Diamond Painting: What Is It? A 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 started in 2015. It was developed to be a more therapeutic version of Cross Stitch – one that was faster and easier.

Diamond Painting allows you to apply small resin “diamonds” onto an adhesive canvas coated with DMC in order to create brighter mosaic paintings.

GETTING STARTED WITH DIAMOND PAINTING

diamond painting guide Oraloa

NAVIGATIONAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Take all items out of the package.
  • The canvas should be laid out on a flat, clean surface.
  • To begin with, select one color diamond.
  • Pour the diamonds into the tray (included) to simplify picking.
  • The applicator’s tip should be dipped into the wax. Doing so will allow you to pick the diamonds up effortlessly. (Note – wax is included with some kits, tweezers are included with others.)
  • The applicator’s tip should be placed on the diamond’s rounded side.
  • The applicator’s plastic film should be peeled back carefully. 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 ONE?

When it comes to Diamond Painting, sometimes you will stumble upon terms like “round drill” and “square drill.” The word “drill” is just a substitutional word to describe a diamond.

By talking about square drills versus round drills, we are comparing the diamond’s physical shapes against one another.

One trying to make a choice between a round and square drill, you should keep in mind that there is no correct answer. Your objective should entail choosing a shape you believe is beautiful.

SQUARE DIAMONDS (AKA SQUARE DRILL)

Square diamond oraloa blog diamond painting

You’ll Be Able to Create a Painting That Looks More Complete

Square diamonds come across as “cleaner” in comparison to round ones. They align with one another more easily, which creates a complete mosaic appearance when seen from afar.

Square Diamonds “Snap” into Position Satisfyingly

Little things like this can go a long way! When you begin the process of filling gaps in, then the “snap” you will hear as these pieces come together will be quite satisfying.

ROUND DIAMONDS (AKA ROUND DRILLS)

round diamond oraloa blog diamond painting

Round diamonds stick to diamond pens a lot better, which makes the transition almost seamless.

The Finished Painting May Feel Less “Complete”

Keeping the diamonds’ shapes in mind, gaps in between the diamonds might be more noticeable when looking at the painting up close.

DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES FOR DIAMOND PAINTING

Technique de Peinture à Diamants Oraloa guide blog

You might want to change things up after a while. Various techniques for Diamond Painting have been developed by our community. The strategies to use them couldn’t be easier!

THE CHECKERBOARD APPROACH

Alternating white and black squares can be applied to areas containing broad amounts of a certain color. A lot of gaps will be filled in by doing so. When everything comes together, the finished piece will be mesmerizing.

START FROM THE BOTTOM

The best things should be saved for last. This approach involves beginning with the color you have the least amount of. Round things off with whatever color that you have an abundance of. Things will get easier the further along you go. Several similar colors can be used simultaneously if you have a multi-head diamond pen.

THE INDIVIDUAL APPROACH

Although this approach doesn’t warrant a lot of explaining, it is worth mentioning. Simply make your way from one side of the canvas to the other using one individual color per movement. Be mindful, though, that some areas that are easily exposed might feel less sticky as time goes on. However, any blank spots will be filled in with this approach. For some, the process can be more satisfying for some people than going from one row to another.

SUGGESTION: if some areas lose their stickiness because of exposure to air, the spot can be dabbed with a baby wipe or moist towel.

THE FARM PLOT APPROACH

Large blocks containing similar colors should be divided up into small “plots” that can be “harvested” on an individual basis. Each rectangle should be kept wide enough so that 3 to 5 diamonds can be placed into them using the diamond pen’s wide end.

Every kit will include all that you require to begin!

  • Wax pad (which you can pick diamonds up with).
  • Diamond pen.
  • Color diamonds (separated by labeled bags).
  • Canvas (preprinted) with a design chart (includes an adhesive that is pre-applied).

IF THE CANVAS SHOWS UP WITH CREASES, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Many kits are shipped from overseas. Our canvases are securely wrapped. From time to time, though, creases may be apparent on the canvas. What steps can you take to remove them?

  • Stick your canvas under a mattress – leave the canvas there overnight, as hours will be spent ironing out wrinkles and creases it contains.
  • Place heavy books directly on your canvas – by applying weights to the canvas using some hefty books and leaving them there for a couple of days, you will flatten out any creases.
  • Crafting 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 air that’s trapped between your canvas and the adhesive layer attached to it.

FRAMING A DIAMOND PAINTING

Oraloa BlogFRAMING A DIAMOND PAINTING

Oraloa can provide you with a stretcher bar made of natural wood that you can add to your finished canvas.

Note – beads should be secured with Mod Podge or a similar sealant, as per the steps shown in this video. Contact us for more comprehensive directions.

HELPFUL TRICKS AND TIPS

  • The canvas will come wrapped up in parchment paper or plastic film when it arrives (so that the stickiness is preserved). The plastic film should not be removed at once. Rather, the plastic should be peeled back slowly while you make your way upward.
  • Egg cartons can be used for diamond organizing. The process is cheap and easy.
  • Glue or tape the diamonds beside the symbol shown on your canvas. The diamonds can be referenced easily whenever you need a quick look.
  • Baby wipes can be used to make certain areas sticky once again. If a certain area on the canvas loses 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.

The Oraloa Family Welcomes You!

If you have any questions, send us a message by emailing info@oraloa.com or contacting us on Facebook.

Do you have any Diamond Painting suggestions to share? We would love to hear about them below. 

Emy Collins for Oraloa ©