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4th of July Striped Water Marble with Tutorial

I’m on a roll I tell ya! Another 4th of July water marble design. I don’t know if I like this striped design or the star design more! I also did a tutorial for this striped design which you can find HERE. When using white and red in a water marble its almost unavoidable to have some pinkish color appear due to the two colors mingling together. So instead of using white in my marble I decided to try out using a clear coat, since I always use a white base for my marbles anyway.

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I started with Cult Nails Tempest as my white base coat, the polish I always use for my water marbles. I then used Butter London’s Come to Bed Red and Blagger the perfect red and blue shades for 4th of July. I also used Butter London’s Hardwear top coat for the second time in a water marble and again I found great success. I always have success using Butter London’s shades when marbling.

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I was very pleased with how fine the lines came out when using the clear coat. This is a great way to avoid that unwanted pink color. For all the steps on how to achieve this look, check out the tutorial I created for it HERE.

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Are you guys planning your design for next week yet?!

Find the TUTORIAL HERE.

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TUTORIAL: 4th of July Striped Water Marble

 

Another tutorial for the 4th of July! Check out the other one I did HERE.

1) I used Cult Nails Tempest as my white base and then used Butter Londons Come to Bed Red, Blagger and their Hardwear topcoat instead of white to avoid that pinkish color you get when you use red and white when water marbling.

You will need: a small plastic solo bathroom cup filled with room temperature filtered water; masking tape; orange sticks or toothpicks; paper towels; and polish remover with a clean up brush and qtips.

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2) As always apply a base coat of white to your nail/s and let that dry. Next rip off a piece of short masking tape and wrap it around your finger near the base of the nail. Rip off a longer piece of masking tape and wrap that 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 begin marbling so you don’t mess up any nails in the process)

3) Open up all your polishes and begin dropping them into the cup one after another. Allow the polishes to spread on the surface of the water as you drop each polish. If the first drop of polish doesn’t dissipate to the edges of the cup then simply place the orange stick into the water and break the surface tension so the polish anchors onto the edge of the cup. It really depends on the type of polish you are using but for this I used 5 drops of both red and clear polish and 4 drops of blue. I also ended my bulleyes design with the clear polish.

4) Once you have your nice bulleyes drag from the center out to the edge of the cup with your toothpick or orange stick and kind of anchor the polish to the sides of the cup. Wipe off the tool you are using on a paper towel so that you can create fine line designs in the water, do this after every stroke. Now drag from the center to the opposite side of the cup.

5) Next drag your orange stick from the top middle part to the edge of the cup to sort of anchor it. After wiping off the stick drag form the edge of the cup to the middle. If need be gently dip the stick into the water to create a cleaner design. But be careful the clear coat can get kinda sticky.

6) Repeat step 5 on the same side of the marble a couple more times till you have a nice striped looking design.

7-9) These steps show the process of step five in a little more detail.

10) The end design should look something like this. We didn’t want to drag our stick through the whole design, the middle, since we are using a clear coat

11) When you find the best striped design in the cup slowly and gently dip your painted and taped nail onto the design and and let your finger slide into the water.

12) Leaving your nail submerged use another stick to pick up the excess polish on top of the water. Once you have done this, slowly pull your finger out of the water. If there are any bubbles where your cuticle meets the nail dip it back in so the bubble can be popped in the water.

13) Slowly take off the masking tape around your finger, you don’t want to knick your beautiful design.

14) Using a q-tip dipped in polish remover clean up the large amounts of polish around and under your nail. Then use a clean up brush dipped in remover to clean up the rest of the polish around your cuticle. I tend to use a clean orange stick to remove some of this polish away as well.

15) Wait around 20 minutes or so before you apply a top coat and make sure its a non smear one too. Thats always the worst feeling!

Note: since you are using a clear coat you need to work kind of fast because it dries faster then the regular colors, but don’t rush let it be fun!

If you decide to try out this design or are ever inspired by me please tag #muckinginspired on instagram I would love to see it!

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If you found any parts of this tutorial confusing or have any questions for me please feel free to comment here, on instagram or you can even email me!

What kind of nails are you guys planning for the holiday next week?

 

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TUTORIAL: Mermaid Fin Water Marble

Wanna support and spread awareness for Autism this month? Then scroll below for a tutorial on this blue Mermaid Fin water marble design!

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Supplies you will need: 3 creamy polishes that dissipate evenly on the water; ;white polish; a small plastic bathroom cup filled with room temperature filtered water; masking tape; toothpicks or orange sticks; paper towels; q-tips; clean-up brush with dish of nail polish remover.

1.) Apply a base coat of white to your nail/s and let that dry. Next rip off a piece of short masking tape and wrap it around your finger near the base of the nail. Rip off a longer piece of masking tape and wrap that 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 begin marbling so you don’t mess up any nails in the process)

2.) Open all 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. If the first drop of polish doesn’t dissipate to the edges of the cup then simply place the orange stick in water and break the surface tension so the polishes anchor onto the cup.

3.) The amount of rings you want to create will depend on the amount of different polishes you are using as well as how the polishes dissipate in the water. In this marble I used 3 different polishes so I did a ring of each color 5 times. You want to create a nice bull eyes (as pictured above).

4.) Next drag from the center out to the edge of the cup with your toothpick or orange stick and kind of anchor the polish to the sides of the cup. Wipe off the tool you are using on a paper towel so that you can create fine line designs in the water.

5.) Now drag from the center to the opposite side of the cup.

6-10.) Next begin to drag the toothpick from each side of the cup, anchoring the polish onto the cup and wiping it off every time. This will create a nice chevron stripe design.

11.) Now you are going to want to slowly and gently move the cup around so you can easily dip your nail onto one of the “mermaid fins”

12.) Once you have found the nicest fin slowly and gently dip your nail onto the surface and into the water leaving it submerged.

13.) 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!

14.) Slowly take out your finger to prevent air bubbles

15.) CAREFULLY take the masking tape off of your finger. Clean around your cuticles and under your nail slowly with the q-tip and cleaning brush. 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 and then apply top coat and let that dry.

Viola! & there you have a beautiful Mermaid Fin Water Marble design for yourself!

Any questions please comment to me here or on Instagram. You can also e-mail me at muckingfusser@gmail.com

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