Diamond painting guide
How Does the Canvas Work?
A Diamond Painting canvas varies in size and can be both horizontal and vertical. It’s made out of tiny boxes that have been labeled with numbers or to help you figure out which diamond goes where. To understand which color corresponds to which symbol, you have a chart that you need to follow which is usually found on the side of the canvas.When you get a Diamond Painting, you can expect it to be either full drill (meaning that every part of the image is meant to have diamonds applied) or partial drill (meaning that only the main image requires diamonds and the background is just printed out).
Square or Round Drills?
When you’re looking at Diamond Paintings, you’re likely to end up with either square or round drills. What’s the difference between them? Square drills leave less room between one and the other, creating a mosaic-like effect on the final image. They tend to be slightly harder to use as they require some precision and attention to detail to make sure they’re placed straight.Round drills on the other hand are faster to place but they do result in a lower level of detail with the finished image. Overall, choosing one or the other is down to preference but beginners might find round drills easier to manage.
How do you Read a Diamond Painting Chart?
The first column on the chart indicates the total number of colors, the second shows which symbol corresponds to which color while the third column has the DMC color codes.
Finally, the fourth column indicates in which pack provided in the kit you can find the colors and the fifth column tells you exactly how many drills you need to have of each color to create the painting.
Which Technique Should I Use?
That’s up to you! There are a variety of techniques you can try, like the ‘checkerboard method’ where you start by filling out all the areas of the same color and only later fill out the blank spots. Or, if you have a multi-placer pen that allows you to work quickly, you could start by completing all the consecutive lines of the same color in one go.
Ready to get started? We offer a world of Diamond Painting designs you can choose from - holiday-themed ones, glow in the dark, abstract prints, animal ones, custom ones, and more. Find the one you like the most and get creating!