In short: you make a standard water marble, by dripping polish into a glass (or something similar) of water until it looks like a bull's eye, and drag something pointy through it to create a pattern. Then you let it dry completely in the water. When it's dry, gently take it out and cut it into decals. Apply a base color and while that's almost dry but still a bit sticky, apply the decal. Cleanup, top coat, done! But I used a plastic cup that I used before, it has some old marble remains on the inside, and my marble got stuck to that at some parts (which normally doesn't happen since I don't let it dry). I could get it loose without much problem, but next time I'd use a clean glass for this technique.
I just had to try out this technique, and decided to go for a marble on all nails, but cut the decals diagonal near the top. Imagine the possibilities, you can cut them any way you like! I needed 2 complete dried up marbles to do all 10 nails like this, instead of a new glass of marble for each nail, so this saves polish as well! I went for a purple base, applied the decal, and finished with striping tape. But the tape reacted a little to my top coat, and went silver on a few places :(
Ah well, I'm still happy with how it turned out, simply because it was SO easy! :D If marbling scared you because it can be tricky, or if you dislike doing so because of the mess it can give, you should totally give this a try! Air bubbles in the marble? No problem, don't use that part. Perfect design that might get ruined by dipping your finger in it? Nevermind that, it'll stay perfect. Afraid of the marble turning into a blob of polish on the nail? This way you'll have a thin marble with ease. Yay for this idea!!
China Glaze Gothic Lolita with OPI Rumple's Wiggin', A England Avalon, A England The Blessed Damozel, China Glaze Gothic Lolita and Dance Legend #1048 and striping tape.
Are you an experienced marbler, or does the mess and chance of failure spook you off as well? I love how it can look, but oh the horror of having a few good nails and then getting a bad one, for me it feels like it often goes downhill fast after that, by damaging my good nails as well, haha. But hey, you might see marbled nails here more often now ^^ Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day :)