Diamond painting has taken the DIY world by storm. This DIY craft is an activity for those who are both artistic and those who are not. In a nutshell, diamond painting is a form of paint by numbers, but tiny diamonds are used instead of paint. The paintings have a 5D effect as a result of the diamond’s shape.
In addition to the ease of this craft, many other factors make diamond painting the preferred method of artistic expression. Diamond Painting is a mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT). MBAT is a form of therapy in which reflection takes place to gain a sense of self-awareness. These forms of art therapy are believed to decrease anxiety symptoms, decrease stress, and improve academic performance.
Besides the benefits mentioned above, diamond painting stimulates creativity. As students, we are constantly under pressure and focused on school. It is crucial to prevent burnout, and there is no better way than to have a creative hobby. Diamond Painting will give you time to switch off “work-mode” and take time for self-care. The best part is your beautiful painting that can be displayed once you are finished.
Diamond Painting kits are very accessible and come with all the essential tools for beginners. Tools included in the kit are wax, a diamond pen and a diamond tray. To take this hobby to the next level, you will need the following tools: washi tape, diamond boxes and an exact knife.
To complete your painting follow the ten simple steps below!
Step one: use washi tape to section off the part of the picture that you will paint.
Step two: use an exact knife and a ruler to cut on the line of the tape. This will cut the plastic that is on top of the painting. Peel off the plastic to expose the glue.
Step three: use the code chart to determine the colours you will need for your chosen square.
Step four: place all your colours to one side for easy access.
Step five: choose a colour to start with and pour some into your diamond tray
Step six: shake the tray to position the diamonds with the flat side at the bottom and the rounded side facing upwards.
Step seven: fill the diamond pen with wax in a stamping movement.
Step eight: pick up a diamond with the pen. Make sure to pick up the diamond on the rounded side to expose the flat side.
Step nine: place the diamond on the letter on the painting corresponding with the diamond’s number (this information is found on the code chart). For a neater appearance, keep the diamond lines as straight as possible.
Step ten: repeat the process for each colour in your square until the square is completed.
To complete your painting, repeat steps 1-10.
Once your picture is completed you can choose to either frame or block mount your work of art and display it with pride!
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