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Most Comprehensive Guide to Diamond Painting

Welcome to the dazzling universe of diamond painting—an extraordinary art form that transforms mundane canvases into vibrant, shimmering masterpieces! Picture this: you, the creative maestro, wielding tools that unlock a world of artistic possibilities. Now, to craft diamond paintings worthy of admiration in any gallery, you need the perfect toolkit.

Fear not, because we've got your back! In this post, we're about to spill the glittery beans on the must-have tools that come bundled in all our best adult diamond art kits. From the magic-infused diamond applicator pen to the trusty reference guide, we've curated a collection that'll make your creative heart skip a beat.

But wait, why settle for ordinary when you can embark on an artistic adventure that radiates brilliance? We're not just giving you tools; we're handing you the keys to unlock your imagination. Ready to turn your artistic dreams into a reality that sparkles and shines?

Let's dive into the essentials and discover the secrets that will elevate your diamond painting game to a whole new level!

A young girl working on diamond painting in the USA

What Is Diamond Painting?

Intrigued by the question, "What is diamond painting?" If you've stumbled upon this query online, you're not alone. Recently gaining considerable popularity, diamond painting has become more than just an art form; it's a captivating and therapeutic hobby. The allure lies not only in its relaxing nature but also in the enchanting end results—scintillating pieces of art that find their place anywhere, be it the walls of your office or the sanctuary of your bedroom.

Originating in 2015 and swiftly captivating the artistic souls in the US and Europe, painting by diamonds has emerged as a unique and immersive art form. The process involves the meticulous application of hundreds of multi-colored rhinestones onto a numbered canvas. Each detail on the canvas corresponds to a numbered rhinestone, eliminating the need for intricate planning of color schemes. It's a painting by numbers, but with a dazzling twist, as each resin gem adds a touch of brilliance to the overall masterpiece.

Diamond painting transcends traditional artistic boundaries, offering a delightful fusion of creativity and relaxation. So, if you're seeking a new artistic endeavor that not only engages your mind but also produces scintillating results, diamond painting might just be the radiant escape you've been looking for.

Basic Tools for Diamond Art

Diamond Applicator Pen

The applicator pen is the most crucial tool for diamond painting. This tool is used to pick up diamonds and place them on the adhesive canvas. It consists of a plastic tube with a hollow tip where the diamond is inserted, and, thanks to the wax, it adheres to the pen.

There are different types of applicator pens. For instance, some have tips that allow you to pick up a larger number of diamonds at once, while others are more ergonomic or made of different materials. Choosing one depends on your needs or even personal preferences.


Along with the applicator pen, tweezers are another tool you might need for diamond painting. Unlike the pen, tweezers are not impregnated with wax, so they are useful for easily picking up diamonds without staining them, for example, to place them in another tray as needed.

Wax or Glue

Wax or glue is used to impregnate the diamond pieces, allowing you to pick them up with the applicator pen and stick them on the canvas. But how does the diamond detach from the pen and stick to the canvas?

The key is that the adhesive on the canvas is stronger than the wax used for the pen, so when you place the piece on the canvas, it easily releases from the applicator.

Diamond Tray

Diamond trays are essential accessories to keep the resin pieces organized during the process. They are also included in diamond art kits and are ideal for aligning the resin pieces, making it easier to pick them up with the applicator pen.

Colorful diamond painting kits

Diamond Bags

Imagine opening your diamond painting kit and finding all the pieces mixed up. It's best if they come in plastic bags, categorized by color or size: crucial to maintaining order even before you start.

Resin Diamonds

Of course, no diamond painting kit is complete without diamonds! These are the small, resin pieces in various colors that we use to shape the image, sticking them in their corresponding places according to the guide or picture of the painting.

Reference Guide

It's always handy to have a reference guide with the completed diamond painting to consult if you get stuck during the process. Although we've mentioned it at the end of our list, it's another basic tool for painting with diamonds.

Diamond Painting Tool Kit

How to Paint with Diamonds

Now that you've uncovered the enchanting world of diamond painting, let's delve into the practical side—how to paint with diamonds. This captivating process involves a rhythmic dance of precision and creativity, turning a blank canvas into a dazzling masterpiece.

Prepare Your Workspace

Before you embark on your diamond painting journey, ensure you have a clean and well-lit workspace. Adequate lighting will enhance the visibility of the numbered details on the canvas, making the process smoother.

Organize Your Diamonds

Unpack your diamond art kit and arrange the multi-colored rhinestones in the provided diamond trays or bags. Organizing them by color or size will streamline the painting process, allowing you to focus on the artistic flow.

Refer to the Guide

Familiarize yourself with the reference guide that accompanies your diamond painting kit. This guide will be your roadmap, illustrating the numbered details on the canvas and the corresponding colors of the rhinestones.

Start Small, Work Detail by Detail

Begin by peeling back a small section of the protective film on the adhesive canvas, revealing the numbered details. Select the corresponding rhinestone color, pick it up with the applicator pen or tweezers, and carefully place it on the designated spot.

Use Wax or Glue Sparingly

If your applicator pen requires wax, use it sparingly to ensure a secure attachment without excess residue. The adhesive on the canvas is designed to grip the rhinestones effectively, allowing them to release from the applicator with ease.

Enjoy the Process

Diamond painting is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. Take your time, savor each moment, and let the rhythmic placement of diamonds bring your canvas to life.

Frame and Display

Once you've adorned the canvas with all the dazzling rhinestones, allow it to dry thoroughly. Frame your completed masterpiece and proudly display it in your chosen space, bringing a touch of sparkle to your surroundings.
Embark on this radiant adventure of creativity and precision, and watch as your blank canvas transforms into a mesmerizing work of art, one diamond at a time.
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Canvas by Numbers Adult Diamond Art Kits

Canvas by Numbers' diamond painting kits are designed to offer you an enriching and highly rewarding experience. They include all the tools and materials you'll need to create your masterpiece, from the applicator pen to the reference guide.

Discover the best diamond painting kits now and enjoy this hobby that has captivated those seeking a fun and relaxing activity!

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