DealDash Crafts Your Way to Relaxation and Creativity

If you’ve never given diamond painting a try, you’re missing out! Similar to cross stitch and paint by number, it’s a fun craft that’s good for all ages.

In the world of crafts, there’s something uniquely satisfying about seeing a project come together, piece by piece, color by color. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a curious beginner, the realms of diamond painting, cross stitching, and painting by numbers offer a delightful escape into creativity and relaxation. Though each craft has its own charms and challenges, they all share the common thread of bringing art to life through patience and precision. Let’s dive into these crafts, exploring their similarities and differences, and offering some handy tips and tricks to enhance your crafting journey. Read on for some crafty advice from DealDash.

Diamond Painting: Sparkling Creativity Crafts

What it is: Diamond painting is a blend of cross stitch and paint by numbers. This craft involves sticking tiny, sparkling resin “diamonds” to a canvas that’s printed with a sticky, color-coded guide.

How it differs: What sets diamond painting apart is the use of these shiny “diamonds”, which create a dazzling, mosaic-like effect. Unlike the thread or paint used in cross stitch and paint by numbers, the diamonds add a three-dimensional aspect to the artwork. You can order kits with either round or square diamonds, and the canvases come in a variety of sizes.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Organize Your Diamonds: Use sorting trays or containers to keep your colors separate and accessible.
  • Work in Sections: Peel back the protective film in small sections to prevent the adhesive from drying out.
  • Use a Multi-Tool: Some kits include tools that pick up multiple diamonds at once, speeding up the process.
  • Bigger is better: The larger your canvas size, the more detailed your picture will appear. If you choose a canvas that’s too small it can end up very blurry. The smallest size that I use is around 30X40 cm.

There are tons of designs available, or you can even upload your own pictures and have personalized diamond art kits made for you at a reasonable price. Check out the Diamond Art Club for more information on diamond painting.

Cross Stitch: Timeless Textile Art Crafts

What it is: Cross stitch is a form of hand embroidery that uses X-shaped stitches in a tiled pattern to form a picture, typically on a piece of grid-like fabric called aida cloth.

How it differs: This craft is all about thread and fabric, offering a traditional feel compared to diamond painting and paint by numbers. The result is a textured piece that can be framed, used as a decoration, or incorporated into functional items like pillows.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Start from the Middle: Beginning your project from the center ensures your design is centered on your fabric.
  • Use a Hoop: A hoop can help keep your fabric taut and make stitching easier.
  • Mind the Thread: To prevent tangling, keep your thread length to about 18 inches or less, and use a conditioner for smoother stitching.

Paint by Numbers: A Brush with Art Crafts

What it is: Paint by numbers involves painting within pre-defined areas on a canvas to create a picture. Each area has a number corresponding to a specific paint color.

How it differs: This craft brings the joy of painting to those who may have little to no artistic training. Unlike diamond painting and cross stitch, paint by numbers uses a brush and acrylic paints, offering a more traditional painting experience.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Work from Top to Bottom: Start painting from the top of the canvas to avoid smudging.
  • One Color at a Time: Complete all areas of a single color before moving on to reduce the need for brush cleaning.
  • Thinner is Your Friend: If the paint is too thick, use a little water or a medium to thin it for a smoother application.

Other Crafts to Try

If you’ve enjoyed these crafts and are looking for more creative endeavors, consider exploring these other options. They are great for people of all ages.

  • Scratch Art: Revealing vibrant colors or glitter beneath a black matte coating by scratching off the surface.
  • Mosaic Tile Art: Creating beautiful patterns and pictures with small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.
  • Felting: Using wool fibers and a special needle to sculpt three-dimensional objects or flat pictures.

DealDash is a Haven for Crafters

If you’re looking to set up a crafting area in your house, make DealDash your first stop. On DealDash you will find items up for auction that will look great in your home and make crafting easier. Just to start with the basics, you will find desks, desk chairs, and shelving up for bid. These items will not only make crafting fun and easy, but you can also have them do double-duty as home office equipment. Additionally, you will also find a selection of beautiful lamps for auction. One of the things that these crafts all have in common is they need great lighting. Why settle for a plain, basic lamp when you can bid on a beautiful one?

Thanks for Reading

Each of these crafts offers its own unique blend of creativity, focus, and relaxation. Whether you’re dotting your canvas with colorful diamonds, stitching X’s on aida cloth, or bringing a numbered masterpiece to life, the joy of crafting is in the journey as much as the destination. So gather your materials, choose your craft, and let the magic of creating begin! Thanks so much for reading this new article, and I hope that I helped you discover a new hobby! Leave your favorite craft or hobby in the comments below. Have a great day, and happy bidding everyone!

This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. Check out Dawn and her cats on Instagram! This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.