TUTORIAL: Clover Water Marble for St. Paddys Day
March 15, 2013
Hey everyone! Wanted to make a tutorial for this clover water marble design so everyone could have rocking clovers on their nails for St. Paddys Day! I hope it helps in everyones Water Marbling endeavors!
For this Water Marble I ended up using some lovely Julep colors called Leah & Hoch, Enjoy!
What you will need:
White, Dark & Light green polish; toothpicks & cotton swabs; nail polish remover; masking tape; small plastic bathroom cup with rom temperature filtered water; Large stick could be an orange stick (to pick up excess polish) paper towels
1.) After doing some trials (which tends to be a must need) I found that using one coat of white and then one coat of Julep’s Leah gave me the best results as my base. Paint your nails with these colors and let them dry for a few minutes.
2.) Rip off a piece of short masking tape to wrap around your finger near the base of the nail and then rip off another longer piece of masking tape to wrap around the sides and top of your finger (fingers can be wrapped individually or all at once)
3.) Open your polishes and begin creating a bull eyes like design by dropping a drop of each color one after the other. Once you have a nice small green circle in the middle you are ready to make the design
4.) Take your toothpick (or other tool) and GENTLY drag to the center of the small circle (Wipe your pick after each use) Do this from the opposite side and then very gently dip the pick into the center of the design. This will create a tighter design attach to the two sides together. If need be dip the pick again to pick up more polish (As seen in #10 the toothpick has some excess polish that I picked up from the middle of the design)
5.) Now from the other side’s drag your pick in the same fashion. Dipping the toothpick to pick up any unwanted polish in the middle of the clover. (As seen in #12 this creates a nice tight design)
6.) Next with your taped finger place the nail directly on top of the clover. Placement is key for this water marble design. Don’t rush after you have your design, find where you need to place your finger so that it lines up in the middle.
7.) After dipping your finger leave it submerged in the water so that any excess polish can be picked up (using the large stick). If you brought your finger back up without doing this then your design would be ruined.
8.) Slowly take your finger out of the water to prevent air bubbles and CAREFULLY take the tape off of your finger, you wouldn’t want to ruin your amazing design!
9.) Clean up around your cuticles with an orange stick and then with some cotton swabs dipped in Nail polish remover. For nicer clean up use a small brush to get all the polish off of your fingers.
10.) Let your nails dry and apply a top coat!
I hope this helps anyone wanting to try out this clover look for St. Paddys Day! If you have any questions please ask me on here, instagram (@mucking_fusser) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Happy St. Paddys day everyone!