Diamond painting is an easy and enjoyable activity for both young and old crafters. 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.
Although diamond painting kits vary depending on the company, they all contain the same basic materials:
When you first step into 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!
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.
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 stones. In a partial drill, it’s only certain highlights, like these pieces below:
Full drill will take a lot longer, since you have more spaces to cover.
Make sure that your kit comes with everything you need: a pen tool, all of the drills you need, and glue. 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.
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.
The larger the image, typically the more colors are used. Some designs are more simple and don’t use as many, but larger, photo-style diamond paintings use a lot of subtle color changes. On the listing for the diamond painting, the kit should tell you how many colors are used, and how many drills of each. (For fun you can add them together to find out how many individual drills there are. It can be pretty impressive!)
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 a tube, wrapped around styrofoam stick to keep its shape, or even specially-made, long bubble wrap.
These things were all kept in mind when we at Pretty Neat Creative curated our diamond painting collections. Using these guidelines, you can browse our massive catalogue and look for your next project!