Diamond painting is the newest take on paint-by-numbers, and it’s been a success so far. Unlike the name implies, there are no actual diamonds used in diamond painting – however, that does mean that anyone can pick up a diamond painting kit and start doing it today.
This art form is applying small rhinestones of varying colors onto a piece of fabric in a specific pattern. From there, you can use the completed piece of art to decorate pillows, books, walls – anything you can imagine.
Why Diamond Painting
People pursue this art form for a variety of different reasons.
For one, it’s great to do with the whole family. While it requires some hand-eye coordination, the applicator tool makes it easy to apply the diamonds regardless of age or talent.
It’s also meditative. While often compared to cross stitch, there are no threads to get tangled, nor are there multiple stitches to learn. You can easily get lost in the methodical movements of picking up and placing the diamonds in the right spots, relaxing into the rhythm of picking up and placing diamonds.
Diamond painting is also fairly simple. You don’t have to mix colors or learn complicated techniques. If you buy a full kit, you have everything you need to get started with the craft. You can find various beautiful kits online and in craft stores that make it easy for anyone to express themselves with this art form.
Once you get the hang of the art form, you can also use it to make your own art, without a pattern. Several online retailers specialize in diamond painting supplies and sell canvas, stones, and tools separately.
Tips and Tricks
While it’s simple to get started with this art, some diamond painting tips and tricks make it easier.
First off, sort your diamonds. Take care to match the colors on the bag to the colors on the painting – you don’t want to find out you’re missing one or have accidentally swapped two halfway through the piece.
Secondly, only uncover a small portion of the canvas at a time. The canvas is already sticky, which makes it easy for you to apply the diamonds. However, it also becomes vulnerable to dirt and drying out if it’s left uncovered for too long.
Thirdly, turn all your diamonds the right way before you get started. It’s much easier to pick them up and apply them to the canvas if you already have them sitting flat side down.
Don’t press the diamonds onto the canvas very hard at first. If you only use light pressure, you can gently adjust them if you accidentally put it in the wrong spot. Once you get used to the art, you can apply more pressure with the first application.
It’s easier to work with one color at a time, but you may find a rhythm you like working row-by-row.
Once you’re done applying the diamonds and have secured them with a rolling pin, some people add Modge Podge to the top. This adds an extra layer of security to prevent diamonds from falling off.
Like all art forms, diamond painting only has a few loose guidelines for you to follow. It’s a great way to express yourself and relax, all while creating a beautiful piece of artwork.