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!

My Newest Obsession

I’ve found my newest obsession – diamond painting.  I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I wasn’t sure if it was something I would like enough to stick with.

After completing a number of them, now I’m sure.  😛

After the mandalas I made, I made a small 30cm x 30cm diamond painting for my nephew, to see if I liked the full canvas painting, rather than the partials I had done with the mandalas.

Avengers
Work in progress – round drills

I think it turned out pretty well, and my nephew loved it.  So I bought a couple more paintings, this time with square drills, to see if I liked the square drills better.  I found a gorgeous owl that was a fairly small canvas and decided to try it first.

Diamond Owl
This is the bottom of the painting

The square drills are better for my inner control-freak, because it fills up the whole canvas, instead of leaving spaces like the round drills do.  However, it is also frustrating, because it’s impossible to get all the square drills perfectly straight.

Diamond Owl 3
First half completed!

Also, the full canvas drills take a lot longer (obviously), but I’m enjoying the process.  I turn on some background music or videos and paint away.  It’s relaxing, even though it probably seems tedious to some people.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this one once it’s finished.  Is this something people would buy?  I’ve considered putting finished ones up on Etsy or something, but I would want to send them unsealed so I could roll them up and not spend a fortune on shipping a framed painting.  I guess I should do some research and see what’s out there already and how other people are doing it, if so.

Regardless of the eventual destination of the painting, I am having a blast doing it, so I definitely see more of these in my crafting future.  After the owl, I have a larger square drill full canvas of a wolf/dreamcatcher painting I’m going to make for my oldest.

After that, who knows?  Now that I’ve mastered the art of the multiplacer tool, I’m hoping it all goes a bit more quickly.  And now that I know I like diamond painting, I won’t feel bad investing in some better tools – like a better drill tool and some higher quality wax.

What about you? Have you found any new crafts/hobbies that you’ve fallen in love with?