You may remember that my first try at water marbling was not exactly a rousing success. I got a lot of tips in the comments on my entry about that attempt, which I appreciated; I re-read them all before I gave it another go.
Things I did differently this time:
1. Added more rings of polish to the cup before swirling them.
2. Pulled/combed/swirled the rings more aggressively.
3. Used distilled water instead of tap water.
4. Reused the same cup for all nails (just scraped the excess polish off the water before dropping in new for the next finger).
Things I forget/neglected to do:
1. Buy toothpicks or cocktail stirrers, so I used the same orange stick for mixing up the rings as I had before (no sense in ruining a new one).
2. Wiggle finger to dislodge air bubbles.
3. Take pictures of the cup at any point.
I liked the results better than the first time, but here, I'll show you so you can see if you agree:
The colors I used were Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised, Zoya Bianca, and Studio M Shy Girl.
My favorite is middle finger, especially at an angle that camouflages the air bubble:
Runner up is my ring finger, which is extra swirly:
It looks like I got some skin irritation from the tape this time; I thought it was the same stuff as last time when I didn't notice that problem, but it didn't persist so I guess that's not an issue. Maybe the difference is I left it on longer this time since I was doing more drops and more swirling before dipping.
Things I want to focus on next time:
1. Being more deliberate with the patterns I make in the polish.
2. Eliminating those darn bubbles.
I'll be happy to hear any more tips you've got for me—the ones from last time definitely helped.