I Tried DIAMOND PAINTING for the First Time

I Tried DIAMOND PAINTING for the First Time


Hi everyone! Today we’re doing diamond painting! I got an email from an online store called
InLovearts that they’d like to send me free dies and stamps for a video. I noticed that the shop also has diamond painting
kits, which I wanted to try and they agreed to let me pick one of those as well. So, here’s what I got. First of, I got these flower, plant, nature
and perfume bottle themed stamps as well as these stamps for a planner. So, you can use these for scrapbooking and
cardmaking. Neither of which I normally do on this channel
other than some simple cards I’ve made years ago. But the idea I had when I was picking these
stamps, was to stamp these with waterproof ink on watercolor paper and then color them
in with watercolor. I’m not sure if that’s going to work, but
I’ll show you in a future video what I’ll make with these. And by the way, you get just the stamps, so
you need to get the ink pad separately. I’ll link all the products I got in the description,
if you want to check them out. And you’ll get a 15% discount with the coupon
code on the screen now or in the video description. For this video, we’re concentrating on the
diamond painting. I actually got two of them. If you saw the paint by numbers video, I learned
my lesson and checked the size of the canvas this time. So, the first one I’ll do for this video is
the heart butterfly one because it’s smaller. It’s one of the smallest they had, 25 by 25
cm so it shouldn’t take too long to make. They wanted to me to choose some of their
newer products so this was one of the newest diamond painting kits they had at the time
I made the order. The other one which is an elephant, is a bit
older but I just really liked the image so that’s why I chose it. But I’ll leave that one for another video. You get the necessary tools in the kit. The tray, the dotting pen tool, the diamonds
or drills or beads whatever you wanna call them, wax or dotting cement and resealable
plastic bags for leftover beads. The canvas also has a table for the color
codes, but the package didn’t have any instructions. Unless the the Chinese text on the side of
the canvas is the instructions, which is very possible. But anyway, it doesn’t come with English instructions. However, they have the instructions in the
product listings on the website. And you can find more techniques and tips
on YouTube, for example. I’m not going over all the tips I found, but
I’ll link below the most helpful videos I saw so you can check them out yourself. Since the canvas comes rolled up, it can have
creases and you have a couple of ways to straighten it. You could iron it from the backside with some
fabric or a towel in between. Or you can peel off parts of the adhesive
and re-stick it and that should straighten out the canvas a bit at least. I tried the latter. The beads or resin diamonds come in little
plastic bags. If you’re planning to do just one of these
paintings, you could just use those bags and close them with some clip after use. But they’re easier to use if you move them
into little containers with lids or even the resealable bags that come with the set. I just used something I had lying around which
were these recycled plastic food containers without lids. I wrote down the color code on the container
and poured the beads into it. I had the small containers inside these bigger
ones and when I was done with the painting for that day, I’d stack the bigger containers
on top of each other, so they take up less space on my desk. I didn’t have enough room for all of the bead
colors so I used the resealable bags for the rest of them. There weren’t enough bags in the set for all
the colors, so I couldn’t use only the bags, anyway. The way diamond painting works is when you
peel off the plastic film, the canvas is sticky underneath so that the beads will stick to
it. Push the dotting pen into to red dotting cement
or wax or whatever it is and then the bead will stick to the cement and you can place
the bead on the canvas according to the color code chart. The cement or wax has plastic over it, by
the way, which I didn’t realize at first and wondered why it wasn’t working. So, peel off plastic the first. This image had a white background so it has
big solid areas of white. A couple of ways I learned you can fill in
these areas quickly are the checkerboard method and using the larger end of the dotting pen. In the checkerboard method you place the beads
in every other slot so that it looks like a checkerboard and then you can fill in the
blank spaces in between faster since they kind of slot into place when you’ve already
made a template for them. So, it ends up being faster than if you’d
fill in the whole area one by one in the right order. And then for the other way. Turn over the dotting pen to use the larger
end, press it into the cement and then you can catch 4 beads at a time from the tracks
of the tray and that way fill in larger areas a lot faster. The checkerboard method might end up with
a more precise placement of the beads, but you can try them both and then use which ever
method you prefer. You can cut up pieces of the plastic film
and peel off only the section you’re working on so that you won’t have a large sticky area
open where any hairs or fibers or loose beads stick to. I worked from top to bottom and left to right. With a small canvas like this it doesn’t make
much difference but with a bigger one you should be careful about not doing the bottom
first and then having it fall into your lap when you work your way up. So start from the top and work your way down. Or you can also turn the canvas around, but
then it might be more difficult to make out the color codes. A lot of times I would accidentally knock
over the tray and the beads would go flying around the table. One way to catch them is to press your fingers
on them and that way you can catch a lot of beads at once, since they’ll stick to your
palms. The annoying thing was when they stuck onto
the glue on the canvas. If they landed on the side, you can pull them
out easily. But if you have beads really stuck in the
wrong slot, you can use tweezers to pull them out. I’ve lost my own tweezers and they didn’t
include them in the kit either, so I just used the pen tool to push them out. This is another a relaxing activity, I had
some movies playing in the background as I was doing this. You have to concentrate and take your time,
it’s calming except when the beads go flying all over as I described earlier. Compared to the paint by numbers kit, this
was a lot faster for me to do. I finished this over 4 days or 4 evenings. But it’s probably due to the small size of
the painting. If you do something bigger with less solid
color background and more details it will no doubt last you a lot longer. However, you don’t have to cover the same
area twice or even more times as you do with paint by numbers. I didn’t run out of beads for any of the colors
but I had varying amounts left over at the end. If you make more diamond paintings, you can
use the leftovers in future paintings that have those same colors in them. As you noticed, this kit does not come with
the stretcher bars for the canvas. You just get the canvas rolled up and you
need to figure out the framing yourself. You could stretch it on stretcher bars yourself
or even over an old canvas painting you want to cover up if you happen to have one of the
same size or you could frame it in a glass frame. Buying it like this brings down the cost of
the kit. While this was faster to make since it’s smaller,
the result isn’t very detailed. In the mock-up pictures they actually just
have the original image, which isn’t what you get once the diamond painting is finished. You’ll get something that looks kind of pixelated. The bigger the canvas and the more zoomed
in the image is, the better the result will be. I’m interested to see how the other one will
turn out, but we’ll see that in another video so stay tuned and subscribe if you haven’t
already. I also wanted to mention a couple of things
about this store. First of, the processing and shipping to Finland
took about 3 weeks after getting the order confirmation. The other thing is that in one of the first
emails I got from Inlovearts, they said one of their selling points is that the designs
are unique and exclusive so their products don’t have copyright issues. However, it looks like a lot of online stores
sell the same diamond painting designs, so I think the exclusivity is related to the
stamps only. I’m hoping that the diamond painting designs
are all legally licenced. Have you tried diamond painting? Tell me in the comments. Thanks for watching! Bye!

6 Comments

  • Batata de Bigode says:

    That must have take a LOT of time, but the result is incredible 😍

  • Ivy Lily Creative says:

    Videos mentioned:

    My first paint by numbers kit: https://youtu.be/YNR-XnGbdTI

    Top 10 tips for diamond painting: https://youtu.be/mDfVWcjkQq4

    Diamond painting introduction, tips & tricks for beginners: https://youtu.be/AaAfXflhRoI

    Watch this next: Trying a coloring app for the first time: https://youtu.be/Nxh2ocUzkxM

    Thank you In Love Arts shop for sending me these diamond painting kits and stamps. Links are in the description, if you want to check out any of the products I got.

  • PRIME SOUL FREEDOM says:

    congratulations you have achieved "zen master of patience" level . I can't even come close to that kind of focus … 🙂

  • Manisha's Innovative Creations says:

    thank you for info on diamond painting. I just bought 2 weeks back a peacock diamond painting. I am going to get started on it and was looking for tips and demo.

  • Meraki Painter says:

    Man this is crazy

  • 1 Random Minute says:

    I have, it is my new hobby. I have done 4 of them so far. It is relaxing for me also.

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