Diamond painting is one of the fastest growing DIY art hobbies. With diamond painting, you can create stunning pieces of art yourself that glitter and sparkle as you view them from different angles. Unlike other DIY art hobbies, Diamond Paintings glitter and sparkle because of the unique multi faceted gems, also called drills, that are applied to the surface by you! These drills are shaped like a diamond with multiple facets which catch and reflect light from different angles creating a glittering or shimmering effect.
Diamond Pixels Australia have a range of premium quality diamond painting kits available in stock in Australia. This means no dropshipping and no waiting for international postage for your new diamond painting kit to arrive from China. They’re shipped promptly and you receive them within days so you can get started quicker.
What is Diamond Painting?
Diamond painting is a mix of cross stitch and paint by numbers. In fact, many popular and famous cross stitch patterns have been recreated as diamond painting kits. Rather than create each pixel of the image with wool or cotton thread, a specially shaped piece of acrylic called a drill is applied to the adhesive surface of the canvas.
You simply cross reference the symbol on the canvas with the colour table printed on the side of your canvas to know what colour drill to use. In this way, it’s a bit like paint by numbers by using a table to tell you what colour to use in each area of the canvas.
You may have seen or heard the term 3D and 5D drills. This refers to the number of facets on the surface of the drill with 5D drills having more facets and therefore sparkle more than their 3D counterparts. These days, 5D is the norm, 3D drills are rarely seen in kits any more.
Best Diamond Art Kits
All our diamond art kits are manufactured for us and we have some unique images you will struggle to find anywhere else. All Diamond Pixels kits are supplied with premium canvases and we are transitioning to the next generation of canvas which has a flocked backing and is softer than the industry standard. The softer canvas is less prone to creasing which can be a major issue with cheaper diamond painting kits.
What’s included in the kits?
All diamond painting kits are supplied with the following:
1 x Premium quality canvas
1 x set of drills, sorted by colour and individually packed in zip lock bags
1 x Drill application pen
1 x Drill tray
1 x Wax square
1 x Set of tweezers
What you need to know before getting started
Organisation is key. Perhaps less important with smaller kits which have fewer colours, but if you continue your hobby and get larger paintings, good organisation is a must.
Let your canvas flatten out. All canvases are supplied rolled up so before you begin, give it a little time to flatten out either by weighing it down on a flat surface or hanging it up.
Check you have received all your drills. Mistakes do sometimes happen and if you are missing any drills, contact us immediately so we can send you out replacements.
Work in small sections and keep the cover of the adhesive on sections you’re not working on. This will prevent dust, dirt, and animal hair from contaminating the canvas which can cause the adhesive to lose its stickiness.
When you step away from your diamond painting kit, always cover up the canvas so that if something spills, it doesn’t ruin the exposed adhesive.
What’s the difference between round and square dills?
Square drills are slightly smaller than round drills and butt up against each other creating a finished artwork that has little to no gap between the drills. Because of this, square drills are slightly harder to work with than round.
Round drills on the other hand are a little bit bigger. A round drill is 2.8mm diameter, whereas a square drill is 2.5mm across. Because they’re circular, you end up with gaps between the drills which gives the final artwork a slightly different appearance. Round drills are easier to place and work with because of the extra room around each drill.
One question that commonly gets asked is how many drills are in a diamond painting. To work it out, use this simple formula.
Square Drills - Length x height x 16
Round Drills - Length x height x 12.75
I.e if you have a 30cm x 40cm diamond painting, you will have 30x40x16 = 19,200 square drills, or 30x40x12.75 = 15,300 round drills.
What are the different glue types? Which do you use?
With diamond painting kits there are 2 different glue types (or more correctly, adhesives) that are used. They are double sided tape and what we call poured glue.
Double sided tape is the more common type of adhesive used as it’s quicker and easier to work with when producing the diamond painting kits. Double sided tape is much thinner than poured glue and can suffer from the tape peeling off the canvas.
Poured glue is considered by many to be a superior adhesive. It’s not to much poured on, but actually brushed or rolled onto the canvas after printing. It’s a much thicker layer of adhesive compared to double sided tape and tends to be tackier. Because of its thickness the drills tend to move around a little which makes it easier to fix the position of a drill if it’s been applied a little off target.
All our kits are manufactured using poured glue.
Diamond Art tools and accessories to help you with your hobby
When you get into your new hobby, or even if you’ve been doing it a while, there are some accessories available to help you work more efficiently or reduce common organisation challenges like storing your drills.
A few of the more popular accessories are:
Drill storage cases - These hard shell cases have small bottles to keep your drills secure and organised
Diamond Painting Pens - The drill application pens that come with the kits are a bit on the basic side. When you’re ready to take your hobby further, a new, more comfortable pen is a must have accessory
Light Pads - Light pads are a game changer and help you see the symbols easier. Since they shine light through the canvas, they don’t create reflections like a light from above would.
Zip Lock Bags - Zip lock bags are essentially for storing your left over drills once you have finished your diamond painting kit. Pro tip, but zip lock bags with write on panels so you can easily identify what colour is in it.
Sealer - Many hobbyists choose to seal their diamond artwork after it’s complete jus tot make sure that all those thousands of drills stay where they were placed.
Frames - Surely now that you’re finished your diamond painting you want to display it, don’t you?
Is there a difference between diamond art and diamond painting?
No. Diamond art and diamond painting are just different terms for the same hobby.