10 Shining Diamond Painting Tips and Tricks

May 21, 2018

One of the wonderful things about the diamond painting community is how excited everyone is to learn this new craft together. This hobby is so new that we’re all still finding out the quickest, most effective, and most fun tricks to make these beautiful pictures.

    As we each discover new methods and techniques individually, we’re eager to share our discoveries with other crafting enthusiasts! Here’s 10 of our favorite diamond painting tips we’ve picked up alone way.

     

    1. Choose a kit that makes you smile

      While this may seem obvious, it’s important to pick something you like to look at for long periods of time. Since you will be working closely with the piece, try to pick something that’s fun for you and won’t bore you.


      Thankfully we here at Pretty Neat Creative have hundreds of designs to choose from so it never feels dull! Size plays into this as well.

      If you are new, it might not be best to pick an enormous piece. Finishing the small ones has a sense of joy in the simplicity of the work, but finishing a massive, 30” piece has fantastic satisfaction.

       

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      2. Use a multi-tool for those large chunks of color

        It can get frustrating to try and cover a large space with just one color. Thankfully, we have a multi tool that lets you pick up 9 drills at once and place them in a straight line. Wonderful for borders and huge spaces of a single color. For smaller areas, there’s also a 3 and 7 drill tool as well. Pick one up here!

         

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        3. Use a toothpick

          In most of my work, I used the setter tool, but I found keeping a toothpick handy was excellent for nudging wayward crystals back in line, or picking up ones that had dropped. I found it as useful as the setting tool itself!

           

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          4. Work in sections of color blocks

            To begin, peel back the clear sheet covering the adhesive on the canvas in small sections. This will keep the adhesive fresh while you place the gems! If the piece is large, snip slits in the clear sheet to let you peel back smaller sections at a time so the adhesive won’t dry out.

             

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            Conventional wisdom says to work on one color at a time, however, after pulling away the film to expose the adhesive, this might reveal lots of colors, especially in smaller pieces. It helps to choose four different colors that are wildly different to work on at once, so they don’t get mixed up. In designs with palettes closer in color to one another, working with a single color at a time might be more helpful.

             

            5. Use dryer sheets to combat static

              Since the drills are made of resin and are lightweight, they tend to have a tendency to stick together. Cutting up small sections of dryer sheets to store with your diamonds will keep them from bunching up.

               

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              6. Tape down your canvas to keep it from curling

                This is especially true with smaller pieces, which like to curl up when taken from the shipping box. Tape down around the sides-- similar to preparing a watercolor piece for painting-- to keep the canvas from curling.

                 

                7. Store your diamonds in resealable containers

                  Any kind will do. Plastic resealable bags, small jars. Even a tackle box! Whatever system works best for you will help keep you organized. We have one of these in our shop: though it started out as a jewelry container, it’s perfect for storing diamonds!

                   

                  plastic container

                  8. Label everything

                    It’s a good idea to label the containers, whatever they may be, with the number of their color as well as the corresponding symbol. As for the key on the margins of the canvas, you can tape down samples of each color unless one slips by unnoticed onto your setting tool.

                     

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                    9. Use a gentle touch

                      The only small problem I ever encountered with working on my painting was the occasional time I would press too hard and the gum adhesive would pop out of my setting tool. No harm done, I simply had to replace the gum and scoop it off of the gem.


                      However, it was annoying to stop the rhythm of placing gems to fix it, so from my experience, use a gentle touch. The adhesive on the canvas is much stronger than the gum on the tool, and doesn’t need a heavy press in order to get it to stick.

                       

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                      10. Clean the gum off of the gems

                        Sometimes the gum adhesive stuck on the setting tool dulls the shine of the diamonds, Get a damp cloth or a glasses cleaning sheet and carefully rub over finished areas. Shiny!

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                        We’re still discovering new tricks and tips as we all learn this hobby right alongside you all. Have you found any diamond painting tips of your own? Share them below, we’d love to hear them!