Diamond painting is extremely easy to do and requires no special skills. The supplies needed to complete a canvas are provided in each kit that you purchase. There are more than enough supplies contained within each kit to complete your picture. Although accidents do happen occasionally and sometimes crystals get spilled or the factory omits a color, you can contact the company and get replacements or order replacements in any color that you would need from one of the many websites out there.
DO I NEED SPECIAL SKILLS
There are no special skills required to do diamond painting. The skills that you need to do this were taught to you way back in grammar school. You need only to be able to read, match objects to numbers and symbols, know your colors and pick up and place pieces. Diamond painting is so easy that even children can do this.
You must be able to read or at least recognize numbers and symbols. On your instruction paper, as well as down the side of your canvas, there is a legend. A legend is a box with a list of numbers and symbols in it. This legend gives you the numbers of the crystals, what the coordinating symbols are, the number of crystals that are required for the painting and how many packages of crystals are in the kit. The packages of crystals are enclosed in plastic and have numbers printed on them. The numbers correspond to a specific symbol on the canvas.
Once you have decided on the symbol that you want to work on and you have found the coordinating crystal package, now you have to cut it open using scissors or a knife. This, for most people, is something they already know how to do. Once open you pour the crystals into the tray and you are basically ready to start your painting. The only other skill required is to pick up and place the crystals on the canvas.
My advice to newbies and children just starting out would be to begin with a small canvas 20 cm x 20 cm. These can be obtained at a minimal cost at FreeDiamondPainting.com where you only pay shipping and handling or for $5.00 or less plus S&H at Aliexpress.com. By doing this you can try this brand new hobby for yourself without investing outrageous amounts of money until you decide for yourself whether you like to do this. It does take a certain amount of patience to do so I suggest starting small and working your way up in size and content.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC SUPPLIES
When you order a kit it will come with just about everything that you need to complete the picture. Each kit comes with a tray to hold your crystals while you work, a pen, wax, crystal packets, canvas, instruction sheet/pattern guide, small sip lock type baggies and some come with a pair of tweezers. In addition to the kit you will also need a table or flat surface, good lighting, a rolling pin, an exacto knife and a pair of scissors.
As you get more advanced with this hobby there are more tools and accessories that you can purchase to make this a little easier, more organized and more efficient. Items such as a USB light bar, which you place underneath the canvas. This enables you to see/read the symbols in the darker blocks on your canvas much easier. A normal rolling pin can be used to roll over the painting when it is completed to push the crystals down into the glue so that they will not come off. You can purchase a small rolling pin specifically designed to do the same thing. There are also different types of pens which are available to use to pick up your crystals to place them on the canvas. Each kit comes with one, but you can purchase them with lights in them, round, large or small etc.
Other than the supplies that come with your diamond painting kit the other things are usually items that you already ha e available to you at home. A table or flat surface can be anything big enough to lay your canvas flat on in order to work on it. Small ones can be done on a TV tray or small folding table. Likewise, larger ones need a large surface such as the dining room table or a large folding table. There are even desks made for architects that have an inclining surface that are good for small to medium canvases. No matter what flat surface you decide to use be sure that you are comfortable. Choose an equally comfortable chair to sit in and good lighting. After all you could be sitting for long periods of time working on your painting and you definitely need to be able to see well the colors and symbols that you are using and doing. The scissors are used to open crystal packets and the knife is to remove air bubbles and folds in the glue.
WHERE DO I OBTAIN KITS
There are two kinds of diamond painting kits; partial and full drill. Full drill is a diamond painting that is made of nothing but crystals. Partials are a partial print/picture and partial crystals. Both are pretty and the partial usually takes less time to complete.
There are many different places to purchase diamond painting kits. They can be bought online as well as in stores. Kits can be obtained through sites such as Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy; sites like AliExpress.com and Wish.com; store sites like WalMart, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s; as well as specific diamond painting sites like FreeDiamondPainting.com and 5DDiamondPaintinSg.com.
There are thousands of diamond painting kits to choose from in many different genres. There is a genre for everyone whether you like Disney princesses or Thomas Kincaid paintings. There are still lifes, modern impressionistic art, flowers, animals, sea scapes, scenery, people, and cities just to name a few. Some are funny and some are serious. There are many religious paintings as well including Christian paintings like the Last Supper and the Virgin Mary, and zen type paintings like lotus flower, river rocks and candles or Buddha. There are colorful mandalas and fantasy paintings like dragons and fairies. So there is something out there for everyone, whatever your fancy.tern
In addition to the ready-made kits there are custom kits. With these kits you can send a picture that you have taken such as a child’s school picture, wedding photograph or a picture of your pet with Santa. You send in the photograph and they will make a kit for you including the canvas and crystals to replicate your picture. These are personalized and are great keepsakes and gifts for loved ones. Just remember the larger the canvas, the more detail that will be involved in the final painting. These are great ways to remember people, pets, places and events. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I can only imagine what a diamond painting of my son’s wedding or my grandson’s graduation from kindergarten could be worth for many years to come.
Plus you can convert any cross stitch pattern into a diamond painting just by ordering the coordinating DMC thread colored crystals according to the legend on your cross stitch pattern, a pre-glued canvas, wax and a pen. Then you are off and running. Just use the pattern, place the coordinating crystals and before you know it the cross stitch pattern that you love so much is now a beautiful diamond painting for your wall and it didn’t take near as long as doing the same thing with needle and embroidery floss. There is no starching or pressing involved either.
ARE THERE ENOUGH SUPPLIES
Each kit comes with more than enough supplies to complete your diamond painting. Of course occasionally the company packaging the kits will forget to include a crystal color. In that case you simply contact the company with your order number, follow their policy for replacement supplies. If, on the other hand you fall and spill your crystals in your shag carpet then you will need to order replacement crystals. In this case there are suppliers online such as StitchestoStones.com or Heartful.com where you can get replacements enough to finish your painting. You can also get crystals to do a DIY design.
Yes, you can do this. People of almost any age, physical or mental ability can do this, either alone or with help. Simply choose partial or full drill, order your kit and sit back and wait for the adventure to begin. When it arrives check your legend and get started. You are safe in the knowledge that you have more than enough supplies to complete your picture and you have the ability and skills to do so confidently.