08 May 2013

Ikat Nails on China Glaze For Audrey

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!

ikat nails on China Glaze For Audrey

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!

ikat nails on China Glaze For Audrey

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!

46 comments:

  1. You_are_amazing_! Love_them_♥

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  2. This is so cute!!! I think pink plumeria works great here, the subtlety is pretty!! :)

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  3. I love your Ikat design, and the colors are superb!!

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  4. I really like these colors together, very pretty mani! :)

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  5. Wow these look amazing :)

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  6. Haha, I didn't know ikat was popular a few years ago :) This is a great design and the colors are so fresh!

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    1. Heh, I had no idea either--I just happened to see an older article when I was looking up ikat online. I like the way it translates to nail art, though--thank you very much! :)

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  7. First, I LOVE this! Second, I lol'd at the Hansel comment ;-) You rock!!

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    1. WooHoo, Zoolander FTW! Thank you so, so much, Maribeth! :D

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  8. Hansel Hansel, every where I look Hansel! ;) This is absolutely gorgeous Elizabeth, I should get braver with my attempts at nail art.

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    1. LMAO, I have got to watch that again tonight! Thanks, Meredith!!

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  9. Your nails look beautiful! I love the way this looks! Ikat is definitely a versatile pattern :D

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    1. You are so sweet, Traci, thank you!! ^_^

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  10. This is so pretty! I love the Hansel comment haha :)

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  11. Awesome job! I really want to try this.

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    1. Thanks, Helen! I say go for it!! =)

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  12. I must have been off the Ikat radar - I just noticed it's popularity this year! I love the colors you used here, it looks flawless!

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather! Haha, I'm pretty much off every fashion/trend radar there is. ;)

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  13. This is so pretty, I love the colour choices it works so perfectly! :)

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    1. That's so sweet of you--thank you very much!

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  14. Wow, this is just an amazing mani, Elizabeth! Love it! :D

    ~ Yun

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    1. Aw, Yun, thank you so very much! ♥

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  15. those colors are perfect match, love it :D

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    1. I'm so glad you like 'em--thanks!! :D

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  16. I adore your Ikat design and the combination of colours is perfect! :-)

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    1. I really appreciate it, Tanja! Thank you!

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  17. Great job! The colour combo is perfect!

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  18. I don't get Ikat, just kinda looks like fuzzy eyes to me, but I do love the colors you chose!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! Haha, they *totally* look like hairy eyeballs to me too, but from arm's length, I just loved 'em.

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  19. Oh my goodness, this is so incredibly beautiful!

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