HOW TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES AND STAY MOTIVATED
How many times, as a diamond painter, did you feel like giving up?
This craft requires a lot of patience, so it’s easy to make a mistake and feel like that’s the end of the painting. You can see hundreds of perfect diamond paintings online but will rarely hear about all the mistakes and issues that crafters have faced while working on them.
This idea that you need to achieve perfection and that mistakes are a bad thing can slow down your crafting progress. Below we have listed a few reasons why you should stop seeing mistakes as your failures with the intention of helping you stay motivated as you keep working on your diamond paintings.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
You probably have read that quote many times before, but do you remind yourself about it when you make a mistake? Practicing involves making errors, sometimes you can fix them and other times you just have to re-start from scratch. That’s how you learn and get better at your craft. The more you do it, the fewer mistakes you’ll make. That is until you decide to learn something new within your craft, then it’s another series of hurdles you have to face. Just keep yourself motivated and eager to learn new things, even if that means making mistakes.
THE CRAFTING PROCESS IS NOT PERFECT
While we like to mention that quote when it comes to practicing, it’s important to remember that there is no actual perfect way to craft and make diamond paintings. You can make diamond paintings every day for a decade and still end up placing a drill of the wrong color somewhere where it doesn’t belong or have it not well-aligned with the rest. That doesn’t prove that you’re still not good at it, simply that perfection doesn’t exist. As humans, we’re naturally imperfect, and so is what we do. Focus on having fun rather than becoming the perfect diamond painter.
EVERYONE STARTED FROM SCRATCH
No matter how amazing the work of other crafters may look, they’ve all had to go through multiple mistakes and ruined paintings to get to where they are today. See their work as inspiration for something that you might be able to achieve one day, rather than a reason to feel inferior. Talent comes from years of experience and practice, be patient and enjoy your crafting journey.
WITHOUT MISTAKES, YOU WOULDN'T PROGRESS
Taking the “risk” of working on a larger and more complex diamond painting can increase the chance of making mistakes. That shouldn’t mean that you should only stick to smaller diamond paintings that you already know how to approach. Progress requires you to get out of your crafting comfort zone, even if it means that you might get things wrong. Would you rather have a lovely large diamond painting made by you to hang in your living room after a couple of attempts, or nothing? Give things a go, even if they take longer than you hoped.
PICK SOMETHING YOU LIKE
Whether it’s a small piece or a large canvas, you’ll still be spending quite some time starting at those diamonds and the image you are aiming to re-create. As such, it would be awfully tiring if the picture you have chosen to work on is not something you enjoy staring at for longer than a few minutes. You have hundreds of designs available you can choose from so make your choice count. Whether it’s one perfect for a specific holiday, a beautiful landscape, a cute animal or anything else. Look for something you know you’ll enjoy working on and go for it!
BE NICE TO YOURSELF
We are our own worst critics and when working on something, especially on our own, we can easily end up attacking ourselves for every little mistake. Focusing on what went wrong will not help us get the painting completed. We are not machines that will instantly replicate the image we see on the box of a diamond painting kit. We are prone to making mistakes in the same way we can learn from them. Adding too much glue, not aligning the drills properly or placing a diamond in the wrong place are all things that teach us a lesson. After doing it once, you’ll learn not to do it next time.
FOCUS ON FIXING IT RATHER THAT WHAT YOU DID
Not everything is lost if your drills tend to fall off, if they’re not perfectly aligned or if you’re missing some pieces. Rather than getting angry or frustrated at those issues, move on to thinking about how you can best fix them. Drills that have fallen off can always be stuck to the canvas again, ones that are not well aligned can be nudged to where you want them to be and you can always order more diamonds if you can’t find all the ones you need. No mistake is the end of the world, there will often be a solution to your problem.
WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE
We’re often looking at magnificent finished pieces online, with no idea of what truly happened during the crafting process. In our minds, the crafter has perfectly aligned all the drills and completed the painting with no issues. When in reality, that person could have easily been working on the third attempt before achieving that flawless painting. Every crafter you can talk to has made mistakes more than once, it’s all part of the process and not something that should be seen as a sign of failure.
THERE IS NO WORST-CASE SCENARIO
Realistically, your worst-case scenario is that the painting is completely not how you expected it and it’s too late for you to edit it. The beauty of diamond painting is that you can always just start all over. Get another kit and try again, this time with the knowledge of what could go wrong and how you can avoid it. Nobody needs to know that it didn’t work out the first time and it’s always better to give it a go once again than to give up. Enjoying the process is always more important than perfectly completing a painting the first time you try it.
NO SHAME IN ASKING FOR HELP
Not sure how you can fix your mistake or what to do next with your diamond painting? Ask someone! The internet gives you the chance to join a multitude of crafting groups and forums, where you can always find a passionate fellow crafter that can provide an answer to your burning questions. Even offline, there are various crafting events and workshops you can attend to meet other people with the same interest. You’re no less talented than someone else for asking a question, no matter how obvious it might be. It’s always better to learn the answer than to keep going with no idea of what to do.
THERE ARE NO REAL MISTAKES
At the end of the day, mistakes have their charm. They’re what can prove that a painting was made from a human rather than a machine. If we can love centuries-old paintings that have messy brush strokes or wrong perspectives, why can’t we just appreciate the result of the hours we spent working on a diamond painting? Try to think of anything going wrong with your crafting process as a lesson you have the chance to learn, rather than a problem you have to deal with.
We hope that this article has helped you feel better about any mistakes you have made during your crafting journey. No matter how many times you had to start over, keep enjoying diamond painting and get working on the next one. Have fun!