Sunday, May 27, 2018

What is diamond painting?

Everyone was bombarded by the influx of coloring books in bookstores, groceries, and department stores. It seems that the typically stressed Pinoy has found solace and comfort in going back to a childhood activity but this time around, with more intricate designs. As with any fad though, the clamor has died down though there are still enough "colorista" to make it thrive but it seems that a new trend is about to take Manila by storm. Introducing, Diamond Painting.
Diamond Painting
Diamond Painting is a form of craft similar to cross-stitching but instead of stitching to a thread, you stick beads to the pattern following the format of a cross-stitch pattern.

They provide beads that you stick to the pattern. No need to worry because the pattern they provide is very sticky. The beads won't fall off but if you are a little OC, you can use the green container to flatten the beads even more and make it stick.

It takes patience and time but doing Diamond Painting definitely relaxes the mind. The placement of the beads on the pattern in a regular pattern helps the mind relax.

Kids as young as 6 years old can actually do this. It also helps to keep them busy and is a good training for mild ADD because it makes them focus on the craft for long periods of time.

Engaging in repetitious diversions balances the mind and the body. None of the activities in the list require much thought, yet they offer physical movements upon which to concentrate. As such, the mind can let go of its anxieties and worries (or at least decrease their intensity) because it can get lost in the sheer, soothing repetition of the action.

This concentrating on “something but nothing” leads to relaxation. As we relax, we begin to unwind. The physical tension dissipates, whether we literally kick it out with a ball and a wall or squeeze it out via clay. As this happens, the anxiety-induced restlessness is reduced.

If you are interested to know more, you can join the Facebook group where members are more than willing to help and guide you.

My son is already doing it and this is his latest finished project.

The pink wax can be used with the driller (looks like a pen) to ensure that the beads will stick. I personally use the tweezer as I'm more familiar with it.

For storage, you can either roll it up (not recommended for square beads) or you can lay it flat on an illustration board then put plastic on top to avoid having the sticky parts stick to something else.

Should you find that the adhesive has worn off and the beads will no longer stick, you can also use a double-sided tape (the thin transparent one) to make it sticky again. If the beads keep falling off at certain areas, you can use elmer's glue (the transparent one) to keep it in place.

I hope this helped and if it did, please feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. For a beautiful diamond painting we must use best diamonds for that with perfect color combination and here you had done the same. I am impressed by your work. I also love diamond painting very much. Keep it up.

  2. I should say only that its awesome! The blog is informational and always produce amazing things. Thank you this amazing blog.


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