How To Diamond Paint
PART 1 - Setting Up the Canvas
- Purchase a diamond painting kit at our online store here.
- Understand how to read the canvas. The canvas is composed of tiny boxes that are colored and labeled with numbers, much like a cross-stitch canvas. Each number corresponds to a diamond color. The numbers are written on a chart, with the corresponding bag and diamond color written below or next to it. The chart is typically printed on the side of the canvas. Some squares may contain a letter or symbol instead; treat this as a number.
Unroll the canvas and tape it down onto a flat surface. If the canvas won't lay flat, roll it back the other way, then unroll it. Spread it down onto a flat surface, then secure the edges with masking tape. This project can be time consuming. Consider taping the canvas to a board, which you can move out of the way easily.
- Peel back part of the plastic covering on the canvas. Do not peel all of the plastic away; 1 to 2 inches(2.54 to 5.08 centimeters) will be plenty. Run your fingernail along the plastic to crease it so that it doesn't roll forwards. Some kits come with pre-cut plastic strips. In this case, simply peel the first strip off.
Pour out your first crystal color into the tray. Take a look at the patch of canvas you just exposed. Choose a box to start with, and note the number in it. Look the number up on the chart, then find the bag with the same number. Open up the bag, and pour out some of the crystals onto the tray that came with your kit. Some kits come with multiple trays. You can use the other trays for the other colors in that section.
Part 2 - Applying the Diamonds
- Dip your pen tool into the gel or wax that came with your kit. Open up the packet of gel that came with your kit. Dip the narrow end of the pen into the gel/wax to pick some up. This will make it possible for the pen to pick up the crystals.
- Use the pen to pick up a crystal. Gently press the tip of the pen against the top, faceted part of the crystal. Lift the pen away from the tray; the crystal should be stuck to it. Keep the tray just below the edge of your canvas; this will make it easier to access.
- Gently press the crystal against the corresponding square. Pull the pen away; the crystal should be stick against the canvas. If you are just starting out, it might be a good idea to press lightly at first. This way, if the crystal is off-set, you can nudge it back into place, then press down on it to secure it. This is exactly like painting by number, except that you are using crystals instead.
- Fill the rest of the squares in that section. Work one color at a time and refill the pen with gel as needed. When you finish filling in all the squares with the same number code, move onto the next color. This will help you work faster and stay organized. Avoid resting your hand against the canvas; the more you touch the sticky surface, the less tacky it will become.
Peel away more of the plastic covering, and fill in more squares. Continue filling the canvas in using the same technique as before. Work in 1 to 2-inch (2.54 to 5.08-centimeter) wide sections, one color at a time. When you completely fill in a section, move onto the next one. Do not peel the entire plastic covering away, or the adhesive on the canvas will get dirty and lose its tack.
Part 3 - Finishing Your Work
Cover the canvas with the plastic sheet that it came with. If you discarded the sheet, you can cover it with a piece of paper or parchment paper; avoid using wax paper.
- Go over the canvas with a rolling pin. This will press down any loose diamonds and secure them. If you don't have a rolling pin, you can use a can or jar instead. You can also gently rub the canvas with your hands instead.
- Stack some heavy books on top of the canvas overnight. This will help further adhere the diamonds to the canvas and ensure that they bond properly. If you don't have any books large enough to cover the canvas, you can use another flat, heavy object, such as a box or cutting board.
- Peel the tape away. Lift the books off first, then peel the plastic covering off. Peel the tape from the corners of the canvas. Do not trim the excess canvas way, as this may cause the fabric to fray.
- Frame the canvas. Remove the glass from the frame first, then insert the canvas into the frame. Fold the excess edges down, then place the backing into place. Leave the glass out, as it will only dull down the diamonds' sparkle. For a fancier touch, place the canvas behind a mat first; this will give the canvas an additional border within the frame. Choose a color that complements the diamonds.
Excellent the kids love them !!
Quality, clearly marked canvas. Great colours. Enjoying working on it and looking forward to the end result. Judith. S. Australia
love doing these very theraputic
Beautiful picture lovely colors
I love these products that I have brought would be happy to buy again
Amazing picture enjoyed the time doing it thank you
I just love these diamond paintings. Diamond Painting Club have incredible paintings. Just live them
I have just started doing my diamond painting that I purchased a couple weeks ago. It is very addictive. Once you start, you want to keep going. It is also very relaxing. It takes your mind off things & is actually very therapeutic. Very keen to see what it will look like when finished.
So pretty. Going to give as a gift. Loved doing it.
Very nice project. High quality. Great finish.
Not completed yet but veery impressed
My husband is using this to try and give up smoking I got it for him hoping it would work, he has not given up but does go 2-3hrs without having a smoke cause he loves his diamond painting. The quality is really good. Very happy will buy more
Havent started yet. Really looking forward to it
At first I was really concerned by some of the colours choices (especially the flesh colour) but the closer I am to finishing this picture the more I love it!!
I am looking forward to this painting. It came beautifully packaged and in reasonable time.
Good quality and arrive in a reasonable time will recommend to friends and purchase again
The custom made dog painting It is turning out amazingly well
will certainly order more to give as presents to my daughters of their beloved pets
Have just started and so far very impressed will give a full review once I've completed the kit.
Just love my new diamond art
Did take a fair long time to receive my order but it finally arrived and I am enjoying doing my diamond painting now.
My Tiger picture is GREAT.
Loved doing this project. My first attempt. Very obsessed with this form of art. Thanks.
Item received, but not started. It does look nice & the price very reasonable.
Excellent service haven't finished it yet but looks amazing thank you
I purchased several diamond art kits not only for myself but for my 3 daughters who are loving them.
It’s hard to choose just one.
Loved doing it and very happy with end result
Very very pleased with my order so impressed that I have ordered 3 more
Carn’t wait to start this one it looks awesome
Great gift. Something to do and a beautiful picture to put on the wall
Very happy with kit and quality of dots.
Thoroughly enjoying this one!
I really enjoy diamond painting but Venice Water Town has come out exactly as I remembered.
Really happy with my purchase good quality definitely will buy some more6