The best way for me to explain diamond painting is it reminds me a lot of paint by numbers. The differences are that the project is sticky, and (instead of using paint) you use drills also known as dotz. The drills come in either square or round.
|Image: A portrait of a Yorkie comprised of little colored squares. You can see a reference key along the bottom.|
Below is a list of what comes in a diamond painting kit:
Canvas (or other material) that has a pre-printed picture on it with adhesive. On the canvas kits, there is a number and letter key. Card kits come with separate instructions.
Diamond painting pen
Small bags with corresponding numbers to the key or instructions
Tweezers (in most larger kits)
Image: A red square of wax sits on paper that reads "Sunnor Group". On the right side, a pink pen is pressed into the wax. A person's finger is also visible.
The adhesive canvas has either paper or clear plastic on it. So, to start, peel the little piece of plastic off the wax. Take the diamond painting pen and dip the tip of it into the wax until the tip is full. Peel the corner of the canvas back until you see a number or a letter, then use the key on the side of the canvas to match the number on the bags. Open the bag with the corresponding number you want to start with, and put the drills in the tray. Use the diamond pen to pick up the drills by the shiny side; the flat side goes on the adhesive canvas. You do that until the project is complete.
For me, the round drills are easier to use because you don't have to be as exact when sticking them on the canvas. The square drills, in my opinion, make a nicer-looking project.
Here are some accessories that might help:
Portable headlamp with magnification glasses for if you have trouble seeing the little diamond drills.
I have never used it, but there is something called a diamond painting ruler. It is supposed to help you keep your diamond drills lined up.
Does anyone else know of anything that will help make diamond painting easier?