A lot of people are finally getting into diamond painting. I blame it on the whole quarantine thing. Since people are stuck at home, a lot of them found ways to be more productive or while away time.
I've been doing diamond painting for about 4 years now. I've done a lot of projects and was even able to send a Tiger project to my cousin in UK. For a lot of people, diamond painting is something that soothes their mental health because of the repetitive motion.
For those who are new, it can be a little bit overwhelming and a little intimidating which is why I am sharing a lit of things you need to know about diamond painting.
1. Patience is a virtue.
When you do diamond painting, patience is definitely a must. You need to add the beads one by one on a canvass and it's almost impossible to finish one piece overnight unless it's really small or you have nothing else to do.
2. LED Lights
One of the questions often asked is if you need to buy a LED Light. For me, it's a yes because I have bad eyesight. Also, there are patterns with crazy symbols that all look the same. LED Lights also help with reducing eye strain.
However, it is not imperative. You can also use a desk lamp if you don't have the budget for a LED light yet.
3. Tweezers vs Drill Pen
Some people will prefer tweezers while others would prefer a drill pen. Choose the one that's comfortable for you.
PRO-TIP: If you are into square beads, tweezers are best in aligning beads.
4. Start with a small canvas.
It's exciting to just go big but since this is your first time, start off with a letter sized canvas then work your way up. This was, you won't feel burnt out. I started doing diamond paintings 4 years ago and it was all big canvasses. I am enjoying the small ones now.
5. The more details in your design, the bigger your canvas needs to be. If you are doing something like Disney characters all in one page, make sure that your canvass is at least 25 inches wide. This way, you will see all the pertinent details.
6. Seal it with a Kiss.
Or use MOD PODGE or PRIMERO CLEAR to seal your finished product. This is a work of art which needs to be protected so sealing is recommended for me.
7. Stock up but don't overstock.
You will end up getting addicted so ordering around 3-5 pcs is a good idea. However, do not flood yourself and order more than 10 in one go. Sometimes, you may experience DP fatigue and find yourself not wanting to do it so make sure that there's not a huge influx in your home.
A few pieces lying around is good so that you don't run out but too much of anything is bad.
8. There is an online community for diamond painting. Here's my group but there's also other groups. Choose the ones that fit your personality and culture.
9. When buying online, always read if it's partia or full beads. Partial means there are only certain areas that will be covered by the beads and full means the entire design is made of beads.
10. Sizing. It is almost always in cm so learn to convert to inches so you have an idea of how big your kit will be.
For more tips, you can also click this to watch my video on things you need to know about diamond painting.