Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Nail Challenge Collaborative presents Pink and Blue

     I recently joined the facebook group Nail Art Collaborative. The Nail Challenge Collaborative is a monthly nail art challenge group free for anyone to join! Each month there is a new theme and the members create 2-4 manis and share with the rest of the group. Even though I've only been a member for two weeks I've been anxious to join in on the fun. The theme for the month of August is Pink & Blue and while I only had time to do one mani, It's one that I really like.

    I started with a base of White from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Crayola collab. This is a seriously great white. It covers evenly and had minimal streaking. I know a lot of whites start out awesome and then get goopy as you use them, I'm hoping that's not the case with this one.

     After letting the polish dry completely I added a glossy top coat for strength, and then a matte top coat so the sharpies had something to stick to.

    To create the marbled effect I randomly drew patches on my nails with sharpie markers. I went one nail at a time since I didn't know how quickly the marker would dry. Once I was happy with the patches I dipped a nail art brush into acetone and dabbed it onto the nails which caused the marker to spread and bleed. At first, I tried rubbing alcohol but it didn't seem to have any effect on the marker. That could be because my bottle of rubbing alcohol is only 50%.

     You can repeat this step until you get the look that you like, just remember to let the acetone evaporate off your nails completely before going back in with the sharpie. I was a little impatient and found out the hard way that even a small amount of acetone will dry out your sharpie.


   I really like the way this turned out but as I looked at it I had the strong urge to add some nail art. Nothing too extravagant, I didn't want to take away from the marble base.

     I decided to add some subtle stamping using image plate Creative shop 96 and China Glaze Intelligence, Integrity and Courage and Cosmic Dust as an accent.

     I really expected Cosmic Dust to be a bit darker and was hoping it would stand out more to be a truer accent. I guess when applied thinly like in stamping form it lightens up a bit. The hint of sparkle does add a little something and it isn't over the top like I was wanting.

    What do you think of this sharpie marbled look? Do you like it better with or without the stamping? I had a ton of fun creating this for the August prompt and can't wait to see what the September prompt is. Make sure to check out the other looks from the talented ladies in the group and be sure to stop back next Tuesday for letter R week in the Untried A-Z Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

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