Intro to Diamond Paintings
What is a Diamond Painting?
Diamond painting is an easy and enjoyable activity for crafters young and old. Based on the same concept as mosaics and paint-by-numbers, diamond painting uses tiny “diamond”-like facets to create colorful designs and patterns for finished designs that sparkle. Applying the diamonds is a simple three-step process that is meditative and relaxing, providing hours of enjoyment as you re-create your design. Diamond painting kits are available in a variety sizes and styles from simple to elaborate so crafters of all skill levels can find a project to enjoy.
What is included in a Kit?
Although diamond paintings can vary depending on the seller or company making them, most of our diamond paintings come with the following in a kit:
- Fabric printed with a design chart on it
- Diamonds (Rhinestones) that contain the colors needed
- Tool Kit
- Pen - helps to pick up diamonds to apply them to the canvas
- Wax/Mud - dip the end of the pen into the wax to help hold the diamonds
- Tray/Plate - helps to hold the diamonds as you work on a color at a time
DIY Diamond Painting Steps
- Open the kit and confirm the diamonds, canvas and tools are there
- The packages of diamonds are labeled, review your chart to match the labels and sort accordingly to how you want to apply. (Generally from one side in, i.e. bottom to top)
- The canvas should be covered with a plastic film; peel this plastic film back to reveal the sticky substance on the canvas.
- You do not need to peel the entire film off. You can replace it back over the canvas to take breaks from the project.
- Utilize the small tray/plate to hold the particular colored diamonds you are working on for easy pick up with the pen. It is recommended to try and work on one color at a time for periods of time.
- Take the time to position the diamonds flat side down in the tray so you can easily pick up the top of the diamond with the pen and apply it to the canvas.
- To prevent the pen from drying out (with the wax on the tip,) wrap your pen applicator tool with plastic and conceal your wax in a plastic bag between uses.
- If your wax dries out or you lose your pen, you can always use a rhinestone applier that is often found by nail polish and manicure tools.
Using the Pen and Wax
- Dip the tip of the pen into the wax. The wax will help to pick up the diamonds.
- Look at the chart to determine which color to start applying and pour the matched labeled bag into the tray/plate.
- Press the pen tool tip to the rounded side of the diamond to pick up the diamond.
- Pull back the plastic film to uncover the area to be worked on and carefully press the diamond onto the correct label/symbol; the sticky substance on the canvas will hold the diamond in place.
- Continue repeating the steps above until your canvas is complete.
- Upon placing the final diamond, put the plastic film over the canvas and using a rolling pen, gently roll over the design to secure all the diamonds one final time.
- Lastly, frame your artwork and display for all your guests to admire!