What glorious sunshine! I hope that you have all managed to get outside and enjoy it?
Today’s activity is this cool marbling effect using nail polish. This can get rather messy so make sure you protect your clothes and surfaces. I ended up with very messy fingers so having some nail varnish remover to hand is also a good idea! I would also recommend having a practice on an old jam jar first before moving onto your chosen mug or object.
You will need:
- Some old nail polish
- A white mug
- A small disposable container you can fill with water
- A tooth pick or disposable stick
- A protective surface
Fill your container with a small amount of water. I used an old ice cream tub for this and just threw it out afterwards.
Next open up your nail polish. It’s best to have them all open and ready as the quicker you can get them in and dip your mug the better.
Now very carefully pour a small amount of the varnish onto the water. I made the mistake at first of pouring it too quickly and it all just sank to the bottom. If you pour it very slowly it should settle on top of the water. (My first attempt was a disaster as I realised I had used far too much nail polish, so it’s better to use it very sparingly.)
Add the rest of your colours and then you can carefully swirl them around with a tooth pick.
Next, very gently dip the side of your mug into the water. I tried to turn mine slowly in a rolling motion across the water to try and cover more of the mug.
Finally leave it to completely dry before touching it and make sure you protect your surface as the polish can run and drip down a bit.
You can use this method to decorate all sorts of objects. I dipped a small pot and am planning on doing a larger vase.
I intend to use my mug as a vase so I won’t be putting it in the dishwasher, but if you want to be able to do this you can buy a clear dishwasher safe varnish that you can paint over the top. I have never used it, but I hear that ‘Mod Podge’ makes one that works well.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s craft. As always I would love to see any of your creations. Please get in touch with comments, suggestions and photos via my social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as: The Crafty Hare UK (@thecraftyhareuk) or you can share your photo as a reply to the MFT post if you prefer.
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