Finally I had the time to do my entry for this months theme for Cyws “Mottomonat”, “Safari”. Using at least one polish from the “On Safari” Collection that China Glaze did in 2012 was pretty much a given from the start, but then I struggled. I did some sort of “sunset gradient” for “Birds & Feathers!”, and I am not a fan of animal prints. In the end, I decided to try if I could come up with something that looks (at least a bit 😉 ) like sand dunes in the desert:
I had the crazy idea that water marbling would be the perfect method to get the soft curves of sand dunes. While that actually did work out well, it renewed my love/hate relationship with water marbling – I usually love, love, love the results, but I hate the mess and how much polish is wasted.
To make clean-up easier, I pretty much combined every method known to man. 😀 I used the p2 color stop on the sides and the underside of my fingers, wore latex gloves with the tips cut off just below the cuticles, where I fixed them with tape, and added a liberal amount of cuticle cream on every piece of skin that still wasn’t covered. Especially the later helped a lot during clean-up, because the polish didn’t stick to the skin and I was able to simply scratch off most of it, and my skin didn’t look so dry after I removed the remaining polish with acetone.
In case you are wondering how I made the overlaying swirls on my index and ring finger, it is pretty much just that, and started as accident. I already did my index finger, but as I was just ready to put my middle finger in the prepared bowl, my phone rang, I got distracted, and without thinking put in my index finger again instead. But I liked the result so much, that I decided to do it again on the ring finger, only this time on purpose. 😉
To give it a bit of sparkle – like sand in the sun – I used a small brush to add some glitter along some of the curves.
And yes, I am aware that it’s kind of funny to create sand dunes with water marbling! 😀
Base coat: p2 hands & nails calcium gel
Base color: OPI Coca Cola Collection You’re So Vain-illa (one coat)
Colors used for water marbling: OPI Coca Cola Collection You’re So Vain-illa and China Glaze On Safari 1078 Desert Sun
Glitter: China Glaze On Safari 1079 I Heard That
Top coat: Seche Vite