Just in time for the traditional Edmonton April snow dump, here’s a bright summer petal watermarble design 🙂
I haven’t really tried a petal design in a while, so I thought I’d try my hand at something bright and summery. To get the thicker lines I used two drops of polish, which is an easy way to change the look of a design.
Check out the video below for more detail on how I watermarble and how I made this design.
Watermarbling is a little tricky, but it’s not impossible. If you’re having trouble, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure you’re using room temperature filtered water. If it’s too cold the polish will just set immediately, and if it’s too warm the polish will just behave in unpredictable ways. Basically, you want your water to be the same temperature as your polish.
- Try out different brands and kinds of polish. I really like Sally Hansen and China Glaze polishes, but even within those brands some work better than others.
- Newer polishes are easier to work with. It’s easier to get a full drop on the brush so you’re not hovering over the water shaking the brush to get it to fall off. Newer polishes are also usually more liquidy, so they spread more evenly and easily.
- Get everything ready before you start: polish tops loosened, latex/tape applied around your nail, and a watermarble tool and something to clean up polish from your tool as well as any messes nearby.
- Dip your nail at a slight angle (not just flat into the water) and make sure to keep it submerged until you clear off the water.
- Practice. If you mess up a specific design you’re going for, turn the bowl and try something else. If your polish isn’t working, try another.
Honestly, freehand designs are way more difficult than watermarbling. It’s really all about practice (isn’t everything?) I’m far from a master, but I’ve also come a long way in my own attempts, so I strongly encourage you to keep at it 🙂
Until next time,