How To Guide

How to Do Diamond Painting The Right Way

Diamond painting is one of the most rewarding hobbies around.

Aside from creating beautiful artwork, you get to enjoy emotional and mental benefits to help you feel at ease and better about yourself.

But before reading further, please click here to learn more about diamond painting.


At this point, you’re interested in doing diamond painting instead of just reading about it.

If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place!

Here, I’ll discuss with you the following:

How to know which diamond painting kits to buy according to type, size, and drill

What to expect before, during, and after working on your project

How to use diamond painting sealers

How to frame your painting

Let’s begin!

Choosing a Diamond Painting Kit

The diamond painting kit you will buy determines how much you’ll enjoy this hobby.

So if this is your first time partaking in diamond painting, read this section carefully.

Each kit requires a certain level of skill from you.

As a beginner, you don’t want to buy a diamond painting kit that’s too complicated.

If that’s the case, the task at hand will overwhelm and keep you from enjoying diamond painting!

To begin, below are the contents of a regular diamond painting kit:

Diamonds or drills - Helps you form the painting. They come in square and round pieces and in different colors

Canvas - Shows a color code or numbers and symbols. The codes tell you which

diamond goes to which part. This way, you know where on the canvas to put the diamonds

Tray - Helps organize the diamonds according to their corresponding codes

Glue - Used on the tip of the diamond applicator tool to create the painting

Applicator - Comes in the form of a pen with a pointed end. Its purpose is to help you pick up the diamonds from the tray and place them onto your canvas

Types of Drills

The shape of the diamonds is crucial in helping you determine which one is ideal for your skill level.

There are only two types of drills for you to choose from: round and square.

Round drills stick to a diamond applicator pen better.

And because they’re easy to pick up from the tray, this drill type is perfect for beginners.

Meanwhile, square drills are much trickier to work with.

Because of their shape, you must perfectly align the drills on the canvas. If one drill isn’t embedded the right way, then the other drills will also look out of place.

While using square drills is more challenging than round ones, the result of the finished artwork is much more exquisite.

Compared to round drills, there are no spaces in between square drills of a diamond painting. As a result, the artwork is sharper and more refined.

This reason is why diamond painters strive to improve their craft.

The more they get acquainted with sticking the drills onto the canvas, the better artworks they can create!

Types of Sizes

With canvas size, bigger is always better.

Bigger canvases result to a more detailed diamond painting. The space requires you to stick more diamonds onto the canvas.

However, a smaller canvas is more appropriate for beginners.

They’re still getting their feet wet with this hobby. Therefore, there’s less pressure for them to finish the painting.

Once they gain the skill and experience, only then can they move on to bigger canvases.

Types of Kit

There are three types of diamond painting kits: full, partial, and multi-paneled drill kits.

A partial drill kit has the picture printed on the canvas. There are codes in the form of numbers or shapes on specific parts of the picture. This is where you must embed the correct diamond.

Here’s an example of a partial drill kit:


If you’re a beginner, it’s best to go with a partial drill kit. It’s a great way to develop your skill of placing the drills onto the canvas.

With a full drill kit, you need to place diamonds on the entire picture of the canvas.

Here’s an example of a full drill diamond painting kit:


As you can see, a full drill kit is much more challenging and difficult than a partial drill. You must recreate the entire picture by only using diamonds.

While this kit is more time-consuming, it will also result to a much better-looking artwork. It is best to hang and display full drill diamond paintings because of their level of detail and quality.

Now, if you’re looking for an even greater challenge, it’s time to go with a multi-paneled drill kit. It comes with full and partial drill kits to help you create multiple pictures.

Before Painting

Now that you know which kit to buy, it’s time to discuss the actual process of diamond painting.

Part of the process is preparing the things you need before embedding the drills onto the canvas.

Without further ado, below are things you need to prepare after receiving the kit:

1. Set up your workplace

The workplace is where you will lay out the contents of the kit to create your painting.

That said, the workplace should be where you can proceed in peace.

Therefore, make sure that the workplace is away from the regular activities of your home. A room you no longer use or a section of your garage are excellent workplace examples.

As long as the area is clean, quiet, and away from distractions and disturbances, you’re good to go!

2. Straighten your canvas

Most canvases are rolled when you receive the kit.

The problem now is keeping it from rolling back.

Straightening your canvas is important because you can’t stick the drills if it keeps curling back.

To keep the canvas straight, tape it to a wall or any flat surface. You can also store it under your bed overnight so it remains straight the next morning.

3. Get familiar with the codes

The numbers and symbols printed on your canvas will guide you as you create your painting.

If you want to do your work easier and faster, these codes hold the key.

So familiarize yourself with them so it won’t be difficult to paint your picture from start to finish.

Starting the Painting

Once you have everything ready, you can begin the actual painting process.

1. Lay out the contents of the kit

You need to get your materials ready and have them within arm’s reach. Doing so helps you become more productive as far as painting with diamonds goes.

In your workplace, set up the canvas, tray, glue, and diamond applicator pen on the table.

Then pour out the diamonds onto your tray.

If the diamonds are facing down, try shaking your tray a bit. Doing so will get them to face the other direction and towards the right.

You want them this way so you can pick them up with your pen from this angle.

2. Prepare your canvas

If you’ve straightened your canvas by removing and returning its protective plastic film, it’s time to peel back the film again. But this time, it’s for good.

If you used a different method to straighten your canvas, then remove its protective covering.

3. Pick up your diamonds

Dip your diamond applicator pen in the glue. It’s best to cover your pen’s nib with the glue to make the diamonds stick to it more easily.

Then dip this tool in the tray to pick up the diamonds. Remember to do this gently. Applying too much pressure will cause the glue to get stuck on your diamonds. If this happens, the diamonds will become dull and less shiny.

4. Transfer the diamonds onto the canvas

With the diamond on the nib of the applicator, it’s time to embed it onto the canvas.

But before that, make sure you’re embedding the diamond on the correct code on the canvas. Keep on doing this until you finish your painting.

Seal the Painting

So you’ve completed your diamond painting. Congratulations!

You’re probably excited to begin with your next kit.

However, what will you do with the finished product?

Sure, you can hang it on your home and display it for you and your guests to see.

However, hanging it as is will cause the diamonds to lose its luster.

To prevent this from happening, you need to seal your painting after finishing it.

Sealing your painting locks its diamonds in place. This means no drills will fall off. It also makes your painting more durable from wear and tear.

Below are the different sealers for your diamond painting:

Using Brush-On Sealers

They offer an all-in-one solution for your diamond painting.

Brush-on sealers also come with different finishes and consistencies. What you choose depends on the quality of your project.

To use them, you must apply weight on your finished painting.

The goal is to flatten your painting so the diamonds are set properly before you apply the brush-on sealer. Otherwise, you might end up with a painting that comes with bulges in some areas.

You could use a rolling pin. You could also place it between two heavy books.

Next, take out your paintbrush and dip its end into your container filled with a brush-on sealer. As you do so, make sure you get an ample amount of the coating.

Finally, apply the sealer on your canvas

Once your paintbrush is wet with the sealer, use it on your painting. Do this gently and in broad strokes. Also, apply it to your entire painting to cover all areas with the sealant.


All-in-one solution - Apart from helping you seal your painting, they work as glue and finish

Dust-proof products - Your painting will be free of dust because these sealers fill in any space between the diamonds

All parts of your painting will be water-resistant - Because they fill in any gaps between the diamonds, water won’t be able to pass through your painting. These sealers are ideal for you if you’re mounting your painting on foam boards


Less shiny painting - These sealers were designed as a protective coating. Their main purpose is to seal and not to bring in some shine. So after applying them to your painting, the result won’t be as shiny.

Recommended brush-on sealers

Clear Wax by Folk Art

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer by Mod Podge

Triple Thick Glaze by DecoArt

Using Spray Sealers

These sealers require less effort when sealing your work.

As the name suggests, you spray the sealer onto the artwork - no brushing required.

All you have to do is get your finished painting ready by flattening it.

Then spray the sealer thoroughly. Try to go over all the areas of your painting at least twice. Doing so takes care of the slightest imperfections


Easier and faster work - No need to use extra materials (like a paintbrush)

Quick dry solution - They dry almost immediately. You can display them in your home right then and there

Non-yellowing - They’re less likely to affect the ability of diamonds to maintain their sparkle


Doesn’t fill gaps - These sealers don’t work like glue. The space between the diamonds in your finished painting will remain unsealed if you fail to spray on those areas

Recommended spray sealers

Acrylic Spray Sealer by Aleene’s

Ultra Gloss Spray-On Sealer by Mod Podge

Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray Paint by Krylon

Framing Your Painting

Once you seal your painting, it only makes sense to frame it for display.

After days and weeks and working on your diamond painting, it’s only fitting that you show off your labor of love!

You can hang it up on a wall like any other framed ornament. There, your guests can admire them when they visit your home.

There are two ways you can frame your paintings: advanced framing and traditional.

With the advanced framing option, you simply need to buy a pre-made frame and place your painting inside it.

Pre-made frames are easy to set up as it only takes a few minutes.

On the downside, the typical frames that you can buy online and your local crafts store may not accommodate your painting’s size.

Traditional framing requires you to use wooden frames with stretcher bars instead.

While this framing process takes longer to complete. it is beneficial for your painting in the long run.

For one, wooden frames give off a more sophisticated vibe. Standard glass frames end up dulling your painting and cause it to appear less shiny. Wooden frames don’t do such a thing.

This process can also help you frame your painting better if it comes in a non-standard size.

Frame your painting using the traditional approach

Since framing your diamond painting using the traditional way requires more work, below are the steps you must follow.

To begin, you need to have these tools on hand:

Stretcher bars

“U” nails

Wedges (corners)



Once you have everything you need, position the stretcher bars to your painting.

Choose a flat surface to do the work. That way, you can position your materials well.

Take out the stretcher bars then gently lay out all four on the center of each side of your painting. Make sure you are leaving space for the wedges.

You need to secure these bars so they remain in place. Use tape to make them stick to your painting.

Next, clear the stretcher bars. Remove the double-sided adhesive tapes on each of the

stretcher bars.

Then use “U” nails by inserting them in the pre-drilled holes on the stretcher bars.

It’s ideal to do this by hand. Later on, use your hammer to keep them inside.

Last, use the wedges between the empty spaces on the edges of each stretcher bars. Use a hammer to truss them.

Beyond that, here are some additional tips:

Measure your painting’s dimensions - Find out the length and width of your painting. And buy a frame that can accommodate it well.

Use washi tape - To secure your stretcher bars, you’ll need something sticky. These tapes are a good option because they’re thin, heavy-duty, and inexpensive

Frame your painting as you see fit - There is no universal guide for framing all diamond paintings


As you can see, there’s much to learn about the diamond painting process.

There may be a lot to take in when you want to make diamond art.

And while all this information might overwhelm you at first, there’s no need to rush into things.

The beauty of diamond painting is that you can do it at your own pace.

This hobby is all about having fun creating these beautiful artworks. And you can only achieve this by doing diamond painting the right way - even if you take time.

But as long as you can follow basic directions, there’s nothing for you to worry about!

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