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Diamond Painting is an easy, enjoyable activity for both young and old crafters; which is also known as diamond artpainting with diamond. Based on the same concept as mosaics, paint-by-numbers and cross-stitch, diamond painting uses tiny multifaceted diamonds and adhesive canvases to create colorful designs and patterns that sparkle.  Applying the diamonds (also called as beads or drills) 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 of sizes and styles from simple to elaborate so crafters of all skill levels can find a project to enjoy. Everyone can join diamond art and become an artist!

5D DIY DIAMOND PAINTING KIT: WHAT’S INCLUDED?

diamond painting kit

Be a fan of 5D diamond painting, you can just shop with confidence because everything is included in a kit: 

  • Reusable Packaging
  • Crease-Free Pre-Printed Canvas 
  • Diamonds in Labeled Zip Bags
  • A Magic Multi Placer
  • A Pen Grip
  • A Diamond Tray With Funnel
  • A Pointy Ended Tweezers
  • Pink Wax
  • Thank You Card

Just like with any painting, the basic part of your art goes onto a canvas. This is the foundation of your project. It will usually come in the form of velvet, plastic, resin, or fabric. You’ll also receive a design chart along with it to guide you. Some artisans enjoy sending in their own photos for printing or selecting a unique one from the website.

PURCHASING A DIAMOND ART KIT: WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

When you first step into the diamond painting, it can be extremely daunting to choose your first piece. There are so many options, variables and varieties it’s easy to get mixed up! Thankfully, there are some guidelines to determine if this kit is right for you!

1. WHAT IMAGE DO YOU WANT TO CREATE?

There are hundreds and hundreds of choices! Fantasy pictures, religious images, even abstract art can be made into diamond paintings, so choose an image you like and are ready to look at for long periods of time while you work.

Meanwhile, a custom-made diamond painting could be a great choice for you. Big size or small size, square drill or round drill… all are easy, you can customize your picture the way you like at Pretty Neat Creative. 

2. FULL OR PARTIAL DRILL?

full drill and partial drill diamond painting

When looking at a listing for a diamond painting, look for the words full drill or partial drill. This determines how much of the image is made using diamonds. In a full drill, the entire image is made using diamonds. In a partial drill, part of the printed picture is not covered with the beads.

Full drill canvas will take a lot longer since you have more space to cover. While the partial drill canvas is more suitable for beginners, easier and faster! 

The best part about this hobby is that it doesn’t feel like work – it’s simply an enjoyable activity to indulge in.

3. SQUARE, ROUND OR SPECIAL SHAPED DIAMOND? 

You may have heard the term “drill” used in reference to this craft. It is the small plastic or resin bead which is also known as drill, diamond, gem, rhinestone…

There are several different diamond shapes like square, round and thousand special shapes. Meanwhile, square and round diamonds are the most common.

So what is the difference and why we should choose it? It probably depends on the design and look that you desire. There is no right answer when it comes to diamond painting – hence why it’s so popular among artisans.

Here are the main differences between some diamond shapes, you can refer and choose the best one:

3.1 SQUARE DIAMOND

square diamond

Square diamond painting (2.5mm) brings a better result and a more detailed look because there are no gaps in between diamonds. However, it’s much challenging for beginners because you need to place the square beads perfectly in straight lines to have a great project. 

Furthermore, many fans of square diamonds also find pleasure in how the pieces create a satisfying “snap” sound when they fit into place.

3.2 ROUND DIAMOND

round diamond

Some crafters do love round diamonds 2.8mm because they do not require much precision and skill, it takes you less time to finish the project. Also, the result will be much more sparkle than any other beads due to 26 facet cutting.

Since round diamonds have no corners, it can create some visible gaps in the picture. These are most visible for smaller size canvases. However, from a distance, the gaps are compensated by the color of the background and become unnoticeable.

3.3 SPECIAL SHAPED DIAMOND

special shaped diamond painting

These are not used as commonly as squared or rounded drills. However, more experts like the special effects achieved when diamond painting with rhinestones. These types of diamond paintings are usually partial canvases.

4. WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

diamond painting kit

Make sure that your kit comes with everything you need: a tool kit (a placer, a pen grip, a piece of wax, tweezers, a tray); color diamonds and pre-printed canvas. Not all kits come with everything, so be sure to check! Once you get started with several kits, you will have plenty of spares, but if it’s your first project, make sure!

5. SIZE MATTERS!

size guide diamond painting

The detail of your image depends on the size of the canvas. The larger the canvas, the more details can be worked in. Small canvases are great for geometric and abstract designs, but larger ones are better for photos and classical images. 

Here are some tips for your custom-made diamond paintings:

  • Size 8″x8″: This size is recommended for a portrait consisting of one person or character
  • Size 12″x12″: This size is also meant for only one person but there is more scope for attention to detail as compared to the earlier size
  • Size 12″x16″: This size can accommodate 2 people or characters within it
  • Size 16″x20″: Allows you to display longer photos like wedding pictures, tall buildings or expansive landscapes
  • Size 18″x24″: Four or five people can be fit inside a portrait of this size; landscapes…
  • Size 24″x36″: All types of image

All canvases follow an aspect ratio, a square image has an aspect ratio of 1:1 because all sides are equal. If the aspect ratio is 1:2, that means one side is two times larger than the other.

Make sure you choose a canvas size that matches your picture’s ratio. For example, your picture’s ratio is 1:1 and you choose a canvas 20×40 cm or 40×60 cm, we surely need to crop your picture! So make sure you ask for advice first before placing an order.

6. PACKAGING IS IMPORTANT!

While there are many brands of diamond painting manufacturers now, each of them handles packaging a bit differently. It’s important to see if there are images of how the kit is packaged.

You want a strong, sturdy box– you don’t want your canvas crushed! Some of them come in bubble wrap, wrapped around styrofoam stick to keep its shape, or even specially-made, a cardboard tube.

tube packaging

These things were all kept in mind when we at Pretty Neat Creative curated our diamond painting kit collections. Using these guidelines, you can browse our massive catalog and look for your next project! 

MUST-KNOW 6-STEP FOR DIAMOND PAINTING

1. UNBOXING

When you get your diamond painting kit, the package should include everything you need to get started such as crease-free canvas, tool kit, diamonds, and inventory sheet.

2. CHECKING DIAMONDS

Each bag is labeled with the DMC code number. Kindly recheck it to make sure that you have enough diamonds to complete your project.

3. KITTING UP

To avoid losing diamonds, you can use a container such as diamond painting boxes, handbags, zip lock bags to store all your beads.

4. USING PLACER

Remove the plastic layer on the pink wax and dip your placer into the wax until it’s full. This helps the diamonds stick to the placer to pick them up.

5. STICKING DIAMONDS

Pour a diamond code on the tray and shake it gently so that the 5D side faces up. Then, peel off the canvas and start sticking the diamonds to the canvas along with the pattern until finished.

6. GIFTING OR HANGING

Lastly, seal and frame your finished project if needed. Gifting to beloved ones or hanging on to make your house sparkle! 

TOP 2 TECHNIQUES YOU SHOULD KNOW

TOP 2 TECHNIQUES YOU SHOULD KNOW

1. CANVAS CREASES

You wait for a long time for the package and end up with a serious crease and wrinkle canvas? No worries! This can happen during the shipping process, or perhaps you wrinkled it by accident and are now wondering how to get rid of these wrinkles. After all, you want to make sure your canvas is wrinkle-free before starting on any project

Here are a few safe ways you can remove the wrinkles:

  • Gently iron out the wrinkles using a flat iron. Be sure you don’t set the heat setting to high or you could burn the fabric. Instead, lay the canvas down on a towel and mist it lightly with water. You want to be sure the fabric isn’t soaked—just damp. Gently iron out the wrinkles. This should only take a few seconds.
  • Put the canvas under a mattress overnight to iron out any creases and wrinkles in the canvas. 

However, at Pretty Neat Creative, the canvas is crease-free so you never ever need to worry about this issue!

2. PAPER STUCK TO CANVAS

paper stuck on canvas diamond painting

No worries! Baby wipes will save you, simply remove the paper stuck on your canvas and then let the canvas dry. It will amaze you!

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