Zebra Water Marble

26 May

If I told you this water marble was done with out any tape or polish remover of any kind, would you believe me?  Well, believe it people!

I did a Zebra water marble many months ago and have been wanting to try something like this ever since.  I felt like black and white was a little too predictable and stark.  I went with Jordana Chiffon and Zoya Petra.  Petra is actually a dark, dusty purple, but looks brown on top of the tan Chiffon.  I like the way it looks, but definitely think purple would look better.  Does this look like a zebra to you?  I see a zebra’s back.  They have a “spine” of stripes that runs up their back that other stripes come off of.  I love this design.  I find myself looking at it a lot.  It looks very sophisticated to me.  I think it’s the color combo.

Back to the no tape thing, have you heard of using tape in conjunction with Vaseline to make clean up easier?  Well how about using Vaseline instead of tape?  I actually used Aquaphor ointment rather than Vaseline.  I slathered my finger in it.  I got it as close to my nail as I could without actually touching my nail.  That way when I dipped my finger in the polish water, the polish didn’t stick to my skin and I could just wipe it away with a cotton swab.

Around my cuticle, while the polish was still wet, I ran my shish kabob skewer (as opposed to a toothpick) all around the edge pulling the excess polish out as I went.  I know, that probably doesn’t make much sense.  I did a video here that shows the technique.  And there you go, you’re fingers will be greasy, but there’s a tape free, polish remover free water marble.

Try it and let me know what you think!

16 Responses to “Zebra Water Marble”

  1. GoingtotheShowing May 26, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    This looks awesome!

  2. Jenna Froggy May 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    This is beautiful! I need to practice water marbling, but hate the taping procedure, lol. Now I can’t wait to try your method :O)

    • TopCoatIt May 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      Thanks Jenna! I think this method is much easier.

  3. Tara May 26, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    oh my goodness. I LOVE this! I love anything zebra, and I love this take on it. I have only done 1 water marble, so I have a lot of practicing to do, but this technique I am DEFINITELY trying! The tape was a PITA and I had the hardest time cleaning up. Plus I wo not mind a little greasy; in the thin, dry Colorado air my hands are a MESS! I have put vaseline+gloves on my hands many nights!

    • TopCoatIt May 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

      I hate the taping too.

  4. wackylaki May 26, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    This is such a gorgeous water marble! It reminds me of a cup of fancy latte where they draw the designs…

    • TopCoatIt May 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

      It does look like that!

  5. April May 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Looks great! Thanks for the vaseline tip!

    • TopCoatIt May 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

      Thank you and you’re welcome!

  6. Elizabeth May 27, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    This is beautiful! It absolutely shows as zebra print without being as “on the nose” as black and white. 😉

  7. gnarlygnails May 27, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    another awesome water marble my dear! this reminds me of chocolate and vanilla pudding swirled together!

  8. KimsKie's Nails May 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    To me, it looks more chocolate, and to be honest…. I like it and now I’m graving chocolate! 🙂

  9. am1ec May 29, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    ❤ this marble!!
    Thanks 4 the tips can’t wait to try this out.

    • TopCoatIt May 29, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      You’re welcome!

  10. leelanannika May 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    This is such a pretty color combo! I’m always looking for things I can wear to the office. I might just be able to get away with this! 🙂

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