Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ABC Challenge: S is for Spotted (Sort Of)
Howdy, everyone! Another late Tuesday/early Wednesday and we're on to another ABC Challenge post! This week's letter is 'S' and it's one of the few letters that I've known what I was going to do for awhile. Since I've started manicuring my nails on a regular basis, one of my favorite techniques is water marbling. I know most people have a love/hate relationship with this technique, as it tends to be messy and fussy and somewhat wasteful, but you can't argue with the results you get when it works. Today, rather than doing a straight water marble, I've used a water spotting technique (see what I did there with the 'S'?) to create a different texture to a regular marble. Here are my spotted (slightly) nails!
The main difference between a spotted water marble and a regular one is that instead of swirling several polishes together to create pattern, you spritz the polish-coated water with rubbing alcohol, hairspray, or hand sanitizer. This causes the polish to separate and create "spotted" patterns into which you dip your prepped nail, just like you do a regular marble.
You'll notice that I'm referring to this manicure as a 'sort of' spotted mani, mainly because the polish I used didn't spot up like others I've tried before. In an effort to do something different, I used all duochrome polishes (see polish list at the end of the post) and it seems like those tend to make a different type of pattern than the creme polishes I've used in the past. However, I'm calling this a happy accident because I love the result!
I am so excited to see what everyone else came up with for this letter! Please stop by and check out the other ladies' posts, you can find them via the thumbnails below!
As always, thanks so much for reading!
Sally Hansen Nail Prisms~Ruby Sapphire, Amber Ruby, and Golden Cinnabar
Color Club~2 random duochrome polishes I got in a set with no names...*sigh* why do they do that??