What is a diamond painting you may ask? Simply put, it would be the glamorous offspring of cross stitch and paint-by-numbers. But instead of thread or paint, you use glittering diamond-cut resin beads.
You do not need to be a pro artist to create wonderful wall decors. All you need is time and paint with diamonds kit. Diamond painting is pretty much similar to paint by numbers. The only difference is we use diamonds, crystals and flat-backed rhinestones instead of using the paints.
However, to make sure this activity brings you pleasure and joy and achieve a fascinating result, keep in mind the following tips:
Sort the rhinestones and pour them into separate numbered plastic containers so that you can easily find the required color in the process. However, with Crafting Spark/Wizardi diamond painting kits you don’t have to worry about that – the rhinestones already come in numbered zip-lock bags for your convenience.
The secret to keeping your canvas sticky
You can ensure that your canvas remains sticky by dividing it into sections. Peel off the protective layer into manageable portions. This way, you can prevent exposing the part you are not yet working on to unwanted fuzz, dust, and sweat.
In case you still end up in a non-sticky situation, you can gently wipe the area with baby wipes. You can also use clear double-sided tape.
t's best that you start from the upper right- or left-hand corner to avoid damaging the completed areas as you move forward.
Pick a rhinestone with a stylus or tweezers and place it on the sticky surface of the canvas according to the color key. Make sure that each successive rhinestone is as close to the previous one as possible – otherwise, your work will look messy. Straighten out the row of rhinestones first and only after that press the rhinestones to the canvas. Use a metal ruler to straighten out the rows and bring them closer together.
Cut mistakes with this must-have gadget
Many diamond painters blame bad lighting for mistakes in placing beads. Putting a light pad under your canvas can make you see the symbols better. This puts an end to your worries of sticking on the wrong diamond color.
Once you’ve finished your diamond painting, spread it out on a flat surface, making sure that no other objects are in contact with the drills to avoid damage.
To lock the drills in place and preserve your project for years to come, you might want to seal your diamond painting. Once it is completely dry, you can frame your masterpiece.
Although local retailers in the U.S. are now starting to carry Mysterious Diamond Painting, many of the seasoned veterans buy theirs from overseas online retailers instead. This includes topdiamomndart.com too; I probably buy 95% of mine the same way. Most of the time, you can find a much wider variety, with more competitive pricing.