Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Blueprint For This Blog & How You Can Help

Now that I've gotten a few basic posts under my belt (though I still have plans to keep adding to and improving those-- yes, there will be photos!), I'd like to share my vision for this blog. In short, I don't want it to just be my blog. I want it to be a blog for sharing the creativity, tips, and finished works of the whole diamond painting community. But in order to do that, I need you guys to be willing to share with me!

So, I've laid out below some categories of regular, recurring posts I would like to have on this blog. If you have something that you think would be worth contributing in any of these areas, please email me at I believe strongly in giving credit, so you will of course by given your due if you contribute, but I can share as much or as little information about you as you like. For instance, if you'd like your name in any form (first, first and last, first and last initial, nickname/screenname) and location shared, I will do so. If you'd prefer to remain anonymous, that's fine as well. I'm also open to sharing links to any relevant websites or Facebook groups you may run or be involved in.

Without further ado, here are the categories:

Size Wise: In these posts, we'll share photos of the same diamond painting done in different sizes so people can really see what a difference size makes and judge which one is best for them. The first three Size Wise posts will be on Soulmates (any color), Berry Branch Owl (full or partial), and Galaxy Eyes. So if you have finished any of these three paintings in ANY size and would be willing to share a photo, please email me! Make sure you share a good photo, the size of the painting, and where you bought the kit from, in addition to whatever info you want shared about yourself.

Shop Around: Each Shop Around post will highlight a different place you can purchase diamond paintings (like those in our current poll.) We'll talk about the pros and cons of each seller and share tips on how to get the best shopping experience with them. So if you have any thoughts or tips to share on a particular site or seller, please email!

Finishing Touches: So you've just completed your diamond painting. What now? These posts will highlight the creative ways diamond painters have found to finish and display their paintings. If you've got tips on finishing, framing, displaying, or otherwise making use of your finished diamond paintings-- with photos, of course!-- shoot me an email.

Smart Storage: Here we'll look at different storage solutions, whether they're for diamonds, tools, unfinished paintings, or finished paintings awaiting framing. Email your suggestions!

Pen Pals: These posts will highlight different drill pens. If you've got a favorite pen, if you sell pens, or if you've got a method for making your own that you'd like to share, send an email!

Cool Customs: Want to show off your favorite finished custom diamond painting and tell us what it's all about? This is the category for you.

Leftover Love: Diamond painters have found some creative ways to use their leftover diamonds. If you've got one, please email a photo and tell us about it!

Getting to Know You: Here I'll interview different diamond painters. If there's someone you'd like to see interviewed, or if you would like to be interviewed, please email me.

Tips, Tricks & Tools: This will be the place to share advice, tricks of the trade, special tools, and more. Email your best ideas, suggestions, and secrets!

So, that's it. I'd love to hear in the comments below what you think of these categories and the overall plan for this blog. And in case it's not clear already, please don't hesitate to email me if you have anything you think would be worth sharing!

Note: The one thing I will be avoiding sharing in this blog is anything I have reason to believe is copyrighted artwork-- for instance, anything owned by Disney (and we all know Disney owns pretty much everything nowadays). I hate to exclude so many neat diamond paintings from being featured here, but I don't want to risk breaking Blogger's rules. Copyrighted artwork that has been licensed, like the Afremov and Dean Russo collections, should be fine. 

Note 2: This post contains affiliate links. Purchases made through these links do not cost you anything extra, but the author receives a commission on them, which helps to support this blog. 

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