TUTORIAL: Sideways chevron

I had a few extra minutes this weekend to make a quick tutorial on the Water mabrle I just did using Tillie Polishes new spring collection. This was also requested by the lovely Jo (@Lacquer_lust) to add to her Dummie guide to indie polish.
1.) First you want to gather all your supplies and prep for the marble. You will need 2-5 polishes, some toothpicks, a small plastic cup with room temperature filtered water, masking tape, a thicker stick to pick up excess polish and q-tips & polish remover to clean up.
2.) Apply a base coat of white (or the lightest color you are using) & let that dry.
3.) Rip off a piece of short masking tape to wrap around your finger near the base of the nail.
4.) Rip off a longer piece of masking tape to wrap around the sides and top of your finger (fingers can be wrapped individually or all at once. You may want to rip all the pieces you are going to use before you being marbling so you don’t mess up any nails in the process)
5.) Open the polishes and begin to drop one color after another into the water. Allow the polishes to spread on the surface of the water as you drop each polish
6.) The amount of rings you want to create will depend on the amount of different polishes you are using. For example in this marble I used 5 different polishes so I only did a ring of each color twice. When using 2 colors then 4 or 5 rings of each color may be desirable.
7.) Next drag from the center out with a toothpick.
8.)  Do the same from the middle to the other side.
9 10, 11,12) Next begin to drag the toothpick from side to side. If your polish fills the whole cup then you can anchor it onto the sides after each swipe. If it is kind of stagnate in the middle of the water then you are going to want to sort of dip the toothpick in the water after each swipe from side to side. This will aid in a cleaner neater design.
13.) Find the best looking design in the cup and rotate it if need be. Then gently dip your nail onto the surface and into the water leaving it submerged.
 14.) With a toothpick or thicker stick, pick up the excess polish that is on top of the water so that your design is not ruined. Make sure you don’t bring up your finger too early or you will ruin the design. Also make sure you don’t nick your nail on the sides of the cup!
15.) Slowly take out your finger to prevent air bubbles and CAREFULLY take the tape off. Clean around your cuticles and under your nail slowly you don’t want to mess up your beautiful design. I like to clean each nail right after I marble it since the polish is still kind of wet which helps to get it off easier.
16.) Let your nails dry for at least 15 minutes you don’t want any smudges. Then apply top coat and your have yourself a beautiful marble design! ^_^
Any questions please comment to me here or on Instagram. You can also e-mail me at
One observation on “TUTORIAL: Sideways chevron
  1. Jamie

    Hey! I’d love it if you could make me a few items. An antique sievlr plated necklace with Layla Flashblack and a gun metal filigree ring with China Glaze Riveting . I’d appreciate it!Thanks,Arrianne


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