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Video tutorials… Yay or nay?

Hey everyone! In these past few days, in between work and school, I’ve been drawing up some designs so I can get back to making nail art for you all. I hope you’re proud of me! But I wanted to take this post to talk about something serious.

In the past week or so, my brother has accepted a promotion at his job, which will cause him to move out of the state by the end of the year. And the rest of my household family wants to move, too (possibly by summer or even before that). Which means that I will have to leave Ohio and go to Florida (St. Petersburg area, I believe). And I’m actually torn as to what I want to do!

This time, last year, I wanted to move to Florida to go to the University of Miami, study biology/biomedical/genetics and be in happiness and enjoy the sunshine, but I had to stay here because college is expensive. With that, I went to UC and got a job at a pet store, and have been offered the opportunity to go to grooming school, which will result in me receiving a MUCH better paycheck. However, with moving, all of this may go to waste. At UC, credits are difficult to transfer to other schools and still retain them as valid. I’d have to quit my job (that I’ve grown to love a lot). I honestly don’t know if I’d have to get rid of my pets (cat and a German Shepherd. A lot of people claim them to be “Agressive dog breeds”. She’s my baby). A lot of my family lives up here: my dad, grandma, uncles, etc. And my one of two actual friends lives up here, and I’ve met great people up here as well. I’ve spent a lot of my life here. My mom and brother have been asking me, “What have you lost in Ohio? What do you have to lose?” Besides all of that… I guess not a whole lot.

At the same time, I could use a change. I would live about 15 minutes from the beach, I’d get to be in Florida, I’d get to enjoy warm weather (I was not made to live in the snow. I’m from Louisiana, anyways), I’d get to be in Florida, and maybe I could get more opportunities to meet more nail artists and get closer to reaching my dreams to work with those in the nail art “industry”. Did I mention that I’d get to be in Florida?

I guess one of the good things is that I’d get to leave some dark memories behind. It would be very alleviating.

SO, if you were in my situation, what would you do? Would you leave a big portion of your life behind and start anew? Do you live in Florida?! Are there any nail artists in Florida?


*I JUST THOUGHT OF ANOTHER POSITIVE! I’ve always wanted to tag team with other nail artists and do some really cool stuff (I’ve always thought of doing collaborative work of some sort, nail art conventions, etc.. I know I have big dreams).

I had something like this on my old blog at Xanga, but I’m going to put it here because I’m sure it will be useful.

1. Use a good base if you want your colors to stand out. People usually go for white, but I use shimmery colors (like in my XBox marble), bold colors, black, grey, holos, whatever I choose. You have to experiment to get something unique and different. If you don’t put anything underneath it or if you use something very sheer, you won’t get a good result.

2. Why aren’t my colors spreading? There are a couple factors to that. The first thing may be the water. It’s your preference as far as how you like it, but I find it better using room-temperature, filtered water. It just works for me. The second thing may be your polish. From experience, don’t try using polishes that have pieces of glitter in them. You are guaranteed to have a hard time. Sometimes, your polish isn’t runny enough. If it’s not, add some thinner to your polish and you should be okay. And, at times, it may be just the polish itself. Some brands have polishes that just don’t work well for water marbling. You just have to try them out and see which ones work and which ones don’t.

3. You must work quickly. I can’t stress that enough. Have your colors ready to drop in to the water, and once you do all your rounds of polish, get your toothpick, needle, or whatever you use in there and get to swirling. If you wait too long, the polish will dry (and it dries quicker in water) and you won’t be able to move it. With that being said, I wouldn’t recommend using quick-dry polishes because you’ll have to move at hyper speed if you want it to be a success. That’s from my experience, but you can try it out for yourself.

4. How the design turns out depends on your swirls and your rings. When I do my rings, depending on the color, I go for 2-3 drops in each ring, just to make sure that the colors will show like they’re supposed to. And when I do my rings, I go for as many rounds as I can to make sure I get every color on each nail. How the marble comes out depends on how you swirl it. Some techniques I taught myself to do, but to get some great help, go to My Simple Little Pleasures. Her videos are well-done and very helpful.

5. Want to avoid making a mess? Some people like to be excessively messy, but there are some of us who like to make life easier in the end. Everyone has their way of doing it, so I’m going to share the ones I’ve heard of and the ones that I use. Many people, from what I’ve observed, use Scotch tape around their nails, so that way they can just rip off the tape and there’s far less clean-up to do. I find this to be a great idea. The other technique that I use is the Vaseline (I use lotion) trick. You know that when you paint your nails, your nails should be dry and free of oils so that your nail polish has a strong attachment. Same idea. I put lotion all around my nails and a little bit down the finger (not a really thick layer, but a decent amount). When I dip my fingers in, the polish will stick to the nail, but the rest of the polish on the surface will spread out and away, making it easier for you to take out your finger. And if there is some polish left, use a Q-tip to clean up around the edges. You can find your own technique, but try these first. They will make the process easier.

6. Please be aware of what you’re marbling in! Based off of my experience (and I’m sure some others’), do NOT water marble in anything made of styrofoam. The polish eats the styrofoam away, and water will be all over the place. Please use plastic, maybe paper, or even a ceramic bowl to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

Simply put, water marbling is all about trial and error because it’s never the same for everyone and for every time you do it. You have to learn which polishes work, which clean-up techniques are helpful, what swirls will make you happy, and how you like to dip your fingers in. You have to experiment in order to come up with something that you’ll love.

If there are tips that you have, add on to it!