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Diamond Painting: 5 Tips for Beginners

A popular trend in the arts and craft world for all sorts of great reasons, you may be considering the idea of painting with diamonds for the first time!  If you’re a beginner to diamond painting in Australia and you want to make sure that you get into the hobby on the right foot, here are some great tips to get you started in the right direction.

Top tips for beginners when diamond painting

Since newbies are going in without having the experience to know those little tips to make it easier right away, here are some handy starter tips from experienced diamond painters that want to share the love.

  1. Make sure you have a light pad: While a light pad may technically not be absolutely required, it is an important accessory when you want to actually, you know, enjoy yourself.  Unless you’ve literally designed your house with diamond painting in mind, you probably will discover that your light just isn’t quite enough to see the canvas markings and the instructions at the same time without struggling to differentiate codes (a crucial part).  So, have a light pad to backlight your canvas and allow you to focus your table light on the instructions!
  2. Have plenty of lidded containers: Even with simple diamond paintings, there are multiple colours and they can easily get confused and mixed up.  To protect your focus and the actual look of the painting itself, separate the different coloured gemstones into lidded containers and label them clearly so that you know which ones to grab when you need another colour.  It’s so worth your time to do this!\
  3. Take your time and enjoy it: For one reason or another, everyone always seems to be in a hurry to get their diamond painting done.  But, speed brings mistakes!  Instead of rushing the process, take your time and genuinely enjoy the creation process.  It’ll make the actual art form a whole lot more fun and you’ll be surprised just how quickly it does come together even if you aren’t speed painting.
  4. Static causing a problem?  Grab a dryer sheet: One of the biggest complaints newbies have is the static cling in the diamonds.  If they keep sticking to your hand, the container, and more, add a dryer sheet to your storage container and it’ll keep the static at bay!
  5. Be careful with size: We all want to have a beautiful immense diamond painting, there’s no question.  If it’s your very first time diamond painting, however, you may want to go with a simple or smaller canvas.  If, however, your focus is on having that radiant and illuminating 3D diamond effect, you need a larger canvas to give the diamonds room to “disappear” for the eye.  So, size does matter, and your best size is determined by the goal that you consider most important in your creative adventure!

Diamond painting is fun, exciting, and full of great final works of art that you can’t wait to show off and/or give to someone special as a gift.  Even if you’re a beginner, these tips will help enhance your fun even more!

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