Hey ladies (and gents!)
The theme for today's challenge is Blue.
I wasn't sure what to do for blue, there was nothing standing out, and so I sat down with my polishes and somehow decided to start painting an ikat print.
What is ikat? I don't really know. It's pretty hard to describe, and the name is weird, but it sure is a cute print!
Ikat is kinda leopard-print-like sometimes, kinda feathery maybe, kinda tribal... I don't know! It's a bunch of things and can be interpreted a lot of different ways.
I did mine kinda messy and feathery, with lots of colors marbled together and then outlined with black.
Here's a super closeup to try and show off all the colors hiding in the spots! And you can also see how I did this sort of brushstroke-y.
My thumb turned out to be my favorite!
Here are all the colors that came together to make this manicure:
Deborah Lippmann - On The Beach is the base color. I adore this shade! It is kinda jelly-like and takes 3 coats to cover, but the formula is wonderful so it is not a problem. So happy I got this color!
The spots were made with a bunch of strokes of different colors that I overlapped and mixed together for a marbley, feathered look. The colors are:
China Glaze - Dance Baby
Essence - Oh My Glitter!
China Glaze - Something Sweet
Essie - Turquoise & Caicos
For the black, I used Color Club - Where's The Soiree?.
To get the feathered/brushstroke look, I used a very small brush that was pretty stiff to create small lines. I used very little polish at a time so the lines wouldn't come out thick or totally opaque.
Hilariously, my good friend Kayla Shevonne did ikat print for her blue day as well. We are doing the challenge together, but we aren't discussing our manicures beforehand. And this is the second time we've done something extremely similar! (My apples vs. her oranges.)
We have decided to continue to not discuss our ideas to see if we are telepathically connected and come up with any more similar manicures. Haha!
What do you guys think of the ikat print? Do you think it is cute or a bit too abstract?
I know I'm loving it!