When it comes to Diamond Painting, placement technique is the one area where you can really add a splash of creativity. Despite what anyone tells you, there's no right or wrong way to place a diamond!
Maybe you prefer going color by color. Or you're the type to roll row by row with a Great Big Diamond Wheel™. Either way, there's no right or wrong answer. Here's our ranking of our 6 favorite Diamond Painting techniques.
6. Color By Color
It may not be the most organized approach, but it's definitely the most straightforward! Pick a single color / character and work your way across a small uncovered area of the canvas.
This technique is super satisfying as you fill in gaps and watch your Diamond Painting come to life. Don't peel back too much of the canvas covering all at once or the adhesive may dry out between sessions!
5. Organized Diamond Chaos
Natalie Henderson says, "One of the strategies I use to help it go a little bit faster is to have several different color drills in my trays at once. I can get a lot of the canvas covered as I move across the strip."
It's kind of a riff on the Color By Color method, but with more chaos thrown in. Just be sure not to drop the trays! But if you do, you can always claim Oh Sh*t Insurance ;)
While every Diamond Painting Kit comes with both a Diamond Pen and a set of tweezers, many people prefer the pen. The tweezers are definitely not for everyone, but the precision of the motion is like layering a little game of "Operation" onto the process!
Tweezers are ideal if you're working with a Partial Drill kit or one with special diamonds. The tweezers help you clamp onto the diamond easily regardless of its shape.
3. Great Big Diamond Wheel™
This method is a bit advanced, and may take a bit of maneuvering, but it really speeds things up once you get rolling! Use the Paint With Diamonds Great Big Diamond Wheel™ to apply dozens of diamonds in a single go.
Make sure to line up your roller perfectly before you start, or your row may be ever so slightly off! It may take a bit of practice, but this method is a huge time-saver.
2. Row By Row / Multi-Placer
For a lot of people, the "aha" moment of flipping over your Diamond Pen and using the Multi-Placer tool comes way too late. But once you've enjoyed the splendors of going row by row, there's no turning back.
1. The Checkerboard
"Checkerboarding" refers to the process of first filling in every other square in a section of your Diamond Painting, then going back and filling in the gaps. The process works ideally with large areas containing a single color.
With Checkerboarding, your second approach to fill in the empty spaces is super satisfying, because each and every diamond "snaps" into place. You also don't have to worry about keeping your rows straight - things just tend to straighten themselves out!
What's Your Favorite Technique?
Which one of the techniques do you prefer using? Or maybe you have a special technique that only you know about? Let the world know in the comments below, or join the chat in the Paint With Diamonds Facebook Support Group!