18 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Twenty, Water Marbled: Holographic Water Marble Fail

Hi everyone! I don't do this too often, but the mani I'm posting tonight I actually consider to be a fail. I knew this would happen when I started the 31 Day Challenge - an instance where I wasn't happy with a design and didn't have the chance to redo it, and today's the day. One of my major goals with this blog is to inspire others, but this blog is also meant to capture my growth as a nail artist. And with that growth comes it's ups and downs.

I started off by wanting to do a water marble with several holographic polishes from A England. I began with a black base using Orly Liquid Vinyl, then did a water marble with A England Tristam, Saint George, and Lady of the Lake.

The technique itself was not a problem. These are actually good polishes to marble with as they don't dry too fast allowing you to move them around in the water. The problem is that the marble effect is really hard to see. It's somewhat better in person, but difficult to capture on camera.

So here's where I need your help. I'm wondering if I should try to do another water marble with these polishes. If so, what should I do differently? Should I work with a lighter base? Maybe do the water marble over a grey or white base? I really love how these polishes disperse in the water, so I'm not quite ready to give up on the idea.

So there you have it, one of the few times I'll post a fail. What do you think - should I not do posts like this, or should I have waited until I could post a successful water marble? Have you had a water marble fail?



  1. Even though it would be more noticeable over a paler base (which would also look cool) I LOVE the subtlety of this mani! You think it's just plain and then you realise it's not, it has different colours, and the pattern you got out of the water mani is very pretty! It kind of reminds me of galaxies and stars and space:) Not a fail at all!

  2. Have you tried doing more than one drop of polish per color? Maybe two drops of each color on the water to try and get more substantial color? I know sometimes that works better with colors that tend to be sheer, so maybe it will work with holographic ones as well. Just a thought, personally I think the effect you have now is nice and really subtle.

  3. I definitely think this is worth trying again without the black base. The colors are so rich and beautiful on their own that I suspect they would provide sufficient coverage. This does look very pretty though, it's hard to get such a subtle effect with such pigmented colors - you could probably turn this into a great base for galaxy nails!

  4. I have never tried a watermarble so I speak with no authority whatsoever in that regard, but I do have all those A England's and think they'd be incredible together in a marble if you could get it work. If it was me (bearing in mind the above) I would definitely try again with a lighter base - maybe white OR maybe Princess Tears, if you have that one (if you don't, you probably should) so even if the base shows through it'll still be sparkly and beautiful.

    And personally, I find it reassuring to know that I'm not the only one who feels they've had a 'nail fail' sometimes.

  5. Hey we all have our fails and we can all learn from them so these posts are interesting to read :) It's also not that bad, the nice marble is there but it's just the base, I think a light grey base is a good idea. If you do decide to do this again I look forward to reading it!! :)

  6. I love when my favorite bloggers post their "fails", it makes me feel like I don't have to put quite so much pressure on myself. At the same time, your fails are still a bajillion times better than my best mani, lol! I think this is gorgeous but I see why the subtlety would classify it as a "fail". If I put all that work into marbling I would want to see all the nuances! Pinpoint Polish did a watermarble using a few A-Englands and to this day it is my most favorite watermarle mani in the entire history of EVER!! She did it over nude nails and the colors pop like mad! I'm not gonna link it because I don't want to get in trouble but it's her "Seven Deadly Sins" watermarble.

  7. I think it is beautiful and I am so glad I have every one of these colors! Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Maybe you could try another base :)white or the lightest of the three A England polishes :) but I like it like this too, I think it's pretty :)

  9. I can't say it's a fail! Maybe the marble effect would be more visible on the light base but this desigh looks wonderful nevertheless! So rich and elegant!
    I was nominated for the Liebster award and as your blog is one of my favourite nail blogs I delegate this award to your pretty blog! http://passionorkinda.blogspot.ru/2013/09/liebster-award.html


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