Friday, September 12, 2014

Marbled Blue Swimming Pool Stripes

Marbled swimming pool stripes by @chalkboardnails

I like stripes. I do them quite a bit, often freehand (a girl's gotta practice), but today's 31 Day Challenge nail art required the use of nail vinyls. I combined them with the saran wrap marble technique for a blocked, marbled look that reminds me of a swimming pool. Steph Stone did a swimming pool nail art tutorial recently that used the same technique for the aquatic effect. Let's dive in!

Marbled swimming pool stripes by @chalkboardnails

Nail polishes used:
LVX Cashmere
JINSoon Cool Blue
Straight nail vinyls

I painted my nails with two coats of Cashmere and added a layer of quick dry topcoat to speed up the drying process. Once the base was dry, I applied both Nail Vinyls brand straight vinyls and KBShimmer straight vinyls with random spacing. The reason I used two different brands was they each had different sizes I wanted to use -- the smallest stripes are from Nail Vinyls while the medium and large blocks are from KBShimmer.

I painted one thicker coat of Cool Blue over the top, and then dabbed wadded up pieces of saran wrap over the wet, freshly painted polish. This removed some of the blue and left it with a cool tie-dye marble effect! The only thing left to do was remove the vinyls and finish with topcoat.

Marbled swimming pool stripes by @chalkboardnails

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13 comments

  1. Love these! So beautiful & they definitely remind me of a swimming pool.

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  2. The effect totally reminds me of the pool water! So cool.

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  3. This turned out so gorgeously and gave me great inspiration for an adaptation!

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  4. Love this! I suck at the saran wrap technique, but I may need to give it a try again and add stripes. Great job!

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  5. Woah, great idea to use saran wrap!

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  6. Beyoutiful Nails ArtSeptember 13, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Love it!

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  7. This is amazing and so original!

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  8. I thought I commented already! Maybe it was on Instagram or somewhere--anyway, these are FABULOUS! I love the technique and it came out so cool! I can feel the water and smell the chlorine now...

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  9. Lovely! I have to check out that swimming pool nails tutorial!

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