Are you ready to start learning how to Paint with Diamonds? Are your instructions missing from your first kit? I know they were for me. I hope these Diamond Painting instructions will help you get started.
Your Kit Arrives in the Mail
Once you get your kit in the mail I am sure you are super excited to get started as soon as possible. I know I was, I couldn’t wait!!! The first thing you want to do is open the kit and inspect the contents. Did you receive everything you were supposed to you will need to check your drills (the little mosaic shiny circles or squares) – All the drills will have a 3 or 4 digit code referred to as DMC, you will have a paper with all the codes listed(see picture to the right), match those codes to the numbers on the bags of drills.
Is anything missing? If so, you will want to reach out to the manufacturer right away because these items may take quite awhile to get so you want to put in your claim as soon as possible. Most manufacturer’s respond very quickly and work very hard to getting you out your missing items very quickly but the mail is from overseas(I’m in the US) takes quite awhile. They shouldn’t charge you for your missing items either. I haven’t experienced or read about anyone experiencing a charge for missing items.
What is included in your DP Kit?
- Canvas – Your canvas will be covered in paper. Leave that paper on as it helps protect the sticky surface that your drills will stick to when you begin your project.
- Pen – Usually pink
- Wax – Also usually a pink square or rectangle in-between clear plastic
- Tray – to hold your drills
- Drills – usually lots and lots of colorful, shiny tiny plastic mosaics that will be placed on your canvas
- Code Sheet – so you know what code goes with what number (image above)
Let’s Get Going!!
- The first thing I do is tape the canvas down to my table. Some folks use a lighted table, an easel or just a simple table (card or kitchen table). This is totally up to you.
- I then separate my drills into little containers or little baggies. This makes it so much easier once you have started your project, it will save you a lot of time in the long run.
- Your ready to get started. I use the pen to apply my drills but some folks like using the tweezers. Either way will work. If you are using the pen, you will peel back a bit of your wax and push the pen tip into the wax multiple times to fill the cavity.
- Peel back a small section of the paper on top of your canvas (I usually start at the bottom at work my way up the canvas). I usually cut sections so it’s easier to peel back and fold the section so it stays back out of my way. Look at the code you will start with and then find that color. Pour the colored drills into your green tray(it may be a different color) and then you want to gently shake the tray back and forth so the shiny part of the drills are facing up – using your pen you can tap the top of the shiny drill and then press it gently but firmly onto the canvas. Repeat until that code is filled in that particular section. Then move on to the next color.
So Your All Done? Now what?
Way to Go!!!! Doesn’t it look great? Your dedication has paid off!
Now you are wondering what’s next? Do you frame it? Seal it? I say yes to both. The first thing I do when it’s finished is use a rolling pin to ensure all the drills are adhering to the canvas. Just roll it back and forth a few times. Then I spray it with a matte Hodge Podge finish, or you can use a sealer of your choice. This will just help seal the picture so you don’t lose any drills once it’s hung up. After it has dried you can get a mat and then frame it or you could even wrap it around a wooden canvas frame. If you choose the latter then you may have to paint the sides so it blends in with the actual picture. Some folks can frame the picture themselves and others chose to take it to a store that does framing, entirely up to you. I do think framing them really put the finishing touch on the art work. I also sign and date the back of them in case I give them away or sell them.
I hope these instructions were helpful to you. I would love your feedback, let me know if you have any updates or suggestions for the above instructions. I definitely want to keep this a breathing document to update as needed. Feel free to comment below, I would love to hear how your project went and if you love Diamond Painting as much as I do.
This is a great Accessory kit for back up in case anything is missing. Just click here.