Are you a crafter or do you simply enjoy making pretty things like me? Have you ever heard of diamond dot art? Well, if not, you are going to Love this! There is a new crafting craze out there and it’s called diamond dot art or 3/5D diamond painting (it goes by a few names). So what is diamond dot art? In this post I am going to explain this crafting craze to you and why it is so awesome.
So if you or anyone you know loves being creative and loves having pretty, sparkly things then read on!
Diamond dot art, an addictive craft
Crafters everywhere are finding a new and addictive hobby that looks amazing and is easy to do – Diamond dot art.
Diamond dot art or diamond painting is a craft whereby gorgeous designs and pictures are created with tiny diamond-like facets (no, it’s not real diamonds! But rather a type of gem/rhinestone, or resin dot…the point is, they sparkle like diamonds).
This craft is based on the combined concepts of paint-by-numbers and mosaics. It uses the latest digital print technology to create images which is transferred/printed onto high quality polyester fabric. This fabric is intricately woven especially designed for diamond dot paintings and has a sticky adhesive to attach the dots.
You then use “diamonds” or diamond-like facets to complete the picture or design. There are 3D or 5D diamond paintings or art that can be enjoyed. The difference between 3D and 5D diamond dot art is the number of facets that the gems have. 3D diamonds have 3 facets whereas 5D diamonds have 5 facets.
Diamond dot art completely transforms an ordinary picture into a breath-taking glittery piece of artwork treasure. It’s absolutely amazing. I could stare at it for hours because it’s just so pretty. If you are attracted to shiny things like I am, you will understand once you see a finished piece or have completed your own artwork. Once you get started it is difficult to stop, and once you have completed a design you just want to create more spectacular pieces!
Getting started with diamond dot art, how it works
Diamond dot art is an easy hobby to get started with. All skill levels of crafters can quickly master this technique. There are some more challenging projects as well as you advance in your newly found craft.
It is simple and relatively quick to complete, but if you are like me you would want to spend hours on end wanting to do more. It also gives you an amazing sense of accomplishment when you have placed that last diamond dot on the canvas.
As I mentioned, the image or design is printed on a special fabric. All you need to do is follow the guided dots and instructions to place each individual diamond on it’s allocated spot. Each colour/area on the picture is coded so you know exactly which diamond to place where. It might sound time-consuming, but once you get the hang of it, you start moving pretty quickly.
You use either tweezers or a “sticky pen” to grab hold of each diamond in order to place it on the canvas. I suggest that you work a small section at a time instead of opening the entire adhesive area. Slowly but surely you will start seeing the basic printed image evolve into a shimmering masterpiece.
You don’t need to worry about the diamond dots falling off, they are pretty secure with the adhesive on the fabric. Once your masterpiece is done, you can choose to frame it or leave it as is. It looks pretty awesome once framed though. It looks like a very expensive and elegant artwork.
Diamond dot kits, what are they and where can I get them?
If this has “sparkled” your interest, then you are probably wondering where you can get supplies for this awesome hobby.
To get started you will need a complete diamond dot kit. This generally includes but is not limited to the following:
- special painting canvas
- sticky pen
- plastic tray
- diamond beads
You can get your diamond dot painting kit here. You can choose from a wide variety of images and designs, from animals to sport and more (any of which would look stunning when completed). You can even create custom-made diamond paintings with your own photo here! Does it get any better than this? Your own personalized diamond painting!
Sizes also vary, but keep in mind, the bigger the size, the higher the cost. But which ever you choose, they are all worth it. Absolutely stunning.
Keep in mind, photos of the completed painting don’t do it justice so you will most likely only see the printed image, because obviously you can’t see the full effect that the shimmer of the diamonds have on it. You really do need to see it for yourself in person after completing one.
Diamond dot art, for young and old
Diamond dot painting is an easy and enjoyable activity for crafters young and old. But it’s not limited just to crafters, anyone can enjoy some time spent on this hobby. And as I said before, the results are breath-taking.
There are some simple designs in which beginners can give it a go, as well as more intermediate and advanced designs for those who have really mastered the art of dotting. These will include highly detailed images, and of course it is size dependent as well. Although I won’t suggest choosing the largest size when starting out as this will take a lot of time, but you will find that trying a smaller one will just leave you wanting more!
Also, because of all the different designs and images available, there is something for every type of person and his/her interests.
Diamond keepsake, dot away!
As I said before, once you start dotting, you can’t stop. It’s a basic and simple thing to do, but you get so excited to see the finished product that you will find it difficult to put your tweezers/sticky pen down until your design is completed.
Diamond painting is fun, a great stress reliever, an awesome hobby and a crafter’s dream. It’s easy to do and brings forth great joy (during the process of dotting as well as seeing the end result).
Diamond paintings are a fantastic gift for anyone, either as a completed painting in a frame or as a diamond dot painting kit. There are many designs and pictures to choose from so there really is something for everyone.
I encourage everyone to just dot away. Even if you feel you are not creative, you will still enjoy the process. The diamond paintings are a great keepsake and looks awesome when hanging framed on the wall. It’s the sparkle that really fascinates me! Give it a go and see for yourself.
Let me know if you have any questions and I will help out where I can. Have fun!