Picture Polish Valentine Water Marble

Now that I've discovered liquid latex as a liquid tape option for messy manicures, I'm much more willing to play with nail art techniques that tend to be cleanup-instensive. That's how this Valentinesy water marble was born!


I started with a base of white here (OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, but any white will do), and then created the marble using four beautiful piCture pOlish shades: LakoDom, Sizzle, O'Hara, and Shy Violet.

I coated my fingers (minus the nails, of course) in liquid latex past the first knuckle, so cleanup was a piece of cake. I can't even fathom how people ever did water marbles without it!

I think every water marble yields a best/favorite nail, and my index finger is definitely that one for me here. The gentle curves of those lines just turned out so perfectly.

Don't look now, but it's my rarely seen right hand! I almost never photograph it (even though it does always get manicured along with the left), but every nail is just so different that it seemed worth it in this case. I'm not thrilled with how my ring and pinky fingers turned out compared with the others, but they're kind of interesting taken on their own.

I'd love to hear what you think of this water marble—and if you're an old hat at this technique, I'd love to hear your tips, too. :)

Thanks for looking!