Last month I took on the challenge of a Gradient Watermarble. This challenge was a gradient base, which also means a negative space design.

On Wednesdays I don’t often have very much time, so I quite often only marble two nails.  You wouldn’t know it, but I dipped the two fingers together.  I have no idea how the design came out at right angles to each other!

Polishes and tools

Chanel Sweet Lilac
China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Pool Party
American Apparel Neon Violet
ILNP My Private Rainbow X
AEngland Camelot
Rimmel Pro Matte top coat
Makeup sponge
Pure Color Watermarble tool #7
Plastic cup
Paper towels


I started with a single base coat of Sweet Lilac which was the lightest colour of the three.  I think I painted the stripes a little too wide on the makeup sponge, because you don’t see a lot of the lilac on my nails. I guess I am used to having slightly longer nails!

It took about three coats of sponging to get the blend and opacity right.  The single coat of ILNP helped to blend the colours even more.


A watermarble with just two colours that I know spread is much easier for me now I have had lots of practice.  The matte polish adds a negative space to show the gradient and glitter underneath.

I used the tool to make a feather design in the bullseye, which means pulling towards the centre in lots of close strokes.  I wipe the end of the tool every one or two strokes to clean the accumulated polish from the tip.  This keeps the design clean and sharp.

Gradient Watermarble

It’s a random, swirling feather-like design, which looks quite trippy with the neon.  I love the glittery holographic particles over it too.  It looks perfect for summer don’t you think?