My first love is cross stitch, as I’m sure is pretty obvious. But, I do love to knit, crochet, and sew when I have some time. I also like to try lots of other weird little crafts and, of course, I love to share cool and interesting things with all of you. I’ve shared “diamond paintings” before, but this one is a little bit different.
Most diamond painting come with circular gems and the printed pattern shows through between the diamonds. And, while that doesn’t look bad per say, it isn’t a look that I really like. The newest kit I picked up comes with little faceted squares. They butt up right next to each other completely covering the background.
The resulting picture looks very much like pixel art or a cross stitched picture that was converted from an image. Because I wasn’t sure how much I would like this style of diamond paintings, I picked a small picture with very poor “resolution”. Larger pictures, like larger converted cross stitch pictures, look much clearer and nicer. Nonetheless, these little square pieces make a really pretty picture that catches the light and sparkles.
The little gems are attached using a small stick with a divot in it that comes in the kit. The gems for the colour you are using are dumped into a tray with ridges. Give the tray a shake and the gems (mostly) flip over the right way. You need to place a little bit of sticky stuff on the end of the stick in order to pick up the gems, but it is really a pretty clever system. The stick lets you place the gems exactly where they need to go. The background is printed with a colour code and covered in a thin adhesive sheet. All it takes is a little bit of pressure to get the gems to stick.
I am curious about how well the adhesive will hold the gems as the years go by. It would be a shame to have them all fall off. But, in the meantime, my picture is shaping up pretty nicely.
Square diamond kits like this are available in lots of places. You can find them on Amazon, AliExpress, and elsewhere.
Have you tried a diamond painting? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I’d also love to know if you have tried any other unusual or interesting crafts. Please leave a comment below.