Friday, June 3, 2011

Sunnyside Marble

This manicure was a result of a idea inspired by a compliment on another manicure I painted. I wondered what a "half marble" would look like--and really if it would be even possible to achieve. I am happy with the results, but because of circumstances you can never anticipate when painting with your color choices, it was a bit painstaking in execution (I'll explain more below). It turned out pretty and that's why you're getting a lot of pictures.

Right hand:


Left Hand:

Side Shot:

Notice the shimmer!:



I first painted three coats of Zoya Pippa. (Pippa was not as opaque as I hoped, thus the three coats. It was also a bit on the thick side and didn't want to dry fast. I did apply Qtica Half Time Drying Accelerator, but my polish was still was not as dry as I wanted when I was ready to marble). Originally I wanted a completely dry base coat of color that I could tape off for the marbling. But since I couldn't get Pippa to dry fast enough, I decided to paint a light coat of petroleum jelly on the bottom half to protect that portion from letting the marble paint adhere. I then marbled Pippa, China Glaze Blue Iguana, and Senorita Bonita. When the marbled polish was dried, I carefully peeled back the nail polish that was covering the portion of the nail brushed with petroleum jelly. It was tricky, sticky and complicated, but eventually I got the hang of it. I washed my entire manicure off of the petroleum jelly and once all clean and dry, I did a few touch ups with acetone to get any remnants of polish that was where I didn't want it. I applied one coat of Seche Vite and called it a successful but tedious night!

11 comments:

Erin said...

this is AWESOME! wow!

Kelly said...

This is so pretty!! So creative. I love the colors you used :)

Original_Wacky said...

This is an INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS mani! I so totally want to copy it!

Maartje said...

This is amazing! I adore marbles, but half-marbling... Rrrrr! :-D

April said...

I LOVE it!

paint that nail said...

This is so cute!!!

Gottwinkies said...

That looks Amazing! Great Job!!

Frankenstyna said...

I love it! Half marbling!! Nice!!!

Queen of crap said...

That is pretty awesome. It reminds me of the little plastic pinwheels we played with as kids. Good job!

nodak1982 said...

I've fallen in love with theses. For some reason it reminds me of Rainbow Bright!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Sounds like a lot of work, but I love the impact.

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