Pre-Printed Adhesive Canvas

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When buying a diamond painting kit, a pre-printed adhesive canvas will be included, which features a symbol code guide to show where each diamond drill should be placed. For square diamond painting, you’ll need a canvas made specifically for square diamond drills.

Diamond painting canvases come in a variety of sizes, from 8 x 8 inches to 36 inches across. Choose a canvas sized to your particular painting and difficulty level.

Square Diamond Packs
When purchasing a new diamond painting canvas, select the square drill option at checkout. The diamond painting pack will contain enough square drills to complete the project.

Purchase additional square diamond drill packs to keep on hand in case any drills from new packs go missing. This will ensure the completion of a project, instead of being one or two drills short.

A Ruler or Straight Edge

To keep square diamond drills lined up on the canvas, use a ruler or any straight-edged object to line up the drills.

Other necessary items include tweezers for correcting diamond drills on the canvas, a wax pad to top up the applicator pen depending on the style of pen you have, a tray to hold the diamond drills while painting, and storage containers for the diamond drills in your kit.

Keeping Square Drills Straight (Step-by-Step)
Follow these easy steps to keep square drills straight, to create a neatly-aligned painting.

Step 1: Position Your Tray
Place the tray in line with the canvas to keep your wrist in a natural, comfortable position when moving the drills from the tray to the painting. Keeping the tray in line with the canvas pattern will prevent your wrist from twisting uncomfortably when placing the drills, and will keep the diamond drills straight. More about Diamond Art

Step 2: Checkerboard the Diamond Drills
Create a checkerboard pattern on the canvas by skipping every second diamond drill. Once a checkerboard pattern is created, fill in the gaps with the rest of the diamond drills. This method keeps the drills straight and gives the satisfying snap sound of the diamond drills to tell you that they are placed well.

Step 3: Place the Drills With a Multi-Placer
Use a multi-placer applicator pen when adding rows of the same-colored diamonds. Add a few diamond drills to the multi-placer, then push the drills in the pen gently against the ridge of the tray to straighten them.

Place the diamond drills on the canvas by placing the far end of the applicator down first before rolling the pen down to place the line of diamond drills.

Step 4: Straighten the Diamond Drills With a Straight Edge
Once the rows of diamond drills are placed on the canvas, use a ruler or any straight-edged object such as a book to adjust the lines. Place the straight edge against the row of diamond drills and push lightly to straighten the drills.

Step 5: Use Tweezers for Clean-Up
Use tweezers to correct any diamond drills that were not fixed with the straightener. Twist the diamond drill with the tweezer to correct its positioning. Use this technique with each drill that is still out of line with the rest of the diamond drills.

Tips for Square Diamond Drills
Craft neat and detailed square diamond drill paintings by using these tips when painting:

Checkerboard the light colors – Misalignment and gaps are more obvious with light-colored diamond drills than with ones that are darkly colored. Avoid any misalignment, especially among lightly colored drills, by using the checkerboard technique when placing them
Use the multi-placer for the dark colors – The multi-placer pen tends to leave small gaps between drills. Since dark-colored diamond drills camouflage gaps better than light-colored drills do, only use the multi-placer for dark drills
Unstick the diamond drills – In rare instances, the diamonds stick together in their tray or container. To unstick diamond drills, wash the drills in soap and warm water then dry them with paper towels
Place a light pad under the canvas – use a light pad to enhance the canvas from underneath. The light pad will highlight areas where the drills are misaligned so you can clearly see where to make corrections

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