Thursday, February 14, 2019

DP of the Month: Love

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Naturally, I headed to the Love and Romance section of Paint With Diamonds to find February's DP of the Month pick. If you're in a lovey dovey mood, there are lots of great designs there to choose from, including lots of silhouette-style pictures in the same vein as the ever popular Soulmates (my favorite is Young Love). I'm also partial to the vibrant colors in Love Grows, and the sweet simplicity of Marshmallow Love.

But the design that really stood out from the rest for me is... well, I'm not going to tell you its name yet. Just look:



Now, this caught my eye right away with its multitude of bright colors and sweet portrayal of an older couple walking arm in arm. That alone was enough to win me over. It took me a few moments before I even noticed their reflections in the water, showing their younger selves. Did you see it right away?

That little surprise just cemented my affection for this charming diamond painting design celebrating lasting love, appropriately titled Childhood Sweethearts.

When choosing a DP to do, it's important to consider not just whether you like the look of the design, but whether it's a design you'll enjoy working on. Some people-- myself included-- love working on areas with lots of confetti, so a painting like this with so many colors and details would be a joy to do. But if you're not a fan of confetti, and prefer working on areas with a lot of solid blocks of color, you'd be wise to choose a simpler design.

All those colors and details mean that you'll also want to go big with this one in order to really capture what makes it so appealing. If your DP is so small that you can't even make out the little couple who are the heart of the painting, you're sure to be disappointed. As we've seen, the bigger the DP, the more colors it can accommodate. So the bigger you can go, the better. I think the very smallest I would recommend going with this one is 50 x 65 cm.

That's it for this DP of the Month post. If you've done Childhood Sweethearts, please share a picture! Or tell us, what is your favorite love-themed diamond painting? 

P.S. Don't forget about the giveaway in the next post down-- you have until the end of February to get your entries in!

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Diamond Painting Giveaway February 2019!

That's right, it's time for another diamond painting giveaway!

Since it wasn't selected by the winner of the last giveaway, this lovely nautical diamond painting kit from Huacan is up for grabs once again. It's a full-square kit measuring 70 x 50 cm!




Now, my main goal with this giveaway (besides blessing someone with a huge free DP, of course), is to help generate more content for this blog. My intention from the beginning has always been for this blog to be created with the help of the whole diamond painting community, so I'd like to really kick that into high gear now. With that in mind, here's how you can earn entries into the drawing (please read carefully before entering):

For 1 Entry: Help create our FAQ! Yes, I still want to create a comprehensive diamond painting FAQ, but it's a daunting task, and I need your help! Comment on this post with one question someone might ask about diamond painting (for instance, "What should I use to seal my painting?" or "What's the best size to get?") and also what you would give as an answer. Please read through the comments that have already been made first and try to submit a question that hasn't already been proposed.


For 2 Entries: Leftover Love! Email diamondpaintingdigest@gmail.com with a photo of a creative way you've used your leftover diamonds. Please feel free to share as much other info as you'd like about your project.


For 3 Entries: Finishing Touches! Email diamondpaintingdigest@gmail.com with a photo of a creative way that you've found to frame or display your finished diamond painting. This could be building your own frame, repurposing a thrift store frame, mounting on foam board, making a tote bag out of it, etc. For an example, see our previous Finishing Touches post.


For 4 Entries: Prove the existence of the "5D" Diamond! Okay, I have seen people ask before about the difference between "3D" vs. "5D" diamond painting, and seen others give the answer that 3D diamonds have three facets per side, while 5D diamonds have five. However, I've bought "5D" kits before and the diamonds only have three facets per side. I really think that 3D and 5D are just marketing terms being used for the same thing. But I'm happy to be proven wrong! So if you have an actual diamond with five facets per side, please send a photo to diamondpaintingdigest@gmail.com


For 5 Entries: Size Wise! Help contribute to future Size Wise posts, by emailing diamondpaintingdigest@gmail.com a photo of your completed full-drill DP in any size (please specify in your email what size it is). It can be from any seller, but must be one of these popular designs:


Soulmates

Berry Branch Owl
Galaxy Eyes
Earth, Wind, Fire
Kaleidoscope Kitty
Wolf Dreams of Peace
White Tiger Kitty
Sandy Shells
Starry Night (please no Diamond Dotz brand)
Warped Sunflower
Symbols of Heroism
Love in the Sand
America the Beautiful
Pink Parisian Trees
Orange Malibu
Floral Magic
Crosses On The Hillside

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the 2 entry through 5 entry options above, your entries in the drawing will be disqualified if you do not actually send an email to diamondpaintingdigest@gmail.com with the required photos as described above. With my last giveaway, a lot of people seemed to misunderstand and think that just putting their email address into the entry form would get them entered. The purpose of inputting your email is for me to then be able to verify that you sent me an email as required-- it does not on its own make your entry valid.


IMPORTANT NOTE 2: By submitting FAQ ideas or photos, you are agreeing to allow that content to be used in future posts on this blog. I will do my best to give credit to whoever supplies a photo or idea. Feel free to include with your comment or email how you would like to be credited (for instance, your full name, first name, first name and last initial, Anonymous, etc.)


IMPORTANT NOTE 3: Please don't forget to fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below! That is how you get entered into the drawing. Complete whichever of the tasks above you can, and then fill out the entry form to get your name into the drawing.

Without further ado, here is the entry form:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline to enter is the end of this month, so you have plenty of time to get your entries in and tell your friends. Good luck to everyone!

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