The 31 Day Challenge 2014 - Day 20: Water Marble Fail

by - Saturday, September 20, 2014

You know how when you were little there were people you were "friends" with because your families were close or lived nearby so you didn't really have a choice? But in reality the two of you basically hated each other and couldn't wait to grow up so you could grow apart? Yeah, that's me and water marbling. As a nail blogger I feel I've been pushed into a relationship with the technique because it's one of the core looks in a standard bloggers arsenal but in reality I hate hate hate it. I can never get it to work consistently, and I'm impatiently waiting for the day when water marbling becomes the new crackle polish. It'll happen some day, right? (Please don't kill my dream.)

tl;dr version: I hate water marbling, and I'm sad that it was the theme for Day 20 of The 31 Day Challenge. So here is my sad attempt, and let's all move past this little blip and look towards tomorrow's fill instead. M'kay? M'kay.

Please excuse the lighting today - my camera reacted weirdly...!
(It must not like water marbling either.)

The water marbling itself was done with a few China Glaze shades: Tongue & Chic, Man Hunt and Bizarre Blurple. I added a bit of Sinful Colors Snow Me White to lighten it up, but in general my goal was to stick with the jewel tones for the majority. It was a surprise to see the blue turn a completely different and lighter shade when spread out in the water. All the polishes spread quite well when I was doing the marbling which was a relief.

My colour blocking with Tongue & Chic is strategic, I will tell you that. Some areas of the water marble turned out not terrible, so they got to stay. My pointer finger, well... I'll let the state of that speak for how well that marble turned out. Hahah.

I'll admit this isn't completely terrible, but it's still not up to my personal standards. I think I need to dedicate a few hours one day to watching a ton of youtube tutorials and just practicing over and over to get this technique down. Will that ever actually happen? Probably not. So until then I'll just keep complaining each time this comes up as a theme in nail art challenges. ;)

Check out the designs that were executed much better by the other talented bloggers below:

If you have any tips or tutorials around doing a successful water marble please let me know below! Otherwise I'll see you tomorrow for the start of the third and final section of the challenge!

Thanks for visiting!

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  1. You know, we really are our own worst critics. If my water marbling attempts looked even half as good as this one does, that would be pretty awesome. I don't know how those colours look in person, but they look pretty darn good on screen!

  2. I think this looks great, you are too hard on yourself!! I also thought ... ooh that's cool tape mani as well, to mix it up a bit. Only to read the tape hid the bits you didn't like! Who's a clever girl???!! Be at one with the marble!! Lol xx

  3. Its not too terrible! I still haven't attempted a water marble manicure even though I say I would.

  4. I understand and feel you completely. I just did a watermarble yesterday, and while in essence, it was "successful," it was still teeth-grindingly tense for me and I generally can't be bothered with all the mess and time and do-overs that it tends to take.

    All that said... I do love this look, and I think it's really clever to use the colorblocking to cover up the gnarly bits. I think that should become the new thing!

  5. I totally identify with you, girl. However, I think you did a really good job! It looks pretty!

  6. "I admit that this isn't completely terrible..." lol you crack me up! I think it looks great! I like how your nails aren't just completely watermarble. I understand the love/hate thing with certain techniques, I am kind of like that with watermarble too, but more because they are really difficult to do!

  7. Aww I don't think this is a fail! I like the nails that are half watermarble and half a solid color, it looks really cool!


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