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7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks You've Definitely Never Thought Of

December 08, 2019 2 min read 731 Comments

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks You've Definitely Never Thought Of

We LOVE diamond painting. There's absolutely nothing better than unboxing a new kit, prepping your canvas and tools, and spending countless hours putting diamonds to canvas to slowly reveal a masterpiece of your own making.

Fortunately, we're not alone in our addiction to this amazing new craft hobby! The passionate folks over at the official Paint With Diamonds Support Group are always sharing progress, tips, and tricks that make paint with diamonds lovers absolutely giddy! 

We've gone through hundreds of posts to find the best paint with diamonds tips and tricks. Read ahead for our favorites! 

7. Use egg cartons to organize your diamonds 

Raise chickens? Or did you just cook an omelette and use up all your eggs? Use the container to organize your diamonds! Courtesy of Niña Conklin. 

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

6. Tape or glue your diamonds next to their symbol on the canvas. 

Easily reference the diamonds you need at quick glance! Tip courtesy of Heidi Proctor and Angela Earley!

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

5. Use a marker to put the number or symbol on each diamond bag.  

If egg cartons aren't your style, simply sort the diamonds into the plastic Ziploc bags included in your kit. Then write the corresponding number or symbol on the outside of the bag. Tip thanks to Kelsey Kelso Bjork!

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

4. Use a cutting board as a flat surface for your canvas.

Can't find a good surface to use to complete your paint with diamonds? Just tape the canvas to a normal kitchen cutting board! Just wash it first ;). Thanks for the tip, Suzie Pini van Deurs!

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

3. Use a multi-diamond applicator tool to speed up the process!

Don't be afraid to pick up more than one diamond at a time! Most of our kits come with a double-sided tool that lets you pick up one diamond at a time, or a bunch! Tip courtesy of Brooke Stubbs. 

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

2. Flatten your canvas by sleeping on it. Literally. 

This one comes straight from Ali King, who says, "put it between two pieces of cardboard. Put that under my mattress and sleep on it overnight. Works great! I do that once I'm done with it as well, just to make sure all the diamonds are fully adhered."

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

1. Stop static cling with dryer sheets. 

Isn't it annoying when your diamonds stick to everything BUT the canvas? PWD fan Ariel Rocha recommends cutting up a dryer sheet and placing  small pieces of it in whatever you are storing the gems in. Game changer!

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

Have an awesome tip that we missed? Leave it in the comments below! And don't forget to share this post with your fellow die-hard paint with diamonds fans!


100 Responses

Betty
Betty

July 15, 2021

I watched several utube videos befor I did my first picture. Great hints from different videos. One good one is using parchment paper on glued space-it won’t ruin the glue. I also bought from Hobby Lobby the small containers (24 in a box). Cut the color code from plastic bag and taped to inside of screw on lid with scotch tape. Keep them in numerical order. small so take less room. Try it you will like it

Donna Kelly
Donna Kelly

June 21, 2021

I bought glass bottles at the Dollar Tree. I put a round sticker on the top which incudes the symbol, code number and a sample bead. This helps me to stay organized. The label sticker can be removed and the bottle reused as needed.

Sharon Wooldridge
Sharon Wooldridge

May 25, 2021

To hold your paper back out of your way when doing a diamond painting, simply stick a small piece of your wax under the fold and press it down, that way it will not be flopping around in your way until you are ready to remove the wax and recover your painting and go to the next section and repeat the same procedure, it makes it so much easier

Pat Hutchinson
Pat Hutchinson

May 17, 2021

Why won’t my diamond pens pick up the beads.Have used the pink glue that comes with kits and blu tack.Help please ?

Michelle A La Tulippe
Michelle A La Tulippe

April 28, 2021

To frame odd size diamond paintings (or anything you want really), Michael’s Arts and Crafts (or similar type store) carries “partial” frames in 2 pieces at various lengths. All you have to do is pick the sizes you need and follow the instructions to assemble.

Kathy
Kathy

April 14, 2021

I do lot of diamond art paintings and some of my painting aren’t the standard size for a frame. Its hard to find non standard size frames.
Does anyone have any suggestions where I could find them?

Peggy Maggard
Peggy Maggard

April 06, 2021

I use a needle to get the air bubbles out of painting.how do u keep your lines straight when working on painting.⁹o

Maggie
Maggie

March 09, 2021

What process do you use to get all the air pockets smoothed out on your canvas before you start? I’m on my 4th one and havent figured out how to remedy this issue

Mary Ann Abplanalp
Mary Ann Abplanalp

March 05, 2021

I have arthritis in my hands, so opening the containers with the the screw on lids hurt. I use the little glass jars, from the dollar store, they are very easy to open. I tape the numbers from the bags to to the side and tape the numbers to the top for easy selection. I have a small in marked jar for the extra drills if I happen to find a stray. These tiny jars fit nicely into my little wooden storage box along with the tools I use.

Jolis
Jolis

March 01, 2021

For glue when making my own diamond painting with the extra drills, I like using Aleen’s Tacky Glue. I brush a thin layer on my canvas or car stick or whatever, allow to dry. It dries tacky or sticky. Use plastic film to lay over the canvas, just like what’s in PWD kit. The glue will stay tacky until you place your diamonds on it. Try it yourself.

If anyone has something better they use, I’d love to hear it, as I am always looking to improve my Diamond Painting skills.

Melissa Motter
Melissa Motter

February 18, 2021

The light pink colored sticky stuff they give with all kits to use in your pen to pick up your diamonds needs to be changed to fast. It just dont last very long before the sticky is gone. I found that using Jot poster tack works a million times better and don’t need to be changed out nearly as much as the sticky stuff that comes with every painting. I buy the poster tack at the dollar tree for $1.00 and it will last for sooooooo long. I have already done 2 full size 40×50cm diamond paintings and only used not even a quarter of the poster tack. I will use nothing else but that when diamond painting.

Sharon
Sharon

February 03, 2021

I have found when trying to remove permanent ink from your plastic bead boxes, some say alcohol will do it, but it doesn’t completely clean it, but you can use lighter fluid instead (That will completely clean them). That’s all I ever use. You will need to order it from amazon because I couldn’t find it in any of my local stores, hope this helps this way you can keep using the same ones

Lucille k gibson
Lucille k gibson

January 13, 2021

At one time I saw a “glitter dust”advertised to use on your diamond art project to fill in lines that show. I can not seem to find it now. Can anyone help me? I sent for a personal picture made and I am having lines showing thru in some places.

Roselin Pfeifer
Roselin Pfeifer

December 16, 2020

Ive still not found an answer—is there a right and wrong side to the pixels. Flater side up or down??

Dorothy Page
Dorothy Page

December 16, 2020

Baking paper works well to cover the painting it does not stick

Stephanie
Stephanie

December 16, 2020

Have read most of the comments. Many great tips. I may have missed this one but I have some health issues and some days my hands shake and I will spill my tray of beads. Some times on my canvas. I use a lint roller and run it lightly over the canvas. If the beads I spilled are on the already placed beads it will pick up most of the loose beads. Of course it may not pick up the beads on the portion that has no beads and they will have to be picked off (UGH!!). I also run the roller over my carpet. The beads have to be picked off the lint roller which is time consuming. Or you can tear off the portion with the beads and put it in water and they come off easier. Just a little hint someone may can use, Happy Painting !!

cher Buckwalter
cher Buckwalter

December 16, 2020

I love to sit in my comfy big chair and do my diamond art while listening to tv. I found if you put your canvas on an upside down tray on your lap with a pillow on it. That way you can stand it at a 45degree angle. I have a bright light behind me so I can see those dark colors.
So much fun.

BARB ROTHw
BARB ROTHw

December 16, 2020

With one of my orders I also recieved a separate sheet with the symbols and colors, this made it so much easier as they were quite a bit larger. When I don’t receive this I copy on a machine, enlarge and put in a plastic sleeve.

Judy
Judy

December 16, 2020

I stumbled upon a way to open the little plastic containers that snap to close it. These little containers commonly come 28 little boxes in the larger container, 7 rows of 4 attached boxes. There is also a larger container which would probably accommodate the larger pictures that have more than 28 colours. The little containers come in 7 rows of 4 little attached boxes. Hold one row (4 boxes) in your left hand, diagonally across your palm, with your thumb on the back side and fingers along the front of the row of 4 boxes. With your right hand take your thumb and index finger and place them on the two small ends of the row. Gently squeeze the two ends together and the tops of the two outside boxes pop up. Continue squeezing gently on the row using the right hand and move the left thumb over the top of the row to lift the tops of the two middle boxes. Relax your squeeze BUT CONTINUE HOLDING ON TO THE ROW OF BOXES. NOW CLOSE THE THREE BOXES THAT YOU ARE NOT USING AT THIS MOMENT. Practise this move two or three times and you will get the hang of it and it will become second nature to you. This has saved me many anxious moments.

Bonnie
Bonnie

December 16, 2020

I am going to make my DP’s from scratch. I ordered double sided tape, however now hearing that poured glue works better. Searching poured glue is giving me finished pieces from China. What I need to know is what poured glue to buy to put on to my printed picture that drills will adhere to. Hoping someone can help.

Carol Grimes Sisti
Carol Grimes Sisti

December 16, 2020

I use a muffin tin to keep my beads in and small ramekins for the extra ones.

Ineke
Ineke

December 16, 2020

Hi, you can use bluetac instead of the wax, lasts forever.

marlene hollett
marlene hollett

December 16, 2020

some parts of my project is slippery instead of sticky. What can I get to fix this???

marlene hollett
marlene hollett

December 16, 2020

what can I use in place of the wax for securing the diamonds? Also, you can use the unused diamonds on a counted cross stitch.

Sandy
Sandy

April 02, 2020

When I get a kit I separate the colors by palette and use tall snack baggies that have a write-one white section to sort them. On each baggie I code the line “P 340 @”. P is for pink, the color palette, 340 is the number assigned and @ is the symbol assigned to that kit by the manufacturer. The color palette baggies are then binder clipped together. Then on the corresponding printed page I draw lines under each third color for visual separation, and write the color palette code “P” next to 340, @. I like to have no more than 5 baggies in one palette clip for ease in finding the colors quickly, so I’ll sometimes break the palette into two binder clips, and label them P1 and P2. Most of my kits have over 40 colors so this is a quick filing system that is easy on my eyes and safe for my dots!

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April 17, 2020

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rona mckay
rona mckay

January 26, 2020

what adhesive can I use for my spare beads I have bought some crystal art stamps but I don,t know how to put glue on the card so that I can stamp on it ? thank you

Sue
Sue

January 26, 2020

To Billie, Nov 2019.. You can cut and paste the comment section out. Put in an email to yourself and then print it

susanne orsi
susanne orsi

January 16, 2020

I DO NOT RECOMEND CUTTING THE SYMBOLS FROM THE CANVAS AND GLUING THEM TO YOUR CONTAINERS. BY DOING THIS YOU ARE COMPROMISING THE EXTRA CANVAS WHICH IN MOST CASES IS NEEDED FOR FRAMING. I USE TO BE AN AVID NEEDLEPOINTER AND NEVER WOULD PURCHASE A CANVAS THAT THE EXCESS WAS TRIMMED OFF. I ALWAYS HAD MY PIECES PROFESSIONALLY FRAMED. BECAUSE NEEDLEPOINT HAS TO BE STRETCHED THE EXCESS CANVASS NEEDED TO BE INTACT. I REALIZE THIS IS NOT THE CASE WHEN FRAMING A PAINT WITH DIAMONDS DESIGN. HOWEVER YOU DO NEED THE EXCESS CANVAS TO BE HIDDEN UNDER THE FRAMES EDGES. IF NOT YOU WILL BE COVERING SOME OF YOUR WORK. TRY THIS INSTEAD. MAKE A PHOTO COPY OF THE NUMBERED SYMBOL EDGE OF YOUR CANVAS WITH A GOOD PRINTER. THEN CUT THE SYMBOLS FROM THE PAPER . IF DIFFICULT TO SEE DUE TO LIGHTNESS OF SYMBOLS ON CANVAS TRY ADJUSTING INK AND REPRINT UNTIL THEY ARE READABLE. THE LIGHTER GRE SYMBOLS ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO SEE, SO TRY THIS. PROFESSIONAL SEAMSTRESS. SUSANNE

Lilia CHANDLER
Lilia CHANDLER

January 16, 2020

I receive my Portrait of Christ. I love it. I will order more. Thank you.

Janet Etherton
Janet Etherton

January 16, 2020

I have used my empty pill bottles, I put clear tape on lid and right the DMC number on it. I now have a nice storage container that has lot of different sizes bottles. I have done about 20 kits so far. I frame most of them, but I have never sealed them. Is it necessary to seal them if I frame them?

Jane
Jane

January 09, 2020

I’ve tried all of the sorting ideas mentioned above, but found a set of boxes a little different than mentioned. The bags (ziploc, pill packs, etc,) work great, except when you need just one more little drill. At Harbor Freight they have a clear box filled with 25 smaller boxes, each with a snap lid. I’ve numbered my containers and refill with extras left over from projects. They hold quite a bit more than the little round boxes from Walmart (tried that one, too!), so I stack my six main boxes with the outsides labeled (1-25, 25-50, 51-75, etc.), then add one more for the brayer, tweezers, multi tools, extra wax, etc. I finally use one last box per project, and combine with the main boxes when project is complete.

June Blumenthal
June Blumenthal

January 09, 2020

Can anyone tell me if it makes any difference if you lay the square drills based on the two different tips to their facets? I’ve seen plenty of recommendations on how to lay the squares, alternating in a checkerboard pattern, but I haven’t seen any comments on the square diamond drills themselves. They come in two different cuts where one tops out more at a point and the other has more of a flat square cut with multi facets on all four sides. Does anyone know what I mean? Do people care if the two cuts alternate or are next to each other? Does it even matter? I imagine it’s meant to catch the light at all different angles and I try to be conscious of not laying too many of the square tops all in a row, but I don’t know if other people bother? Perhaps I am being too o.c.d. Has anyone noticed how this hobby seems to attract people who have ocd tendencies? I wonder if that’s why it relaxes us whereas it would bore or frustrate others…

Mandy Bell
Mandy Bell

January 09, 2020

I buy multi packs of Tic Taks comes in a 4 pk, once eaten wash and dry them thoroughly fill with drills and write their numbers on the tops and I keep them in a storage container.

Sara McD
Sara McD

January 09, 2020

I love the pwd! I’m on my 4th or 5th canvas and it has become a routine that I work on them a little each day before bed to relax me. Although I haven’t had any issues with the canvas or diamonds themselves I’ve been waiting 26 days for my order! I bought it at the end of November beginning of December and I still haven’t received my order yet

Amber L Pierini
Amber L Pierini

January 09, 2020

When you first get your kit and it’s all rolled up all you have to do is take each end of the paper that’s sticking to the canvas and pull it up half way to the canvas and put it back down… do it with every corner and the canvas will be flat. No need to sleep on it.

Carol Moore
Carol Moore

January 09, 2020

Lots of great tips

DAWN
DAWN

January 09, 2020

I like doing diamond picture I have done quite a few myself I don’t know
how to had pictures

Jacqui
Jacqui

January 16, 2020

How do you use the metal ruler? It has holes in and it lines the diamonds up but no instructions? First time beginner?

denise
denise

January 16, 2020

hi a great way to store the gems is to use tick tack boxes and you can write on them over as well and a great plae to buy the kits are wish as well

Kayla
Kayla

January 16, 2020

My diamonds do not stick very well. How can I get them to stay?

SAndy
SAndy

January 16, 2020

I use pill holders (the large 28 days). Then use the instructions and cut each color and symbols tape them on the lid of each one. To get them out I use an eighth teaspoon measuring spoon.

shileen
shileen

January 16, 2020

I prefer the square diamonds BUT need to ask – is there a RIGHT side and WRONG side to them.

Ashley
Ashley

November 26, 2019

Just bought my first one and can’t wait for it to come.

Penny Cameron
Penny Cameron

November 26, 2019

Hi there, I am a die hard diamonds painter and can’t get enough of them.
I use a 28 day pill dispenser that I picked up at a cheap homeware store and it works perfect, any excess drills I put into a little sauce container and I label all the pill box with my dymo label then peel them off when finished and reuse for my next painting, I also have 8 trays with beads in them and have made little labels from my dymo machine that actually sit in the appropriate tray so that I don’t forget which bead I am working on. Hope this has helped my fellow diamond painters because it really helps me.
Thankyou for reading my comment

JAckie
JAckie

November 20, 2019

I use plastic containers for my beads, write on lid with permanent marker the number and symbol. Once project complete, use rubbing alcohol on cloth to wipe of marker and containers ready to use again.

Jean Turner
Jean Turner

November 20, 2019

What does everyone do with all the leftover beads?

Debra Young
Debra Young

November 20, 2019

Just bought my first one. Super excited, never seen these but they are awesome!!!

Billie
Billie

November 20, 2019

For serious diamond painters : at Walmart Mart in the craft department, I found very nice bead containers. These rectangular containers each hold 28 separate round containers with screw on lids…. then the rectangular container itself has a lid. These are $8.97 each. Then, I go to the school supply section and purchase the round garage sale stickers. I also purchased a permanent marker pen. I placed each drill DMC number on a sticker and placed it on the top of one of the individual round containers. (All DMC numbers are the same no matter who you purchase your canvas from…. although different makers may use different symbols for the same DMC color.) I fill each container with a colored drill from the painting I am doing. ( If there are too many drills to fill the round container, I fill the container as full as I safely can then if I have extra drills..I just fold over the top of the drill bag and tape it closed with clear tape so that I can still see the drill number on the bag. These extra drill bags are then put into a zip lock storage bag…. so all my extra drills are in one spot and are easy access when I need to refill one of my circular containers. Now, I put my circular containers in numerical order in the rectangular container. Now go to houseware department …. there you can find a plastic storage container that is just a little wider than the rectangular storage container with the enclosed round containers, this storage container costs $4.97. It will nicely seat 4 of the rectangular containers which will take up about 1/2 of this larger storage containers space. In the other half of the bigger storage container, I keep my other diamond painting equipment….. washy tape, small pair of scissors, extra drill boats, drill pens and wax and a small 6" wide rubber roller and a ruler..the beauty in all of this is that all the containers are clear and have lids. Makes it easy to find everything. Yes…. it is a little on the expensive side, but we’ll worth it if you are serious in maintaining this joyful hobby. NEVER throw away your extra drills. Purchase small craft zip lock bags. The ones that are 2" or so square. Write the DMC number on the bag with permanent marker. Use the number ONLY…. not the symbol because as I stated before…. each company uses a different symbol… the DMC numbers will ALWAYS be he same. Toss these small bags of extra drills into a zip lock sandwich bag. This way you will have extra drills if needed for a different painting or you might be lucky enough to have enough extra drills to change a color in a different diamond painting. Example: changing brown eyes to green eyes / changing pink lipstick to red etc. Also, I DO NOT spray over my beads to affix to canvas… I use my rolling pin. Using a spray on top of you beads weighs them down and dull the brightness and sparkle that is the reason that you are doing diamond paintings in the first place. Also I DO NOT put my diamond paintings behind glass in a frame for the same reason. I place my paintings on cardboard and either mat around the picture or make my own matting by using cardboard sprayed with fabric adhesive and use a lovely fabric that compliments y picture as a surround then, use a frame without the glass. I simply dust my diamond painting occasionally with a swifter or a feather duster. I hope my suggestions to you are helpful. We spend a lot of time doing these beautiful artworks. Take care of them properly and they will last and maintain their original beauty. Have fun my friends. May you have many enjoyable hours with this craft.

Billie
Billie

November 20, 2019

Could you please separate the 7 amazing tips from the comments, question and tips from other users. I have spent o much time this evening having to scroll down on every page to get to other diamond painters comments. Although those 7 tips are good….. they do not need to be on every page. At about page 6, I decided I was through with scrolling and stopped reading others comments. I am positive that this flaw on your website has caused others to give up reading comments from others as well. I love diamond painting and love and appreciate the help offered on this site… but as a Web designer ….. I feel my suggestion would be beneficial in being easier to access information for your intended clients. Other than that 1 small flaw, your website is fantastic. Thank you for reading my text. Bj

Denise Crane
Denise Crane

November 20, 2019

I’m out my 4th big diamond painting and I’m addicted. I can do lots of other crafts but I can’t stop working on these. I love it. Super fan.

JOni
JOni

November 20, 2019

Get tips. Just a beginner and these all help. Thanks.

Jeniffer Fraker
Jeniffer Fraker

November 20, 2019

I just cut off the number from the pack, tape it on my bottle or baggie

Erinn
Erinn

November 20, 2019

I use containers that screw together and are shallow i use my label maker and put the numbers on the bottom of each 1.

LIsa
LIsa

November 20, 2019

The paper that covers the glue is stuck in my painting how can I remove it without tear off the glue

Sharon McElherron
Sharon McElherron

November 20, 2019

Hi I put my diamonds into bigger ziplock bags and then put in the empty pack with number on , they are easily stored in bigger bag

Ashley Kessel
Ashley Kessel

November 20, 2019

Diamond painting helps me calm down, especially when my anxiety is high! Thank you PWD!

Brenda
Brenda

November 20, 2019

I am very interested in trying this craft but I have not been able to find them. Where can you buy them? Or is this something only online to purchase?

ESTHER HERRERO GOMEZ
ESTHER HERRERO GOMEZ

November 20, 2019

queria saber cuando he terminado si tengo que sellarlo con algun producto antes de ponerle el marco. Muchisimas gracias

stephanie
stephanie

November 20, 2019

I’ve tried the metal multi placer that you lay down on your painting, I’ve bought two of them and neither one works, when i pull it up, it pulls most of the drills with it. Am i doing something wrong?, also, on most of the paintings the alignment is completely off.

Regina Bragg
Regina Bragg

November 20, 2019

I use double stick tape to tape down my canvas while I’m working on it. It also helps to straighten the canvas (but it doesn’t completely flatten some of the ones that have been folded instead of rolled while shipping).
I use a TV table to work on. It is the right height for me to work on and I have everything right there on hand and can pick it up and move it to the side when I need a break.

Regina Bragg
Regina Bragg

November 20, 2019

I used 7 day pill box dispensers when I’m working on my project. I label the lid with tape showing the number or symbol. The lid snaps shut securing the diamonds.

Janet Jones
Janet Jones

October 18, 2019

What do you do when you have a section that isn’t sticky at all?

IdiyPaint
IdiyPaint

October 18, 2019

Great information!! I really enjoy reading this blog information. Thanks for sharing this informative information.

Kathi Alfano
Kathi Alfano

October 18, 2019

I right the number on small round stickers and stick on my container with one gem glued on top😊

Diana Ormond
Diana Ormond

October 06, 2019

I use 2 ounce lidded condiment cups for my diamonds. I cut address labels into many small pieces and label both tops and bottoms with dmc numbers and assigned symbol. It makes it so easy especially since I like full drill pieces which have up to 20 colors and lots of diamonds.

Denise Kelley
Denise Kelley

October 06, 2019

I’m disabled and it’s so relaxing. It makes feel useful when I give my pictures as gifts.
I usually get the pictures in no smaller than an 16×20. I find any smaller the picture doesnt come out right. It’s too pixelated.

Lynn
Lynn

October 06, 2019

How do you apply the square diamonds. I find them very difficult to use and stick. Please advise..

Annette Woosnam
Annette Woosnam

October 06, 2019

I always put my diamonds in labelled containers that I write in pencil. Sometimes I pick them up diamonds with tool from containers. Then sometimes I use grid tray for wider tool. I have flat crafting table to lay flat but you can tape the four corners of table with frog tape that you use for decorating. (Masking tape) This comes off easier and doesn’t leave any marks. I used light board half way through made images for diamonds easy to see.

Shirley Baggaley
Shirley Baggaley

October 06, 2019

To flatten your canvas, simply peel back the papers in the 4 corners and restick. The canvas stays flat and there’s no need to put it between your mattress.

Martha
Martha

October 06, 2019

I was just wondering, on the first kit I got the diamonds were round. The next ones have been a combination of star and square. Does it make a difference. I would prefer all one kind if I have a choice.

Kate
Kate

October 06, 2019

I number 1,2,3 down the line n put the beads in a sorting dish labeled 1,2,3 then I don’t have to change the numbers on storage every time and it’s easier to match color to number.

Katie
Katie

October 06, 2019

I went and bought little plastic reuseable zip lock bags at walmart. A couple hundred for a couple bucks. I then cut number out put in bag and all the beads with that color. I then just pour some in the tray and seal up the bag. Works rather nicely.

Chassity
Chassity

October 06, 2019

After I have finished I keep the left over beads just in case I may need some in another painting. When storing them I use pill bags. You can find them in the pharmacy section at walmart. Its easy and cheap.

Marlene Baldwin
Marlene Baldwin

October 06, 2019

When I have completed a canvas, I cover it with a sheet of paper and use a rolling pin to go over the top and to make sure all the diamonds are held tight. Works great.

Kathy Dahlke
Kathy Dahlke

October 06, 2019

I have found that markers rub off of my containers too easily so I use the label maker to label my diamonds in their containers. It is so much easier to see and use.

Belinda Yakel
Belinda Yakel

October 06, 2019

I bought little sorting containers in a box at Micheals. Cut the paper codes and taped them on the top. Then put containers in alphabetical and numerical order. Easier to find the right color that way.

Julia frost
Julia frost

October 06, 2019

Where can i find the multi diamond pen? It would come in handy.

Connie Mcclarnon
Connie Mcclarnon

October 06, 2019

How do I get paper that has gotten stuck to my picture off without scraping off the glue?

Kay Thompson
Kay Thompson

October 06, 2019

What do we do with all the diamonds left over from other pictures

Lynnette
Lynnette

October 06, 2019

I keep cardboard boxes and cut them the size of the canvas I am doing and glue the canvas to the cardboard before I start if useing an overhead light or after if I am useing a light pad.

Steiny
Steiny

October 06, 2019

Lexi
I totally agree with you. When I dump some into the dish then grab it, beads everywhere!!

dee
dee

October 06, 2019

u could do what i have done buy small containers with lids to store them and mark with texta

Nicole
Nicole

October 06, 2019

The easiest way to flatten the canvas that I have found is to lay it out flat and then peel the backing off almost completely, only leaving a very small amount covered. Then I just pull the canvas flat and reapply the paper backing. It instantly flattens my canvas with no wait! No need for books or cardboard! Just peel and restick!

Monica Aulich
Monica Aulich

October 06, 2019

I have used most of these ideas before I found this site. Also, I have discovered putting clear plastic rulers on top of the extra outside glue will start you with a perfect straight line when doing squares

Cathy Moore
Cathy Moore

October 06, 2019

I found it easy to cut one of the papers you remove from your paintings cut a thin piece the size you need to cover sticky areas around your picture to stay out of it! I also found using an old credit card to line up your diamonds and keep everything tight and in line!
I have done about 12 or 14 pictures so far I love doing them and I feel so much better!!!

Katherine Paschal
Katherine Paschal

October 06, 2019

I put my diamond in containers from carry out. Beads stay in nicely

Tamara letson
Tamara letson

October 06, 2019

I use ice cube trays for the Jem’s and only put in what I’m going to be using so the rest stay in the bag with the letter in the cube that is it’s letter.

Elaine
Elaine

October 06, 2019

How do you use the dual side pen?

Mary
Mary

October 06, 2019

One I didn’t see, but may have missed it, is from doing counted cross stitch. For larger areas of the same color, outline the area then fill it in with no worries about the color.

Kara Page
Kara Page

October 06, 2019

My daughter got a paper stuck how do I fix it!!

DeAnn Burgess
DeAnn Burgess

October 06, 2019

I have a tip. If you have issues with wax loosing it’s stickiness or drying out, try blue poster tack. It stays sticky much longer and you don’t have to refill as often.

DeAnn Burgess
DeAnn Burgess

October 06, 2019

I have a tip: If you have issues with wax loosing it’s stickiness, try blue Poster Tack. It stays sticky much longer and you don’t have to refill as often.

Ramonda Richard
Ramonda Richard

October 06, 2019

I also use the hint above where I put the number on the bags but instead of writing them on the bag. I use a piece of a file folder label from the dollar tree and tape it after I write the number so it stays on better and then I can remove it and reuse the bags also.

Dianna L Mostek
Dianna L Mostek

October 06, 2019

My Tip&Trick.Spill diamonds in a carpet. Take a cut off nylon socking put it on the vacuum hose with a little inside of hose. Hold on tight to nylon and suck up all the diamonds. Pull out nylon and empty in container to sort diamond colors ans maybe a little dirt.

Marlene Downing
Marlene Downing

October 06, 2019

the pics are measured in cm… and the frames in inches how smart is that? does that mean the actual pic?

Christine L Otto
Christine L Otto

October 06, 2019

I bought a bead album that has 8 long boxes with 5 compartments each from Micheals I have 4 albums so far need more it helps alot

 GiGi
GiGi

October 06, 2019

whαt dσ чσu αll dσ wíth thє lєft σvєr díαmσndѕ? í’vє fíníѕhєd 7 pαíntíngѕ αnd wσrkíng σn mч 8th σnє nσw ѕσ í hαvє quítє α fєw єхtrα díαmσndѕ.

Diane Lifrak
Diane Lifrak

October 06, 2019

I have done over 60 diamond paintings in the last 18 months. I have used and tried most of the tips, however, I find that wiping the insides of containers with fabric sheets last FOREVER and you don’t have softener sheets all over. I also use painters tape to edge ALL my projects to keep diamonds in a straight line and keeps the canvas clean until the end. I also use the tape to label the container tops (which I got 3 for a dollar at dollar tree). I find I prefer the square diamonds to cover the entire design (however, if there are a lot of round edges in a design, such as birds, flowers, etc. round diamonds are better for that design). I also find that using a pen that can hold more than one diamond is NOT worth the extra work (I like mine in a straight row and evenly spaced). I usually have to go back and move them. Using a light pad underneath is a game changer. I use Cricut — because I own most of their other products. I do have an off brand light pad, but it is very small – Cricut’s bright pad is very large to work on bigger projects. I usually spend time the night before getting all prepared so the next day when I am refreshed I can get right to work.

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