It was an artsy fartsy sunday…

Yes, today was a day of being absolutely lazy other than having fun making jewelry and doing my nails. I drove out to a bead store to get supplies to try out this DIY bracelet that I had seen on another website. They have a ton of other bracelets that I would like to try out but today i wanted to practice a easy one. Glad I did because I plan on having a little get together with the girls to make some of these. Gotta make sure we weren’t setting ourselves up for an afternoon of frustration.

Voila! Everyday Wrap Bracelets!

These were fairly simply to make. It took me about an hour to make two bracelets; one double wrap and one single wrap. It also didn’t cost much to do. For two bracelets it cost me around $10.00 and I still have some left over linen cord for future bracelets. I would like to make this with an actual clasp the next time around because once I got the single loop bracelet on, it was a pain to try and get off.

I decided to redo my nails because I painted them yesterday and hated how they turn out. I wanted to do a simple line design

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on my nails but duh! Forgot that I can’t draw well with my right had, only my left so one turned out well and the other turned out horrible. I decided to do a water marbeling instead with a new silver polish I got.

Water Marbeling in steps

Your going to need to prep your nails with a base coat, and base polish color. I chose to use Sally Hansen’s Celeb City for my base color to go on top of Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength Nail Hardener. The more I use this stuff, the better my nails look even without polish. I also used a Orly Ridge Filler on one nail that had peeled a little and was uneven. One coat was all I needed.

After letting your base color completely dry. You need to choose your marbleing colors (2-3), get a bowl or cup with room temp water, a handful of cotton swabs, olive oil, a tooth pick or pin, and nail polish remover.

First you coat your finger tips (one hand at a time) and coat the finger EXCEPT THE NAIL with olive oil. You are doing this to prevent excess nail polish from sticking to your skin. It will make clean up easier.

After that, line up your marbling colors and make your first drop of polish into the water. You want it to drop lightly onto the water surface and spread out a little. It may look like it just thins out in the water but trust me, it’s there. I usually use about 2 drops of each color. I put the drops directly on

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top of each other so they create rings of color in the water. You have to do this fairly quickly. Don’t rush yourself, but if you wait too long it will dry and become a waste.

Once you have put in all the drops of color, take a pin, or a nail art tool to drag across the design. You can wiggle the pin around to create all kinds of swirls in the color. Next your going to dip your finger covered in olive oil *nail bed down or face down* into the water to capture the swirl onto the nail. Once your fingertip is underwater, blow slightly on the water surface to get the polish to dry. Stick a cotton swap into the water and twirl it around to collect the skin of polish. You can now take your finger out of the water and use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to clean your finger. Be sure to get underneath the nail if your nails are long or it will feel gross and dirty.

Once you clean all the extra polish off you can go to the next finger. Repeat for each finger. After allowing both hands to dry, you can follow with a nice top coat to seal in your design. The swirl is thin compared to what you brushed on so protect all your hard work with a clear top coat. I used Seche Vite.

Sally Hansen Nail Hardener, Orly Ridge Filler, Sally Hansen Celeb City, Wet N Wild 485C, Sally Hansen Blue me Away, Sally Hansen Ivy League, Seche Vite Top Coat

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I also did my toes….. 🙂

Well, its getting late but I was dying to post all of this tonight! Would love to know what you think! Or if you have any pretty nail designs to share. I’d love to hear about them!

By the way, have you seen my other nail designs on my facebook page? You can find them here.

6 thoughts on “It was an artsy fartsy sunday…

    • Haha, the first time I tried I swear I had a huge pile of used q tips. But with each attempt I get a little quicker. I also used those nail correcting pens (nail polish remover but in marker form) that really helps turning it from “messy” to “finished”. If only there was a way to do this on my toes!

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