How to Create Sharpie Watercolor Nail Art

July 22, 2020

There's no doubt that during these times people are trying more and more DIY haircuts, nail sets, spa treatments, and more. It can be hard to keep your nails looking cute when you can't visit a nail salon like usual. In this post, I'll show you how to achieve a cool watercolor nail design with things you probably already have at home. Not to mention, it's super easy and beginner friendly, so anyone can recreate this look!

What you need:

  • White nail polish
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Flat nail art brush
  • Sharpies
  • Plastic Zip-Lock bag
  • Gold flakes (optional)


  1. Choose your Sharpie colors. Certain top coats may wash out most of the color, especially if you use lighter colored Sharpies. I would recommend trying this method with different top coats and sharpie colors until you achieve your desired effect.
  2. Apply a base coat to your nails and a solid white base on top.
  3. Draw a splotch of each Sharpie color onto your plastic bag.
  4. Dip the flat brush in rubbing alcohol and "paint" the color splotches with it. The more rubbing alcohol that you add, the less pigmented the color will be.
  5. Paint the color in random spots on your nails.
  6. Repeat the process with your other colors.
  7. Layer colors over each other until the whole nail is covered. If you would like the colors to blend more, you can paint a layer of rubbing alcohol over your nail until the colors are blended.
  8. Add gold flakes (optional). Apply a top coat, and you're done!

The top coat I used blended and washed out a lot of the color, but below is a set I did using the same method but with different colors and top coat.


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