Diamond painting: what is it? Here's the 2021 guide for beginners
DIAMOND PAINTING: WHAT IS IT
Diamond painting can be described as a craft hobby. Think of it as an integration between Paint by Numbers and Cross Stitch.
Diamond painting began in 2015. It was developed to be a more therapeutic version of Cross Stitch - a faster, easier version.
Diamond painting allows you to apply small resin "diamonds" to a DMC-coated adhesive canvas to create brighter mosaic paintings.
GETTING STARTED WITH DIAMOND PAINT
- Pull all items from the package.
- The canvas should be laid out on a flat, clean surface.
- To begin, select a colored diamond.
- Pour the diamonds into the tray (included) to simplify picking.
- The tip of the applicator should be dipped in wax. This will allow you to pick up the diamonds effortlessly. (Note - wax is included with some kits, pliers are included with others.)
- The tip of the applicator should be placed on the rounded side of the diamond.
- The plastic film on the applicator should be carefully peeled off. The diamond should then be pressed onto the corresponding symbol.
- This process should be repeated until you are done!"
WHAT SEPARATES A SQUARE DIAMOND FROM A ROUND?
When it comes to diamond painting, you will sometimes come across terms such as "round drill" and "square drill". The word "drill" is just a substitute word to describe a diamond.
When talking about square diamonds and round diamonds, we are comparing the shapes of the diamond to each other.
If you are trying to make a choice between a round and square shape, you should keep in mind that there is no correct answer. Your goal should be to choose a shape that you believe is beautiful.
You will be able to create a more complete painting
Square diamonds appear "cleaner" compared to round diamonds. They line up more easily with each other, creating a complete mosaic appearance when viewed from a distance.
Square diamonds "snap" together nicely
Little things like this can go a long way! When you start the filling process, the "snap" you'll hear when these pieces come together will be quite satisfying.
Round diamonds and applying them will be faster and easier!
Round diamonds adhere much better to diamond pens, making the transition almost seamless.
The finished painting may look less "complete"
Keeping in mind the shapes of the diamonds, the spaces between the diamonds may be more visible when looking at the painting closely.
DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES FOR DIAMOND PAINTING
You may want to change things up after a while. Various diamond painting techniques have been developed by our community. The strategies for using them couldn't be easier!
The CHECKERBOARD APPROACH
Alternating white and black squares can be applied to areas containing large amounts of a certain color. Many gaps will be filled in this way. When everything comes together, the finished piece will be fascinating.
START FROM THE BOTTOM
The best things should be saved for last. This approach is to start with the color you have the least diamonds of. Round things out with the color you have plenty of. Things will get easier as you go along. Several similar colors can be used simultaneously if you have a multi-headed diamond pen.
The INDIVIDUAL APPROACH
While this approach doesn't need much explanation, it is worth mentioning. Simply move from one side of the canvas to the other using an individual color per movement. Keep in mind, however, that some easily exposed areas may appear less tacky over time. However, any empty spaces will be filled in with this approach. For some, the process may be more satisfying for some people than moving from one row to the next.
SUGGESTION: If some areas lose their grip due to exposure to air, the stain can be dabbed with a baby wipe or damp towel.
FIRST LAND APPROACH
Large blocks containing similar colors should be divided into small "plots" that can be "harvested" on an individual basis. Each rectangle should be large enough that 3-5 diamonds can be placed in it using the wide end of the diamond pen.
Each kit will include everything you need to get started.
- Wax pad (with which you can pick up diamonds).
- A diamond pen.
- Colored diamonds (separated by labeled bags).
- Canvas (pre-printed) with a design board (includes pre-applied adhesive).
IF THE CANVAS DISPLAY WITH FOLDERS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Many kits are shipped from overseas. Our canvases are securely packaged. Occasionally, however, wrinkles may appear on the canvas. What steps can you take to remove them?
- Tape your canvas under a mattress - leave the canvas there overnight.
- Place heavy books directly on your canvas - applying weights to the canvas with heavy books and leaving them there for a few days will flatten the wrinkles.
- Craft knives can be used to cut creases - if some creases are too stubborn to get out, use X-Acto knives or a tool like them to release the air trapped between your canvas and the adhesive layer attached to it.
CADING A DIAMOND PAINT
Oraloa can provide you with a natural wood stretcher bar that you can add to your finished canvas.
Note - the logs must be attached with Mod Podge or similar filler, following the steps shown in this video. Contact us for more complete instructions.
USEFUL TIPS AND ADVICE
- The canvas will come wrapped in parchment paper or plastic wrap when it arrives (so that the stickiness is preserved). The plastic wrap should not be removed all at once. Rather, the plastic should be peeled off slowly as you work your way up.
- Egg cartons can be used for diamond organization. The process is simple and inexpensive.
- Paste or glue the diamonds next to the indicated symbol on your canvas. The diamonds can be easily referenced whenever you need a quick look.
- Baby wipes can be used to make certain areas sticky again. If a certain area of the fabric is losing its stickiness, use a baby wipe to dab that area. This technique can also be used to remove pet hair or papers from your canvas.
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Do you have any diamond painting suggestions to share? We'd love to hear about them below.
Emy Collins for Oraloa©