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7 Common Diamond Painting Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

January 10, 2020 3 min read 70 Comments

Raise your hand if you've ever made a mistake when Diamond Painting ✋

Maybe your fur baby managed to roll all over your canvas. Perhaps you removed the entire cover all at once and your glue dried. Whatever the case may be, IT'S OKAY - we're only human. 

So with this in mind, here are the 7 most common Diamond Painting mistakes that people make, and how to avoid them. Learn from other people's mistakes so you don't make them too!

7. Not Wiping Your Painting Down Before You Seal It

Before you go to seal your finished canvas, make sure to use a wet wipe or moist towel to give your painting a good once-over. Remove any dust or dirt before applying sealant, or you may get unsightly dust clumps (image credit: Sue Small)

6. Allowing Fur Babies (Too) Close To Your Canvas

We have absolutely nothing against Diamond Painting with your fur babies keeping you company. But make sure they don't make a quick jump onto an exposed sticky area of your canvas, or you'll have to spend time de-furring your canvas (image credit: Sue Small).

PRO TIP: To remove hair, paper, etc. from your canvas, wipe down the affected area with a wet wipe or moist towelette. 

5. Keeping Food & Drinks In Your Workspace 

It's perfectly fine to have a snack when you Paint With Diamonds - lord knows I do! Just make sure to keep your workspace clear to avoid spilling any food or drinks on your canvas (image: Amber Lowrie).

PRO TIP: To remove small amount of liquid, just use a blow dryer on low heat to dry your canvas right up! If there are any spots that aren't sticky, just dab a touch of fabric glue on the area.  

4. Not Closing Diamond Containers While Working 

After you're done pouring out your diamonds, always close your diamond vials and storage containers! Avoid nasty diamond piles sticking to your canvas. 

3. Resting Your Arm On Your Canvas 

Have you ever found yourself unpeeling your forearm from your canvas? Lyndsey Hymes shares her tip for avoiding this sticky situation: "I took a section of parchment paper big enough for the side of my hand and laid it down so my hand doesn't stick to the canvas and move as needed ... works like a charm!" 

2. Placing Diamonds On The Wrong Symbol  

When you're in a groove, it may be a while before you take a step back and realize an entire area has the wrong color diamonds in it. The horror!

One way to avoid this mistake - when you turn a large painting upside-down to work on it, remember to also turn your sorter upside down to so you don't mix up similar symbols - like your 6s and 9s! (image: Cheryl Hope). 

1. Removing The Entire Cover Paper All At Once

Of course it may be tempting to peel back the entire canvas cover to reveal the design hiding beneath. However, doing so will expose your canvas adhesive to stuff like animal fur, dust, or dirt, resulting in diamonds not sticking properly. Areas of your canvas may also dry out before you can even get to them! 

To avoid this, we recommend removing the cover and working on your painting in rectangular sections. You also get a nice sense of satisfaction when each section is completed.  

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What did you think of our mistakes? Have you made any of these yourself? Any wise tips for your fellow Diamond Painters? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Oh, and btw - if you ever make a mistake and you bought your kit from Paint With Diamonds, feel free to take advantage of our Oh Sh*t Insurance - free with every order! 


70 Responses

Kathie Mecham
Kathie Mecham

April 17, 2020

Thank you so much for this info. The three major problems I had before requesting this info. #1. I tried to do all the same color drills at once, instead of doing a rectangle. The film that covered the picture was like cellophane and I couldn’t see where I had already cut it to access the drills under other areas. Now I know to do a corner at a time.
#2. After I had put so many cuts in the clear covering, it just fell apart. I thought, I’ll use wax paper. Good idea, but the wax melted on my picture and made the paper stick. Now I know to use parchment paper, and use a damp cloth to get the wax paper remnants off.
#3. I had areas where the glue on the mat would not stick . I purchased a pin tip glue at JoAnns and just added a very small amount of glue to the canvas. The drills did fine after that.
I’m sure I will have other problems before I get this first one done, but I will be checking back here daily! Thanks Again for all of your help.

Patricia Fedele
Patricia Fedele

April 17, 2020

Some t imes Addy decides she wants to sit right in the middle of the picture as I work./////?

Carol
Carol

April 04, 2020

I want to comment on 2 items mentioned. The first is the sticky area around the picture itself. Put a strip of tape around the edges of the picture, lifting 1 side at a time of the paper cover. Works easier than nail polish. The second is sealing the picture. I have found through Amazon, inexpensive wood frames. I have done about a dozen pictures. The picture sizes are odd , for example, 7 1/2 × 11 1/2. I buy an 8×12 and color the edge of the finished picture with black. It fits right in the frame with no white showing. The picture is shiny through the glass. Non-glare glass or plastic does not do the finished product justice.

Evelyn. Cabral
Evelyn. Cabral

April 01, 2020

On the stickeness of the sides and top and bottom. They do get kind of dirty looking. I use liquid white out to make it blend in before framing

Evelyn. Cabral
Evelyn. Cabral

April 02, 2020

On the stickeness of the sides and top and bottom. They do get kind of dirty looking. I use liquid white out to make it blend in before framing

jane Starr
jane Starr

April 02, 2020

I also have done a lot of Painting with Diamonds. For the line around the project that is sticky, I bought a roll of narrow (1/4") tape to put over this sticky area to keep my hand from sticking to it. Works like a charm!

SHIRLEY
SHIRLEY

April 02, 2020

just done my first one, lot of mistakes but biggest one was looking at the first row of numbers. once I taped it off it went a whole lot better. I used the middle row which are the symbols and the third row which is the drill/diamond number.

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April 17, 2020

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April 17, 2020

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jackie
jackie

March 03, 2020

I have done a lot of diamond paintings. I agree with Joann about flattening your painting pull back one corner of the cover ,put it back down. Next corner repeat. Do all corners and its flat. now the wrinkles are from the glue. i have taken the bottom if my pen and smooth that glue back down , just were its crested , it helps keep the diamonds from popping up there. Another tip i have run into a lot , keep your extra diamonds. i keep mine in little tiny bags . I have had companys not send a color or i run out of a color ,and they say they will send you some more. they dont. Its maddening.

Sunni
Sunni

January 26, 2020

I have used Spraynet to seal painting and to stick diamonds when no glue ie on edges!
Has worked so far and framed under glass protection is the best!

Cherie
Cherie

January 26, 2020

Thank for let me know if happen what do next..
I finish 2 diamond art so far and what do after finish what use..? And where I can find frame fit that size??

Bambi
Bambi

January 26, 2020

I did a Cinderellas castle to go with my Disney kitchen. I polyurethaned it to my kitchen island an it turned out beautiful.

Bambi
Bambi

January 26, 2020

I love doing these. I did a large Cinderella’s castle to go with my Disney kitchen. I polyurethaned it to my island an it looks be

Carol
Carol

January 26, 2020

Which do you prefer- round or square, and why?

Jiffy Naumann
Jiffy Naumann

January 26, 2020

I have probably done a dozen pictures and of course I have made some of these mistakes. The worst mistake I made was when peeling the protective cover off, I went down to far and pulled up the tacky covering with the pattern on it. It totally ruined the picture and I had to re-order. A word to the wise, if you have long finger nails be very careful the first time you pull off the white covering.

Christie
Christie

January 26, 2020

I use the spray Mod Podge so seal my pictures. I’m sure the brush on would work. The spray is just easier.

Mary Bragg
Mary Bragg

January 26, 2020

https://paintwithdiamonds.com/blogs/pwd-insider/how-to-seal-your-diamond-painting That gives you the instructions

Beverly Burton
Beverly Burton

January 26, 2020

I have done about 10 of these now and all I use to “seal” them is CLEAR ELMER’S GLUE. I pour a glob of glue in the center and then take a diamond pen with a long end on it and that is what I use to spread the glue around. Once I make sure the whole picture is covered with glue, then I put it under my t.v. for a couple of days. And if I am giving it away to someone, I tell them that it’s covered with glue and try not to hang or put it in a place where the sun or heat is going to be right on it. Hope this helps.

Wendy Ugursay
Wendy Ugursay

January 26, 2020

Hi could you please tell me what sealant I can use as I have done quite a few and have never sealed them , I am doing a painting at the moment where the diamonds a popping up and I’m hoping to be able to seal this one to prevent this happening when I’m finished.

Wendy Ugursay
Wendy Ugursay

January 26, 2020

Hi could you please tell me what sealant I can use as I have done quite a few and have never sealed them , I am doing a painting at the moment where the diamonds a popping up and I’m hoping to be able to seal this one to prevent this happening when I’m finished.

Nicole
Nicole

January 16, 2020

If you can, buy a floor mat if you work on a carpet. This can be a nice non-slip one for only about $10 at most office stores. Then go to a craft store and buy a round of thick trim edging, soft and flexible. It can be any shape, or make it decorative to match, just make sure its three diamonds tall. Glue the edges of the mat, but leave a space in the back in the middle the has a taped piece of edging or even sticky tack it on, just removable and the tape/tack removable. The space should be about an inch to two inches max. If you spill or knock the diamonds from the table, most will fall on the mat if the mat covers your area and about 10-15 inches on the sides. Pull the taped/tacked piece off along with what holds it down and move your chair. Simply roll the mat up from both sides. The diamonds will fall to the center as you roll, and then tilt the mat so they fall safely to the storage container from the open space. The mat will roll with flexible trim back up for storage, and you won’t need to vacuum each time you use it. It also then could go with you if you paint on the go. It works if you have carpet, textured carpet, or even wood and laminate. It saves you from picking crumbs, pet fur, or dust bunnies out when a spill happens too.

Deanna Rey
Deanna Rey

January 16, 2020

All these are on point!

One thing I would address is the adhesive between the design and the fabric canvas. There is a strip of tape that does not have a design but is still sticky. If it is not taken care of, it tends to collect dust and dirt – and it creates a brown gross frame around the design.

One thing I do is use white nail polish to paint over the adhesive. That way the new color of the adhesive strip blends in with the white fabric canvas, and it looks classy.

Maggie Howington
Maggie Howington

January 16, 2020

What sealant are you talking about-I do not think I had anything in my set to seal the finished product-I did the Blue Owl. Please let me know.

Chloe Ross
Chloe Ross

January 16, 2020

Hello, how do I know what will be the correct size for a photo because I have done pictures of these before and it didn’t come out detailed , it just looked pixelated

Sarah O'Brien
Sarah O'Brien

January 16, 2020

I have a light tip but its sealed at both ends. So im wondering how i go about using it?

Thiry kassuba
Thiry kassuba

January 16, 2020

HUMOR: I never make mistakes! I thot I did once, but i was wrong…

Susan Wambolt
Susan Wambolt

January 16, 2020

What should i use to seal my canvas

Christine McCarthy
Christine McCarthy

January 16, 2020

I found this information very interesting. As I didn’t know some of them. Thanks

Feye Bartholomay
Feye Bartholomay

January 16, 2020

Thanks for all the great tips!!!

Doreen -Allen
Doreen -Allen

January 16, 2020

Brilliant tips thanks 👍

Jane McFadgen
Jane McFadgen

January 16, 2020

Hello, First. I’d like to say that painting with diamonds is very addicting. I was read some where that you need to be sure to wipe the painting before you seal it, what do you seal them with. Thanks so much! Jane

Micki Nixon
Micki Nixon

January 16, 2020

When I start my painting DId only pull enough paper up so hand & air fuzziness don’t stick to canvas.

Brenda
Brenda

January 16, 2020

I read all of the comments about a light under the painting I am using my cricut light and it works so well

Kathy
Kathy

January 16, 2020

As I read your tips, I laugh since I have had a couple of the hazards you describe, not too bad; but the tips make perfect sense!

Sheila Allen
Sheila Allen

January 16, 2020

How do you seal your painting when finished? Is there a special thing you use

Tara L Monette
Tara L Monette

January 16, 2020

I did an “oh, s$!t” and forgot about the insurance! I don’t have the order date or number… that should also be on the list-
Keep all correspondence!

Mary Henderson
Mary Henderson

January 16, 2020

What brand fabric glue is used to repair non sticky areas? Also, what is used and how does one use it to seal finished paintings? A video would be most helpful!!

Darhl Simkin
Darhl Simkin

January 16, 2020

I’ve made many mistakes, but I’ve been able to correct it before panic set in. Thanks for the tips

Bess
Bess

January 16, 2020

Be very careful when you have a ceiling fan on under your work. My directions flew into my DP

Shelley Harris
Shelley Harris

January 16, 2020

Didn’t know you were suppose to seal picture. What do I use?

Jan Xinaris
Jan Xinaris

January 16, 2020

I cut my large cover sheet into three strips, peeling back a section at a time. When that section is complete, I use that strip to rest my arm for the rest. Also, , my light pad has been the best thing ever, much easier to place with precision.

samantha
samantha

January 16, 2020

I really enjoyed reading what can go wrong whilst diamond painting.
I found the article very interesting to say the least.
Thank you for the tips.

Tegan S Cheney
Tegan S Cheney

January 16, 2020

I love that you’ve posted these… I personally haven’t done most of these but I certainly can relate to some… good luck to us all

Carolyn Powell
Carolyn Powell

January 16, 2020

Instead of having a full cover sheet on the picture, have strips to uncover portions of picture.

Raylene Rosse
Raylene Rosse

January 16, 2020

I was never told to seal my paint by diamonds what do I use

Christina Whitehurst
Christina Whitehurst

January 16, 2020

Thank you so much for the information it was very helpful. I too was making same mistake like completely removing the whole canvas. Thanks again

Robyn Scott
Robyn Scott

January 16, 2020

Has anyone received a diamond painting in the mail that has been a bit scrunched making the painting creased & not sticking in many places?
This makes it very very hard to read the symbols on the painting. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to fix this?
I have tried flattening the painting under books but that doesn’t work. Where the creases are just won’t flatten.
I have managed to finish these paintings, but not without a lot of stress.

Has anyone else had this problem & is there an easy fix to this?

LeAnne
LeAnne

January 16, 2020

Thank you for the warnings!!

Robyn Scott
Robyn Scott

January 16, 2020

Is there any glue you can buy when the diamentes don’t stick very well? I have had a few paintings that I have worked on that several of the diamentes keep falling out before the painting is finished & even after.
I have done many many of these paintings & only ever pull the cover back in small sections at a time to keep dust from settling on the glued surface & NEVER leave that area exposed when not working on it. I ALWAYS recover when not working on my paintings.
Also, what do you use to seal your paintings when finished?

Sima
Sima

January 16, 2020

Never heard about sealing ready picture and about sealant.

Margaret
Margaret

January 16, 2020

Hi
I got one of your kits as a Christmas present and sure enough I did put diamonds on wrong symbol
It still came out beautiful and I will definitely be ordering some items for myself
This is so addicting

Kristyne Stephens
Kristyne Stephens

January 16, 2020

I have pets so my finished area gets hairy while I’m working on the other areas. I’ve found using a toothbrush to very gently clean it off before sealing works great, and it makes everything sparkle again. But be very gentle or your diamonds will pop off.

Joy Saker
Joy Saker

January 16, 2020

some canvases come with an A4 page of instructions such as the colour code in a large font. My mistake was to let this touch the glue – instant ruin. I now keep this in a plastic sleeve so those pesky paper fibres cannot bond with the glue.

Lucy
Lucy

January 16, 2020

What do you use to seal your painting after it’s done?

Lori Smalley
Lori Smalley

January 16, 2020

I took a picture of my dogs to have a painting made of them. When I took the picture the sun was shining on half of it, therefore the colors of half of the painting and one of the dogs turned out much different than it was supposed to be. It ruined the whole look of my beautiful picture.

Sharon morgan
Sharon morgan

January 16, 2020

You mentioned a sealant for finished painting is there something like that available and how much is it

Shirley nauman
Shirley nauman

January 16, 2020

What should I seal me finished picture with

Sheryl White
Sheryl White

January 16, 2020

This tips are very helpful i will be using a couple myself thank you

R C
R C

January 16, 2020

I was having trouble with pulling back the paper then it getting in the way. To fix this I got a X-Acto knife and I cut the paper so I can pull up only the section I want to work on. Be warned don’t push to hard on the knife or you might cut your canvas.

Coni Smyth
Coni Smyth

January 16, 2020

Glad I read this before I started on my first one !!
I wish the kits included directions ! I was afraid of starting, but after reading this I’m more confident. Thank you !

Denice Lincicome
Denice Lincicome

January 16, 2020

I haven’t started mine yet, but you have given me a lot to think about as I start doing it. So I don’t make those mistakes. Thank you

Angel
Angel

January 16, 2020

It would be nice to have some pre-cut strips to peel off instead of one solid sheet, especially for larges pieces.

Diana
Diana

January 16, 2020

Thank you so much for the reminders

Bridget Bailey
Bridget Bailey

January 16, 2020

These were VERY helpful!! Thanks for sharing!

Socorro Garcia
Socorro Garcia

January 16, 2020

Nice tips, I will be sure not to make any

Andrea Lycett
Andrea Lycett

January 16, 2020

I’m working on my second kit, and I love it. My question is: what kind of sealant should I use on my finished project? I haven’t gotten a frame for my first one yet, but since I just read #7 about a sealant, I’m going to hold off on getting a frame. Please let me know what I should put on my picture.
Thank you…… Andrea Lycett

joyce Lovato
joyce Lovato

January 16, 2020

Thank you for the tips. So far I haven’t made these mistakes but tomorrow is another day. Now that I know these tips maybe I will be smart enought to use them.

Nancy Sturman
Nancy Sturman

January 16, 2020

I agree with all of them but the last. I have been careful about the others but I personally do not do place the diamonds in sections. I do it by letter or symbol. Have not had any issues with them sticking even I am doing it this way. But either way sounds good! Whatever works for you! I did find
some of my dog’s fur on them even though he is not too close. I also use a lighted magnifying glass while doing mine!

Joann
Joann

January 16, 2020

I totally agree with 1 to 6 but #7 I don’t agree The way to flatten the canvas is to peel the cover in quarters one at a time them replace and go to the next corner uncover & close back this flattens the canvas your instructions of placing books on top is ineffective. Try it. :)

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