10 useful diamond painting tips
Diamond painting is a crafting hobby that involves creating a colorful, sparkly image by sticking small diamond beads to a canvas using a specific tool called "diamond painting pen". Similar to cross-stitching or paint-by-numbers, diamond art add sparkle and texture to your project thanks to the beads. Whether you're decorating your living room or are looking to gift a loved one with something unique, our 10 tips will definitely help you be more efficient when creating your next diamond painting.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT CANVAS SIZE FOR YOUR DIAMOND PAINTING
Choosing the right canvas size often seems trivial but diamond painting is an activity that can take you several hours to complete for an excellent end result. To stay motivated over time, it is important to take into account your skills level.
Small diamond painting canvases, 8"x12" or 12"x16", will be perfect if you are a beginner and will prevent you from being overwhelmed by the task. You will then gradually become familiar with the various diamond painting techniques and develop the patience and regularity of action the practice of this activity requires.
Each of our diamond painting kits include all the materials you need to make your painting a perfect work of art: adhesive canvas, bags of diamonds, tweezers, pen, tray, wax, etc. You can discover all our diamond painting designs in our dedicated collections: cities, flowers, landscapes, animals and more available in different sizes.
LINE UP THE DIAMONDS CORRECTLY WITH A RULER
Make sure you find a flat, even surface like a cutting board or a craft table before you start working. Using a ruler when lining up the beads will help you to move forward with care and precision in your project. On your canvas, the ruler should be placed gently along the lines of the canvas. Once the ruler is secure on the surface, you can safely place your diamond painting beads.
Depending on the design you want to create on your canvas, you can also use a diamond painting ruler specially designed for this activity.
GLUE EACH DIAMOND NEXT TO ITS SYMBOL
To optimise your work, we advise you to stick each colored diamond next to its symbol on the legend sheet. This will make it easier to see which is the corresponding diamond color to stick on your canvas.
WORK ON ONE COLOR AT A TIME
Although there are several techniques that can be used when diamond painting, one trick that will prevent you from getting lost in the work is to do one symbol of your diamond painting at a time.
Concentrate on one section at a time and do not move on to another without completing the previous one. By working in sections on your diamond painting canvas, you will progress evenly and efficiently.
GLUE THE CANVAS TO A FLAT, REMOVABLE SURFACE
One of our tips for a successful diamond painting is to tape the canvas to a flat, even surface or a cutting board. Perhaps you would like to continue making your artwork in another room of your house or take it with you while on holidays? Perhaps you can't leave your diamond painting on the table at home because of your children? This tip will be very helpful. Make sure the canvas is perfectly secured to your removable stand across the entire contact area.
USE WASHING MACHINE WIPES TO AVOID ELECTROSTATIC BUILD-UP
Due to their chemical content, the beads tend to stick to each other in their container. This makes them difficult to handle. This means your diamond painting becomes difficult and slower to complete. Simply place sections of anti-fading laundry wipes on your diamonds to reverse the electrostatic magnetism.
USE SPECIAL PEN HEADS FOR YOUR DIAMOND PAINTING
By putting wax on the tip of your pen, you can easily pick up the rhinestones and place them on the self-adhesive canvas. Multi-placer heads save you precious time when placing beads of the same color on a given line. Instead of placing them one by one, you simply place your diamonds on the head or the pen and stick them all at once on the canvas.
USE CURVED TWEEZERS
You may find that you have placed a diamond of the wrong color in a particular area of your DIY painting. To avoid damaging the adhesive layer, use curved tweezers to gently remove the bead. Be gentle and don't force the tweezer head on the diamond. You need to preserve the adhesive part so that the correct resin can be placed in its place late.
CONSIDER USING ALIGHT PAD. FOR DIAMOND PAINTING
You may have to work on your painting in an environment where the lighting is not optimal. In order to see the darker parts of your canvas and not strain your eyes too much, a light pad for diamond painting is a great idea. This plug-in device will effectively shine a light on the canvas, showing the areas to be filled in clearly. It is best to choose A4 size light pads, as they are the most practical and can be easily carried around.
THE GRIP OF YOUR DIAMOND PAINTING PEN: AN ESSENTIAL ACCESSORY
It takes many hours to complete a piece of diamond painting. So it is easy to imagine how tiring it can be to hold the pen at your fingertips during the whole process. The grip allows a more natural handling of your diamond painting tool. To prevent your fingers from hurting while working on your painting, this accessory is placed where your fingertips come into contact with the pen shaft.
The clever design is tailored to your hand to prevent it from shaking and getting tired. Don't forget to take your time to constantly check your work and adjust it if possible to get the best possible result.
Now it's your turn! Discover our extensive range of diamond painting kits on our website. You will then be able to enjoy this original and fun DIY activity.