Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ikat Heart

Salutations, polished friends! I'm at home right now, enjoying time with the family, eating home-cooked meals, cuddling with the dog, lounging in pyjamas, etc etc. Little work is being done but it can wait. I hope you've treated yourself to some relaxation this weekend too :)

I realized that there have been a lot of nail trends in the past year that I totally missed the boat on. There are so many designs that I have to try so here's yet another popular pattern that's new to me: ikat print (pronounced ee-kat, not i-kat, apparently). This is actually the easiest design ever. I gave myself a good hour and a half before dinner to do these but they took only 20 minutes, tops. 

To start I used American Apparel California Trooper. I used a white striping polish to paint the ikat print. I removed most of the excess polish and used quick, short, light strokes. Then I used a striping polish and American Apparel The Valley and American Apparel Rose Bowl to paint the rest of the ikat print using the same technique.

Do you like the ikat trend? Personally, I like the simplicity but I'm not entirely sold on the look yet. Also, these were so hard to photograph! I kept thinking that I was getting blurry photos but really the ikat print just isn't crisp at all! :P Link or tweet me your ikat nails! (@preciouspolish)



  1. Brittney, you did a great job with these! Ikat is swiftly working its way up my to-do list too. Love the colours you picked for it, and the heart is such a cute idea!

  2. Yun, The Polish Hideout20 January 2013 at 20:53

    This looks great! Haha I can see how this might be hard to photograph. :-)
    It's great to hear that you're having a relaxing weekend! <3

    ~ YUn

  3. Pretty! I like your thumb nail hehe

  4. A Girl and Her Polish20 January 2013 at 21:47

    I really need to try this! I love the heart on your thumb!

  5. I love your color choice! American Apparel poloshes are terrific. I did some ikat heart nails last year for valentine's day.

  6. Wow, I love your nails! Thanks so much for sharing!