection.
Now there are lots and lots of water marbling tutorials and videos out there (trust me, because I've watched and read just about all of them) But here are some additional things I learned that I aren't mentioned very often, and they might help you if you are struggling with water marbling.
The number one issue most people talk about is the polish not spreading. Yep, this was exactly my issue. First up, you have to use the right polishes. That is the most important thing. The the polishes don't spread you will never get a good bullseye. As I don't have a lot of experience with brands of polish that work well, I suggest you google that one. One thing I've found is that not all polishes from a particular brand will work. All I can recommend is to try different polishes and brands to see what works for you, also, look at other watermarble nail art and see what polishes they used.
Water at room temperature is important. It hasn't mattered to me whether is was filtered or not, I just use tap water and ensure its not too hot or cold.
If your first drop doesn't spread in a nice circle (example below), grab a toothpick and run it around the edge of the cup, this makes the polish spread further to the edge.
Don't let that first drop dry out, if it drys out then the second drop will never spread Make sure there isn't a heater or fan blowing where you are working and drop the first few polishes fast. I even recommend dropping the first colour 3 times straight after each other. This makes the first ring thicker and less likely to dry out before switching to your other colours.
When you start dragging your design, don't touch the three outermost rings. I used to try to drag from the very outside, and that would end up dragging some dry polish across and ruining the whole thing. Start three or four rings in and stop three or four rings before the end on the other side (if draging through and not stopping in the middle)
Because I did this bullseye for these photos, I had to put my finger in to see the end result.
I seriously love my Paws water marbling polishes so much!
Between bullseyes, clean the top of your water. If it's not clean, your first drop will not spread out at all. Usually the water has lots of very fine bits of polish floating on it from where you cleaned up the top of the water before you took your nail out.
The way I clean the water is to put a drop of Seche Vite on it. I then run my toothpick around the edge of the cup until you can see the Seche Vite has spread out totally to the edge. The Seche Vite will dry fast and look wrinkly on the water, it will also contract inwards pulling the floaties with it.
When you slide the Seche Vite out of the water in one large sheet, it takes all the floaties away.
My cleaned up sample nail.
I hope these tips help you little bit, but if you have any more questions, please ask them below and I will answer them tomorrow night with another water marble post.