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.  


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! 


  • 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

  • joyce Lovato said:

    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.

    January 16, 2020

  • Nancy Sturman said:

    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!

    January 16, 2020

  • Joann said:

    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. :)

    January 16, 2020

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