Like a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers, diamond painting is the new creative hobby that’s taking the crafting world by storm. You simply apply colorful resin rhinestones to richly-pigmented canvas paintings. The result? Visually dazzling, mosaic diamond artworks that sparkle, shimmer, and shine. – Diamond Art Club
Diamond Art Club recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their products. I responded that I would be delighted to, and they asked me to visit their website and choose a kit. When the kit, entitled “Wet Night,” arrived, I opened it to find a 56″ X 42″ plastic-covered, symbol-coded canvas and a daunting number of packets of tiny resin “diamonds,” along with the tools and supplies to create my “diamond painting.”
So let’s get started
At first inspection I was intimidated by the sheer number of resin diamonds that needed to be individually adhered to the canvas to complete the image. But I thought, what the heck, if I am to properly review this product, I’ve got to just jump in and do it!
Printed on both sides of the canvas is the color legend. I chose a color and poured the corresponding diamonds into the included craft tray. I assembled the “Magic Applicator” and pushed it into one of the heart-shaped pieces of wax. (This helps pick up the diamonds.) After peeling back part of the plastic cover on the canvas to expose the adhesive, I located a corresponding symbol and pressed the diamond on to it. That’s basically how you create one of these beautiful paintings.
Now my insights…
1) If you’re a klutz like me, there will be many opportunities to accidentally spill and spray diamonds everywhere. Depending on your method of application, you may have leftover diamonds in open packages. Small zip lock bags are included for this purpose. But, if you’re planning on doing this craft more than one time, I highly recommend purchasing the 30 Slot Diamond Organizer offered on their website. It’s $13.99 and, trust me, well worth the investment.
2) Dedicate a place for your project. Don’t use your dining room table unless you’re willing to give it up for the duration of your project. I taped my canvas to a large craft mat and thought that meant I could move my project out of the way for meals. This was a very bad idea. Diamonds everywhere.
3) When you spill diamonds on the adhesive portions of your canvas, and you will, you’ll need something to unstick them. I keep tweezers near for this purpose.
With that said, I am OBSESSED with this craft. I can sit for hours each day “painting.” It’s a fun, satisfying way to create. I’m far from finishing this painting, but I will post follow-ups on my progress and when I have the finished painting mounted and framed.
If you’d like more information about diamond painting, or would like to purchase your own kit, visit the Diamond Art Club website.