Monday, December 21, 2009

NOTD: Christmas Swirl Water Marble + Tutorial

My original idea on this was doing something that looked like a candy cane, then I decided to add some green & it ended up just being kind of Christmas themed. I'm fairly happy with the final product, even though honestly only one nail turned out the way I envisioned. I tried several red & white polish combinations, prior to starting on my nails, and ever single time the red bled into the white - except on the very last nail I marbled, and I honestly don't know what I did differently (excuse the mess, this is about 50% cleaned up):

So if you would, please picture the rest of the nails like that & you'll understand my original vision. But, for whatever reason I ended up with quite a bit of pink due to color bleeding on the others. This is still a great design, but... well you guys know me =) Never happy LOL.

I used Color Club French Tip for my base color, and used that & Finger Paints Evergreen Dream & China Glaze Thunderbird for the marbling:

Here is the tutorial, not my best I think ... I kept stumbling over the words & I did like 4 or 5 takes & still wasn't happy, not to mention to corner of the notebook in the take that ended up being "best" Whatever ... I've never claimed to be more than a talented amateur LOL, and I guess my setup speaks volumes =) You can certainly tell I'm putting out these tutorials from, literally, my desktop:

I have 1 more idea I'd like to get on my nails & on video before the holiday, but I'm not sure I'll have time. We are expecting what they're claiming to be a huge blizzard Wednesday night into Thursday, so we're trying to get everything done by Wednesday now so we can be off on Thursday & not suffer through the commute just for a half-day's work. Anyway, we'll see how that pans out ... thanks for reading =)



  1. This is too cool for words, Colette. I love seeing all ten nails at once, it gives me a better idea of how it would look on myself. I'd love to see you do this with some of the new colors from China Glaze's Up and Away Collection! Merry Christmas! Michelle

  2. I tried this technique a bit ago and i think i will try again. The design is just too pretty!

  3. I love this tutorial! And I really like your voice. =)

  4. Lovely Colette, don't beat yourself up so much. Your tutorials are phenonemal. I'm just glad that you are sharing so much great information with the world. I love love loooove this and can't WAIT to try it.

  5. how awesome! I love this. I wanna do it now! I love the way you get the swirl dead center so it looks like candy! BEAUTIFUL!!

  6. So cool - I really dig it! Merry Christmas, Colette :)

  7. Gorgeous ! I love the colors you used - it turned out perfect !

  8. Maybe it's because my mind is on food after your last post but these look kind of like Christmas candies XD! Looks really cool :)

  9. Ok Cuz these are the best nails you have done in a long time...have to say these are my ultimate fav!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!! They look even better in person and I am sooooo frickin special I got to see em!!!! LOL!!

  10. Even if it wasn't your original vision I think it turned out wonderfully!!! =) I'm still wayyyy to scared to try water marbeling!

  11. That's a seriously beautiful Christmas manicure. You are really getting good at these swirly beauties. Hope you don't get a blizzard.

  12. MICHELLE - At first I thought I didn't want any of those, but after seeing swatches I've chaned my mind

    GILDEDANGEL - Thank you =)

    ANTONEA - Thanks =)

    NIHRIDA - Thank you so much! I am still a little self-concious when I listen to myself so I'm glad to hear I sound good to other people =)

    ALLYOUDESIRE - Thank you =)

    B - Thank you, I can't wait to see your version =)

    LACQUER LAINE - Thank you =)

    VANESSA - Thank you =)

    TULI - Thanks =)

    BLUEYEZ - Thanks =)

    TEE - of course I can't mistake you for anyone else even if you don't sign your comment - LOL I'm glad you liked them =)

    L - Thanks =)

    KELSEALAUREL - Thanks =) You should try it, the worse that can happen is needing some polish remover LOL

    KRIS - Thank you =)

    LUCY - Thanks =)

    TARTOFRAISES - Thank you =)

    AMABILE - Thanks =)

  13. bravo, I watched all the videos you mastering the art of marble to perfection, and it is not easy :)

  14. SAKURA - Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed them =)

  15. I did a peppermint water marble for Christmas and my solution to the "pink problem" was to have a base coat of white on my nails and do a bullseye of clear and red polish. It worked very well to keep the red bright and crisp.

  16. Hey Colette!
    My name is Julie, and i'm from Denmark.. I tried this out at home, but my sister and I, don't know what kind of water you use... Is it just normal water or is it something special? I Hope you will answer! Btw. love the nails!

  17. do you have to put new color in the cup after every nail or can you do one right after the other?

  18. ANON - after you dip you must add new colors but with other designs you can dip more than one nail at a time


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