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What Is the Best Size for a Diamond Painting? 4 Tips Before You Buy

If you’re new to the world of diamond painting but want to give one of these fun, colorful projects a try, you may have some questions before you dive in. What kind of tools are needed? How long does it take to complete a project? What is the best size for a diamond painting? These are all common queries for people new to the world of diamond paintings, and while some of the answers are subjective, we can provide you with some guidelines on how to select the diamond painting that’s right for you. Luckily, when you purchase a diamond art kit, all of the necessary materials are included–the applicator tool, drills, wax and colored beads. As you become more invested in this type of craft, you may want to purchase extra accessories as backups, but for your first project, your new kit should have everything you need. Now, it’s time to determine how large of a painting you want to try your hand at.

What Is the Best Size for a Diamond Painting?

There is no right answer to the question, “What is the best size for a diamond painting?” It all depends on what you’re looking for. Generally, if this is your first time completing a diamond painting, we recommend starting small as these paintings tend to be less time-consuming. It will also act as an introduction to this new craft without committing you to weeks of work on a large, detailed project. The larger the painting, the more diamonds you’ll need to add and line up perfectly to create your masterpiece. For beginners, most people recommend sticking to projects that are under 12 in x 12 in. 

How to Select Your Diamond Painting

Where Will it Be Displayed?

If you’re planning to hang your completed painting in your home, the size of your canvas should fit the space that you’re planning to display it. Choosing artwork for your house is a fun task that can add some pizzazz to your interior design and show off your personal style. Measure the space where you’re planning to hang your painting and determine whether or not the project will be too small for the wall. You want to make sure that there isn’t too much additional white space around the painting. If you feel that a diamond art painting under 12 in x 12 in will be too small in the space, you may want to find another area for your first project and work your way up to a larger piece that will fit better in your proposed space.


How Much Time Do You Want to Spend on It?

Although diamond painting is a fun and calming activity, it can be time-consuming because you need to individually place each diamond bead in the correct spot to create a truly captivating mosaic image. The length of time it will take to complete a project depends entirely on the painting’s size and level of detail, along with how often you work on it. Try to set aside a specific amount of time each week to pull out your painting and make more progress. If you’re okay with spending a few weeks on one project, you can opt for a slightly bigger piece of art. If you prefer to complete the painting in a few sittings, stick with a small size and work on it often.

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How Detailed Is the Painting?

The level of detail will significantly impact how long it takes you to complete a project. If you’re considering experimenting with a larger project (i.e., larger than 12 in x 12 in), then look for a design that doesn’t have a lot of details. You will spend more time on this piece, but if there are big chunks of the same color rather than many small lines or shapes of different colors, you may have an easier time completing the project as long as you pay close attention to color changes.

Are You Working on the Painting Solo?

One of the greatest things about diamond painting is that it can easily be done alone or with friends or family. Research shows that arts and crafts can greatly improve our mental health by reducing feelings of anxiety and stress, which is why it’s a good way to unwind after a stressful day or the perfect activity to bond with your friends or significant other. If you’re working on a project with another person, you’ll likely be able to get it done more quickly and may even want to spring for a larger painting to give each other more space to work.

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Select the Diamond Painting Project That’s Right for You

Before diving right into your first project, you’re probably wondering, “What is the best size for a diamond painting?” Many different factors can affect which size paintings make sense for you, but as a beginner, we recommend that you stick to paintings smaller than 12 in x 12 in. This will give you a taste of what diamond painting is like and as you fine-tune your skills, you can move on to larger, more detailed pictures.