How does Diamond Painting actually work? The principle is similar to “painting by numbers”. Given colors are transferred into a drawing divided by numbered fields. In this way, impressive pictures are created, and it is very easy to execute. But Diamond Painting is even more impressive! The difference is that in Diamond Art, the sparkling stones are placed on the picture instead of using paint to paint.
What is Diamond Painting actually?
Diamond Painting is a magical hobby for young and old. It’s not just art enthusiasts who get their money’s worth – anyone who wants to improve their spatial reasoning, dexterity and motor skills should also try their hand at Diamond Painting.
Diamond Painting is very easy – with simple Diamond Painting instructions you can create beautiful motifs in no time, even without artistic experience. The beauty of Diamond Painting is that it’s perfect for unwinding.
Depending on your level and experience, a wide variety of motifs are possible. Diamond Painting is available from very simple motifs for children to sublime fox motifs or 3D tigers to large, magnificent pictures with enchanting 3D effects for experienced artists. However, if your own children are gaining experience with Diamond Painting, you should be nearby – children could swallow the small parts.
And how does Diamond Painting work?
Piece by piece, you can assemble images from small, dazzling stones made of rhinestones, crystal or acrylic that are like true explosions of color. You pick up one little stone after the other with the applicator and place them on the numbered areas on the canvas. Once fixed there, the stones gradually form a picture like a mosaic.
What you need for your first Diamond Painting artwork
In our Diamond Painting Shop you will find complete sets for the most diverse motifs. All you need in accessories for your first own Diamond Painting picture is:
- A motif canvas with self-adhesive protective film
- Round or square Diamonds with a flat bottom in all colors.
- A painting pen, the “applicator”, with which you can pick up and place the Diamonds.
- A bowl (“shuttle”) in which you place the diamonds.
- Wax, with the help of which the diamonds stick to the painting pen.
To avoid a mess from the beginning to your first Diamond Painting picture, you should make a few preparations. The best way to start is to lay the Diamond Painting canvas on a flat surface. This way, nothing can slip on the canvas. The surface should also provide enough space for the rest of the accessories.
NOTE: It is helpful to stick one matching stone at a time to the place on the number and symbol chart provided for the shape and color of the Diamond.
When you’re done with your preparations, you can set about creating your first 5D artwork. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is and what amazing effects are created brick by brick!
It’s best to start at the bottom with your motif and work your way up field by field.
First, carefully peel off a piece of the protective film from the canvas at the point where you want to start.
Caution: Do not pull off the entire film, otherwise the canvas will dry out and lose its ability to adhere.
Now pick up your first Diamond stone with the painting pen. The flat side must point downwards.
Carefully place the stone in the matching field.
In this way, you can now completely fill the first field. With a pair of tweezers you can still adjust the stones that do not fit one hundred percent. And so you work your way up field by field.
Place all the materials on a flat surface, organized and easy to reach. First, select a section of the painting to work on.
Look at the coded chart on the canvas to identify the colors in that section. To begin, select a color and find the corresponding diamond packet.
Place the packet of diamonds in the small tray provided in your Diamond Painting storage box.
Gently shake the tray back and forth so that the diamonds are flat side down. The faceted side must be facing up when you use the applicator to pick up each diamond.
Slowly remove the plastic wrap from the canvas as you work section by section to protect the design from dust and prevent the adhesive from wearing off.
Apply the diamonds starting at the bottom corner of the design and carefully work your way up the canvas.
After each session, cover the wax on the applicator tool with cellophane and place the plastic wrap over the area you worked on.
When the painting is finished, place the plastic wrap over the diamonds. Use a rolling pin or book to gently and carefully press the canvas and firmly secure the diamonds in place.
If you want to get even more out of your Diamond Paintings, you can check out our page about the different types of diamonds.