For these I started with a gradient of Sally Hansen Rapid Red, Pumpkin Queen and Lightening over a white base. I was so convinced (based on experience) that the water marble wasn't going to work that I didn't even take a photo of the gradient by itself. It was more vibrant than it's showing up here but I'll explain why in a second.
I was sure that the water marbling wasn't going to work, not because water marbling is a pain in the behind, but because I've tried water marbling with clear polish SO many times and it's never been successful. Never ever. BUT this time I had read a blog post (that unfortunately I didn't bookmark) that said they used a sheer polish instead of a clear. So I tried that and marbled with a new bottle of OPI Black Onyx (newer polish seems to work better) and Essie Allure, a sheer nude polish. And look, it worked!
I think because Allure does have some color to it, it kind of dulled the red of the gradient especially but I'll take it. I've now bought a new bottle of Allure because I know I'm going to be doing this so often now!
And now for the rejects. I wanted some dots over stripes as a simple mani and I love brown and pink together so I tried this. I do love the color combo but since I had tried to alternate big and little dots but I'm so not a pro at keeping dot size consistent, it just looked kind of random and not intentional at all.
I also tried "double processed stamping" after seeing a tutorial in the Adventures in Stamping group (which Lacquer Lockdown has done a wonderful YouTube video for). Unfortunately my stamping had so many flaws that I tossed it in favour of the gradient water marble. But I'll be trying this again soon, I'm sure.
I guess that's it for Patterns on Patterns. Check out below to see what the other ladies did for their final day mani's.
'Til next time...