Just what you need - another hobby! Reader, Chardell emailed me to ask if I had heard about diamond painting.  I hadn't and that intrigued me enough to find out more about it. Thanks Chardell for inspiring this post.

No diamonds are actually used but this updated version of painting by numbers involves attaching gazillion little resin rhinestones onto an adhesive coated canvas. These "diamonds" or drills are faceted which gives the work considerable sparkle.

This Diamond Art Club video shows you how complex the designs can be. Each "diamond" is applied with a wax tipped tool following the numbers on each little pixel on the canvas. The numbers are referenced to "diamond" colors on the side of the canvas.

It is very much like cross stitch - and indeed, people do use cross stitch patterns for diamond painting too. Just like coloring and a lot of repetitive crafts, the soothing nature of the activity is what appeals. Plus you get a magnificent picture to frame at the end.

See this tutorial for the basic steps including how to prepare before framing.

These 10 tips from Australian crafter, Studio Sam, are useful. Using ordinary blue tack works longer than using wax.  Diamond painters use light pads like this one to illuminate the work from below so the tiny numbers are more visible.

You can get diamond painting kits and supplies from many places. Check out Etsy's market place.

I just love this beautiful Airdea peony flowers kit on Amazon.

Just what you needed. Another hobby!

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