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It's Time to Frame Your Finished Diamond Painting!
Framing diamond paintings that you finished is every bit of fun as making them! Plus, you can proudly say that you framed it yourself! Here are the things you need and instructions on how to frame a diamond painting into a painting canvas frame.
This is a guide with tips on how to frame your diamond painting onto a painting canvas for that extra artistic touch.
Things that you need to frame a diamond painting:
1. Tape measure - To measure your finished diamond painting’s height and width (including the spaces with no designs) to determine how smaller or larger your painting canvas or glass-frame would be.
2. Blank Canvas with Wooden Frame - This will serve as a background canvas for your finished diamond painting in the frame. If you think your diamond painting should have a colored background frame, choose a color that compliments well with the theme color of your diamond painting.
Important: The size of the canvas that you would want to buy depends on the diamond painting design or its object.
Before you buy a canvas, make sure to measure the height and width measurement of your finished diamond painting even if the box says the size, measure it, after you’ve finished the diamond painting. Why? Because it all depends on the design (object of the painting) and your preference.
There are 3 examples why you might want to plan for your canvas backgrounds size
There are some designs that require a canvas background. This is where the object of the diamond painting is near the borders of the diamond painting or pops out of the borders or over extends. Here are some examples:
Example #1: You need a slightly larger canvas background.
Notice how the dog’s edges are close to the edge? This needs a larger background canvas for framing.
There is no more space for full coverage framing, unless you buy a custom sized frame and you have to properly glue the edges into an exact size canvas (which is inadvisable, because it compromises the edges of the diamond painting overtime)
Example #2: You need a larger canvas to accommodate the popping out design effect
Here’s a gorgeous Galaxy Butterfly - Jewel Encrusted diamond painting kits design, if you would notice the edges, the design’s purpose is to make it look like the object (the butterfly) is popping out of the canvas like it’s alive!
Obviously, this needs a much larger hard canvas to serve as a background for framing to accommodate the designs over-extending it’s frame boundaries.
Example #3: You need a slightly smaller canvas for framing to crop and rap around
This design of a hunting wolf pack has an ample of space from the object to the edges of the designed frame. This one, you can have a smaller canvas background to allow cropping of the diamond painting as you prefer.
Wrap it around a smaller canvas with a glue and staple it around the edges at the back to really hold it down good.
Ultimately, it’s your diamond painting and it’s your decision to have a background or not.
3. Cutting mat - This depends on the size of the diamond painting you will be working on. If you think you’ll buy more and you think that you will be taking on more diamond paintings in the future, then it’s best to buy a much larger one.
Or, you can just use a large cardboard to serve as a cutting mat.
4. Craft knife or box cutter - You will need this if you need to cut your diamond painting down to the right size for proper framing.
5. Ruler - You need a ruler to measure how much of the overlapping diamond painting canvas is needed to be wrapped around the canvas for framing.
6. Glue - To stick the diamond painting into the canvas.
Any kind of glue that can stick a canvas on a wooden canvas.
7. Small canvas or paint roller - This is for pressing down the diamond painting into the glued canvas to spread out the glue underneath.
8. Staple gun or stapler - To secure the edges into the back of the canvas.
Instructions on How to Frame a Diamond Painting
After measuring the size of the finished diamond painting and you have decided how and how much of the design you want to show or display, it’s time to get it framed!
1. Put glue into the canvas: Take your chosen size of canvas frame and begin putting glue all over it. Make sure to put it in evenly all over the surface for coverage and avoid putting in a lot in one place to avoid glue-lumps or uneven surfaces when you stick the diamond painting in.
2. Place the diamond painting into the canvas: Don’t get nervous! carefully place the diamond painting on the canvas with glue, make sure the object of the design is aligned properly into the edges of the canvas if you want proper alignment. Use your hands first to feel out air pockets underneath and carefully press and spread the diamond painting around.
3. Time to get rolling: Take the roller and start carefully pressing your diamond painting into the glued canvas to spread out the glue underneath and evenly spread it out. It’s good to make sure that there will be no lump deposits of glue somewhere underneath your diamond painting to avoid future damage or unwanted lumps in the surface.
4. Trim: Flip the canvas over with the diamond painting properly stuck and see how much extra length you need to trim (or not) at the back for wrapping around.
Fold the extra diamond painting canvas into the back of the canvas and see where you need to make trims to properly wrap it around the canvas.
5. Measure the extra length of the diamond painting needed: Use your ruler and measure how much length of the extra diamond painting overlap you need to wrap it around the frame of the canvas.
6. Cutting the extra diamond painting canvas: From your measurement of how much you would need to wrap around the diamond painting at the back of the canvas frame, together with a hard ruler for cutting guidance, cut the extra length to have an ample amount of length to wrap the diamond painting at the edges of the canvas frame. Do this on all sides.
Create a notch on all sides to easily fold the extra lengths into the back of the canvas frame.
Attention: Always ask for an adult’s help if you are just a kid or you’re not comfortable handling sharp objects.
7. Staple, staple, staple: Take your staple gun or stapler, gently pull the sides (to avoid creases at the sides) and secure the folded edges of the diamond painting around into the canvas frame at the back.
Tip: It’s best to start and staple at the center first and in the ends then on each middle to make sure that your alignment is there and not make any creases (because the glue is already holding the diamond painting into the canvas frame). Make sure that you press the staple into the wooden frame part of the canvas.
Another tip: If you need to make adjustments after stapling, just use a flat head screwdriver and pull the staple at the middle, also use a pair of pliers as needed to pull out the staples.
After stapling your diamond painting all around at the back of the canvas frame, get ready because you will surely be blown away how gorgeous it is!
Putting your diamond painting on a painting canvas frame will surely make it more bold and full of spirit. It will give a lot of dimensions into the diamond painting because of the wrapped around style. You can appreciate the diamond painting wrapping around the canvas as it sparkles everywhere from all sides and view!
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Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on February 01, 2020:
Thank you for an informative article!