I love doing crafts (when I have the time). I have always enjoyed doing crafty things. Back when I was a young girl I used to make my own Barbie clothes and furniture out of fabric scraps and recyclable items from around our home. I would even have my dolls put on a fashion show of my handmade fashions.
Over the years I have done a variety of crafts, including soap making, candle making, and stenciling. I once stenciled our entire dining room from floor to ceiling to look like a garden. We ate dinner surrounded by squirrels, rabbits, flowers, butterflies and a 5′ tree that took me forever to stencil.
I used to work with kindergartners as a Teacher’s Assistant. Every day we did some kind of craft/project. That was fun! I wish I was still able to do that. We came up with some pretty cute things.
Sadly, I haven’t had much free time to do the things I love, like crafting and reading books. By the time I get home from work it’s late and I’m exhausted. Before I go to work I have errands to run, blog posts to run and a home to clean. The weekends I spend as much time as I can doing fun stuff with my family.
If you are on social media, especially Instagram, you might have seen posts about a new crafting craze called Diamond Art, from the Diamond Art Club.
Diamond Art Club offers consumers a variety of art designs, from animals to landscapes, and from florals to landscapes and just about everything in between. The art is available in a variety of sizes too.
Remember paint by number sets? I used to do them all the time when I was a young girl (I wonder if they still sell them?). You would match up the number on the canvas to a specific paint color. It would turn non-artists into Picasso’s or Monet’s.
Diamond Art Club art is similar, but instead of paint you color the canvas with sparkly rhinestones. When you are finished you’ll have a BEAUTIFUL piece of artwork that sparkles and shines.
Diamond Art Club art comes with a printed canvas, colorful rhinestones and tools to help you with your craft.
This brief video shows you how to create a beautiful masterpiece using your Diamond Art Club kit.
My husband said it reminds him of doing cross hook (yes, he used to do that when he was younger). You are matching up a color with a chart on the canvas you are working on.
It is a REAL cloth canvas that you are working on. It’s not paper or plastic. It’s the “real deal.”
When you first see the canvas it can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of tiny squares with symbols on them that you need to match up with the rhinestones that you are using.
I have to admit that it’s not as easy as it looks. There are A LOT of tiny little squares and symbols. It takes a bit of patience to work through it.
The canvas has a special protective sheet on it. In the video they recommend you do a small section at a time, leaving the film on the rest of the canvas. I would have to strongly agree with that recommendation. Especially if you have cats. Trust me… I’ve already had to remove cat hair and pick up rhinestones that were knocked on to the floor.
You’ll need a comfortable work place. I originally tried to do this on our coffee table so I could watch TV at the same time. That was not the best idea. I had to bend over to see the canvas and what I was doing, which ended up giving me a sore back. I would recommend using this at a desk or a table.
I appreciate that the Diamond Art Club provides you with everything you need to complete your spectacular piece of art, including a tray to put the rhinestones in that you are working on, a special pen (stylus?) which helps you to get the rhinestones in the right position, and baggies to put the loose rhinestones in.
I have an older kit, so mine didn’t come with the comfort grip for the “pen,” nor does mine have the tray that helps you to get the rhinestones right side up. My kit (an older one) also has just a square shaped piece of wax, not the cute heart shape one like in the picture.
The special “pen” that you use is really neat. It uses wax (which is supplied) to “grab” the rhinestones and to help you put them where they belong on the canvas (you have to be very precise when you do it).
So far I am enjoying working on my Diamond Art Club canvas. I have a landscape scene called “Autumn Reflections.” Autumn is my favorite season, so I thought this would be a beautiful addition to our home’s artwork.
You have to dedicate a lot of time to complete the canvas. There are thousands of little rhinestones that need to be adhered to it. It reminds me of doing a puzzle with a lot of pieces. You leave it out and work on it here and there when you have the time. Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time lately, so I haven’t touched it in a while. It’s still on my dining room table. I keep meaning to work on it some more, but I haven’t had the time to do it.
This is a GREAT “rainy day” project you and your family could work on together. I keep telling my husband I’ll be working on it during snow days when it’s too cold to go outside and do things.
I wish I could give you a great photo of how it really looks. It’s really cool how the image comes to life in a sparkly way with the rhinestones. It’s such a unique idea too.
The only thing that I am not happy with is what to do with the canvas once I’m done with it. I can’t afford to get it professionally framed – like a traditional canvas print. I could put it in a frame, but that would take away from the sparkle. So for now, what I am going to do with it when I am finally done with it is still up in the air.
If you are interested in learning more about the Diamond Art Club, or you would like to check out the lovely designs they offer, visit DiamondArtClub.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram. Their links are found at the very bottom of their website.
What do you think about Diamond Art Club? Do you think you would purchase one for yourself?
*I received a free product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.