DIAMOND PAINTING KITS
New to Crystal Parade are these fabulous Diamond Painting Kits which are ideal for de stressing and whiling away the time whilst in self isolation.
Diamond painting, also known as Crystal Painting, 5D Diamond Painting and Diamond Dots is a new craft hobby that's a mix between Cross Stitch and Paint By Numbers and has created a storm with the DIY artists and crafters, young and old, experienced and beginners.
Diamond painting is the name of a mosaic art form in which the “painter” creates a painting by sticking small sparkly resin squares onto a sticky canvas that has corresponding numbers printed by all the colours of the diamonds. All the painter has to do is pick up a diamond and place it onto the sticky canvas. Once completed, the diamonds create a beautiful painting that sparkles.
Diamond painting is a hobby for everyone and is quite easy to do, it requires no prior experience on the painter’s part. Creating your diamond paintings can provide a lot of pleasure and will de-stress you …. Its therapeutic and you may find that you become addicted to creating diamond art. The beauty of Diamond Painting is that you do not have to spend hours and hours of perfecting the art, you will learn how to do it almost instantly after you try it for the first time. With Diamond Painting, you can take your time and relax.
Diamond painting grabs the attention of many people but you can easily be confused about what it actually is. As previously mentioned, painting with diamonds is a craft hobby in which a ‘painting’ kit is provided to you with all the materials and resources you need to create your complete painting. You will need to stick colourful, sparkly resins squares that are made to look like diamonds on a sticky canvas that has letters and symbols printed on it to guide where you are to stick the diamonds on the canvas in order for you to complete the painting.
Follow this easy How To guide for more information:
HOW TO USE OUR FABULOUS DIAMOND PAINTING KITS
Each of our kits are full drilled and include everything you need to create this fabulous design. Ideal to frame and give as a gift.
Sticky canvas with colour code guide - easy to follow guide ensuring a perfect finish. Each square is colour coded so you can pick it up at any point without losing your place.
Square drills/crystals - all the crystals you need to complete the design, separated by colour.
Pick up tool - this handy tool allows you to pick up the crystals from the coloured side, and place down in the correct position. Apply a small amount of pressure to the crystal to pick up in one go, then place onto the correct colour coded square.
Handy sorting tray - the tray is a great tool for holding the crystals close to the canvas while you work, as well as preventing any from getting lost or mixed up with other colours.
Metal tweezers - another handy tool for working with the crystals, and ideal for peeling back the protective layer on the canvas to uncover the work area.
Grip seal bags - perfect storage for your crystals, keeping them safe and the colours separate.
Rejuvenating sticky pad - use this sticky pad to keep the pick up tool clean and sticky enough to pick up the crystals.
Get to know your canvas
- Get to know your canvas. The canvas is made up of tiny squares that are labelled typically with a letter or number. This letter or number corresponds to the correct colour crystal for this square. The crystals are labelled so you can easily work out which is the correct colour. This is just like using a cross stitch pattern, or painting by numbers – it’s that easy!
- Lie your canvas flat and stick to a smooth, flat surface using masking tape. As this can be a time consuming project, we would suggest that you tape the canvas to a portable surface e.g. a work mat, small table, or something else that can be easily moved. This way you can come back to it time and time again.
- Starting in one corner, gently peel the plastic covering on the canvas. You can use the tweezers for this if you find it too fiddly. Fold a small section over and make a crease to keep that section open, or stick it down using masking tape. This will be your starting point. *Note: be sure to keep the plastic covering in tact rather than cutting sections off. You will need the plastic again at the end of the project.
- Now it’s time to start crystallising! Take a look at your first section and pick a letter. Next empty out the corresponding crystals into the tray provided, being careful not to drop any. It’s important to keep the crystals in the tray while you work, and have the try as close to you and the canvas as possible.
Applying the Crystals
- Using the pick up tool, gently press the tip onto the faceted side of the crystal. There’s no need to apply too much pressure – you want the crystal to stick to the canvas rather than the tool, once you’ve applied it. Remember to keep your tray of crystals close to your working area so there is no chance of dropping and losing the crystal.
- Once you’ve found the correct corresponding square, simply place your crystal down. Again, there is no need to apply too much pressure. The crystal should stick to your canvas, not the pick up tool.
- Carry on filling in this section, sticking with the same colour to start with. Once you have finished your first colour, move onto the next. It is much easier to do one colour at a time, and this method will help you stay organised and ensure you don’t miss any squares. During the application process, try not to lean your arms or rest your hand on the canvas as this will reduce the tackiness.
- As you go along, gently peel away more sections of the plastic. It is best to work on 1 – 2 inches at a time. If you peel back large sections of the canvas, it will start to dry out and lose its tackiness.
Finishing Your Work
- Once you have completed the whole piece, simply re-cover with the plastic sheet. If you have discarded the sheet, you can use baking parchment.
- Using a rolling pin, roll over the top of the plastic – this will press down any loose crystals and make sure everything is glued down properly. If you don’t have a rolling pin you could either use your hands to smooth it out or another heavy object for example a tin can or book.
- Allow the canvas to sit flat overnight, ideally with a heavy book sitting on top. This will allow the crystals to fully bond with the canvas.
- Now it’s time to check out your masterpiece! Gently peel away the plastic sheet to reveal the final design. If any crystals are loose due to not being applied properly, you can use the tweezers to pop them back into place.
- To finish off your piece, choose a frame colour that compliments the design. This makes the perfect addition to your home, or a special bespoke gift for a friend or relative.