Diamond painting is a form of art that’s gaining popularity worldwide. It is an easy-to-do hobby that helps you unwind while creating a beautiful piece of artwork to hang in your home. It is also a great way to bond with friends and family while sharing an enjoyable activity. Unlike other hobbies that make you feel frustrated or even worse, want to rip your hair off, this craft is a unique form of art that gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride once it is complete. However, there are certain tricks and tips that you should keep in mind when doing this craft.
First of all, you must understand the technique of diamond painting before starting. It’s a lot like cross stitch and paint by numbers, where you apply tiny resin-like dots to a pre-printed adhesive canvas to create a picture. The canvas is printed with a chart of symbols and letters that correspond to each color. Once you’ve identified what each symbol represents, you can pick out the corresponding bag of colored dots from the included kit and apply them to the canvas.
Each kit comes with an applicator pen and a wax pad. The pen has a hollow tip that you can fill with the provided wax, which you then use to pick up and place each diamond on its corresponding spot on the canvas. The wax keeps the diamonds from falling off as you work on the canvas and also makes it easier to see what you’re doing when working on it in dim light. You can also substitute the wax in your kit with a kneadable eraser, which works just as well and provides the same effect.
When you’re ready to start, peel the clear plastic sheet from your canvas and carefully remove a section at a time. It’s important to do this slowly and gradually so you don’t accidentally tear the canvas or ruin the pattern.
Once you’re finished with a section, cover it with a plastic sheet again and go over it with a rolling pin to secure all the applied diamonds. Once you’re satisfied with the uniformity of your diamonds, you can then peel the plastic off again and enjoy your masterpiece.
It is important to take your time when doing diamond paintings, especially if you’re not accustomed to working with small beads or crystals. It’s a good idea to work on one section at a time and take breaks in between. This will help you prevent fatigue and keep your work smooth and consistent. It’s also recommended to use a pencil instead of a chalk marker as the former will wipe off more easily when it’s time to erase your work. Lastly, be sure to protect your completed diamond art with spray glue or varnish so dust doesn’t settle on it and dull the stones. This is the only way to ensure that your completed masterpiece will last for years to come.