Diamond painting is an incredible rewarding hobby, and a relaxing one too! However, it can be overwhelming when you first jump in.
This guide is meant to help gently walk you through your very first steps, and you'll be on your very own adventure in no time at all!
Step 1 | Purchase your kit
All sets include the tools needed to get started right away!
If your portrait has round diamonds, the kit will contain the following - A pre-printed canvas, flat-backed diamonds, a holding tray, a pen-like tool, and a packet of gel.
If your portrait has square diamonds, the kit will contain the following - A pre-printed canvas, flat-backed diamonds, a holding tray, and a pair of tweezers.
Step 2 | Getting comfortable with the canvas and diamonds
The canvas is composed of tiny boxes that are colored and labeled with numbers, and each number corresponds to a diamond color.
The diamonds are packaged and labelled according to the colors they represent.
! Review your chart and legend thoroughly before beginning. Additionally, it might help to also label the bag with the symbol used for that color. This will help you quickly identify the correct color as you work.
Step 3 | Prepare the canvas
Usually the canvas lays perfectly flat, and is ready for the gems to be added. However, if the canvas won't lay flat, consider taping it down to a flat surface.
! As these projects can take some time to complete, consider taping the canvas to a board, which can then be moved out of the way easily if need be.
Step 4 | Peel back the plastic on the canvas... slowly
We're ready to go! Carefully peel back the plastic on the canvas just an inch, to expose the first 3 rows and stop there - that's plenty for now.
Step 5 | Pour out your first crystal color into the tray
Take a look at the canvas you just revealed, and match the symbol with the relevant bag. Open up the bag, and pour out some of the crystals onto the tray that came with your kit.
Step 6 | Dip your pen tool into the gel
Open up the packet of gel that came with your kit, and dip the narrow end of the pen into it to pick some up. Just a little would be sufficient - this will make it possible to use the pen to pick up the crystals.
Step 7 | Use the pen to pick up a crystal
Gently press the tip of the pen against the curved part of the crystal. The crystal should be stuck to it. If not, re-apply gel as per step 6.
Step 8 | Press the crystal against the corresponding square
The crystal should stick against the canvas.
! If you are just starting out, it might be a good idea to press lightly at first. This way, if the crystal is off-set, you can nudge it back into place, then press down on it to secure it.
Step 9 | Fill the rest of the squares in that section
Work with one color at a time and refill the pen with gel as needed. When you finish filling in all the squares with the same symbol, move on to the next color. This will help you work faster and stay organized.
! Avoid peeling away the plastic unnecessarily; Doing so without applying the diamonds may expose the canvas to dust and touch, reducing the stickiness of the surface.
Step 10 | Finishing your masterpiece
Phew, you're almost there!
Once the image has been completed, cover the canvas with either the plastic sheet that you peeled off earlier or a piece of paper. Now, you want to press down and secure any loose diamonds. You may go over the canvas with a rolling pin, or simply give it a rub over with your hands instead.
Finally, for added security, you can stack some heavy books on top of the canvas overnight. From here, you may decide to frame up your work of art, or simply to enjoy it as it is.
You're done! Hooray!