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WHAT IS DIAMOND PAINTING (DIAMOND EMBROIDERY)?


Diamond painting is an activity that has rapidly gained attention as a new hobby for all age groups. This fun activity originated in China and has since taken off around the world.  As the name may indicate, it is not an activity that involves using actual diamonds, but rather replicas of rhinestones called drills. It seems to be based on the concept of creating a painting, similar to mosaic or paint by numbers. Similarly, diamond painting also uses tiny diamond-like stones to create a design or pattern, resulting in a finished product that sparkles with creativity.

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New technology, like 5D Diamond Painting, utilizes high-end technology to break down images into patterns and designs onto a canvas. This process isn’t as intimidating as it might sound. It is a simple process that involves using certain tools and materials to make your masterpiece. This new found art activity is great for those who love arts and crafts, never mind their age because it’s so simple to follow. However, we’ll get to that later. 

First, let us start by understanding this concept of diamond painting before diving right into it. There are two main types of diamond paintings that you can choose to work on, the square drill and round drill, respectively. There are also special-shaped  diamonds that come in a variety of shapes for some diamond paintings, to use along with round or square diamonds.

Square drill diamond painting kitsRound drill diamond painting kits

 The rhinestones are often referred to as diamonds or drills and are color coded to match a particular color or shape on the canvas. The backside of the stones are flat so they can easily stick onto the canvas. The square drill will give you a mosaic painting like result, with a neater finished product. On the other hand, if you want your painting to look more like a cross-stitched piece of art, then you could go for the round drill. 

Many people prefer the round drill because it allows for more intricate details, but both styles have equally endearing aesthetic qualities. If you’re just starting out, it is a good idea, to begin with, some that are already partially pre-printed. This is referred to as a partial drill diamond painting. This will give you an idea of what diamond painting is like without being overwhelmed with filling a full canvas print.

Each diamond painting kit comes with a variety of tools.These tools include a diamond legend or key (for you to know which number goes with which color), tray (to sort out drills), tweezers, a pen tool or applicator, baggies and a wax pad (used as the gum to hold the drills on the canvas). The wax is used to pick up the diamonds with the pen. These tools are sturdy and last longer if used correctly.
Before you go full steam ahead, there are some things you should keep in mind. Begin with going through and reviewing your chart and legend before you start the process. This will help you to quickly identify the colors and get the work done faster since some colors are almost the same and this might be confusing.
Diamond painting chart key

Your design will be covered in a protective film when your purchase the kit, it is recommended that you peel the film part by part, otherwise, it could ruin your design and the stickiness will attract dust and dirt, spoiling your painting. It is best to start right at the bottom of the design and work your way up in the design. Any of the kits that you buy will come with a small tray to hold and sort the diamonds as you work on your design.

To get started, here is a list of steps to follow :

1.Dip the top of the applicator into the wax, which will enable you to pick up the diamonds.

2. After going through your legend, press the tip of your applicator tool to the rounded side of the stones.

3. Pull the plastic film off of the area you are planning to work on, and carefully press the diamond on the design.

4. Repeat this until your design is complete. After the last of it is done, pull the protective film over the top of the design and use a rolling pin to secure the the rhinestones in place.

 

 

 

 

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