5D Diamond painting is a relatively new art and craft. The craft is being heralded for its calming benefits. A cross between cross-stitch, embroidery, and paint by numbers. The results are achieved by placing colored diamond beads or drills as they are called on to a sticky canvas that is broken down into color-coded sections to match the original image, rendering the results in a beautiful 5d diamond masterpiece. The 5D refers to the number of facets on the diamond drill used. These kits are normally full drill kits since the entire canvas will be covered in diamond drills.
3D diamond painting is almost identical to 5D diamond painting but instead of using a bead with 5 cuts on each facet of the bead, it uses a diamond drill with 3 facets on each side of the bead. 3D diamond painting is normally used in smaller kits or trial kits. 3D diamond painting kits were extremely popular at the start of the diamond painting crafting craze.
Simply put it is the number of different facets on the diamond drill's surface. 5D diamond drills have five facets on each of the sides, for fifteen facets in total. Creating a very shiny and in-depth appearance of the diamond. 3D drills have three facets on each side of the drill, for nine facets in total. The 3D and the 5D simply describe the number of facets per side of the drill. 5D diamond painting is normally the preferred and higher-end style of diamond painting.
This is a question that can only be answered by the artist working on the project. I will tell you that most diamond painting kits utilize square diamonds by default. It is the preferred diamond painting style by about 70% of diamond painting fans. That said, most diamond painters will work on any style kit. So which kit is best for you? I would start with a square kit, then try a round diamond kit and see which kit you prefer working with. It can be difficult to really enjoy both as most crafters like to keep and store their leftover diamonds, so it is best to pick the main style, but not mandatory. I highly recommend doing both and enjoying both as your love for the DIY diamond art.
A full drill canvas means that the entire canvas will be covered in diamonds when you are finished. A partial drill canvas will have areas that are left in their original paint color. The partial drill canvas is sometimes seen as a beginner version of the craft or is used in a really large canvas when diamonds are just applied sparingly. For most of us, full drill kits are the way to go. You should always look for full drill as a partial drill is sometimes sold as samples or trial kits.
Once you are ready to begin diamond painting, allow yourself to relax and enjoy the craft. Many crafters are enjoying the calming effect of diamond painting. Your diamond artwork will take shape right before your eyes as you apply the diamond drills in a step by step manner. Similar to paint by numbers, you will see the DIY diamond art take shape right before your eyes. Time seemingly flies by in a relaxing focused manner. Many crafters are raving about the therapeutic nature of painting with diamonds.
There are many options when buying your first paint by diamond art. You will need to choose the size of your canvas, a beginner should choose smaller sizes to start. Typically, they would be 20cm to 30cm in size. This allows you to choose a kit that will let you complete it in less time and learn the nuances of the craft.
You will also select round or square drills, the most popular is square drills but every crafter should at least try both and see which one they prefer. You will always want to select full drill when starting out, partial drill kits are sometimes used as a gimmick to get you to buy them. So when possible, always look for full drill kits.
Then unwind, relax and enjoy creating some beautiful artwork.