How to do a Diamond Painting kit

Your kit will normally consist of the following.

1. Tray

2.Piece of wax - This is used by the pen to help pick up diamonds from the tray to help you apply them. You do not melt it or need much on the tip.

3.Pen - The pen can be used on either end. You can paste 1 diamond or up to 3 or 4 end of the pen.

4.Color packets- These are coded and apply to a symbol used on the canvas. Similar to paint by numbers.

5.Your diamond painting canvas. The canvas is covered by a thin platic sheet. D NOT REMOVE THE SHEET. Pull back in small sections as you complete your painting.

Once you have your packet, I recommend opening it like you see above to get an idea of what you are dealing with. Depending on the size and difficulting of the canvas, you may be dealing with 10 packs of diamonds to 60 or more. So best to have an idea of what you are dealing with.

After you have it all spread out, I like to look over the canvas, the canvas is covered with a thin piece of plastic. Under this plastic is a sticky canvas. This is the glue that will hold your diamonds to your canvas. Since I am right handed, I normally start on the right side.

At this point, I look for an easy color to start with and get my project going.

On the right is a guide, there is a chart, it is a guide that shows you which symbol, belongs to which color, that color has a number. That number is on the bag of diamonds you need to use.

So, after choosing a color to start with, I peel back from the right, only an inch or 2.

Then take the color you are starting with and pour a few into the tray.

Take the pen, dip the tip in the wax, and then pick up the diamond color by using the tip of the pen and place into the symbol on the canvas. You will only need to use the was sparingly as it just helps you pick up the diamond. The glue is located on the canvas.

After you have applied the color to the correct sections, place any extra diamonds of that color back into their bag and choose another color and do the same thing.

It is much easier to work in 2-inch sections and continuing to peel back as necessary.


Your glue will dry and you will not be happy.

After you have applied a section, you can fold the plastic back and press down to secure the diamonds more on to the canvas.

Continue this to completion.

Most paintings will come with extra diamonds, this is because some will also come blemished and the extras will come in handy.

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