ELLE Magazine was apparently already talking about how popular ikat was in 2010. I don't really keep up with trends (except for Hansel. He's so hot right now.), but it wasn't long ago that this textile technique made the leap to nail art. I've seen several fantastic examples, and I love how versatile this particular pattern is. Deep and dramatic or bright and cheerful, it's a really fun look, and this tutorial by Kayla Shevonne made it quick and easy to do!
I started with a base of my favourite polish ever, China Glaze For Audrey. Per the tutorial, once that was dry, I added some triangular patches of white with a striper polish (Sinful Colors Bad Chick), and then I used a small art brush to add smaller, diamond-ish patches of China Glaze Pink Plumeria. My Orly Jet Black striper finished out the centers and edges, and that was pretty much it!
Next time I think I'll go even bolder with the colours. I'd forgotten that Pink Plumeria, a bright, neon coral, can fade to a more subtle pink over white if you don't use it "full strength," so the combination isn't quite as striking as I'd originally intended. I still think these colours look great together, though, so that's not really a complaint. I'm just already looking forward to next time because they were really fun. And they're not too tricky for my non-dominant hand either, which is always a plus. Thanks for a great tutorial, Kayla Shevonne!