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Pictures and Photos of Nail Designs

Updated on August 4, 2015
Cute ideas for painting designs on your nails. Cupcake nails, watermelon nails and even newspaper transfer nails! DIY.
Cute ideas for painting designs on your nails. Cupcake nails, watermelon nails and even newspaper transfer nails! DIY. | Source

Cupcake nails, butterfly designs, oh my!

Being an artist, one of the things I love doing is looking at pictures of nail designs. In my opinion, artistic nail design is an art all onto itself. Not only is it an art, but a difficult art in my mind because of how small the "canvas" is. Sort of like painting on a miniature canvas, right? Not only that but the canvas in curved and not square!

I became fascinated with nail art over 10 years ago when I received my first nail design with a pedicure. It was something simple - just a flower with a diamond in it but I couldn't stop staring at my big toe. At the time I was taking karate, and just seeing my flashy little toe flower made me smile!

Ahhh, art can do wonders for the soul, can't it? Even art on our fingers and toes!

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Cute Cupcake Nail Art

Adorable Bazooka gum painted nails!
Adorable Bazooka gum painted nails! | Source

To do or not to do yourself?

While I do have to admit I have absolutely nothing on my nails right now, these pictures of some new nail designs have lured me into trying some creative nail art in the very near future. It does help that I'm an artist and can do some of these nails myself, but I think some of the designs even a novice could do (like the newspaper nails, the step by step directions for that seem pretty self explanatory) The newspaper nails would be super cute for a writer or artist. They would also be great to use as a logo for a female writers business card (hmm.. maybe an idea for my next business card design?)

Some of the designs here I would not attempt myself but instead will print out a picture of the nail design and take it down to my local manicurist. I have found that nail art is surprisingly inexpensive given the delicacy of the art and the fine work involved. For myself it is difficult working on such a small area so I give these nail artists a lot of credit for the detailed work they do. I hope you have enjoyed the pictures of nail art designs. If you have any other interesting ideas let me know in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. To see other artistic things she likes you can check out her Pinterest "artistic things" board and also visit her at her website www.dorsidiaz.com where she has more of her own art, photography and designs. Thanks again for reading!)

Pretty nail design art

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I love this color - these looked airbrushed. Pretty nail designs!
I love this color - these looked airbrushed. Pretty nail designs!
I love this color - these looked airbrushed. Pretty nail designs! | Source

Newspaper Nail Art

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @ExoticHippieQueen) Yes I like them all but the butterfly ones are def one of my favs!

    @Anna) Hi Anna thanks for coming by to read and glad you enjoyed the hub. I'll have to stop by and check out your blog.

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    Anna Kathleen 5 years ago

    I loved this hub! I generally paint my nails a neutral hue, but I've been wanting to spice things up; I mean, it is summer! Your hub inspired me to attempt the rainbow pastel with dots designt. Thanks! Follow my hub at http://anna-kathleen.blogspot.com/ :)

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    ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

    The cupcakes and butterflies are over the top! Enjoyed this!,

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Hi Joanette) I like that one a lot too.

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    Joanette93 5 years ago from nairobi kenya

    The newspaper one is just awesome.i have to try it

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thank you HandGun and Eileen! Glad you enjoyed them as much as I did.

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    Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

    Love, love, love these - great hub!

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    HandGun 5 years ago from Here Taking Over

    Nice nail tip's!!! super cute! I always do my own nails so thank you...

    HandGun (GunFireRed)

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @zubair) Thank you!

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    zubair789 5 years ago

    beautiful nails,i like it

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Diane) Maybe you can have a artsy friend help you?

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    Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

    I wish I could figure out how to do the watermelon ones, I was working in the kitchen and nicked my thumbnail, wish I had the talent for your nail pictures to turn out like that!! Fun to look at!

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Diane) Yes THAT would have been a mess!

    @zubair) Thanks!

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    zubair789 5 years ago

    i like the design of nails.

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    Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

    I love these pictures of nails. I am doing mine at the moment and just almost spilled by bright fushia all over the carpet. Thank goodness I was able to grab it before it hit the floor. Jeepers....

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Border) Thanks for reading. I think you nail techs are awesome for what you do! Such fine detailed work on such a small area.

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    BorderLineLady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Super Cool Dorsi! I am also a licensed nail tech, although, lol, I love art too, I am not that great at coming up with my own design ideas.. very cute! I love it!

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @bella) Glad they enjoyed it and thanks!

    @Diane) I think you could try the newspaper nails even with short nails? I think that one is so unique!

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    Diane Minton 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

    Nice I would love to take time to do this to my nails, Lately though they are breaking off and I have had to file them shorter...I hate doing that!! I will try your ideas when I get mine longer again!!

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    bellahurst 5 years ago from Australia

    Amazing nails art ideas, my daughters love this hub. Keep up the good work! Really, thanks for sharing.

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Jessi) Thank you so much!! These are so fun, aren't they? Glad you enjoyed them too.

    @Emeraldgreen) Yes that cupcake design is cute - and I have to try the newspaper design for sure!

    @Thunder) Glad you enjoyed them too. I think I'm going to be hunting for some more unusual ones soon - they are so much fun.

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    Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

    Amazing nails! I love the idea of art extending to every part of your body. My daughters will go gaga for the frosting tip ones. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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    Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

    There are some amazing nail art ideas here. I can see myself trying that cupcake manicure sometime soon! Voted up and beautiful.

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    Jessica Rangel 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

    I LOVED THIS HUB! It was amazing!! I am always on the lookout for nail designs ever since my mother gave me my very first manicure.. I just love all of the things that you can do with your nails, and how they look right afterwards! Voted up! and SHARING!