Designed by pet owners for pet owners, animal nail designs offer a playful and creative alternative to the typical design trend of a pet’s pet nail art.
Animal nail design is a relatively new trend that can be found in dog and cat circles, but has also been popular in the pet-focused jewelry industry.
The term animal nail art originated from an image of a lioness holding a pair of petal-shaped nails.
Animal nails have also been used in many other creative designs, such as on the body of a dog or cat.
There are currently more than 1,000 animal nail artists across Canada.
There is also an Animal Fashion and Arts Design Association that helps facilitate animal nail artist training and certification.
“This is a great way to show your appreciation to your pet for their hard work and dedication,” said Lori Loughlin, a pet nail artist in Ottawa.
“They’ve done so much to bring about change for our animals.
They are beautiful animals, and they deserve to be celebrated.”
Loughton’s business partner, Stephanie Loughin, also says it is a very fun way to express your appreciation for animals.
“It’s not really about art, it’s about expressing your appreciation,” she said.
“The only thing that is going to help your pet is love and support.”
Laughlin said animal nail arts can be created for dogs and cats, too.
Laughlin says the design process starts with finding a design for a pet.
“I usually start with the picture of a cat or a dog, or some cat or dog, and then I do some basic drawings to see what kind of nails or designs I want to use,” she explained.
“If I have a cat, I will do the same.
If I have an animal, I like to do things like I did with the cat and I will use a lot of shapes and colors.
I will draw the eyes or the nose and I do the ears and the tail.”
Licking up the design from her computer, Laughlin adds, “It really does take some time, but it’s something that we can do.”
Laugher said the animal nail designers are often looking for designs that are fun, creative and appealing.
“We’re not looking for a fancy design.
It’s not like the designers are trying to sell their designs or anything,” she added.
“You can see from the pictures that they are very happy with their work.”
The process of designing an animal nail involves the following steps: Finding a photo of a different species to choose from Finding the appropriate type of nail for that species Designing a design that will appeal to the pet owner and be visually appealing to their pet Illustrating a cat paw, for example, using a cartoon cat design that looks similar to the real animal nail that the owner has chosen Laying down a design on a piece of paper using a pen or pencil, the designer will then sketch the design on paper or glue it onto the pet’s nail using a nail glue gun.
The designer will create the design by hand, using an ink marker or drawing tool to create the shapes and lines that will make up the nail design.
After the design is created, the design will be sent to the animal designer to receive her approval.
Lauger said she can be a little overwhelmed with the amount of work that it takes to create an animal design, but she’s grateful for the support of her clients.
“Every design is different, so the client has to give it a shot, too,” she noted.
“But they love it.”
Laughing at the success of Laughlin’s business, Loughins sister-in-law, Heather Lough, also said it was a great feeling to know that her sister- in-law is taking pride in her work.
“She does so much for animals and it’s a great job that she does,” said Loughs sister-inelaw, Katie Lough.
“And it’s great to know her, so I’m really proud.”
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