Improve Your Craft Game with These Diamond Painting Tips & Tricks
One of the best things about diamond painting is it is super easy to master. That does not mean there are not ways to take the hobby to the next level. Painting with diamonds is an awesome way to get crafty (even if you don’t think of yourself as being artistically inclined) and there are always new ways to improve your game.
Whether you have only completed one or two projects or you have lots of completed canvases displayed all around your home, diamond painters frequently find tricks and techniques for making their artwork even better.
From investing in the best diamond painting tools to using household products to take your projects to the next level, here are a few of our favorite diamond painting tips and tricks to help you improve your craft game!
Give Your Tools an Upgrade
There is nothing wrong with completing diamond paintings using only the tools that come with your kit. That’s what they are there for, after all. But if you want to make the hobby more enjoyable while improving the quality of your finished projects, upgrading your tools is never a bad idea. For starters, buy yourself a premium drill pen. These high-quality tools are more than just pretty.
They are more comfortable to use than basic pens, and they allow you to switch between singleand multi-placer tools on the fly. Most even have interchangeable tips, eliminating the need for separate tools. Rather than keeping your unused diamond beads in tiny zippered bags, upgrade to a bead organizer.
These organizers hold several different colors of beads and keep them separate to prevent annoying mishaps. Plastic organizers are easier to store, as well.
A light pad is a total game-changer for any diamond artist. Bright overhead lighting and task lights are great, and you might think they are all you need. But the first time you use a light pad, you will realize just how much you have been missing out on. Light pads are thin, lighted panels placed under your work in progress. Featuring bright LED lights, they shine up through the canvas, illuminating the grid and symbols.
These handy devices make it much easier to see what you are doing and place every diamond imperfectly. They minimize eye strain, too, so you will be able to spend more time working on your favorite hobby. Plus, light pads have a multitude of other uses. From drawing to cross-stitching,
they are useful in a wide range of crafts. If you are a committed crafter, you need to have one of these devices in your arsenal.
‘Kit Up’ Your Projects
If you are not already familiar with the process of “kitting up,” this tip will change how you complete diamond paintings. When you have a brand-new kit to work on, it is natural to want to dive in and start placing diamonds as quickly as possible. Taking the time to “kit up” before you start will keep you more organized, though, and help you finish the project with greater
When you open up your kit, remove all of the individual bags of diamonds and the legend key. Then, open each bag and pour the beads into a labeled container. This could be a plastic container with a lid or even a resealable plastic bag. No matter what type of bag or container you use, make sure it is labeled with the correct code.
Kitting up takes some time in the beginning, but it saves you time as you work on completing the project. This simple step helps you stay organized and can keep you from misplacing beads. It might not seem like a big deal, but it can drastically improve your workflow.
Stick Diamonds Next to Their Symbols
This is another setup step that can save you time when working on your next project. Everycanv as has a key that tells you which symbol corresponds with each color of diamond. Make it easier to figure out what color you need at a glance by using tape or glue to stick the appropriate gem next to each symbol.
This tip is especially helpful when working on a kit that features diamonds similar in color. It is also great when your kit contains lots of colors since it is nearly impossible to memorize all of those DMC color codes.
Use Common Household Supplies to Up Your Game
There are a lot of diamond painting tools and supplies available for purchase. Chances are, though, you already have some things around the house you can use for this relaxing hobby.
If you need a way to keep your diamonds organized, try using an egg carton. Of course, you need to be careful not to drop or tip it, and it isn’t as secure as an actual diamond organizer. It will work in a pinch, though!
While you are in the kitchen, grab a clean cutting board. Tape your canvas to it and you have a mobile workspace you can easily carry with you from one crafting spot to another. This makes cleaning up easier, too, since it allows you to move the canvas without the risk of damaging it.
If you’re tired of working around the protective cover that came with your project, swap it out for parchment paper. With parchment, you can cut the paper into smaller pieces and overlap them to protect the areas you are not working on.
And if static is making your diamonds stick to everything, cut up a dryer sheet and place pieces in with your stored gems. Problem solved!
Look around your house and you might find even more things you can use to improve your craft game. All it takes is some ingenuity and creativity.
No matter how long you have been a diamond artist, there are always ways to improve your crafting game. Try the suggestions above to take your skills and finished projects to new heights!