Does Diamond Painting intrigue you? Is it something you want to know more about? When I saw Diamond Painting, I too was intrigued. What is this “Diamond Painting?” If you love cross-stitch, jigsaw puzzles and/or paint by number then Diamond Painting might be right up your alley.
This article will guide you through the Diamond Painting process. Step by Step, making it easy for anyone to do.
The first thing you want to do is pick out your project. I shop at Amazon.com, Paintwithdiamonds.com or Aliexpress.com, but I am sure there are other places to purchase these kits. Be sure to order the right size, if it is a detailed picture the larger the canvas the better. There are 100’s of pictures to choose from so take some time to find one that really speaks to you.
The project has been delivered and now you can’t wait to get started. What is that “pink” pencil that came with the kit? What about the little pink square/rectangle that came with it? Tweezers? What do I do with these? I’m here to answer all of your questions.
The kit should come with:
- Your picture stamped on the canvas, and it should be covered to protect the sticky surface. Be sure and leave that cover over the canvas.
- A Pink pen(it may be another color)
- A pink square or rectangle sticky substance enclosed in clear plastic.
- Drills, lots of little colorful mosaics – they may be round or square.
- Small Tray with raised lines.
- Instructions with a Key to the Symbols = Number to the Drills.
Before you begin, ensure all the pieces are included in the kit. Match the Drill #’s to the # of packets for each color, if any are missing be sure and contact the seller so they can get it out in the mail right away. This may take a while so the sooner you do this the quicker they will come in the mail.
Roll out your canvas, you can use books to flatten it before you start to smooth it out. Some people put it between their mattresses, it seems to work great too. Roll it out and used masking tape to tape it to the table. You can also tape it to a piece of cardboard, something that can be removed easily if you need to use the table.
I like to organize all the colors into little plastic holders so they are ready to go and easy to find. If you don’t have the little containers then you can just put them in order so they will be easy to find.
The pink pen has a hollow point. You will use the wax like pink substance to fill in that hollow chamber in the pen. Just dab the pen a couple of times into the wax like substance, once filled it will leave a sticky end to the pen. Some kits come with a special wax pencil that you have to sharpen instead. In this case, sharpen the pencil using a pencil sharpener. Some pens will have a wide end too, which you can use to pick up to three crystals at one time.
Peel back a small part of the corner you would like to start with,I like to start with 2 to 3 inches. What is the symbol in the corner? Find the symbol on the Key, once you have the number find the corresponding drills.
Pour a few of the drills into the tray. Using the pink pen filled with the wax substance be sure the drill is shiny side up (flat side down), put the point of the pen on the drill and set it on the little square on the canvas. You just laid your first drill!! Congrats!
I like to complete one section at a time. I like to tear sections in the top cover, once I finish that section I move on to another section. This keeps the project clean and free of dirt and dust.
I also like to use a lighted board under my projects, it helps you read the small squares. It plugs into my computer and once I started using it, I can never go back to an unlit service.
When I am half way done, I measure the picture part of the canvas and then order a frame and/or matt for the finished product.
When the product is finished I use a rolling pin to ensure the drills are sticking to the canvas. I then take the canvas into the garage or outdoors and spray it with an adhesive to ensure it is sealed. Once it has completely dried I then frame the picture.
Many suggest taking the glass out of the frame as it dulls the sparkle of the Diamond Painting.