You may have already heard (because it's awesome and super relaxing), but Diamond Art by Leisure Arts is a captivating and meditative craft that everyone is becoming addicted to. But you may not have heard that we have a special line of Diamond paintings for ages 8 to 98! Sparkle Art is a fun collection of fresh and fun diamond paintings that are beginner size. They may be small, but they pack a big punch when it comes to sparkle power! Those 13 faceted gems aren't going anywhere.
So what is this dazzling craft of diamond painting? It sounds strange if you've never heard of it before, but the act of diamond painting is quite simple. It's like painting by number, but with diamonds! You adhere 13 faceted gems to a sticky pre-designed canvas, and voila! You have a beautiful and unique creation that has super versatile display options. Here is a diamond painting up close, featuring our Dragon Eye Kit.
We think that Sparkle Art goes beyond just wall art, and can be made into everyday items like handbags, phone cases, or in this post, sparkling signs! Using easy-to-follow instructions and handy tools like a comfort grip stylus and wax caddy, you can pixel paint your favorite Diamond Art design, and then customize your school supplies to the next level!
Read on for a tutorial on how to use some DIY magic to make a dazzling beware sign. This is a tutorial that works with almost every kit design we've created, but in this case, we decided to go mystical using our Dragon Eye Kit.
- A Diamond Art or Sparkle Art Canvas
- Strong Adhesive Backing (fabric glue, double-sided adhesives, etc.)
- Basic Chip Décor/ Wood Block (12X12 inches) (varies by type and size, but MUST have a solid surface, no fur/velvet)
- Chip Board Letters (2 Inches Tall)
- Paint (Red, Yellow, Orange)
- Paint Brushes (Thick or Thin, Your Preference)
- OPTIONAL - Extra Accessories (stickers, extra gems, etc.)
Get Started On Your Sign!
1. Dazzle Your Diamond Art Canvas
There isn't a big learning curve in terms of starting the craft, just dip, dot, and dazzle! Sparkle Art is meant to be a leisurely craft that lets you put the canvas away for later if you wanted to. Complete it in one day, or complete it one day next week, the choice is up to you!
2. Cut Out Your Dazzle Area
After you've dazzled your way to success, carefully cut out your design, and get ready to customize! Our fabric frays minimally, so you don't have to worry about mending the edges before placing the design on your sign (but you certainly can if you want to). The Dragon Eye canvas is full drill, so every square inch of canvas is covered in gems. So all you need to do is cut the trim!
3. Craft Your Sign
Before you get to work on placing your design, you need to prep your chip board. Go as maximalist or as minimalist as you want! For this project, we kept it fiery with a bright red ombre using long strokes of varied warm paint colors. We glued on some extra chip board letters to make it extra spooky for Halloween. Nothing says "Beware" like a mysterious dragon eye. Now, you're finally ready to place your canvas onto your sign, using your adhesive of choice and a steady hand. Make sure to lay out the design flat, and smooth the canvas out for air bubbles once placed. If you're worried about our gems falling off, don't be! Our adhesive keeps our gems intact with the force of a dragon's fire.
4. Accessorize (Or Don't)!
Now that your Sparkle Art is placed, all that’s left are finishing touches. Make your sign one of a kind by adding extra accessories around the edges, going crazy with color combinations, or even adding extra gems here and there. Show the world how creative you can be with your Diamond Art. Be 'extra' to your heart’s content, and then voila! It's as simple as that. This is a great and unique way to utilize your Sparkle Art canvas to the fullest! You have a decorative and dazzling sign to ward off the ghosts this Halloween.
Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Your wish is our command! Check out our other projects here.
-Leisure Arts Team