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October 15, 2019
Have you ever wondered how Nataliya finishes her diamond paintings so quickly? Well we have and that’s why we are bringing you these tips and tricks to get your canvas done in a flash! If speed is not your worry - there is still lots of hacks in this post to help your diamond paint session run a little more smoothly. Let’s jump right in!
Preparation is key!
Technique for speedy Diamond Painting
1. Use a large plastic tray or chocolate box so that you can work with multiple trays and DMCs at once! But be sure to keep your trays labelled if working with many colours so as not to get confused!
2. Use your multi-placer tool to see if you paint more quickly with it or else try other methods like the checker boarding pattern. Everyone has a different preference and ability when it comes to working with the tools. Test out different strategies to see which you are most comfortable with. Sometimes working with multi-placers can be more trouble if the diamonds are not placed straight. The effort it takes to straighten your diamonds may cancel out the convenience of placing down multiple at once. A good trick for straighter drills with a multi-placer is to walk it from heel to toe (left to right) while placing the diamonds on the adhesive.
3. No matter which tool you use, a good general practice is to keep your hand and tray as close to the area you are working on as possible. If your tray is too far from the workable area - time is spent traveling across the table to pick up and place down your diamonds. This can also be harder on your arms and wrist. Nataliya suggests getting comfortable with a swivel and wrist movement to place your drills. You can use parchment paper to help cover and protect the canvas when you are working on hard to reach areas like the centre.
Working by Section VS Colour
This is an age old debate! The logic is that working by section forces you to switch colours often thereby taking up lots of your time. Switching between baggies and sorting out diamonds ends up costing you precious minutes. The rebuttal is that working by section can help you gain momentum and satisfaction thereby helping your motivation to complete a project. However the same can be said about working with colour in that you see the entire picture coming to life at once. In the end it is up to the diamond painter to decide which strategy is best. Still we encourage you to at least try both to test and challenge yourself!
It’s important to note that even with all of these and other tips and tricks, diamond painting is a process! You are placing thousands of tiny diamonds onto thousands of little, delegated spaces. This craft takes patience and persistence and above all else - it is not a race! Enjoy the relaxing nature of painting and the many health benefits that come along with it. We hope this article has helped spark an excitement to try new strategy or even prioritize your time to include more diamond painting.
Watch Nataliyas “Increasing your diamond paint speed” video here!
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