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How To Diamond Painting [20 Steps]

Are you confused about diamond painting or would want to make sure that you know how to go about your first diamond painting kit? Well, in that case, you have come just to the right place.

Diamond painting is the craft of an extraordinarily constructive mind. Creative people oftentimes crave for something intrinsically interesting like this sort that would keep them interested and serve as a challenge at the same time. Moreover, passion for classic creativity lends you a strong impulse for diamond painting.

Painting with Diamonds  is slightly unique in respect to the other paintings that fall in this category. Unlike other types of painting, this one requires you to use diamonds, crystals, and flat-backed rhinestones instead which gives the overall finished product a 5D look. Apart from being a hobby, there are strong reasons to do diamond painting.

If you have a penchant for diamond painting, this exclusively-written article is going to help you kick-start your hobby. It is written to serve as a guideline and instruction manual for those who want to try their hands at this art. Take a read with diligent attention!


  1. Gather a painting kit.

First and foremost, you are required to collect all the essential tools that will be needed to execute a diamond painting.

Things you must possess:

  • A pre-printed canvas.
  • Flat-backed diamonds
  • A tray
  • A pen-shaped tool, or a toothpick, etc.
  • Gel/Wax

  1. Flatten the Canvas.

If the canvas is rolled, straighten it by laying it on a flat surface. Level all four sides and edges of the canvas.

  1. Breeze through the Canvas.

Learn to read the canvas properly. A canvas contains numerous tiny boxes that are either colored differently or marked with numbers/letters. There’s a chart with diamond colors and numbers given on it. Bear in mind, every color relates to a number/letter. You are supposed to follow this chart and do the rest, accordingly. So, before you begin, take a look at the chart and come up with a game plan on how you must move ahead.It will be very helpful if you use a magnifying glass for this. 

  1. Remove the covering.

There will be a pre-cut strip over the canvas. You got to get rid of it in the first place. Remove it carefully and do not let it roll forward.

  1. Take out one bunch of diamonds.

Consider the part that was just revealed to you and take a good look at the boxes and the symbols/numbering and colors they come with. Then open the diamond that relates to them and starts filling out your tray with the one group of colors and keep adding on as you proceed.

  1. Unwrap the packet of wax.

Since wax is sticky, you can use it to get the crystals glued to pen-like material. Take your pen-like tool and dunk its end in wax or gel.

  1. Pull the crystal and place it rightly.

Pick one crystal up with the help of the pen decently dipped in gel/wax, and place it in its respective box. Make it sit well in the box by pressing on edges as well as center.

  1. Complete the placement of all crystals.

Just like you inaugurated the movement by placing the first crystal in its right place, you are supposed to bring each crystal from the tray to its pertinent box. Within no time, you will be done with an entire tray of crystals.

On a side note, you don’t have to fear to lose any crystal in the middle of the movement because the gel keeps it firmly stuck to the pen.

  1. Remove the next strip to fill the next portion.

Slowly and gradually, unveil another plastic strip. Focus on the number written in the boxes, and memorize that code.

  1. Find the bag with the exact same code number.

Once you have noted the number hidden under the second strip, you ought to sort out a crystal-containing bag with the same number written on it.

  1. Dish out the next bunch of crystals.

Open the bag in one go. Take the crystals out in a tray; all crystals would be colored alike. Try to settle them properly in the tray.

  1. A collaboration of gel and pen-like tool.

Let the pen toil for some time. Make sure to sink your pen in gel or wax right before picking every crystal.

  1. Fill out the vacant space in canvas.

Pick each crystal one after one from the tray and fix it in the appropriate place. Occupy all the boxes in that particular part of the canvas.

  1. Repeat the process thoroughly until it is done.

Continue removing plastic strips separately and in succession. Keep adding crystals in the boxes with finesse, until it reaches completion.

  1. Lay a plastic sheet on the canvas.

After diamond-sitting gets completed, you ought to cover the canvas with the plastic sheet that came along.

On a side note, If you have a better replacement for that sheet, you can utilize it without any reluctance.

  1. Put a heavy object upon the canvas covered with plastic sheet.

You can place either a pile of books or a cutting board or an empty box on the canvas -- to level its surface and to make all the diamonds uniform.

  1. Flatten it using your hands if it sounds risky to put an object.

If you do not want to take the risk of placing a massy object upon the canvas, you can level it off by moving your hands smoothly all over it. Or you can use scraper tool specially designed for this purpose.

  1. Separate that plastic sheet from the canvas.

After a little while, remove the object you placed upon the canvas, and subsequently eliminate the plastic sheet.

Do not remove the sheet roughly or hastily. Be very watchful while separating it.

  1. Detach the tape from the corners of the canvas.

After removing the plastic sheet, carefully pull out the tape from all corners of the canvas.

  1. Install it in a frame of your choice.

First, draw out the glass from the frame, and then situate the painting inside the frame.

Put icing on the cake and get your painting framed!

With these 20 steps tutorial you are well on your way to getting things sorted out for you. So buy yourself a diamond painting kit today and unleash the artist in you. Also give a read to our 20 diamond painting tips.


  • This is fantastic advice thanks for sharing as my first kit has come with no instructions thanks again for explaining and sharing.

    Karen Sallis
  • ‘How to’ guides have never really sat well with me. I have always found them a bit too boring to ever read till the end. Even though I would benefitting from reading the entire thing, I usually choose not to because I just get bored halfway through. A method of trial and error then takes place and I often mess up something which could have easily been avoided. Idk I just can’t come around to liking these guides, the instructions end up sounding so vague and dry, it is like they aren’t even trying when they really should be.
    However, I will say, that I quite enjoyed reading this one and did not have to mess things up with my canvas. Even though I have a very vocal bias, I found this specific article quite helpful and easily filled in the diamonds where they need to go. This, in turn, led to me completely the picture with near perfection. I hope you guys write more articles like these and put them up soon. You have a great team of writers who I really dont mind reading.

    William Morgan,
  • Thank you so much paints by diamonds, it has always been a pleasure working on the canvases which you provide. I have been loyally supporting you guys ever since you became popular. I will probably not stop any time soon, I usually like to sit down every Sunday and do at least one if not 2 of the paintings. My family knows that they have to give me time alone on the weekends so that I can finish these up.
    Thanks for everything, take care!

  • I love the fact that I was able to find the paints by diamond. I have used numbers in the past but I had a problem balancing the colors properly.
    Also, I loved the how-to article, it really came in handy as someone who is new to the entire thing. I would love to order some more of these and do them since I have nothing to do. With all this social distancing and all, I can catch up with these!

    Dianna P.
  • This was a really nice guide I must say, the step by step detail which you guys have put in is really nice and I really appreciate the amount of effort which you guys put in, in order to convey your message through the entire article. Even though the instructions are simple, it’s nice to have an entire detailed account of how to do all this stuff.
    I see I get that others might not see the need for this article, but I think it is nice that someone would take the time in order to explain everything in so much detail. We, old-timers, don’t always understand things the first time. It is hard enough for us to be trying to do the canvas but more often than not we mess things up because we haven’t understood it properly the first time. Of course, is speak for myself in this, I hope others have had better fortune than I have with these things and managed to finish the pictures in a shorter time than I did!

    Bob Vance

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