A Personal Touch: Creating Custom Diamond Paintings

Diamond painting has become an increasingly popular hobby over the past few years. For the uninitiated, diamond painting involves using tiny resin rhinestones to create colourful designs and patterns on a canvas. It’s a fun, relaxing way to make beautiful artwork for your home. While you can buy many pre-made diamond painting kits, creating a custom design can make your project extra meaningful. In this article, we’ll walk through designing and producing a custom diamond painting.

Selecting Your Design

The first step is deciding on the image you want to transform into diamond art. When choosing a design for a custom painting, it helps to pick something personally significant. Here are some ideas to get you started:


Turning a favourite photo into a diamond painting is a great way to recreate a cherished memory in sparkling style. Choose a unique photo like a vacation shot, family portrait, or picture of a beloved pet. Make sure the image is high-resolution for best results.


You can recreate a meaningful piece of art as a diamond painting. This could be a painting you did yourself or the work of a favourite artist. Again, high resolution is critical for capturing detail.

Logos and Text

For a words-based design, you can create a custom painting from text like inspirational quotes or lyrics. Company logos or monograms also work nicely. Use a high-contrast design so the letters will pop.

Creating the Design File

Once you’ve chosen your image, it’s time to turn it into a digital file for diamond painting. There are a few easy ways to do this:

Scan Artwork

If you’re using a physical photograph, painting or other artwork, scan it at a high dpi (at least 300 dpi). Save the image as a PNG or JPG file.

Find Image Online

Search for images through photo websites or stock image sites. Be sure any images you use are licensed for your personal use. Save the highest resolution version you can find.

Create Digital Artwork

Use digital drawing tools to create your design from scratch. Programs like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator work great. Save your artwork file.

Convert Text

Input your desired text into a word processing or image editing program. Style it how you like, then save it as an image file.

Sizing Your Canvas

Now, it’s time to think about how large you want your custom diamond painting to be. Standard sizes range from 5×7 inches to 30×40 inches. Consider what size would best showcase your design. Stay manageable, or you may lose detail.

Use your image editing software to crop and scale your design file to fit your desired canvas size. Leave at least a 1/2 inch bleed around the outer edges.

Choosing Colors

One of the fun parts of custom diamond paintings is picking what colours you want to use. Most kits include 15-40 different color shades. Assess the hues in your design image and select colours to match it as closely as possible.

You can request specific DMC floss colours or ask them to match your design using their colour selection. More colours increase detail but can raise the price. Find the right balance for your project.

Applying Your Custom Creation

Once your custom diamond painting arrives, it’s time for the relaxing and rewarding process of bringing it to life. Carefully apply each colourful resin diamond following the coded canvas pattern.

Work row by row, section by section, until your design emerges. Take breaks to avoid eye and neck strain. Your unique creation will dazzle for years to come!


Designing and producing a custom diamond painting takes time, careful thought, and effort, but the result is gratifying on a personal level. You are creating a project that will remind you of what matters most by intentionally selecting a design that holds special meaning, whether it’s a beloved photograph, inspirational quote, or place with nostalgic value. Taking care to customise each step of the process, from choosing the canvas size to picking the perfect colour palette, allows you to infuse the artwork with details that reflect your unique passions, interests, and personality. 

The meditative process of hand-placing thousands of tiny, sparkling diamonds onto the canvas to bring your unique vision to life is the perfect way to cherish cherished memories, favourite sayings, or special places that hold spots close to your heart. Each application of the tiny resin rhinestones is an act of mindfulness and love. Returning to admire the completed painting, you’ll feel a deep sense of personal accomplishment and meaning from creating something special.

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