Like many lacqueristas who have time on their hands, I decided to try water marbling! I love rainbows, so a full rainbow was the obvious choice. I gathered supplies of a little pot of room-temp water, lots of tape for around my nails and the six colours I would need for the rainbow.
Straight away I ran into difficulties. My water was too cold and my first colour wasn't spreading out properly. I tried again with a little warm water added and got better results. What I did find, still, was that my final colour just wasn't spreading which meant that when I went to drag the tooth pick through the polish, glumps of the purple came too. I found that this was remedied somewhat by dropping the colours in faster. It was still really hard to do it fast and then get a patter than featured all the colours nicely.
My progression in doing this was starting with my index finger and working outwards. You'll see that the colours do improve as I go along, with the thumb being the last and the best. I was so angry when I got muck on my ring finger!
The Verdict: I'm going to have to try this again. So many other people have had amazing results, I must too! Some lessons learnt here though:
- Warm water is a must. If it's too cold, the polish won't spread.
- Choose colours that work together even if you only get a portion of the full set. I think one of the things that let this down was that the orange, yellow and green don't look great and they ended up dominating the mani.
- Go fast! Too slow and your polish will be too dry to create your patterns.
- Tape is awesome but make sure you don't cover any part of your nail! You can see some white gaps where the tape covered part of my nail. That makes me sad. You can't go without it though!
I have to try this again, this mani will be avenged!