Many of us would love it if we could fit more arts and crafts into our lives. But as much as we love the idea of taking up an art form, the truth is that many of us simply don’t have enough time to dedicate to it. If you like the idea of being able to produce something artistic with relative ease, diamond painting kits are a fantastic place to start. Read on for a rundown of the best diamond painting kits available today. They’re the perfect gift for adults or kids.
These diamond painting kits from KOTWDQ are a really fantastic example of how good diamond painting kits can be. The range of images you have to choose from cater to all skill levels, as well as artistic temperaments. Ambitious kids or those who have lots of experience with diamond painting may be able to tackle the adult canvases.
Each four-pack consists of the same image with different color schemes. The results are genuinely aesthetically pleasing and make for a wonderful display in the home. As a result, this is a kit that will not only allow you to indulge your artistic side with relative ease – it will produce something that most people would be happy to display in their homes.
Considering the size of the canvases, 30 centimeters on each side, the level of detail in the pictures is impressive. Again, this only adds to the feeling of overall quality that these diamond art kits give off. Many of the kits are well suited to children who are looking for an easy art project. The end results are fantastic for displaying in their rooms.
The pack comes with more than enough drills to cover all four canvases, so you will almost certainly have some left over at the end. The drills are of average quality but certainly within expectations for the price point. Some users have reported minor imperfections such as air bubbles and nibs on the drills, while others appear to have had production issues. However, these issues seem to be the exception rather than the rule.
Artotree offers four diamond art packs: Autumn, Tree, Aurora, and Lion. The color themes for each are reds and oranges (Autumn), aquamarine and light brown (Tree), pinks, purples and blues (Aurora) and dark green and dark brown for lion. If you have experience with diamond painting, you will know that some of these combinations are much better than they sound.
The reds and oranges of Autumn are straightforward, the image itself features a woman in a long red dress taking an evening stroll beneath an avenue of autumnal trees shedding their leaves. It’s a simple image that uses color to great effect. The color palette is suitably restrained, with a contrast between the lightest yellows and the deepest reds accentuating the forms depicted.
The tree is a much simpler and quieter image, but artistically it manages to be just as striking. Aurora features a much more exciting and vibrant palette. Finally, Lion is a simple, albeit very good, shot of a lion’s face. All of these canvases are good enough to be displayed at home.
These art kits come with many more diamonds than you need, in most cases, this seems to be a good thing. However, although there are a couple of reviews for Aurora, which features by far the most different colored paints, of users finding themselves short of one color while having an abundance of another. Understandably, this lack of balance is frustrating. Although it could end up adding to your art supplies. Given that many reviewers are reporting no issues, there seems to be some variability in the manufacturing process.
Finding a beautiful scene depicted in a diamond painting isn’t particularly difficult. Plenty of kits advertise themselves with really beautiful images, but a side-effect of this is that the various kits have begun to converge around just a few ideas and concepts. The market is screaming out for more originality from diamond painting kit manufacturers. These three packs (there are three different packs to choose from) all feature some truly unique and distinct artwork.
Each image is in the style of a chalkboard. If you’ve ever been to New York, London or any other big city, you will no doubt have seen what some artistic people are capable of producing with just chalk and a blackboard. These images are varied enough that there is likely to be something to suit everyone.
HaiMay markets these as being for kids. In terms of difficulty, the relatively simple images are great for kids. These are slightly more challenging than other kits for children that feature mostly or entirely flat color schemes. However, while the aesthetic style is great, it lacks the warmth that most children’s kits have.
There is nothing wrong with the style or the images, both are fantastic across all three sets. But Set C seems much better suited to being displayed in children’s rooms than the other kits. This is an excellent beginner diamond art kit for an adult who wants to try out diamond painting and get something displayable at the end of it.
At 40cm x 50cm in size, this diamond painting kit is larger than many others in its price range. The image is a simple scene of, as the name implies, moonlight shining down onto a beach. This is a very relaxing image and the kit is great fun to do. Perhaps owing to the subject matter, a number of reviewers have commented on how relaxing it is to complete the image.
This is one of the more difficult diamond art kits to complete and it will definitely take some time. If you are looking for a starter kit, this is one to avoid. Needless to say, this isn’t one for children to try, but adults looking for a challenge will be very pleased with this kit.
Unfortunately, the final piece, in this case, is a little bit mundane. Some people will love it, but it lacks any kind of unique character. If you are looking for some neutral artwork to display in your home, perhaps to counter the effect of any brighter and more exciting colors you have nearby, this could work for you. Alternatively, it’s the kind of image that would work well in a bathroom. Just make sure that you frame it first so that it is protected from steam.
It should also be noted that several users have reported that the final image isn’t quite as detailed as the image that is shown on the product’s page online. There is usually some kind of discrepancy between these images. When viewed from a distance the resemblance is very close. Unfortunately, some of the detail in the image has been sacrificed for the diamond painting format.
This kit from Rainbow Smile could not be any cuter! Kids (or adults) have a number of kits to choose from, each of which features adorable cartoon animals. The standout of the bunch has to be the Diamond Painting Animal set, which consists of 10 individual animal portraits to make. This kit is designed to be usable by even the youngest of children and is suitably simple. Full instructions are available on the product’s Amazon page.
There’s a smaller five-piece version also available, as well as a larger 20 piece variant. We can confidently recommend all of these to any parent who is looking for something to keep their kids occupied that doesn’t involve a screen.
If your kids aren’t big fans of animals, there are other sets to choose from. The Car set features a variety of vehicles, with a robot thrown in for good measure. The Fruit set contains a single piece depicting three fruits, with the rest of the pack consisting of butterflies, owls, bees, rainbows, and ladybirds. It’s a diverse but child-friendly theme.
If you are in the market for a kit that your youngest and least experienced children will enjoy using, Rainbow Smile is one of the most reliable options you have. In addition to the packs of smaller pieces, they also do a few larger canvases.
There’s a lot of things that we like about this kit. First and foremost is the image itself. A common problem that anyone who spends enough time diamond painting will encounter is finding new challenges. This doesn’t just mean finding more difficult or interesting kits, it also requires finding new images to complete.
Which is why it is always refreshing to see something different in terms of the image depicted. The more you look at the scene depicted here, the more you begin to appreciate its light surrealism (intentional or otherwise). This is a beach scene with an old camper van parked up against a surf shack. Surfboards are stacked against the opposite wall. Despite the sandy beach and surf atmosphere, the sun is nowhere to be seen. Instead, the sky is a gradient of deep blue to white.
This is a vibrant kit that definitely pops. But at the same time, there is something restrained about it. The selection of colors isn’t very varied, although you don’t notice this until you stop and think about it. This is a piece that displays brilliantly in spaces that are largely black and white in terms of color scheme.
This is an adult kit, although by no means the hardest one out there. Older children might be able to attempt it, although this is a full drill kit and, therefore, quite difficult.
While landscapes and shots of nature can make for some great displays, it’s worth adding some variety to the nature of the canvases that you create. One of the most obvious ways of varying your routine a little is to take a look at a kit like this that uses patterns to great effect.
There are four sets for you to choose from here, each of which features a different geometric pattern. These designs use repeating highly-symmetric geographic patterns in a variety of color schemes. Packs A and B each stick to a set color scheme – A to green and blues, B to reds and oranges. Sets C and D are a little more varied in their color palettes.
One of the best things about these pattern-based designs is that they suffer much less from the conversion process from a digital image to a diamond painting kit. The effect is much like pixelation on a computer screen, hardening edges and obscuring smaller details. But unlike with pixelation, a diamond painting maintains the symmetry of the original image. if you get up close to these patterns, they still look aesthetically pleasing.
While these are striking diamond paintings visually, they are also OK for beginners. Putting these pieces together is one of the more meditative experiences on this list.
With this one, you have to buy each kit separately. That’s not because HaiMay is greedy; it’s because every shot in each of these packs looks fantastic and presents an enjoyable challenge for any beginner.
The Four Seasons pack features – you guessed it – four canvases, each one depicting one of the four seasons. The other options are the River set, containing two canvases depicting evening river scenes. The final set, Set A contains two canvases as well, one shows a farmhouse, the other is another river scene. All of these images are nice to look at and feature a varied color palette.
Unfortunately, these scenes are quite intricate. As a result, the finished canvases are quite ugly up close. From a distance, the pictures look great. However, no matter how you view the image, the loss of detail is noticeable and detracts from the overall quality.
The instructions included are reasonably clear and easy to follow. One slight niggle is that, while the instructions tell you how many individual pieces you need, they don’t tell you how many bags that translates to. This is a small complaint, but with so many colors in play, it would really help to keep things organized.
Many users have suggested that these images are much better at a larger size. If you feel like giving yourself a challenge when you have progressed as a diamond painter, and you have the necessary supplies, why not try and scale up your design to a larger size.
This kit is much more expensive than the other options on this list, but there is a good reason for that. This is a massive top of the range canvas, 70cm X 100cm to be exact. Each canvas features six Disney princesses, presented in a stained-glass style. This is one of the most striking and unique canvases out there. Not only is it huge in size, but it is also one of the highest quality canvases on the market.
In spite of the high cost, this kit represents excellent value for money. From most suppliers, you would expect to pay the same amount of money for a canvas half the size. This higher quality, larger and more unique canvas is one of the greatest long-term diamond painting projects. The final piece would look fantastic in any child’s bedroom.
The colors of the final piece are crisp and vibrant. One advantage of the stained-glass art style is that the piece doesn’t suffer too noticeably from the ‘pixelation’ effect. This effect is also lessened by the sheer size of the canvas, which irons out the kinks that plague some other kits. The result is perhaps the best diamond painting out there.
One word of caution, this is a very difficult kit for a beginner to complete. Many people enter into diamond painting with the intention of doing large canvases and find it frustrating that beginner kits are all so small. However, there is a good reason for that – you should start small. In order to fully appreciate this kit, you need to get your skill level up first.
Diamond painting kits are the ideal gift, and the ideal challenge, for both children and adults who are looking to introduce more arts and crafts into their lives. Anyone who has tried and enjoyed cross stitch will love diamond painting. If you wish you could paint but can’t, diamond painting is a fun alternative.
Many people find the process of completing a diamond painting to be a painstaking one at first. For beginners, muscle cramps and frustration are common. However, once you gain some experience, you will start finding the whole thing to be much more meditative.
The best kit for you will depend entirely on your skill level, your tastes, and your personal idea of a challenge. For adults, AIRDEA is reliable and provide high-quality kits every time. If you are looking for something for a young child, Rainbow Smile is perhaps the most popular maker of diamond painting kits for kids.