Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Size Wise: Red Poppies

If you're anything like me, you can become a little paralyzed when it comes time to choose the size of your diamond painting. On the one hand, you know that "bigger is better" when it comes to getting details to show up, and you want your diamond painting to turn out as nicely as possible. On the other hand, you have to consider price, time commitment, and whether or not you'll have the space to store and later display your diamond painting.

What would really help with this crucial decision is being able to see what the same painting looks like when finished in different sizes-- and that's exactly the idea behind what I hope will be a series of "Size Wise" posts.

Now, I had planned for the first Size Wise to focus on the popular Soulmates design, but I haven't yet collected enough samples of different sizes for that one. (If you have a photo of one you'd like to share, please email!)

Then a member of the Paint With Diamonds Support Group shared pictures of her collection of Red Poppies diamond paintings-- all completed by her, and all in different sizes. How perfect! And that group member, Rhonda U., was gracious enough to share those photos with us here for the first ever Size Wise post!

First up, here is the Red Poppies design in the smallest size it comes in, 15x20 centimeters:

Rhonda shared with me that this was her first ever diamond painting. Like many new diamond painters, she admits that she didn't understand the sizing of DPs in the beginning and didn't know what to expect. But, she says, "I actually loved how it came out even though it was so small." And for good reason! This is actually a great example of the type of DP that turns out quite well even in a very small size-- a fairly simple subject, close up, without a ton of different colors. Though it's certainly pixelated, the picture is still easily recognizable, and looks even better from a distance.

Having gotten hooked on diamond painting, Rhonda decided to try the same painting in a slightly larger size (25x30) later on:

At about 1.5 times the size of the previous painting, the difference in detail is obvious. The pixelated appearance is lessened, and the shading on the flowers and leaves appears more natural. You'll also notice from the key on the right side of the painting that the larger canvas allows for more colors-- 33 vs. 23 in the previous painting!

Having seen what a difference size makes, Rhonda decided to try her hand at Wild Reds one last time, this time in the 40x50 size:

And wow! Don't these poppies look like you could just reach out and touch them? Here again there are more colors-- 40 this time-- and the details and texture are fantastic. The amazing thing is that this isn't even the biggest size this painting is available in; it goes all the way up to 100x140! Just imagine what it looks like at that size!

So, this Red Poppies design appears to be a great DP for doing in almost any size depending on your desire for detail, and if you're considering it, hopefully this post will help you decide which one is right for you. Thanks again to Rhonda U. for sharing her beautiful diamond paintings with us!

What do you think? If you were going to buy a Red Poppies kit, what size would you go for and why? Share in the comments below!

Want to contribute to a Future Size Wise post? If you have done Soulmates, Berry Branch Owl, Galaxy Eyes, or Earth, Wind, Fire in ANY size and would be willing to share a photo of your completed painting on this blog to help others find the right size, please email

Note 1: 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. 

Note 2: This post was originally titled "Wild Reds" as that was the name given to the DP design on, where Rhonda U. purchased her kits. Unfortunately, it appears PWD no longer offers this design, so the blog has been edited, and the links given now are to the same design offered by Homfun on AliExpress. 

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate this article because I'm always looking at a picture and wondering if I can go smaller and still have it look good. I see so many small ones that people do and a lot of times they're disappointed because it's not always obvious what the picture even is. To date, I have always opted to go larger, but sometimes I'd really like to do smaller ones because it takes SOOOOO long to do the really big ones. I'm waiting on a 110 X 110 cm one now and know it will take a long time because I usually only do about 3 hours a day on one. So I really need to learn when it's okay to go smaller.