What is Diamond Painting?

Updated: 2 days ago

I see ‘diamond painting’ everwhere lately.

Having originated in Asia a decade ago, the unique art form has picked up steam among crafters looking for a creative outlet, especially during the pandemic. It's a Stress-free activity that puts your mind at ease. It requires minimal effort and can be extremely addictive as this creative outlet provides, stress relief, and overall improvement in mental health.

Despite its name, however, diamond painting has nothing to do with your average brush stroke. Diamond painting is a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-number. You use an applicator to apply hundreds of sparkling resin rhinestones, one-by-one, on an adhesive color-coded canvas painting. The end result is a vivid, shimmering work of art. Each piece can be framed and hung in your office, gifted to a loved one, or kept for yourself to enjoy.

Tools and Materials

Various companies offer kits that contain everything you need to get started. Here's what you'll find inside a kit sold on Amazon for $11.99,

a canvas, adhesive, an applicator pen, tray, paddy wax, and colorful resin drills. Diamond painting is similar to working with beads the difference is, you are working with drills. The drills are the formal name for the rhinestone diamonds; they're flat on one side and rounded on top.

Additional diamond art painting accessories include a great light pad, and a great diamond organizer to store and keep track of all your colored diamonds, and some washi tape to help prevent any dust or lint from getting on your adhesive during application.

Diamond painting crafters may also prefer using several stylish Multi-applicator wands.

if you are looking to develop your creative side using a more traditional skill set, try a paint by number kit (I’m not kidding). Everyone has to start somewhere and these kits are perfect for teaching beginners the fundamentals of painting and stroke technique.

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