June 10, 2015

Watercolour Sharpie Marble Nail Art

Hello readers,
Today I have some super easy but still super gorgeous nail art to show you.  I was inspired by this post on Chalkboard Nails and this Instagram tutorial by @celinaryden.  She did the sharpie marbling technique with gel polish but I thought I would see if it worked with regular polish.  Also, instead of sharpies I used BIC Mark It Fine Point Permanent Markers.  I think any marker will work as long as it has alcohol-based ink.

I started out with a base color of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Untrodden Snow - a soft white creme with a subtle blue shimmer.  Then I drew some random lines using my permanent marker in Playful Purple, dipped a flat brush in isopropyl alcohol and dabbed it onto the marker lines to dissolve and spread them.  For my second layer I repeated the same technique with the colour Hot Aqua.  For the third and final layer I drew on dots instead of lines in Playful Purple and then dabbed alcohol right in the center of the dots to make them spread out.  I waited for my nails to be completely dry (only takes a minute or so) and sealed everything up with a coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.  I then took an angle brush and acetone remover to clean up the few spots on my cuticles where the ink had spread too far.  Here are the results.  I am in love! This was so easy and the result looks like a watercolour painting.  I also love how the shimmer from the base colour still peaks through.

Happy polishing,



  1. This is really really cool looking. I seriously need to try this sometime!

  2. I absolutely adore this. I love that it's possible with regular polish and not gel. I think I need one more tutorial and I'm totally trying this!

    1. Just give it a try. The worst "mistake" you can make is adding too much alcohol so the marker spreads over the entire nail... but then you just draw more and try again. No need to start from scratch.