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! 

Comments

  • Mary Bragg said:

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

    January 26, 2020

  • Beverly Burton said:

    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.

    January 26, 2020

  • Wendy Ugursay said:

    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.

    January 26, 2020

  • Wendy Ugursay said:

    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.

    January 26, 2020

  • Nicole said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Deanna Rey said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Maggie Howington said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Chloe Ross said:

    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

    January 16, 2020

  • Sarah O'Brien said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Thiry kassuba said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Susan Wambolt said:

    What should i use to seal my canvas

    January 16, 2020

  • Christine McCarthy said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Feye Bartholomay said:

    Thanks for all the great tips!!!

    January 16, 2020

  • Doreen -Allen said:

    Brilliant tips thanks 👍

    January 16, 2020

  • Jane McFadgen said:

    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

    January 16, 2020

  • Micki Nixon said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Brenda said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Kathy said:

    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!

    January 16, 2020

  • Sheila Allen said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Tara L Monette said:

    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!

    January 16, 2020

  • Mary Henderson said:

    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!!

    January 16, 2020

  • Darhl Simkin said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Bess said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Shelley Harris said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Jan Xinaris said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • samantha said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Tegan S Cheney said:

    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

    January 16, 2020

  • Carolyn Powell said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Raylene Rosse said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Christina Whitehurst said:

    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

    January 16, 2020

  • Robyn Scott said:

    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?

    January 16, 2020

  • LeAnne said:

    Thank you for the warnings!!

    January 16, 2020

  • Robyn Scott said:

    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?

    January 16, 2020

  • Sima said:

    Never heard about sealing ready picture and about sealant.

    January 16, 2020

  • Margaret said:

    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

    January 16, 2020

  • Kristyne Stephens said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Joy Saker said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Lucy said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Lori Smalley said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Sharon morgan said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Shirley nauman said:

    What should I seal me finished picture with

    January 16, 2020

  • Sheryl White said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • R C said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Coni Smyth said:

    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 !

    January 16, 2020

  • Denice Lincicome said:

    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

    January 16, 2020

  • Angel said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Diana said:

    Thank you so much for the reminders

    January 16, 2020

  • Bridget Bailey said:

    These were VERY helpful!! Thanks for sharing!

    January 16, 2020

  • Socorro Garcia said:

    Nice tips, I will be sure not to make any

    January 16, 2020

  • Andrea Lycett said:

    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

    January 16, 2020


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