Friday, April 19, 2019

DP of the Month: Crosses

In our poll on the most popular types of diamond painting designs, "Religious" came in second behind "Landscapes/Scenery." Cross diamond paintings are particularly popular, and because they're usually pretty simple, they're one type of design that often turns out very nicely even in fairly small sizes. And with today being Good Friday and Easter right around the corner, now seemed like the perfect time to highlight a cross diamond painting.

This was a tough choice though, as there are so many beautiful designs to choose from, many of which can be found on PWD's "Religious & Spiritual" page. (And if you're reading this before Easter 2019, all diamond paintings on that page are currently on sale for $9.99+!) 

Three Crosses On The Hill and Three Crosses Under The Milky Way both present striking silhouettes, one in brilliant daylight and one against a beautiful night sky. For a more closeup and detailed cross, Wooden Cross Sunrise is a lovely choice, and Passion of Death is another breathtaking design.


But for this month's DP of the Month, I decided to go with Sunset Crosses. It's a simple design, but I love all of the colors, which to me give it a sense of both mourning and hope. It's also NOT on the Religious & Spiritual collection page of PWD for some reason, making it harder to find (and not eligible for the sale unfortunately), and part of the purpose of DP of the Month is to highlight designs that aren't as popular or well known.

One of the only drawbacks of this design is that as colorful as it is, there is still a large area of black, so if you're not a fan of DPing areas with just a single color-- especially 310s-- you might have a tough time with this one.

Size-wise, this is a fairly simple design, with the only really important detail being the three crosses. You could probably get away with doing even the very smallest size available, which is 30x20 cm. But keep in mind that bigger canvases usually mean more colors, so with the colors being such an important aspect of this design, bigger will be better. I would recommend at least the 45x30 for that reason.

That's it for April's DP of the Month! Have you done a cross-themed diamond painting? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Diamond Painter Spotlight: Francis D. from Alberta

Shortly after I posted March's DP of the Month, Predator from PWD, a fellow diamond painter happened to share a photo of that very design, completed, in one of the Facebook groups dedicated to diamond painting. I jumped at the chance to ask the poster, Wanda, if she would mind me sharing her photo on my blog.

She was happy to help, but also explained that this diamond painting was actually completed by her mother, Francis D., who lives in Alberta, Canada. "She loves doing painting with diamonds," says Wanda. "It keeps her mind fresh and the time passes quickly. I laugh at her because she is 82 and stays up past midnight as she enjoys it so much. She has done three turtles and is going to do a huge elephant. She can’t wait."

I love that! And after learning it, I thought, Francis shouldn't just be tacked onto the end of an existing post as a footnote! She deserves a post all her own! So, without further ado, here is Francis' completed Predator DP (75x50 cm):



Isn't he gorgeous? And huge! I am just learning myself how daunting a project this size can be, but it is certainly worth it for the beautiful level of detail.

Great job, Francis! Thanks for being a great example of how great diamond painting is for all ages, and congratulations on being this blog's very first Diamond Painter Spotlight subject.

If you know of a diamond painter who you think deserves a little time in the spotlight, please email me at diamondpaintingdigest@gmail.com with a little info about them and a photo of at least one of their completed diamond paintings.

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