• Kerstin Valencia

Ikat

Updated: Aug 6, 2019


It’s throwback time! I decided to recreate a design I did back in 2015 to see the progress I’ve had in 3 years! I expect there to be progress on almost every aspect, picture quality, hand pose, and, of course, the manicure. Let’s jump in and see the differences!

2018:


2015:


At first glance, I can see the noticeable difference in picture quality. The 2015 picture has bad lighting causing the color to be off. The overall picture quality has significantly changed because, then I was using a Canon PowerShot. Now I use a Nikon D3400 with a 18-55mm lens. Talk about an upgrade! 

Next, I notice my hand pose. My hand pose has been pretty much the same since I started my account, but at this point in 2015 I was trying all different poses to see which one I liked. This pose isn’t a bad pose; very simple, in line pose. The pose I do now is better for longer nails. 

Lastly, I notice the difference in the nail art. In the 2015 picture, you can tell that I was trying to be more controlled with the design so much that it almost looks like a stencil. An ikat design is very abstract, it is not meant to be prefect. In the 2018 picture you can see it looks a little messier, if you will, but looks closer to what an ikat print may look like. Now for how I recreated this design!

For this design, I used a small nail art brush and the following polish:

Pink: Color Club “Miss Bliss”

White: Sally Hansen “White On Time”

Black: Sinful Colors “Black On Black”

And of course my current favorite quick dry top coat “Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat" by SuperChic Lacquer. 

How To:

I started with a 2 coats of Color Club “Miss Bliss” followed by a quick dry top coat. I applied the top coat before the design to make sure that when I paint using the nail art brush it is smooth. Next, using the nail art brush and Sally Hansen “White On Time” I painted two offset triangles with the points almost next to each other in the middle of the nail. With very little polish on the brush, I flicked back and forth along the triangle. I repeated this step with the other polish making the triangle smaller each time. Finally I added a layer of quick dry top coat to seal it in.


Tell me what you think!



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