Hey guys! I was filming the water marble nail art tutorial the other day and I got this amazing idea of water marble decorations.
I realized that if you let the polish completely dry on the water, you actually get these cute little stickers that you can stick on any flat surface that you want. You can decorate mirrors, windows or candles like me. And of course you can play with different colors and different designs. Today I created a heart, a circle design, a flower and a star. Okay, so let’s go to the tutorial! Water marbling is a cool technique used in nail art. You drip drops of nail polish to the water surface, draw a design and then dip the finger in the water.
However, in this tutorial I’ll show you how you can use water marble technique to create stickers to decorate your room or any flat surface, such as glass. Instead of dipping your finger in the water, just leave the polish on the water surface until it is completely dry. One to two hours should be enough. In this article you’ll learn how to create different designs, how to take the dried polish out of the water and how to crop the edge to get this super cool sticker. By the way excuse my crazy nails in this article, I was filming some nail art tutorials and that’s why my nails are full of different designs. See how cute my candle looks now! Before it was rather boring, but now it looks so much better!
The coolest feature is that the sticker is semitransparent and it glows in different colors when in front of a light source! Also, you don’t need any glue to attach the sticker to the surface — water in combination with nail polish takes care of that! Now let’s see the water marble process step by step and make different designs. Start off with room temperature water and drip drops of different colored polishes on the water surface. Not all polishes work with water marbling, so test which ones you can use first. When you have your bull’s eye ready it’s time to draw some designs. For this you need a pointy tool like a needle or a toothpick.
First we’ll make a star. Drag the toothpick from the center out like so and repeat this step all the way around to get a star shape. Here let’s make a flower. This time drag the pointy tool towards the center! Remember to start dragging from the third ring of the polish. The two outer rings may already be dry. But again – you can find all these rules in my water marble for beginner’s tutorial.
And this is how you get a beautiful flower! To make a heart design, simply drag the toothpick in a straight line through the polish. It’s that simple! Or you can just let the polish be and you’ll get the circles design, which looks awesome too. Now we need to leave the designs in water until they are completely dry. They look so amazing already, right? I like playing with different colors when making these decorations, the brighter is the better for me.
When the polish dries it normally gets a bit wrinkly on the edges, but don’t worry, as soon as you pull it out of the water these wrinkles will disappear. Carefully take the water marble design out of the water and you can instantly stick it wherever you want. This is just insane, isn’t it? I like to decorate these simple glass candles. You don’t need any glue! As long as the back of the sticker is wet, it will stick firmly to any flat surface! It works especially well on mirrors, windows and other glass surfaces.
Here I didn’t trim the outer edge, but it still looks just as lovely. Later, I’ll show you how to trim the outer edge to get even more polished design. Even though the sticker is very thin it is actually not that sensitive. As you can see I haven’t torn any. But a careful hand is of course welcome. After several hours the sticker sticks so firmly to the glass that you need to use an acetone if you want to remove it. Ok, now I’ll show you how to make the decorations even neater by trimming the outer edge.
What I like the most with these water marbling decorations is that you don’t really need anything except nail polishes. And we girls normally have plenty of those at home, right? So these awesome stickers are super easy and simple to make and the best part is that they don’t cost a dime. Also, these decorations are done in no time and always turn out cool and unique. When the sticker is completely dry, take it out of the water and start cutting the outer edge of the polish with scissors. Hold the sticker very gently so you don’t tear it apart. I find that small scissors made for trimming nails work best for this task and give you the most control.
See how neat and cute this sticker looks! You can also cut out the heart when you are making a heart design, or a star. You can basically make any sorts of shapes and designs with them. I am a huge candle person. Especially since here in Norway winters are very long and dark I like the cozy and warm atmosphere that a candle brings. Here I am decorating my boring mirror. I am seriously in love with this water marble room decor technique.
You can also decorate vases, brush holders, flowerpots. I have been having so much fun with all of these lately. And look how cute this DIY looks in front of a burning flame! The sticker shows most of its charm when the lights are off. It gives that romantic and relaxed feel to your room. The light coming from the candle will reflect colors of polish you’ve chosen for water marbling. I hope you’ll give this cool technique a try.
I was decorating all my mirrors and candles with these stickers! A bit obsessed, I know.