Water Marble FAQ
Q: What is water marbling?
A: Water marbling is a nail art technique that involves putting drops of polish into water, creating a design, and putting your nail into the water over the part of the design that you want on your nail.
Q: How do you water marble?
A: I can try and explain in words over and over how to water marble, but to be honest it may not be particularly helpful. I recommend searching Youtube for tutorials because there are a TON. My favorite user for water marbling is SimpleLittlePleasures. I have also just recently made my own tutorial so if you care to watch this you can see it here.
Q: How do you water marble without getting it all over your fingers?
A: I personally like to tape around my fingers. When I dip my finger in, there is a little mess but the majority of the polish just gets on the tape. I have heard of other methods like putting lotion on the finger around the cuticles, but I personallly have just gotten used to using tape. Here is a tutorial on how to tape your fingers before marbling, and here is a water marble tutorial in which lotion is used on the finger instead of tape.
Q: How do you make the colors come out so bright?
A: I paint my nails with a base color of white and allow it time to dry before I start water marbling. The white base helps the colors stand out more, however some colors just might not be bright when it comes to water marbling. If I want a color to come out brighter, instead of using 1 drop per ring, I will use 2 or maybe even 3 drops depending on the color.
Q: How do I marble without getting bubbles?
A: Before you dip your finger into the water, you definitely want to pop any bubbles that you see in the water. You do this by just dipping your toothpick (or whatever you’re creating a design with) into the bubble. Based on personal experience (so don’t quote me because this may vary with each person), I find that I get bubbles on my nails when I dip my finger into the water too quickly and if I dip my finger in at an angle.
Q: Do you have/can you make a water marble tutorial?
A: I actually don’t have any tutorials, and I don’t plan on making them anytime soon. I don’t feel that I have a good setup/camera in order to make tutorials; also I’m incredible camera shy, however as I previously mentioned, you can find tons of tutorials on youtube.
Q: What brand of polish works best for water marbling?
A: To be honest, I don’t think there is any one brand that works best for water marbling, because I’ve used several different brands. The entire process of water marbling is trial and error, including what polishes work best. Some polishes spread well, others won’t. I’ve used many different brands, and I’ve found that how well a polish works for water marbling depends more on the specific polish itself rather than its brand name.
Q: Why does my polish dry before I can make a design?
A: There could be many reasons for this. For one thing, you should always try to work quickly when marbling, because inevitably the polish will dry. If you take too long putting your drops in or drawing a design, the polish will dry before you get a chance to dip your finger in. Also, fast dry polishes are best to avoid when marbling, because they will dry before you can create a design. Also, the temperature of the water is important. If your water is too cold, the polish will dry faster. The water should be room temperature. When you’re marbling, also make sure you have no fans/air conditioning on because that will dry your polish too fast!
Q: Why isn’t my polish spreading when I put it in the water?
A: There may be a few reasons for this. It could be the water. I’ve found that room temperature bottled water works best for me. Idk what it is about tap water, but the polish just refuses to spread. It might also be the polish. I find that if a polish is too thick, it won’t spread so I always check the consistency before marbling and add a little bit of thinner if necessary. And if it still won’t spread, it may simply be that the polish won’t work for marbling.