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6 Fun Diamond Painting Techniques

February 03, 2021 3 min read 19 Comments

6 Fun Diamond Painting Techniques

When it comes to Diamond Painting, placement technique is the one area where you can really add a splash of creativity. Despite what anyone tells you, there's no right or wrong way to place a diamond!

Maybe you prefer going color by color. Or you're the type to roll row by row with a Great Big Diamond Wheel. Either way, there's no right or wrong answer. Here's our ranking of our 6 favorite Diamond Painting techniques.

6. Color By Color

Color By Color Diamond Painting

It may not be the most organized approach, but it's definitely the most straightforward! Pick a single color / character and work your way across a small uncovered area of the canvas.

Diamond By Diamond Technique

This technique is super satisfying as you fill in gaps and watch your Diamond Painting come to life. Don't peel back too much of the canvas covering all at once or the adhesive may dry out between sessions!

5. Organized Diamond Chaos


Natalie Henderson‎ says, "One of the strategies I use to help it go a little bit faster is to have several different color drills in my trays at once. I can get a lot of the canvas covered as I move across the strip."

It's kind of a riff on the Color By Color method, but with more chaos thrown in. Just be sure not to drop the trays! But if you do, you can always claim Oh Sh*t Insurance ;)

4. Tweezers

Tweezers With Partial Drill Diamond Painting

While every Diamond Painting Kit comes with both a Diamond Pen and a set of tweezers, many people prefer the pen. The tweezers are definitely not for everyone, but the precision of the motion is like layering a little game of "Operation" onto the process!

Tweezers Diamond Painting

Tweezers are ideal if you're working with a Partial Drill kit or one with special diamonds. The tweezers help you clamp onto the diamond easily regardless of its shape. 

3. Great Big Diamond Wheel™

This method is a bit advanced, and may take a bit of maneuvering, but it really speeds things up once you get rolling! Use the Paint With Diamonds Great Big Diamond Wheel to apply dozens of diamonds in a single go. 

Make sure to line up your roller perfectly before you start, or your row may be ever so slightly off! It may take a bit of practice, but this method is a huge time-saver.

2. Row By Row / Multi-Placer

Row By Row Diamond Painting

For a lot of people, the "aha" moment of flipping over your Diamond Pen and using the Multi-Placer tool comes way too late. But once you've enjoyed the splendors of going row by row, there's no turning back.

1. The Checkerboard

Checkerboard Diamond Painting Technique

"Checkerboarding" refers to the process of first filling in every other square in a section of your Diamond Painting, then going back and filling in the gaps. The process works ideally with large areas containing a single color.

Checkerboarding Diamond Painting

With Checkerboarding, your second approach to fill in the empty spaces is super satisfying, because each and every diamond "snaps" into place. You also don't have to worry about keeping your rows straight - things just tend to straighten themselves out!

What's Your Favorite Technique?

Which one of the techniques do you prefer using? Or maybe you have a special technique that only you know about? Let the world know in the comments below, or join the chat in the Paint With Diamonds Facebook Support Group!


19 Responses

Diane
Diane

February 24, 2021

The custom painting is much sticker and hard to wwork with. Any ideas

lynne collins
lynne collins

February 24, 2021

Is there a spray product for the diamond art when finished the project.

Vickie
Vickie

February 09, 2021

Thank you Sophia Lewis for the answer to the straight lined tray, it works. One other thing please: Does anyone have a problem with the light/white colors of the diamonds not coming anywhere near the picture that was ordered? I have gray snow, not white as shown in the photo, and have had two other canvass’s almost as bad.
Thanks.

sophia lewis
sophia lewis

February 09, 2021

hi NAOMI ANDERSON how you line the drills like in the photo gently shake the tray side to side not back and forth and mybe you need to put more diomands in the tray

MYRA
MYRA

February 09, 2021

THERE IS NO WHEEL WITH THE KIT I FINALLY RECEIVED. AND THERE ARE TWO TOOLS WITH NO EXPLANATION, AND DO NOT SEE ON THIS SITE.

Vickie Bershaw
Vickie Bershaw

February 09, 2021

My keeping-it-fun-filling-a-large-field-of-one-color is by making geometric/abstract designs all over; have done the alphabet and some numbers; the designing it as I go is as much fun as filling in the areas. I also would like to know how to line up the tray with the diamonds and how to get them all upright. Thanks.

Gay Block
Gay Block

February 05, 2021

thanks, every bit adds more fun to this new addictive hobby; I am so glad
I have had PWD during this shut in time! thank you!

Jacqueline Parker
Jacqueline Parker

February 05, 2021

I want to know how you get your diamonds lined up in the tray as shown. My diamonds don’t line up like that and almost as many are upside down as the right way up. What am I doing wrong.

CAROL
CAROL

February 05, 2021

I AM TOTALLY HOOKED ON DIAMND PAINTING! LOVE ALL THE TECHNIQUES. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY MOVING THE TAPE THAT WAS MENTIONED ON #5? THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT INSPIRATION. CAROL

Brenda Lee Kelly
Brenda Lee Kelly

February 05, 2021

Good morning,
Could you tell me when the painting dotz is finished, do you apply a spray or glue on the diamonds.
There is nothing that advised.
i tried Glue on one of them, but I don’t like the finish
REgards,

Pamela
Pamela

February 05, 2021

I use the checkerboard technique to complete a canvas. I find the diamonds actually sit straighter.
I love doing PWD!

richard A klemm
richard A klemm

February 05, 2021

Where do you get that Diamond Wheel — until now I have never heard of it !!

Sauce
Sauce

February 05, 2021

would it be possible to show different glue tips “slowly?” Working with the pen is tedious at best, and I am not familiar with how to work with the pink square of glue. also, any tips on how to open the glue pen to refill it. It looks like it has glue, but won’t project forward. It is such a slow process. Why do all your samples have it on “SPEED PLAY?”

Kathy Keffer
Kathy Keffer

February 05, 2021

This my first one. I just started going from right to left so I cover the sticky part. Do you have to put some kind of finish on when you are done? Would love any suggestions someone might have. I love doing it!!!!!!!

Lisa Strom
Lisa Strom

February 05, 2021

I have more than one technique. I like to use the checkerboard with large areas of same color and square drills. I use the color by color method most of the time. However, I’m going to try the organized chaos on my next project as it has a lot colors. Thanks for sharing❣️

Janice Domke
Janice Domke

February 05, 2021

I didn’t know there was a Diamond Wheel!!! WOW!!!

Naomi Anderson
Naomi Anderson

February 05, 2021

How do you get the drill lined up in your tray face up? There are very few that line up.

Susan
Susan

February 05, 2021

I use the checkerboard system. It seems to work best for me

karen davis
karen davis

February 05, 2021

how much is the great big diamond wheel & where do I get one?
thanks

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