Introduction: Water Marble Nail Art

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In this instructable, I'll be showing you how to do this amazing nail art. It looks really tricky, but it's simple once you know how to do it!

Step 1: Equipment

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For this nail art, you'll need:
A container filled with water (preferably bottled water)
Nail polish remover
Sticky tape
Nail polishes of your choice
Base coat
Top coat
Tooth picks
Cotton swabs
An old towel
**OPTIONAL** - fast-drying nail spray

Step 2:

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Paint your nails with a clear base coat. Spray with fast-drying spray if you want.

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Paint your nails with the white nail varnish. I recommend 2 coats.

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Put sticky tape around your skin and cuticles. Be sure that the tape dosent touch the nail. If the tape is covering the nail, it will ruin the effect, because some parts will be white .

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Add the nail varnish to the cup. Put some nail varnish on the brush. Hold it 1 cm above the centre of the waters edge.
Gently tap the handle of the brush until the varnish drips into the water. Add a second colour in the same way into true middle of fat colour. Carry on the pattern in this way.

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Using a tooth pick, stir the clear water surrounding the circle of nail varnish. Thus will make the nail varnish ring expand. Make sure the toothpick DOES NOT TOUCH the nail varnish itself, only the clear water.

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Place the toothpick on the water, from about the 3rd ring out. Drag the toothpick inwards, towards the centre of the nail varnish. Continue in this way in order to make a flower pattern.

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Dip your finger on the water (where the nail varnish pattern is) at a 45 degree angle.

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Keep your finger in the water, and use a clean toothpick to roll around the un-used nail varnish to pick it up. Then, take your finger out of the water. Be sure not to smudge the design whilst doing this.

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Spray the nail with some quick-dry spray, or leave to dry. Carefully peel off the tape from your finger. Start with the piece that you put down last.

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Dip a cotton bus in nail polish remover. Wipe u around your skin to remove any spilt nail varnish. Be carefull around the cuticle, so you don't take off any bail varnish from the actuall nail.

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When the nail is dry, paint over it with a
clear top coat. Repeat on all other nails.

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And you're done! Hope you found this instructable usefull!
Comment if you have any questions.


thompsonbrooklyn (author)2017-09-26

I love itttttt!!!!

jmorgan629 (author)2015-02-10

Mine didn't turn out that great

MaritBenson (author)jmorgan6292017-02-27

Oh come ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! urs look wayyyyyy better then mine

thundrepance (author)jmorgan6292016-06-19

i think they look just fine! :^)

I did mine this morning and they came out great!!!

BEAUTIFUL! did you use China Glaze brand, or is that bottle just for the picture?

jmorgan629 (author)jmorgan6292015-02-10

I had lots of little water bubbles on my nails when I was done

Chlover7 (author)2016-10-13

Does anyone know if this works with Zoya brand nail polish?

MaritBenson (author)Chlover72017-02-27

it dosnt work with that but with sinful colors it works really well

kallyfok (author)2016-12-21

interesting design

SilaC1 (author)2016-12-21

Amazing marble design. I've seen a couple ideas at and want to combine several ideas in one design. I think it would be looking good.

twighahn (author)2016-08-25

one can use other colors as a basecoat as well like gold or black and gives it a whole other look

MelanieP37 (author)2016-06-25

Which works better? Thick or thin nail polish.

uptoten (author)MelanieP372016-07-03

thick I think

uptoten (author)MelanieP372016-07-03

thick I think

uptoten (author)2016-07-03


I will try it

MissBeckii (author)2016-06-10

Will give this a go. ??

Beezor (author)2016-06-04

So cool! Banana

Mariah_James22 (author)2016-06-03

It didnt work for me. The first one did but the second didnt. But they're both the same brand of nail polish.

DabeAltis (author)2016-06-02

I was so impressed by the cover photo I had to read this instructable. Awesome! While I'll not be trying this on my nails (my wife might look at me funny), I might adapt the technique to some other applications. Thanks for sharing.

cfish mackay (author)2016-06-02

I haven't tried this yet (although I'm itching to), but I've heard that some Vasline around the sides and bottom of the nail works for keeping the polish off your finger.

RichardBronosky (author)2016-06-02

Why not dip all 5 (or at least 4) nails at once?

craft-and-crochet (author)2016-06-02

Three words:


Paul1953 (author)2016-06-02

Fantastic fun idea for my wife.

Altoidian (author)2016-06-02

Fantastic. I can use this techniques for painting crazy patterns on my fishing lures.Thanks!

Izzy1234567 (author)2015-05-05

I hope this helps! If you are a total, " I can't have my nails look bad... Ever! " I heard of this stuff that you put on your skin around your nails. It's called mess no more. I'm not sure if it works but it's supposed to peel right off. So if you are willing to spend the money, that might be the thing for you.

MandyM34 (author)Izzy12345672016-05-11

Elmers glue works as well

hii or you can use school glue!

JalynS1 (author)2016-02-18

i dont get it. do you boil the water?

MandyM34 (author)JalynS12016-05-11

Nope, room temp

NehaN10 (author)2016-05-06

The 1st nail colour spreads in the water but the 2nd one does not!

MandyM34 (author)NehaN102016-05-11

That means that your second color doesnt work with marbling. Some polishes work, some dont. It is trial and error. Just try some more colors until you find 2 that work together

JenniferG117 made it! (author)2016-03-30

You don't need white vanish. I do recommend a base coat for sure. I sometimes use white polish first but not always, it's a preference. Also I use room temperature water mostly. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. A big part is the nail polish. Thicker polishes work better and glitter and thin polishes not so much. I also use regular tap water. I found that bathroom Dixie cups work best and I just throw it out when I'm done. I lightly blow on my nails after I bring it up from the water so I don't get the little water bubbles on them. I didn't do that the first time. This takes practice. The first few times I did this some nails came out good others didn't. Also I use a non-UV Gel top coat. it really add shine and the paint lasts about 10 days.

kwPinkhorse (author)2016-03-20

Do you need to have the white nail varnish? Because it is not listed in the supplies.

05190678 (author)2015-02-27

wiccanman82 (author)2015-12-05

I did this with my daughter before I saw this ibble . gonna try your way today. also I found that some nails polishes won't work for this . I can't remember the name of the polish that dosnt work but I can find it and let you know

ForTheLoveOfFood (author)2015-10-24

isnt this by sarahbeautycorner?from youtube, i wondet why its just like hers?

AliceC15 (author)2015-08-18

Help me please! I did this, without taping my fingers.... and now its all over my hands... and it wont come off with nail polish... please help me

SabrinaM12 (author)AliceC152015-10-09

Try rubbing alcohol

CABAcaba (author)AliceC152015-08-23

buy pure acetone polish remover, pour into a small glass bowl and soak your hands while watching a favorite show. Then hand wash dishes to get the rest off.

I have heard of using white glue around the nails, let it dry, polish nails, then peel off glue. I haven't tried it yet.

BonSch19 (author)2015-09-18


Bereated56 (author)2015-09-07

I never make over my nails but when i see this page i really like to wear nail polish its really awesome

SmithLily (author)2015-09-03

Your nails looks really good! I wish I was so adroit to make such a nail art manicure on my own... I'll give a try to your tips, but all my previous tries ended up in complete failures...

AliceC15 (author)2015-08-18

Madgymnast (author)2015-06-14

I dont know if it works

twilight600 (author)2015-02-14

HÍ can it be normal tap water ör dose it have tó be filltered water please

I use tap water, sometimes it doesnt work, i think its cause of the temperature

apeme3bitter (author)2015-02-22

I used brand new nail polish and it didnt work

Not all brands work, and forget the glitters

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