Author Lois Winston, she who writes the series about me, recently asked her newsletter subscribers for ideas for the craft to be featured in Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide, the next Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, which will be available in the fall. One subscriber, Jessica Johnson, suggested diamond painting. I’d never heard of diamond painting, so I hopped over to Google to find out about this new craft craze.
The image above is not a photo of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. It’s a diamond painting kit of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which uses tiny rhinestones, not actual diamonds. If it did, the kit would cost quite a bit more than $13.99! But diamond painting is a much cooler name than rhinestone painting.
Diamond painting is being described as a cross between paint-by-number and counted cross stitch, but as I watched the video, I realized it was the grownup version of Perler bead fusing. If you or your kids are of a certain age, you probably crafted with Perler beads at one time. Years ago someone discovered that Perler beads could be used for more than stringing necklaces and bracelets. You could arrange them in molds and fuse them together with an iron to form shapes and pictures. Check out the video.
Perler beads don’t sparkle, though. So another classic craft might also spring to mind is Lite-Brites. However, there’s really no way to make Lite-Brite designs permanent, at least none that I know.
Back to diamond painting, it really isn’t a craft that will work in Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide because there would be no way to include the patterns. One of the limits to including crafts in ebooks and trade paperbacks is that the crafts featured don’t require patterns or charts. How would you cut a pattern out of an ebook? But diamond painting was such an interesting spin on some old crafts from back in the day that it deserved a blog post.