#npclairestelle8 Day 19: Ghosts – Blue-toned Water marble

Today’s prompt for #npclairestelle8 is Ghosts. Have you ever had one of those manicure days where nothing goes right? I worked on these yesterday and gave myself plenty of time, but a ton of stuff went wrong. First, I spilled polish. It got on my (thankfully black) shirt, my kitchen table (which, again thankfully, seems to be impervious and cleaned up beautifully). Then, the water marble which had looked so perfect in my practice runs looked blegh when I actually went to apply it to my nail. Even once I finally had things looking the way I wanted, I smudged on of the ghosts and had to re-do it. I do like how these turned out, but with all the fubar and problems on the way,  I was sick of them long before I was even finished lol!

Ghostly blue water marble
Ghostly blue water marble

There is a lot of room for interpretation with this prompt so it took me some time to decide what I wanted to do. I settled on doing a blue-based water marble with a thread of a light color in there for the ghosts. My idea looked great in the little bowl I use for marbling, but on the nail, the ghostly bit really didn’t stand out enough. I ended up placing dabs of my light polish on the ghost shapes and using an orange stick to drag the polish into the correct shape. I added faces to the ghosts with my dotting tool and then used the same tool to create ghostly orbs.


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Deborah Lippmann – Lady Sings the Blues
  • Color Club – Beyond
  • Sally Hansen – Pacific Blue
  • Loreal – After Hours
  • Loreal – Satin Sheets
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

I worked on this mani on Sunday so I wouldn’t feel rushed trying to get two Monday manis done. I’ll have a post with the other Day 19 prompt (Bats/Full Moon) later today.