Diamond Painting WIP

At some point, my obsession with diamond painting will wane.

Not today, though. 😛

I’ve started a huge project, and even though the sheer size of the canvas is a little daunting, I am excited to get it done. With diamond painting, the bigger the canvas, the better the finished painting looks, because the more detail it has.

I think of the diamond drills like pixels. The smaller canvases have less pixels, so they don’t look as good as the ones with a large number of drills. So bigger is definitely better in the diamond painting world. The downside of this is that the larger the canvas, the longer it takes to finish.

The peacock diamond painting I did took me about 34-35 hours to complete. It was 45x75cm. The painting I am working on currently is called Grandios Greece and is a kit I had forgotten I ordered before Black Friday. It is a Diamond Art Club kit and it is 98x70cm. At the rate I’m going, I figure it will take me about 120+ hours to finish.

Doing a canvas this big has already changed how I diamond paint, even though I only have about 20 hours of work done so far. For one thing, in a canvas this large, there are large sections of one color, so I have learned to make the multi-placer tool my friend. I didn’t use them on any of my previous paintings, because I couldn’t figure them out.

I have now. 😀

The multi-placer tools let me place multiple drills at once, speeding up large one color sections. I have ordered a few more tools to help with placement, including a wheel multi-placer and two straighteners. The straighteners help keep the rows of drills straight and so far are fairly easy to use. The wheeled multi-placers haven’t arrived yet, so I will see how they work when I get them.

I did also order some Blue-Tac to see if it worked better than the wax provided to place the drills. It was a bit fiddly at first, but it definitely lasts longer than the wax. I’ve got about 7 hours of working with it and I haven’t had to refill the drill pen yet.

I’ve found some like minded diamond painters on Twitch to follow and I am having fun diamond painting and chatting with others who are as obsessed as I am. 🙂

Diamond Painting Addiction

I’m so excited, y’all!

I finished my last diamond painting project – a gift for my oldest – and I’ve been jonesing to start working on another piece. I started out with diamond painting with some mandalas (because of course I did!) and then moved on to a Marvel one for my nephew. After completing both of those, I still wasn’t sure if it was something I’d keep doing.

So I purchased a few more kits to try. The owl (which you can see partial pics of in the link above) was fun and when I finished it, my sister claimed it. I didn’t get any pics of the completed canvas, unfortunately. Then I finished the wolves and am currently waiting on the frame so I can frame it and wrap it for Christmas.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished it and my idle hands have been driving me crazy. So when Black Friday rolled around, I thought I would try out a couple of new (to me) diamond painting companies and see how they compared to the kits I was buying on Amazon.

I was sure they’d likely be of better quality. I bought the kits I did on Amazon because I wanted some inexpensive ones to try before I dove in to diamond painting. Some of these kits can be very expensive, especially for something that’s just a hobby. But with the Black Friday sales and my surety that I actually indeed love diamond painting, I decided to buy a few kits.

Diamond Art Club is one of the more popular diamond painting companies. I’ve seen many a YouTuber unboxing their kits and extolling their virtues, so I thought I’d see if they lived up to the hype. They are also one of the more expensive stores. They sell out of items frequently and due to COVID-19, this has been happening on a regular basis. I ordered two different kits from them. I’m not sure when they’ll get here, but I’m so excited to get them!

I also ordered some kits from Treasure Studios Art. They are another company that is recommended. There is a nice focus in the diamond painting community on buying licensed art kits rather than knock-offs, even if that means paying a bit more. I have always been a big proponent of respecting copyrights (due to my teaching background), so I like that these companies pay the artists whose work they are using. They were having a ‘Buy 2 Get One Free’ sale, so I did. I bought 3 kits. This is another company who has shipping delays due to COVID, so I’m not sure when those will get here, either.

After a few days, I was still trying to find something to do with my hands. With no clear idea of when my Black Friday purchases would arrive, I decided to hop on Amazon and find a couple of inexpensive, small kits that I could work on and possibly complete before my larger paintings arrived. I found two, a pretty peacock and a rainbow unicorn. They are on the way and should be here by Friday.

Yesterday, after getting home from work, I found a couple of packages waiting. I assumed they were Christmas presents I had ordered, so I opened the boxes to see what had arrived. Imagine my surprise when I found one of the boxes was from Diamond Art Club! I opened the package to find one boxed kit, but it was huge – much larger than I was expecting. I opened the kit and started laughing.

I forgot that I had ordered a kit from DAC the week before! Isn’t getting old wonderful? It makes for so many nice surprises! 😛 Anyhoo, I opened the kit to find a huge (98cm X 70cm/38.6″ X 27.6″) painting. It’s so big the only place I have to lay it out flat at the moment is on top of my bed. I was so stoked to get it, though, that I kitted up the drills (got all the drills opened and into containers) so I can get started on it. I need to rework a few things to find a big enough space to work on it comfortably, but I’m so excited!

I can say that, even though I haven’t actually started the painting yet, Diamond Art Club is definitely living up to all the hype. The canvas is buttery soft and has scallops around the edges. Those will likely get cut off when it’s framed, but it still looks nice while you’re working on it.

The drill field is nice and colorful and the symbols for the diamond placement are nice and clear. All my previous kits have been double-sided adhesive on the canvas, but this one is poured glue, so I’m curious to see the difference once I start the project.

I was also curious to see the drill quality. The wolf kit that I worked on had quite a number of drills that were misshapen or had weird knobby bits that meant that they wouldn’t lay flat on the canvas. Again, DAC is a company that has gotten raves about their drill quality. So far, I’ve not been disappointed.

The kit included a diamond boat, tweezers, some small baggies, a drill pen, a squishy wrap for the drill pen, and two heart-shaped wax pieces. The diamonds themselves do indeed seem to be high quality – not a misshapen one in sight as I kitted them up into containers. And DAC includes a sticker with the colors and symbols that you can cut up and use on your containers while you paint. The only negative so far has been that the painting has so many colors that I ran out of containers. So, I’ll be buying some more containers, because I love the ones I’ve been using. Once I have those and a place to work, my hands will certainly be busy again!