You just finished your diamond painting.
Congrats, it looks fab and you’re ready to show it off.
But what do you do next?
Here are some tips on what to do with your finished diamond painting…
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Step 1: Recheck your painting.
Rechecking your painting is important.
You may have missed out on a few beads or maybe dirt particles may be stuck on it.
It can even be that you used too much wax.
What I am trying to say is that rechecking your painting is important just before you frame it.
To remove any debris or dust particles from your painting, you can use a soft brush
You do not want to, later on, realize that there is a correction that needed to be fixed.
To avoid future disappointments, ensure you recheck your painting and make the necessary corrections if any.
Step 2: Press over your painting.
You can do this by using a brayer. If you don’t have a brayer, a standard rolling pin can be used.
I came to find that pressing over the beads ensures that they are well attached to the canvas and that they are held in place firmly.
While rolling over the beads, ensure that your painting is on a flat surface that is clean.
Also, roll from top to bottom and from one side to the other. This will give you the best results.
Step 3: Seal your painting.
After you are satisfied with your best diamond painting, seal it. Sealing the painting will help prevent the diamond beads from falling off.
The good thing I realized about sealing the painting is that it stiffens it and gives it structure.
It also helps prevent the accumulation of debris and dust particles on your diamond painting.
However, if you intend to frame it using a form-fitting glass cover, then sealing is not necessary.
Step 4: Trim off the excess canvas.
Once done with the above steps, you can now trim off the extra canvas from your painting.
But just before you decide on trimming it, ensure that the display method and framing you choose require the extra canvas trimmed off.
This is because, for some display and frame options, trimming is not recommended.
Step 5: Frame your painting.
Once you are done sealing your painting, you can finally frame it.
Tips on how to display your painting.
Here are some of the different ways I found on how to display a diamond painting.
Mount the painting on a cardboard or a foam board.
You can do this by cutting your cardboard or foam board to be the same size as your canvas.
Then by using glue, attach your diamond painting to the board, leaving off the borders.
Then using glue, attach the borders to the back of the board by folding the borders to the back of the board.
Ensure that your canvas is attached firmly to the board.
Use a poster frame.
You can use a poster frame to display your artwork. All you have to do is open the frame and place your painting behind the plastic (see also how to paint behind the cabinet).
Alternatively, you can choose to use ornate frames for a more beautiful framework.
Apply stretcher bars to your finished canvas.
You can use stretcher bars to display your finished canvas.
Just ensure that you follow the instructions and you will end up with a beautiful display.
Glue your diamond painting to a pre-stretched canvas.
All you have to do is purchase a pre-stretched canvas and glue your artwork onto it.
So, What Should I Do With My Finished Diamond Painting?
Diamond paintings are beautiful and once finished you can choose to either display them in your home, sell them or even gift them to someone (some even consider diamond painting a form of therapy).
Learn how to store diamond paintings here.
Whichever way you choose, you can follow the simple steps above from rechecking to pressing to sealing to trimming, and finally framing your artwork.
The tips above are also a good pointer on the different ways you can use to display your artwork.