Best Diamond Painting Kits: MUST SEE Art Made With Bling!
Looking for the best diamond painting kits after admiring a drop-dead gorgeous piece of artwork in a magazine or on the Web somewhere, and upon further inspection found out it was NOT a painting, per-se, but a work of art made from teeny tiny FACETED GEMS! You were probably like, “Where do I sign up”?
Yeah, me too! Count me in! Diamond painting, or diamond art, kits, are set to be the next big crafting addiction!
Your typical kit includes a grid, usually made of canvas, Next to the main grid (where your beautiful picture will be formed) is a guide, which tells you via a symbol or code, what color goes where. It’s kind of similar to paint-by-number
I never did get into paint by number; I always found it kind of regimented….(but you put gems in the mix and I do a 180!)
Below is a little mini-introductory to assist when choosing a kit for yourself, or an artistically inclined friend. (These make great gifts, too, by the way!)
What Does 3D and 5D Mean?
You may have seen these numbers on kits and wondered what they mean? For example, you see a kit with “3D” on it and one with “5D” on it. The “D” represents the facets on each gem. 5D means five facets, these tend to sparkle more and have a flat bottom. 3D gems, have three facets and sparkle a little less (still pretty, though!)
Round and Square Gems Explained
You’ve also seen no doubt, “square drills and “round drills” Square drills are more precise and produce mosaic like results, but are harder to get into a straight line. Round drills are more abstract looking and maybe leave a few gaps in the picture. They tend to be best for beginners. All the gems, generally, are 25 mm in size.
Partial vs Full Drills
Partial drills…these kits are partially designed to accommodate gem patterns. Full drills involve the gems covering the whole picture in rows.(It almost looks like cross-stitch or needlepoint close-up.) If you’re not sure how long of a time commitment you’d like to undergo, I would recommend you look at the partial drill kits, which have the pretty gems interspersed in a pattern within an actual painting/design.
So you might need to persevere a little more with a full drill, but the results can be astounding. Ok…enough chit-chat. Are you ready to get your bling on too?
Five Diamond Painting Kits For Beginners
There’s certainly no lack of subject matter available to you when looking for a new diamond painting kit. Birds, cats, beach scenes, flowers, you name it! The key is to start with a simple design; in which case I suggest the round gems and partial drill kits which may take you a few hours.
All of the kits below I have chosen, include all the materials you need to get started creating a winning piece of art:
- Diamonds (colors bagged individually)
- Stylus applicator pen
- Tray to put the diamonds in as you work
- Square of wax to aid application
They also have a self-adhesive lined grid…and a pull-back sheet to protect your work in progress if you ever want to take a break and finish later.
For beginners or kids, take a look at this pretty square unicorn picture kit…I love it; it makes me think of the kind of artwork I really got into back in grade school. It’s a 12 by 12″ so a nice size that can hang in any small spaces, like a girls’ bedroom or bath. And the galaxy of stars really syncs up well with the rainbow unicorn. All the bling attaches to the mane, horn, eye and ear to create a glittery effect in just the right amount.
If you’d like to check out more animal art kits the one below comes in horse or elephant…they’re both round drill and much of the emphasis with the gems is on the perimeter of the animal.I like how the design has a 3-D effect and kind of “pops” out at you. The kits also include other unique shaped gems in pear, star shaped and large round as well to crate a really glamorous effect!
If you love mandalas, then this is your kit right here! There are four other spectacular designs to choose from too – each with a distinctively different pattern (details enlarged below) and gems that include marquis shaped as well. With plenty of detail in the background, the pattern is easy to follow.
No doubt when you finish a work like this and hang it on your wall, get ready for visitors to ask “Where did you get that? I LOVE it”
This company makes nice simple to follow diamond kits including floral designs, a sailboat, and roses. Each one is a 12″ by 12″ finished size that you can frame and hang anywhere.And the backgrounds in these partial drill kits really complements the bling!
Whoever said rose paintings are hard has never seen this…A pair of roses (both of them are to be covered in gems only) against a dark background with butterflies. It is sure to compliment the room of your choice. This brand also has a few other similar botanical-themed kits for your consideration.
At some point, you can preserve your finished diamond art with a coat of spray sealant. They will retain their sparkle, but if you’re worried that any of them may fall off…And don’t forget, all of these works are made to be framed and hung on your wall, because, well…diamonds (you’d be crazy to want to hide those!)
If you choose a good size frame, and mat it the grid guide will not show.
Hope you enjoyed it…let’s hope you don’t get diamond-ed out by all these sparkly gems. Happy blinging!