What Is Diamond Painting? The Ultimate Beginner's Guide


What Is Diamond Painting The Ultimate Beginners Guide

New to Diamond Painting? Have no fear! You're in the exact right place. And we're SO glad to have you! 

What Is Diamond Painting Cross Stitch? 

Diamond Painting is a new craft hobby that's a mix between Cross Stitch and Paint By Numbers.

Created in 2015, Diamond Painting was designed as an easier, faster, and more therapeutic alternative to Cross Stitch. 

With Diamond Painting, you apply tiny resin "diamonds" to a DMC-coded adhesive canvas to create vibrant mosaic paintings. 

Diamond Painting is super fun and easy to learn no matter how old you are! Have a look at the video above for an over-the-shoulder look at how to get started.  

Diamond Painting Instructions 

What Is Diamond Painting The Ultimate Beginners Guide

Step-By-Step Diamond Painting Instructions

  1. Remove all items from the package
  2. Lay out the canvas on a clean, flat surface 
  3. Choose a single color diamond to get started with 
  4. Place the diamonds in the included grooved tray for easy picking 
  5. Dip the tip of the applicator in the wax. This will help you pick up the diamonds.
    1. Note: some kits come with wax. Others come with tweezers - your choice!
  6. Press the tip of the applicator tool on the rounded side of the diamond
  7. Peel back the plastic film and carefully press the diamond onto its corresponding symbol
  8. Repeat the process until you're done! 

What's The Difference Between Round And Square Drill?

In Diamond Painting, you will often come across the terms "Square Drill" and "Round Drill." In Diamond Painting, a "drill" is simply another word for "diamond."

When we say Round vs. Square Drill, we're referring to the physical shape of the diamonds. 

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

In choosing between square and round drill, it's important to know that there are no right answers. Your goal should be to choose whichever shape that YOU personally think is most beautiful :).  

Square Drill (aka Square Diamonds)

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill
  • Creates A Fuller, More Complete Looking Painting.
    • Square drill diamonds look a bit "cleaner" than round drill diamonds. They line up more easily and create a "fuller" mosaic look when enjoyed from a distance.
  • Square Diamonds Satisfyingly "Snap" Into Place. 
    • Sometimes it's the little things that matter! When you start making progress on a painting and begin filling in gaps, you get a satisfying "snap" and a sense of achievement, as dorky as that sounds! 

Round Drill (aka Round Diamonds)

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

    • Easier (And Faster!) To Pick Up And Apply Diamonds.  
      • Round diamonds just seem to stick to the diamond pen better, making the transition seem more seamless. 
    • Finished Painting Feels Less "Complete." 
    • Given the round shape of the diamonds, gaps between diamonds may appear more apparent when you're close up with the painting. 
[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

What Does Each Diamond Painting Kit Include?

  • Pre-printed canvas with design chart (with pre-applied adhesive) 
  • Color diamonds delivered in separate bags (labeled) 
  • Diamond pen tool
  • Pair of extra-sharp tweezers 
  • Wax pad (used to pick up diamonds)

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How Do I Frame My Finished Diamond Painting?

After a while, you'll probably notice your collection of finished Diamond Paintings start to pile up.

Have no fear! Paint With Diamonds offers Premium DIY Natural Wood Stretcher Bars for your finished diamond painting canvases! 

Note: Be sure to secure your beads with a sealant like Mod Podge before following the steps in the video below. For more in-depth instructions, check out How To DIY Frame Your Finished Diamond Painting

Some Helpful Diamond Painting Tips And Tricks... 

What Is Diamond Painting The Ultimate Beginners Guide

  • Your canvas will be covered with a plastic film when you get it (to preserve the stickiness). DO NOT REMOVE THIS PLASTIC FILM ALL AT ONCE. Instead, slowly peel back the plastic as you work your way up the design.
  • Start at the bottom of the design and work your way up (easiest this way!) 
  • Work with one color at a time to keep things organized 
  • When organizing the diamonds, make sure the flat side is down (to easily use the applicator tool)

Hungry for more tips and tricks? Check out 7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks You've Definitely Never Thought Of!


    2 comments


    • Barbara Freund

      I have only used the round. But I see that the square are better and picture is clearer. Because small ones aren’t very clear. Am I right. This is all new to me.


    • Skye

      I got the wrong beads with my order they are not the same colors or symbols and the number on the canvas is can600065343 and the paper is canx3003788


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