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.
Beautiful, love the colours
I loved doing this project. I did a 40x50 size and the results were amazing.
Awaiting my next order of prints.
Yes I received the parcel and I am in the middle of doing one of them. The cross that I’ve done is amazing and a present for my mother for Christmas.
The others are also presents.
I’m very happy with them thankyou
Really great product, easy to use and looks beautiful when completed . Love it
I have loved doing my diamond painting. Great quality and shipped in good time
The picture is just amazing and it's so nice. It's great fun I love doing diamond printing it's so relaxing I haven't finished it yet I still have a bit to do it's a photo of my three rabbits one of them died tho so I just wanted to get them all done in diamond art printing. I'm so happy that I can get custom ones done. That's the photo I did of my three rabbits, the one in the left cover died so I wanted to get something so I picked this. I'm so happy I found someone thst does custom ones.
Very nice,my mum loved it so much. Especially I put it on the 3D frame.
Very happy with the purchase. However, there r two symbols that are very similar. Got them mixed up. Has not finished it yet.
Very good product and my wife found it very therapeutic to produce this artwork that will be given to one of our grandchildren
Loved doing this one, a really happy colourful painting. Looks great, have it framed on is hanging on great grandsons bedroom wall.
Very pleased with my purchase and the delivery time. At this time I have not completed it.
As always, excellent service. Diamond art arrived in pristine condition, all diamonds included. Thankyou once again for the care taken with my second purchase.
Beautiful pictures, loved the square diamonds. Not too many trash diamonds at all. Poured glue was excellent and pictures turned out beautiful. Very happy indeed.
My mum and I finished the horses and gave the art piece to my 90 year old cousin who was absolutely thrilled with it . My cousin had a horse exactly the same as in picture named Cracked Shot. Crack Shot fell down dead of a heart attack with her on the back of him. That was 80 years ago. She love the remembering when she saw the diamond art completed.
The art piece raised a lot of conversations and interest.
Very happy with it