Diamonds and Wolves

As Christmas gets closer, I’ve been working on a diamond painting for my oldest. She loves wolves and dreamcatchers, so when I saw this diamond painting, I knew she would love it. So the purchase was a win-win – she gets a cool gift and I got the experience of making it for her.

This canvas is bigger than the owl I finished, but it didn’t take as long as I had anticipated, given the larger size. I gave the owl to my sister and she is having her husband mount and frame it for her. I’m hoping he’ll do the same for this one, so it will be ready in time for Christmas.

In the meantime, I’m still trying different stores and canvases to see what I like and what I don’t when it comes to diamond painting. For instance, designs with round drills are more plentiful, as are partial canvases (where only parts of the canvas are covered with drills). I prefer the square drills and full canvases. So now I’m trying a new store, Diamond Art Club, to see the difference in canvas quality and drill quality. Also, they use poured glue rather than double sided tape, so we’ll see if I like them better or not.

I did also splurge on a fancy schmancy drill pen that is a definite upgrade from the cheap plastic drill pens that come with most kits. I’m trying to keep myself from buying a whole bunch of accoutrements that I don’t really need. I did purchase the new pen and I did buy some additional storage, because there are always drills left over. My new kit should be here in just a few days, so I’m excited to have something new to work on over the holidays, and while I’m working from home.

I’m hoping to also spend some time finishing up my last batch of minis. I need to rig up a spray area indoors, as it’s now too cold to spray outside. Lots to do!

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?