I've been wearing some simple plaid nails these past few days. I love the classic "lumberjack" red & black plaid, and I had an idea to create them a few weeks ago. My first attempt was kind of a fail, but I decided to give them another go, and I'm really happy with them this time!
I only used two polishes for this design, and no nail art brushes or tape, so these were very quick to do. The black is one of my favourites (a-England Camelot), which is super opaque, but what made this plaid work so well is the use of a red jelly (I used Essie Fishnet Stockings).
To create the plaid, I started with just one coat of red. This design is all about layering, so the base doesn't have to be perfect. Using the black I made a grid (two vertical lines, three horizontal), then with another layer of red I painted vertical and horizontal lines overlapping some of the black areas so they would appear faded, just like you would see on a plaid shirt.