A few people on here have mentioned they got Diamond Painting Kits for Xmas or birthday presents or have purchased their own kits so I thought I'd add some hints and tips of things I've learned along the way for those just starting out. (I'm really a beginner myself after only having done a few projects but have quickly learned a few tricks. If anyone else is more of an expert feel free to add anything else that may help others just starting out.)
Store your diamonds
When you buy a Diamond Painting kit, you will receive all the diamonds you need in small plastic bags. To avoid losing your gems, the first tip I give you is to store all the diamonds in a storage box with removable slots. This will make things easier when you'll have to change colors in the canvas.
Break diamond clumps up by using two trays
You don’t need any surgical skills for separating diamonds, which have melded together. All you need are 2 diamond trays, which you’ve already got around you. Place them on each other & press them down on the diamond clumps – They separate with a ‘POP’ sound.
If you have any annoying diamond clumps, which aren’t coming apart even after squeezing them, start rubbing the trays repeatedly until they’re unable to resist anymore.
I worked from the bottom in straight lines and one line at a time (apart form some minor movements above or to the side that didn't affect things significantly) and I didn't have any issues at all fitting everything in properly. It's a little more messy having lots of different colours out at once rather than just one colour to ensure you're not deviating too far from that one line and a little more time-consuming but it did make the finished picture much better in the long run. Since you get one tray with each project save these rather than throwing them away after each project to allow you to have three or four different colours out at one time without it getting too messy or complicated.
Tape the edges of the canvas
Usually, the edges of a Diamond Painting canvas are not supposed to be sticky. It may happen, however, that there's some extra glue in the key on the margins or, in general, in the edges of the canvas. This may be very annoying when painting with diamonds: the canvas may stick on your skin, but it can also get very dusty.
You can solve the problem by taping the edges of the canvas. You can use a simple, transparent tape or a more colorful washi tape.
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