Monday, January 11, 2010

NOTD: Flower/Starburst Holo Water Marble + Tutorial

Well, this looked more like a flower in the cup, but on the nail it turned into more of a starburst.  Base coat of China Glaze OMG, marbling done with OMG & also China Glaze 2NITE & BFF (please click to enlarge at least a few of these ... the thumbnail image does not do this mani full justice):












As a side note, I don't just luck onto these designs =)  When I'm bored I'll fill up a cup & start experimenting.  & then once I get something cool:



I'll fold up a piece of paper & dip it in to see how the design actually transfers.  If I want to experiment with base coats I can paint that on the paper before I dip:



Of course, getting my nails positioned exactly in the right spot is always a challenge, and I think I always end up with a particular nail I like better, that comes closest to my original idea.  This time it was my right ring finger, and my left middle.  But I also really like my left index & my thumbs, even though the design wasn't centered they turned out really cool.

Odds are I'll be matte-ifying this for a day or so before I take it off, a matte topcoat can really change a holo marble because sometimes there's so much holo going on it's hard to see the pattern, once you matte-ify it you can see more of the detail.

Finally, here is the tutorial =)  It had been a few weeks since I put one up, so I thought I might as well.  Even though I have other water marbles up, with just a few changes to where you drag there are so many design options.



Thanks for reading ... and for watching =)

~Colette

40 comments:

  1. Thank you for this great tutorial! I tried water marbling recently for the first time. While I actually loved the outcome, it was basically a crapshoot regarding what was going to end up on each nail! So I am glad to learn some new techniques for actual designs.

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  2. Beautiful! Water marbling is about the only nail art I can do. Your nails look dreamy...not like Marcia Brady dreamy, but like..don't those just look like fantasy-ish? Okay, I'll stop now haha. Love it! :)

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  3. That is an absolutely gorgeous mani! I've gotta try my hand at water marbling.

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  4. Wow, this is so cool!
    I can't seem to get water marbling to work.. Thankfully I can enjoy yours by looking at your nails!

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  5. Wow, this looks awesome! :D

    Don't you go through the polish a lot faster when you do marbling? It seems like you have to use a lot more polish for one nail to get the design as opposed to just painting the nail normally?

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  6. You nailed it! This is one of the best marble tutorials out there. =) Everything is just right. ;) There's only one thing that bothers me with marbling - using so many drops of polish. I'm always scared I'll run out of certain shade.

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  7. This is just plain awesome....your tut was great and the results, stunning!

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  8. WOW!
    These are insanely wonderful!!!
    Beautiful marbelling.
    What can I say? They are really gorgeous!

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  9. they came out beautifully! you did such a good job - i love your marbles!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful, as always. It kinda looks like the the magnet nail polish...but waaaay better!

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  11. You are totally awesome. It is soooo gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  12. that's so pretty! I love the holo color combination! awesome!

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  13. this is the coolest nail tutorial EVER. i can't wait to try this!

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  14. BRANDI - Thanks & you're welcome =)

    AURORA - LOL, Thanks!

    L - Thanks =)

    SMOOCHIEFROG - Thank you =)

    MICHELE - Thanks =) It can be a lot of trial & error before you find colors that work well.

    SOLVEIG - It does use more polish than a regular mani, but at this point I think I have enough to spare =)

    DEEZ - Thanks =)

    NIHRIDA - It does use more, but I've yet to worry about actually using up a color - you can see the polish level in the OMG bottle, it's not even halfway & I've used it several times for both marbling & regular manicures.

    THESS - Thank you =)

    YARDSTICKS - Thanks =)

    GILDEDANGEL - Thanks =)

    POSHNAIL - Thank you =)

    CATHRYN - Thank you =)

    NESSA - Thanks =)

    RMCANDLELIGHT - Thanks & you're welcome =)

    SANNA - Thank you =)

    ANGIE - Good luck I hope you have fun with it.

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  15. This is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  16. Each manicure is more prettiers than the other. You really put so much thought into this. I'm very impressed with your marble manicures.

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  17. BEAUTYJUDY - Thanks & you're welcome =)

    LUCY - Thank you =)

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  18. Its a total pleasure to enjoy someone else's nail art - yours is incredible!!!! Totally gorgeous, so so beautiful. I am not fond of holographic nails but you make me appreciate what can be done with them. Thank U!!!!

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  19. what kind water you use for marbeling your nail,please let me know, i wanna try it

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  20. BELINDA-TANG - Thank you

    ANON - filtred water at room temperature

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  21. Okay, have I been livin' under a rock or what???!
    Never even HEARD of this technique...probably because I've never ever even had a manicure before, I know, only person on the planet Earth!! This is truly, truly amazing and I thought just doing my own French manicure was impressive, HA! You have me hooked and subscribed *Ü*

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  22. this is beautiful. I stumbled upon your blog by accident, am I'm sure glad I did.
    I just tried it now for the first time. I can't seem to get the polish to co-operate, it doesnt want to spread out. I have tried a few different brands. The first couple drops will work, then it just seems to stop. Any suggestions?

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  23. LUVIN THE HUBS - LOL I've actually never received a professional manicure either =)

    ANON - Are you using filtered water at room temp? If so, I would just suggest to keep trying, it takes a lot of experimenting to find colors that work well =)

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  24. thanks so much very helpful i wish my nails were that long but the toothpick worked really good and my nail look somewhat like marbles thanks so much oh yeah my friend just loved them said so cool and they went perfect for georgia thanks again i will do theses a lot now!

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  25. ECHO - Glad it turned out well =)

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  26. TY so much for introducing me to water marbling. I have tried it and love it. First question...what type and size cup do you use? Second question...where can I find the wood stick you're using?
    Tiffany..

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  27. Your nails are unbelievably radical and i love it [: my question was will it work for natural nails or do they have to be acrylic for the paint to stayy?

    <3Lacey

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  28. Looks soooo good!

    xxx

    http://tamiiiiii.blogspot.com/

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  29. Rachel &amp; MirandaApril 9, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Hey!
    We are two girls like LOOOVE your youtube videoes!
    You inspire us! we are going to mix some nail polish now to a pattern!!

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  30. That looks amazing! I actually just got some holo polish, but put it over plain purple and you gave me a new idea. That looks so neat, like a holographic folder or something!

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  31. I cannot wait to try this or maybe one of your Christmas ones. I am always looking for something to do with my nails.... and this is EXACTLY what I was looking for, lol, who knew?? Thank you so very much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas

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  32. i love your videos and your voice is so nice....your designs are fantastic..gorgeous...your very good!!!

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  33. This is great, your tips are very helpful :) I did this for the first time today & am very happy with it :)
    Im all the way in Australia & cant wait to show my daughters this :)

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  34. omg i love all of your nail designs! everytime i water marble, when i try do the design with the toothpick, the polish rips in the water. any suggestions?

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  35. Beautiful! I really love the holographic effect.

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