For a long time I had so much trouble trying to get water marbling to work. Desperate for answers, I spent a lot of time watching youtube videos hoping to see what I was doing wrong. I never really had an "aha!" moment from the videos but I did find the most awesome rainbow gradient with black and clear marbling over the top that I vowed to try. When I found my makeup sponges the other day and had the black and clear water marble down, I knew I had to try it.
To start, I added two coats of Orly Dayglow as I really wanted my neons to pop. I hate that phrase, but it's true, I needed my colours to be super bright. I've not had a lot of luck painting a gradient on a sponge so I added each colour individually using the edge of a sponge. Once dry, I did my water marble over the top using China Glaze Liquid Leather and Essie Kisses and Bises. I finally figured out how to control how thick each band of colour is with the marbling. If you'll notice on my index finger, the black bands are super thin compared to the rest of my fingers. Turns out size of drop of polish = size of band. I found that if I did a full droplet of polish I got a thick band vs just touching the brush to the water. So that's useful.
The Verdict: I love how this came out. I know I've done a good job making neon when it blows out my skin colour. Despite this taking a ridiculous amount of time to do, I think it's worth it. If you were wondering about the colours used in the gradient, I don't have them all on hand but most of them are from the Summer Neons collection from China Glaze, with some American Apparel and Urban Outfitters mixed in there. If you want the name of a specific colour, leave it in the comments and I'll find it.