New to Diamond Painting? Have no fear! You're in the exact right place. And we're SO glad to have you!
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.
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.
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 :).
Easier (And Faster!) To Pick Up And Apply Diamonds.
After placing thousands of diamonds, you may want to switch things up. Our community has developed a number of different Diamond Painting Techniques and strategies that everyone can follow!
Imagine the alternating black and white squares on a traditional checkerboard. Apply the same method to your Diamond Painting to mix things up a bit on areas with large amounts of the same color. The real upside comes when you fill in the gaps - SO satisfying when everything snaps into place.
Some say you should always leave the best for last. The "Work Your Way Up" method involves starting with your smallest quantity color first, and then finishing up with the color you have the most of. Things should get easier as you go along, since you can place more of the same color at a time with your Diamond Pen Multi-head.
This one doesn't require much explaining - just work your way across the canvas one color at a time! The downside here is that the exposed areas might get less sticky over time. But on the plus side, filling in all of the blank spots is that much more satisfying than going row by row, for example.
PRO TIP: If any areas ever get less sticky due to air exposure, try dabbing the spot with a moist towel or baby wipe.
Put yourself in the shoes of a farmer and divide up large blocks of the same color into little "plots" that you'll "harvest" on at a time! Are we stretching the metaphor too far yet? Keep each rectangle just wide enough that you can place 3 or 5 diamonds with the wide end of your Diamond Pen.
Each Diamond Painting Kit comes with everything you need to get started!
When ordering kits, be sure to pay attention to 1) where the kit is coming from and 2) how it's packaged. If your kit is coming from overseas, you'll want to be sure it's packaged securely for transit.
At Paint With Diamonds, we avoid common shipping problems by wrapping our canvases around foam noodles to avoid creases and plastic wrapping all canvases to avoid water damage.
Many Diamond Painting Kits ship from overseas. To minimize damage in shipping, we wrap our canvases securely around a firm foam noodle. Sometimes, there may be some creases in the canvas when you unroll it. So what can you do to get rid of them?
Option 1: Put The Canvas Under Your Mattress. Try using your bodyweight overnight to iron out any creases and wrinkles in the canvas.
Option 2: Put Heavy Books On The Canvas: The same principle applies here - simply apply weight in the form of heavy books for a day or two.
Option 3: Cut Our Creases With A Crafting Knife: If there are stubborn creases, simply lightly go over them with an X-Acto knife to release any air trapped between the canvas and its adhesive layer.
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.
2. Use egg cartons to organize your diamonds. Simple, easy, and cheap! Click here for more DIY Storage Hacks.
3. Tape or glue your diamonds next to their symbol on the canvas. Easily reference the diamonds you need at quick glance!
4. Use baby wipes to make areas sticky again. If an area of your canvas becomes less sticky, just dab the area with baby wipes! You can also use this method to get any papers or pet hair off your canvas.
Hungry for more tips and tricks? Check out 7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks You've Definitely Never Thought OfWelcome to the Diamond Painting Family!
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