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. 🙂

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?