I've been noticing a lot of DIY's on Pinterest of late, using water and nail polish to create the marbling effect, not just to create amazing nail art but to jazz up your home wares too. I thought I'd put it to the test myself as I have some seeds that need planting a some pots that are in need of a little 'something something'.
You will need:
|Plant pots, Choice of nail polish, tooth picks and a bucket or tub with some plain old tap water in.|
Once you have your tub or bucket, put an inch or two of water in it and start the marbling process by adding drops of your chosen nail polishes.
At first I was just taking my sweet time, layering up the colours, a dab here and dot there. Using my toothpick to create pretty swirls.
And my pot ended up in a big mess like this...
This was because the nail polish had started to set and harden on the surface of the water and formed a film, which stopped it from adhering to the pot.
Sooo...I was gonna have to work fast and not be so precious about creating pretty patterns. I decided to use just 3 colours for each design too, allowing me to work quicker and still be able to achieve some swirled patterns with a toothpick.
I recommend doing a couple of tests on plain paper first or failing that, have some nail polish remover handy (just in case).
I literally poured and dripped the nail polish into the tub in any old way, layering up the colours, then grabbed a toothpick and quickly swirled the colours.
Then, starting at one end I rolled my pot along the surface of the marbled mixture until I had coated all of the outside of the pot.
Clean up any residue that you may have still in your tub by taking a cotton bud and twizzling it around in the water until you have caught up all the excess nail polish.
Once my pots were all completed and dried, I sewed my chilli seeds (slightly too late in the year for this but we'll see how it goes).
Hopefully those chilli plants will start to blossom in their new home soon.