If you’ve been in your local craft store the last year or so, you’re bound to have spotted a large section dedicated to Diamond Art. But what is it exactly, and why is it so popular at the moment? Are you ready for a crash course in diamond painting? First, what is it exactly? Well, it’s quite simple really, it’s a type of mosaic art that uses tiny, flat-backed resin “diamonds” to create a sparkly, colorful design. Think of it as a mix between cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers, but with diamonds instead of thread or paint.
To get started with diamond painting, you’ll need a few basic supplies:
- Diamond painting canvas: This is the sticky canvas that you’ll be applying the diamonds to. It usually comes with the design printed on it, so you know where to place each color of diamond.
- Diamonds: These are the tiny resin crystals that you’ll be using to create the design. They come in a variety of colors and are typically stored in small containers or bags.
- Diamond applicator tool: This is the pen-like tool that you’ll use to pick up and place the diamonds onto the canvas. It usually has a flat end for scooping up the diamonds and a pointed end for placing them onto the canvas.
- Wax or clay: This is optional, but some people like to use wax or clay to help pick up the diamonds more easily.
To start diamond painting, you’ll want to find a design that you like and purchase the corresponding diamond painting kit. Once you have your kit, you can begin by laying out all of your supplies and getting familiar with the canvas and diamonds.
Next, start by finding the corresponding color diamonds for the first color listed on the canvas. You can use the diamond applicator tool to pick up the diamonds and place them onto the canvas, pressing them down gently to ensure that they stick. Continue working your way through the design, filling in each section with the corresponding color diamonds.
As you work, you might find it helpful to use the wax or clay to pick up the diamonds, especially if they’re being stubborn. Some people also like to use tweezers or other tools to help place the diamonds onto the canvas.
There are a ton of resources available for diamond painting enthusiasts, including YouTube videos, online tutorials, and Facebook groups. Some popular YouTube channels for diamond painting include Dazzling Diamond Art and Diamond Art Club. Online tutorials and pattern resources can be found on websites like Diamond Painting World and Diamond Painting USA. And if you want to connect with other diamond painting fans, there are lots of Facebook groups dedicated to the craft, such as Diamond Painting Lovers and Diamond Painting Addiction.
That’s the basics of diamond painting! It’s a really fun and satisfying craft that’s perfect for relaxing and getting creative. Give it a try and see what you think!
If you want to try Diamond Painting, here are some kits you can invest in to get you going.