I’ve been noticing that many people are starting to pick up on diamond painting, and we’ve got a lot of new beginners out there looking for a step-by-step guide about what is diamond painting? And how to diamond painting? So I thought that I would take a step back and make this complete guide just to show anyone interested in diamond painting what exactly it is and how it works. So let’s first familiarize yourself with what is diamond painting?
What is Diamond Painting?
Diamond painting is a joining of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers. Where use an applicator to utilize one-by-one hundreds of sparkling resin rhinestones on an adhesive color-coded canvas painting. The diamond painting result is a brilliant, sparkling work of art.
What Does Each Diamond Painting Kit Include?
- Pre-printed canvas with design chart.
- Separate bags color diamonds.
- Pair of extra-sharp tweezers.
- Diamond pen tool.
- Wax pad
Method 1: How To Diamond Paint For Beginners
So let’s start with the most basic part, which is your canvas. It is what you’re going to need to stick your drills on, and I know you guys won’t be able to see. You know all of the canvas because this is a pretty big one. But you don’t need to see all of it just to kind of show you the very basics.
- Canvas: Where you stick the diamonds
- Diamond: Which we tend to call drills.
- Tool Kit: The tool kit is how you place the drills onto the canvas
As you can see, it’s a bunch of little squares that are color-coded and have a bunch of symbols on them, so basically, these symbols tell you which color diamond to place where. so if you look, there’s a key right here so say we wanted to do these black squares with the circle dot we would find the black square with the white circle.
There’s usually a key right on the side of the painting; some kits also come with their own separate little handout, so this one, for example, this is diamond art club they have little stickers that you can use. You can refer to those numbers I showed you on the diamonds that correspond with these numbers right here. You just go through each symbol and find the corresponding number so that you would find it right here for these blacks.
You’d find that in your diamonds and put that there, you just go through all of them, and you know you can work in sections at a time and place them on the place each drill on the corresponding symbol as you go so then when you’re done instead of this being flat each of these little squares is filled up with a different diamond.
It’s a bit more vibrant, and it pops and has texture; it’s a beautiful result. So I want to talk about the toolkits that these kits come with; each company has slightly different variations. So this is not the exact toolkit that came with that picture I just showed you. But this is kind of a sample of the most basic that you can expect to get; every toolkit will come with the diamond painting pen, which is how you put the drills on the canvas.
Let me show you the tip, and then they come with this pink wax, which you load into the tip. It’s a bit sticky, so when you put this in the tip then you can then touch the tip to one of the drills, and it’ll stick in here until you stick it onto the canvas and lastly, we have our tray, and this is just what you pour the drills so that they lay nice and flat.
Then you can pick up the drills and put them onto the canvas; this kit also came with a few extra baggies to store your drills in, but we’re just going over the basics for today. So you might be wondering, you have your drills, your canvas, but how do you stick the drills onto the canvas. It is sticky, so this has a clear film over it, and when you peel it back, the canvas under here is sticky, so when you stick the little pieces of diamond art to it, they stay put.
To give you an example, kind of show it in action say I want to start with these black dots, so I’d go over here find that symbol 310. I’d then go and find 310 in my drills. It is just a sample; I’m just kind of showing you how it’s done. I’m not going to go through and open that package. You shake your drills out onto your little tray, and then you just shake it side to side, and you’re trying to get them to lay nice and flat now.
I’m not too good with using these green trays because I usually use a bigger one so you can kind of see the sparkle. That’s pretty sorry I got distracted by the diamonds, but I usually use a bigger one, so these are kind of more challenging to use, but it’s what most the kits come with, so I just kind of want to show you what a beginner kit would likely have so you want them to lay all nice and flat like that. Then you’re ready to get your pen loaded up with wax.
Wax usually has a protective layer on it, so you have to peel that back so that you can stab your hole in it, and what you do is you just press straight down right through the wax; you kind of twist it a little bit, and you pull up. Now, if you did it right, there is no wax in the tip of your pen, and you might need to mess around; you might need to put some more, and you might need to wipe off some excess.
But that’s kind of for another time of troubleshooting; it is basics, so you peel back the canvas section that you’re going to work. You just press the little pen right on top of the diamond and see how it picks it up, so now the pen is holding on to the diamond. Then you just go ahead, and you place it right down, and there you go, you keep on filling it out until you have all those black dots filled out.
Then you move on to your next color; some kits come with tweezers that help place your diamonds down or take them off or move them around once they’re placed, so those are an extra tool. If you want to get your own pair, you can also do that; another thing to note is that there are two different options for diamond shape, so I just showed you square ones, where they all fit kind of snugly right next to each other.
But there are also round diamonds round drills, so this canvas isn’t made for the round. So if you did get one, then it would just be a circle, and there’d be kind of a little bit of a gap between each drill. So as you can see, they don’t fit up super snugly; there’s going to be space because they’re circles instead of squares. So it is just preference. I know people who like both. I tend to go for the square ones because I think it’s satisfying to have them all nestled in together and click and kind of line up, and they kind of keep each other straight.
I’ve also heard that the square ones produce a bit more detail, and it’s a sharper image than the round ones I’ve listened to give off more sparkle. They’re also supposed to be faster to do, and some people say they’re easier for beginners, which I think it’s a bit of an opinion. Still, I did start with round first and then moved on to square so you can try them both out and see which one you like better or if you know for sure, you’d select one more than the other then.
Go for that one and give it a try. I brought out one of the diamond paintings I’m currently working on so that you can kind of see what it looks like once the diamonds are placed in it so this part of the canvas that’s still sticky, that’s where the symbols are, and this is where I am filling in the diamonds little by little this is a trolley car.
When you’re choosing your diamond painting size, the bigger size you get, the clearer the details will be, but it’s also good to start on a small one just to make sure you like it before you know you get too into it.
I’m adding some footage just to show a little bit more of what the actual diamond painting process looks like, but as far as the basics go, that’s pretty much it. So again, this is just kind of if you’re just starting to show you what a diamond painting is and how the process works. I’m hoping to make another video soon with some more tips.
You know how to store your drills, how to choose which size you want, how to make sure that the drills are straight on the canvas, so there’s a lot more that goes into it once you get started, but this was just kind of an introduction you know if this is your very first time working on a diamond painting.
How To Diamond Painting Youtube Video
Method 2: How to Diamond Paint
This is our second method, if you need more understanding about the diamond painting, then you can read our 3 methods.
Let’s say you would start up here; you would just pull back this little section and diamond paint here. The canvas is very, very sticky; that is how the Diamonds stick to it, okay, and if you’ve done any type of needlework or anything, it is just like following a pattern meaning here is your key on the side.
So number one corresponds to the symbol number one this I like this on these because it will do the numbers 2 is 2 and 3 is 3. but it’s not always the case. Sometimes there is a real symbol, but you just follow this.
You also get in every kit, of course, the diamonds, and this has 13 colors. So before I do a diamond painting, I usually will count and make sure that there are 13 bags, and it does look like yep. There are okay. The next thing that you get is a toolkit. The toolkit includes what you need to do the diamond painting a tray. The pink wax is the sticky stuff, and a diamond painting pen is literally all you need, so how do you do this first? You want to load your pen.
If you see the tip, you can see that it has an indentation like it’s hollow in there a little bit. You take the wax. It has a clear covering on it you peel back a little bit. You put your pen in the wax see how it’s in there now. I like to turn mine and then kind of flick. It off now that is way too much on there, so all that.
I just pull that off, and you can see that there is wax inside of there. I also like to press it down just to make sure it isn’t sticking up. Because if it’s not, if it’s sticking up, it’s going to come off on your diamonds.
Okay, so we are going to let’s say we’re going to start with number one. I’m going to peel back this. I’m actually going to try to get you in closer, okay, and this will stay, but sometimes I will get like a little piece of tape or something and just put some tape to hold that back. I see it didn’t stay; see how I flicked back up.
Okay, you need your tray; well, we will take the number one diamond packet. I’m going to pull you guys back out while I do this; let’s move this up there for a second, says number one, and this one also has the DMC number. The color number is 154, which is dark purple. They all don’t have that, but all of the bags will be labeled with the number, so you know what goes if that makes sense.
I’m going to pour and cut this open and pour a little bit of the diamonds in there. Now the rest of these nine times out of ten, you will receive some little Ziploc bags in here. You can put the remainder of them in there and label it. I usually have one of these, but this is something that you don’t need, but it helps organize. So it’s one of these. I got this from Amazon, and the numbered stickers to these flip-up whoops they flip up.
I would dump the roommate the diamonds in there and make sure that this says one. So you know I would put one on that, so that’s an option for organizing your diamonds. Okay, you take the tray, and you shake it and see how the diamonds now this has a not all of them have that opening on the end you got to be careful they don’t fall out, but when you shake the tray, the diamonds will line up, you see how they’re lined up, and you have to make sure that.
When you pick up the diamond, you’re picking it up on the right end as in this one is turned the right way this one is upside down right here you should be able to see like a glint or a shine that will tell you that that is the right side of the diamond.
So literally, all you do is you take your pen, and you pick up a diamond. You see how I just dipped it on there, and then I’m going to get you in close, and then you just stick it right on the square, and all you do is you just keep going like that, going to pick up another one, and I put it down. It is that simple now. I use a light pad when I diamond paint because it lets me see the symbols easier you don’t have to use a light pad.
But I would highly recommend it; it is very inexpensive and the best diamond painting kit, and it will work for me. It was a game-changer because I have a video on opening the light pad and the difference, so I will try to link that below. I have a lot of other videos on diamond painting, obviously okay, so we’re gonna pretend that all right I just wanted to do those two diamonds, and I’m done for the day.
So you need to put the clear plastic cover back over it to protect the rest of the adhesive, and then you just put it away until the next time you’re ready to diamond paint. It is that simple, people. It isn’t difficult, and I mean, I can’t wait to finish this one just because I look at the beautiful colors on it, and it’s so much fun, and it is very inexpensive compared to other crafts that I’ve done.
I would just encourage you to try it if you like something like this, and it’s winds up being very shiny and glittery, which is my favorite part. Let me show you one that I finished just recently. I finished this one. It was partial. I love this one; I thought this turned out well. I hope that helped people who did not know how to load the pen or just get started with a diamond painting kit as always.