9 MORE Diamond Painting Tricks You Probably Haven't Thought Of

August 09, 2019 3 min read 70 Comments


Whether you're currently working on your 17th kit or just beginning on your first, there's always something new to learn in the wonderful world of Diamond Painting!

As a follow-up to our massively popular 7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks You've Definitely Never Thought Of, we're coming in hot with another 9 tips that will take your Diamond Painting experience to the next level.

9. Combat static cling with Static Guard Fabric Spray

Are your diamonds relentlessly clinging together? Grab a can of Static Guard Fabric Spray and blast a small amount onto your diamonds. 

As an alternative, you can simply use your run-of-the-mill dryer sheets to make sure your diamonds stop clinging together. 

8. Break up diamond clumps using 2 trays

No need for surgery to separate diamonds that are melded together! Just use two diamond trays you have lying around. Place one on top of the other and press down - you'll hear a satisfying “POP” when they separate.

For any stubborn diamonds that are resistant to the squeeze, rub trays back and forth until they can resist no more!

7. Use nail polish remover to remove the legend before framing 

Have you ever framed a painting and can't help but notice the DMC grid peeking out of the side of the mat or frame?  They won't notice it, but it will bother you forever!  Catherine Woodward suggests using nail polish remover or acetone on a cotton pad to remove the diamond legend and other writing before framing.  

6. Use an iPad to see canvas symbols more clearly

Waiting on your Light Pad in the mail? Have an old or unused iPad lying around? Open up a Flashlight app or a display a blank page in your browser to illuminate your diamond painting experience. Let there be light! 

5. Use a puzzle roll-up mat to take your kit with you on the go

Thinking of flying back from vacation early because you just can't live another moment without your diamond painting? Use a puzzle carrier to transport your WIP.

If you have more space and less money, just place your diamond painting in between two pieces of foam board and tape them together. 

4. Increase the longevity of your finished canvas by sealing it.

After you're done with your diamond painting (congrats!), you'll want to keep it looking as gorgeous as the day you finished it. Grab some Mod Podge and apply a coating to lock your diamonds in place and keep your painting pristine for years to come.

For more on sealing your finished kit, check out our full guide here

3. Speed Up Container Refills Using Dry-Erase Double-Sided Tape 

Refilling your diamond containers can be a real bore, especially when you have a large painting. You have your symbols on your vials, but your symbols are not on your bags of diamonds.  

The solution? Use Dry-Erase Tape and multi-colored markers to put the symbol, DMC code, and color on your container lids.

2. Use the "Checkerboard Method" for large areas with the same color

Going crazy over large areas with the same color? Mix things up (and keep your rows straight!) by using what we call the "Checkerboard Method."

Just place a diamond in every other box and then go back and fill in the spaces. You'll get a satisfying "click" when you fill in a blank space with a diamond!

1. Use baby wipes to fix damaged canvases

Whoops! Drop a piece of paper on your canvas? Just dampen the area with a baby wipe and then swipe away the crud! Wait a bit for the canvas to dry before continuing on your project. 

Have a hot tip or trick we missed? Leave it in the comments down below!


70 Responses

Leslie
Leslie

January 16, 2020

Use baby powder around the edge of the picture where the adhesive extends beyond the DP area

Terri
Terri

January 16, 2020

Thanks for sharing all of your tricks very helpful . I have only done one so far but I have 10 or 12 more waiting for me to do . I think I found my

Sarah
Sarah

November 20, 2019

The helpful hints on here are great.
I ran into a problem after completing a picture and covering it with Mod Podge. There was a missing diamond that would be noticeable, but a full diamond wouldn’t fit. I placed the diamond, flat side down on a piece of scotch tape and trimmed it, double faced tape would have worked, but the other tape was handy. A tiny dab of glue holds it on the canvas. A tiny dab of Mod Podge covers it without it being noticed as an after finish addition.

Sarah
Sarah

November 20, 2019

Static cling was causing a problem filling plastic containers from the little plastic bags. I placed a few bags out on my lap tray. On top of them, I placed a frozen lunch bag pack. On top of the pack, I set some of the plastic containers. One at a time, I slipped a cold diamond pack out and poured the diamonds into a cold plastic container. It took just a few minutes to fill 30 containers with no diamonds stuck where they didn’t belong, like on my hands and sweater sleeves.

Linda Ericsson
Linda Ericsson

November 20, 2019

I use a seven day pill containers (will hold 28 colors) for all my projects. The lids snap securely and each section holds most if not all the diamonds needed for a project. Perfect for travel – they’re flat and the lids snap securely – just grab the container and mat and your off. I use a labeler to print the number for each section but you can also write the numbers on paper and use double sided tape. Takes a little time but worth every minute!

Dalma
Dalma

November 20, 2019

To help keep the drills apart I wipe out the trays with alcohol wipes to remove the oily feel of the trays. I also use chux wipes soaked in fabric conditioner and let dry and cut into small pieces. Place into the containers to help with the sticky drills. Works well for me. Happy drilling.

Linda Deslauriers
Linda Deslauriers

November 20, 2019

I love doing the 5D paintings. It is very relaxing for me & it keeps me busy I am 71 years old & it is an excellent pass time. I have 16 paintings done & I have 8 more to do, I have giving some away for gifts. They make beautiful gifts for people who have everything. Enjoy.

Cynthia
Cynthia

October 18, 2019

Another way to travel with your diamond art is to roll it up into a clean towel that is larger than your canvas. Thanks for the tips! :-)

Brenda
Brenda

October 18, 2019

Any ideas on why the pink was keeps trying out in the pen tool? After awhile, even tho I keep the lid on the wax, it seems I have to keep reapplying the wax in the top of the pen tool and it falls out of the pen too. Please help???

Barbara Winters
Barbara Winters

October 06, 2019

On some small DP’s sometimes the eye or other detail does not show up-I use a black marker on the finished DP and paint it in.

Sherrie Beckstead
Sherrie Beckstead

October 06, 2019

I have enjoying Paint With Diamonds. I have several done.

Karen
Karen

October 06, 2019

Great tips

Cindy Soltis
Cindy Soltis

October 06, 2019

I found the sticky paper hard to remove and to put back on. I used parchment paper to cover my diamond painting easy to remove and to place back on to protect my painting from dust or dirt. I love my diamond paintings. I was always into doing crafts. then in 97 I had a stroke which left my left side paralyzed so all my crafts came to an end since I’m 1 handed now, most of my crafting came to a stop. Thank you diamond painting for letting me do crafts again. It is a very relaxing hobby. So very rewarding when its all done.

Wanda Hankins
Wanda Hankins

October 06, 2019

Is there a way to sell the diamond painting (new unfinished -not completed)

susan cline
susan cline

October 06, 2019

what is the best way to remove wrinkles in a partial painting also what is the pen people are using for the drills, the one that comes in the kits I am not having very good luck with them

ELlen
ELlen

October 06, 2019

I am always hitting the tray to keep diamonds “right side up”. Anyone know a better way????

Lillian Jett
Lillian Jett

October 06, 2019

I have really enjoyed looking and reading all of this it really helps when you are a first timer lololol Thank You For Sharing…

Joyce Dawson
Joyce Dawson

October 06, 2019

I tried the modge podge on a picture and it took off the shine of the drills. So I am removing it. It is a tedious process

susan retterath
susan retterath

October 06, 2019

I make a copy of the DMC grid. The paper one that usually comes with the kit. Then I cut the codes apart and tape them to the top of my containers. Then I don’t have to try drawing the symbol and can’t figure it out later cuz sometimes the symbols are hard to copy, and taking the tape off for the next project is easy.
I have also found that two sided tape works VERY WELL if you have a spot that is not sticky on your picture. That has happened to me several times

Darhl
Darhl

October 06, 2019

Love your tips, and tricks, Thanks

Sara Fisher
Sara Fisher

October 06, 2019

Awesome tips

Bonnie
Bonnie

October 06, 2019

Note number 9 is very important

Jeannette Guess
Jeannette Guess

October 06, 2019

Thank you so much! I had questions and this info answered it for me. I especially wanted to know how to stabilize my project before I handed it over to a framer. Continue the good work. All hints are greatly appreciated.

Gayl Tomaszewski
Gayl Tomaszewski

October 06, 2019

Being the new kid on the block with PWD,I can use some help. Bought a light pad to put under the canvas. But can’t figure out how to place under and still keep canvas from not moving.

CHRISTINA MYERS
CHRISTINA MYERS

October 06, 2019

My husband dropped a piece of paper on his custom diamond painting and I used your tip of using a wipe to remove it. It worked beautifully!!!

Adele
Adele

October 06, 2019

How to you remove saran wrap stuck to the canvas?

margaret ward
margaret ward

October 06, 2019

great tips

Sally Monville
Sally Monville

October 06, 2019

I really enjoyed getting some tips on how to make diamond painting easier. I especially liked the checkerboard method to break up the boredom of large areas. The roll-up mat is also a great idea for storing unfinished work. Sometimes I get gems that are hard to separate so using two trays on top of each other and pressing down is a good idea and I will be trying that with my next kit! Thank you for some helpful tips on diamond painting.

debbie teachout
debbie teachout

October 06, 2019

Instead of rolling the canvas up. I use pool noodle, and wrap the canvas on that to transport.
Also I use a small hand held snow scraper to push up the rows, or a small kitchen spatula.

Ina DeForest
Ina DeForest

October 06, 2019

keep the tips coming their great

Martha
Martha

October 06, 2019

Use aqua mono liquid glue from tombow you don’t lose sparkle and it’s water based so you can spread it on with water and a paint brush dries very nicely. Mod podge is awful dulls the sparkle and after all the work you put in it sucks when the sparkle doesn’t show.

Lucy Carlson
Lucy Carlson

October 06, 2019

Excellent suggestions!

Karen Leonard
Karen Leonard

October 06, 2019

I paint the border canvas with acrylic paint so that the grid don’t show plus that border then works as a mat for the frame.

linda
linda

October 06, 2019

wow thank you for all those tips. they have help me a lot. No matter how careful you are you still have some kind of problem. Thank you again.

Barbara Snell
Barbara Snell

October 06, 2019

These are great tips, wish I had known the remove the grid for framing. But it will be great for the next one. I’m on my second one.

Claire Gliddon
Claire Gliddon

October 06, 2019

Excellent suggestions! Thanks you!

Jeanne Sargent
Jeanne Sargent

October 06, 2019

Keep getting stuck on extended sticky area in the margin. Just get a little talcum or bath powder on your finger and rub it in

Sophia Alcock
Sophia Alcock

October 06, 2019

Spots without glue what do I do?

Carrie
Carrie

October 06, 2019

Instead of spraying your beads for static, use a dryer sheet. Pour the beads into a dryer sheet and fold it over and push down on the beads so they all make contact.

Micki Nixon
Micki Nixon

October 06, 2019

To keep my rows neat I use a medium size plastic puddy knife.i saw ome I a store or on Wish.but Hubby said try his.it works real good.

Ann cortie
Ann cortie

October 06, 2019

The tips were wonderful, thank you very much.

Toni Briffa
Toni Briffa

October 06, 2019

GREAT IDEAS!!!!!

jan
jan

October 06, 2019

THANKYOU,,, THANKYOU… thankyou for your tips.. I have 99% finished a large paint with diamonds and accidently dropped a piece of paper on it.. have left and started another… Now , thanks to your tip with the baby wipes I can finish it .. Thanks again

Babs Barber
Babs Barber

October 06, 2019

These are very good ideas. Never heard of the things that you have suggested. I will be trying the things you have suggested.

Babs Barber
Babs Barber

October 06, 2019

These are very good ideas. Never heard of the things that you have suggested. I will be trying the things you have suggested.

Cynthia Steward
Cynthia Steward

October 06, 2019

Thank you very much. I am now on my second one and have had three more bought for me. I like the idea of the indiviual containers and numbers on them.

Linda Leroux
Linda Leroux

October 06, 2019

Thanks for this tip: Use nail polish remover to remove the legend before framing.

Barbara Diel
Barbara Diel

October 06, 2019

One of my first paintings, I dropped a piece of paper on it. YIKES! Days of work down the drain! I didn’t know you could remove paper with baby wipes. I bought an entire new kit. Way too expensive. I thank you for this tip so that IF I happen to have paper on my surface, I’ll know what to do. Thanks.

DeAnn
DeAnn

October 06, 2019

I have been #2 since I started doing these. It’s an awesome trick.

Sharon Hornes
Sharon Hornes

October 06, 2019

I find that using a 7 day pill container to hold my drills works great. Usually I use two or three containers for each project.

Judy Koehler
Judy Koehler

October 06, 2019

Thanks for the helpful hints

Teri Campisi
Teri Campisi

October 06, 2019

Watch “Survivor, Kickin’ Cancers Butt” on You-Tube! Ella is great! She helps a lot! VEry

Millie Nelles
Millie Nelles

October 06, 2019

How do I get the tips 1 to 9?

Heather Nicol
Heather Nicol

October 06, 2019

Great tips, quite a few I wish I had of known by now! /What can you do about the square diamonds not all being the same size. One pkg. I have, all of the square diamonds are stuck together, and I do not think rubbing two trays would of even helped. Some pictures I have ordered and done, do not resemble anything like being shown on the web page. Colours are not the same, and there are parts of the pictures not appearing. It is greatly dissappointing to have spent the money, and time, having it not turn out to be what you expected and ordered on line

Shirley Farmer
Shirley Farmer

October 06, 2019

These 9 tips were SUPER! I have one more tip…“Don’t start your new painting late at night or you won’t get any sleep..” LOL…

Dolores Dorish
Dolores Dorish

October 06, 2019

As your eyes start to tire, and you start to squint, I use a full page magnifier (can be bought a dollar store) to see broader areas.

Shirley Yeakey
Shirley Yeakey

October 06, 2019

Wow

sharon
sharon

October 06, 2019

when picture is done use mod podge. and a brush. First lay your picture down and with your brush dip into mod podge and then in warm water. Tap off any dripping of water. The shine is better and the strength is great.
Plus this will save you money. thank you

Sharon Gudmundson
Sharon Gudmundson

October 06, 2019

I have one diamond painting section that has no stick’em. What might I do to correct this? I very sadly bought from another company and they refuse to get back to me. Am learning whom to buy from and whom to not buy from.

Thank you if you can help me……

Sharon Gudmundson
P.O.Box 279
Merlin, OR 97532
542-479-5544
sharonmkx@me.com

Marian Day
Marian Day

October 06, 2019

Thanks for all the helpful information.

Marian Day
Marian Day

October 06, 2019

Thanks for all the helpful information.

Rochelle McBride
Rochelle McBride

October 06, 2019

If you have the opportunity, you can buy big rolls of parchment paper at stores like Costco or Sam’s Club. I use a quilting ruler and an exacto knife to perfectly cut 3" strips of parchment paper and I replace whatever is covering my canvas with these strips. The canvas will lie flat and the parchment paper is super easy to work with.

Nancy Marshall
Nancy Marshall

October 06, 2019

Thanks for the tips! I’m a beginner so I appreciate the helpful hints!

paula
paula

October 06, 2019

Love the Static Guard fabric spray tip! I keep a steady supply for my coats and clothes especially during the winter.

Paul
Paul

October 06, 2019

Thank you for the good tips they will help a lot.by the way I am buying most of mine from you people

Dorothy Harris
Dorothy Harris

October 06, 2019

Thanks for the great tips. I find the more paintings I do the more little helper tips I pick up.

Georgia
Georgia

October 06, 2019

Thank you for the great ideas!

Estelle R Billingsley
Estelle R Billingsley

October 06, 2019

To keep ur easel from sliding use a piece of rubber shelf liner. Yippee! No more sliding easel.

Barb Schuler
Barb Schuler

October 06, 2019

Good info. Thanks. For #3, I make a copy of the codes and numbers and then cut them up and put on my containers.

Sandi
Sandi

October 06, 2019

Thank you I love the tips

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