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!

Comments

  • Kristen said:

    I use the pill containers also, (the ones that hold 28 ).. instead of double sided tape or cutting them out and taping paper onto them, try chalkboard paper I think it’s called. It’s basically a sheet like a sticker that you can write on with chalk markers and cut to fit onto the boxes… then just wipe away with a damp cloth when finished and reuse! Works wonders. I keep the leftovers in a huge box with little containers that are similar to the ones for tic-tacs. This works great and I always have TONS leftover. One day I am going to use the extras and basically “diamond paint” onto these wooden letters I have as a new craft project.

    September 28, 2021

  • Marg said:

    The picture was packed tightly and when Ipulled the clear sheet off some of the stckyness has come away What can I use to create a sticky film in the missing parts? Ta

    September 07, 2021

  • Carlene said:

    I watched a video from a lady on how to frame your painting and one of the things she suggested you do is to put washi tape around your canvas after your done this way none of the canvas shows when framing

    June 21, 2021

  • Evie said:

    Why does the light board come with a plastic cover

    May 03, 2021

  • Frances said:

    What is a way to get the diamonds to show the faceted side up in my tray?

    April 09, 2021

  • Anna Allison said:

    I spilled my diamonds on the floor while pouring them in a container out of the bags they come in. I tried sweeping them up with my hand but that didn’t work out to well. Then I spotted a roll of lint remover and it worked great. I just rolled it around the area picking up all the diamonds. True it picked up a little of everything on the floor. But once you have them just pick out the diamonds from the lint remover sheet.

    February 11, 2021

  • Robin Galbraith said:

    I had to wait for replacement diamonds. By the time I got them the canvas was no longer sticky. What can I do to get the missing diamonds to stick to the canvas.

    January 13, 2021

  • Shirley Bunch said:

    I need to know how to properly remove you round grid without it tearing apart. And how to properly use the square grid. The few videos I’ve watched weren’t alot of help.

    December 16, 2020

  • Peggy Scefcyk said:

    I have found that when you seal the picture with Mod Podge, it takes the sheen away so I found Mod Podge with glitter to seal my picture. It makes it shine like the original picture before sealing. Try it instead of the regular Mod Podge.

    December 16, 2020

  • Denna said:

    I accidentally got two colors mixed up on my picture. I was able to pick them all off and redo it but all the diamonds I had extra that I picked off are all sticky now and sticking together. Is there anything I can do to help with this?

    April 17, 2020

  • PATRICIA said:

    I WILL BE DOING MY 1ST PAINTING, IS THERE A TIP I SHOULD KNOW AND USE RIGHT AWAY.
    SOME OF THESE TIPS I HAVE KNOW IDEA WHAT UR TALKING ABOUT. LOL

    ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

    THANK yOU

    April 17, 2020

  • Libby Bays said:

    Love the idea of painting the edges before framing thus making it look like a mat. That’s where I find the hardest thing is the framing cause all the ones I have done are not your standard size like a 8×10, 12×14 etc. Thanks for the tip. Going to try it on my next one.

    April 02, 2020

  • Laurie Hamacher said:

    Don’t throw away your pens.
    My diamond dotz pins weren’t picking up the diamonds any more. I found, that if you remove the built up old wax from your pen, you’ll be able to pick up your diamond dotz again.

    March 03, 2020

  • Deb said:

    I only remove a 10 drill x 10 drill square of the paper to expose adhesive, cutting it away. Don’t have to worry about anything messing up the work surface that way. Also, small Dixie cups from the dollar store work perfectly to hold drills. I can write number and draw shape inside cup and stack them alpha, numerical, and symbols together. Makes organizing very easy.

    March 03, 2020

  • April Naylor said:

    These are helpful tips and good comments. Blu tack can be useful to stick the diamonds onto your work project with the pen.

    March 03, 2020

  • Erika said:

    Use blue wall stick for the adhesive in your drill pen instead of wax. it lasts a thousand times longer. and it’s cheaper too..

    March 03, 2020

  • Leslie said:

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

    January 16, 2020

  • Terri said:

    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

    January 16, 2020

  • Sarah said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Sarah said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Linda Ericsson said:

    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!

    November 20, 2019

  • Dalma said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Linda Deslauriers said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Cynthia said:

    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! :-)

    October 18, 2019

  • Brenda said:

    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???

    October 18, 2019

  • Barbara Winters said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019

  • Sherrie Beckstead said:

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

    October 06, 2019

  • Karen said:

    Great tips

    October 06, 2019

  • Cindy Soltis said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019

  • Wanda Hankins said:

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

    October 06, 2019

  • susan cline said:

    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

    October 06, 2019

  • ELlen said:

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

    October 06, 2019

  • Lillian Jett said:

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

    October 06, 2019

  • Joyce Dawson said:

    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

    October 06, 2019

  • susan retterath said:

    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

    October 06, 2019

  • Darhl said:

    Love your tips, and tricks, Thanks

    October 06, 2019

  • Sara Fisher said:

    Awesome tips

    October 06, 2019

  • Bonnie said:

    Note number 9 is very important

    October 06, 2019

  • Jeannette Guess said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019

  • Gayl Tomaszewski said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019

  • CHRISTINA MYERS said:

    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!!!

    October 06, 2019

  • Adele said:

    How to you remove saran wrap stuck to the canvas?

    October 06, 2019

  • margaret ward said:

    great tips

    October 06, 2019

  • Sally Monville said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019

  • debbie teachout said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019

  • Ina DeForest said:

    keep the tips coming their great

    October 06, 2019

  • Martha said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019

  • Lucy Carlson said:

    Excellent suggestions!

    October 06, 2019

  • Karen Leonard said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019

  • linda said:

    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.

    October 06, 2019


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