5 Benefits of Using a Light Pad for Diamond Painting


July 29, 2023

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Okay, so you’re hooked on painting with diamonds. We totally get it. It’s a super fun craft you can work on solo or with friends, and you end up with a beautiful masterpiece when you’ve finished! But, if you’re really serious about your diamond art, there are a few essential diamond painting tools that can make your experience even better. A light pad for diamond painting can really improve your accuracy when placing the beads onto the pattern, and it can also help provide additional light if you’re crafting at night or in a dark room. LED light pads are must-have diamond painting accessories — and once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever did the craft without it. 

Check out some of the benefits of owning a light pad and learn more about other great accessories for all your crafting needs.

What Is a Light Pad?

A diamond painting light pad is a lightweight, ultra-thin lap-desk type device that can be plugged in to illuminate the surface of your canvas. The purpose of a light pad is to create a light source from beneath an object, piece of paper, or pattern of some kind Many different types of creatives use these light pads to assist with their work. For example, you can use a light board as a sketch artist to help illuminate the paper that you are drawing on, giving you a clear surface to work on with plenty of light. Photographers also use light pads to view negatives of a film roll or slides of their pictures. A light box or pad is also helpful for anyone who enjoys calligraphy, stenciling, embossing, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking or cross stitch.

For diamond painters, the light pad is a practical accessory that brightens the grid that you’re working with, making it easier to see the different colors depicted and correctly place your drills onto the pattern. Using a light pad — especially one with adjustable brightness and dimming options— can also reduce eye strain. And when you choose our high-quality, diamond painting light pad, you can rest assured that it is backed by the same warranty as the rest of our products. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, we’ll make it right! Now, let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of light pads to help you better understand why this diamond painting accessory is one you need to add to your wishlist!

Why Use a Light Pad for Diamond Painting?

1. You Can See the Grids More Clearly

Although your completed diamond art project is usually large, the faceted resin or acrylic beads that create this effect are very small, which means that the tiny squares where the beads should be placed are also quite small. It’s not unusual for people to have difficulty seeing each individual square on a diamond art pattern. Sometimes, two different colors can look very similar, especially when placed near each other.

Adding a light pad under the canvas helps to eliminate this problem because it shines through the pattern, delineating each box more clearly. It also helps you distinguish specific colors and minute changes in color as you work on the project. The longer you stare at the same image, the more difficult it becomes to notice slight differences like this, which is why so many people consider a light pad a vital accessory.

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2. Makes Nighttime Crafting Easier

Many of us enjoy sitting down to color, craft or just relax in the evenings. If you have some time carved out each night for you to work on your latest diamond art project, you may have noticed how frustrating it can be to work on a painting late at night.

Diamond painting light pads offer an easy solution to this problem. The entire premise of the light pad is that it beams super bright LED light up and through a translucent surface like a diamond painting grid. The additional light will make it easy for you to work on your project any time of the day or night.

Depending on what light pad you choose, you may be able to adjust the brightness. Dimmable models are extremely versatile and make it easy to see your project without straining your eyes, regardless of how much ambient light there is (or isn’t). 

3. Easy to Carry with You

If you’re an artist on the go, you probably want to bring your work everywhere with you. However, moving your diamond art painting from place to place can cause confusion as different lighting situations will affect how you can see the pattern. Carrying a light pad with you can eliminate this problem in the same way it helps with the previous issues.

Additionally, many light pads come with USB cables for recharging. This means that you can take your work on the go without the need for a spot to plug in a power adapter. Even if you choose a USB-powered pad that’s not rechargeable, though, you don’t need to be tethered to an outlet. With a fully-charged power bank, you can enjoy painting with diamonds pretty much anywhere. 

But, some people may not want to lug around another piece of equipment. Luckily, Diamond Art Club®’s original light pad is extremely lightweight and ultra-thin, which means you can bring it with you wherever you go.

4. Quickly Spot Misplaced Diamonds

No matter how careful you are, mistakes happen. This is especially true when working on a diamond art kit with similarly colored gems. Using a light pad can not only help you avoid mistakes by making the colors easier to see, it can help you spot misplaced diamonds that you’ve already placed on your canvas. This enables you to correct errors right away and ensure a high-quality finished piece. 

5. Makes Diamond Painting Easier for All Skill Levels

Whether you’re a complete beginner looking to pick up diamond painting as a new hobby or a crafter with extensive experience looking to add ease to your sessions, a flicker-free light pad will make diamond painting easier. For beginners, it makes it much easier to see the grid and identify colors. And experienced diamond painters like them because they help ensure neatness and accuracy. No matter where you are in your crafting journey, this accessory is one that you definitely want to add to your DIY diamond painting tool kit. 

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Step Up Your Diamond Painting Game with a Light Pad

Here at Diamond Art Club®, we care about promoting creativity and hope to inspire each and every one of you. Crafting is an excellent way to relieve stress and manage feelings of anxiety while also learning a fun, new skill. We believe in offering high-quality products and accessories for beginners and crafters of all skill levels, and we stand behind each and every one of the light pads and other diamond painting products and accessories we sell. 

Shop our selection of beautiful diamond painting kits available in a variety of different categories like animals, seasons, and city destinations. Once you’ve selected your kit, make sure you have all the materials you need, including helpful diamond art accessories like a diamond painting light pad, and start creating!

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