Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Marbling Technique

I saw a picture of nails on another blog that were marbled using a needle. I decided to go ahead and try it because it looked so pretty and it was something new. I applied my base color which was WnW French White Creme on one nail and then immediately put 1 drop of WnW Caribbean Frost. I then quickly put another drop of polish in the center of the first dot, this time I used Pure Ice Wild Thing. Then using a needle I pulled the green up into the white over and over creating small swirls. I then pulled some of the white polish into the green to give more contrast. It took me about 3 nails until I got the hang of it. Next time I do this type of design I will create a tutorial but for now if you are going to try this I have some important tips:

  • Do not use a quick dry polish because it will not work (I tried) 
  • Only do one nail at a time so the polish does not dry
  • I used the sharp end of the needle but if you want thicker swirls the other end works too
  • Use small drops of polish otherwise you will just flood your nail
  • This technique gets a little messy so make sure you have a good cleanup method
  • Most importantly you have to be quick and marble the colors before any of the polish dries
  • Be creative, practice and don't give up!

If you have any question about how to do this I will be happy to help!


  1. That looks awesome! I'm actually wearing Caribbean Frost right now, alternating nails with a deep purple for an Easter look lol :)

  2. this looks soooooo cool! I tried this with the slowest drying polish i have and it was aweful - but i did not try it with WnW polish's so I will have to give it another try.

    very pretty

  3. Thanks Sohns! That sounds really pretty for Easter! Deez, your blog was where I originally saw this design! Thanks for inspiring me :) The WnW polishes seemed to work pretty well but you still have to be pretty fast.

  4. Very cool, I might just have to try this out.

  5. This is freakin' awesome!! Now I wish I has a needle here in my dorm room... maybe when I go home next. I HAVE to try this!!

  6. Jess this is gorgeous! I'm trying water marbling for the first time today! I'm both nervous and excited!

  7. Thanks everyone! Fiona if you have a safety pin or anything sharp that would work too. I tried to take pictures for a tutorial for this but the polish kept drying too fast so I will have to try again. You really have to be quick with this. Inieven, I am going to try water marbling but I feel the same way. I love the way water marbling looks but I am not looking forward to how messy it is. Let me know how it goes.


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