Mosaics, Bedazzling, And Painting With "Diamonds": Similarities And Differences

Some arts and crafts have a way of merging into each other over time to produce a new creative hobby for people to enjoy. You will see this happening quite often, with mixed results. Yet, the craze for something new and potentially fun to do does not seem to stop or slow down the process of merging various crafts to create new ones. Take mosaics, bedazzling, and painting with "diamonds" for instance. Each of these crafts is a craft in and by itself, yet each one shares some similarities and overlap with the other. Each has some differences as well, from what you will see below. 


Mosaics were originally started in Ancient Greece and Rome. People would use little pieces of colored tile to create scenes and pictures on walls and floors in their homes. They would cement these pieces in place with plaster, mud, or grout. Mosaics became popular again in the latter half of the last century, and while some people stuck to creating these works of art with tiles, others used cut pieces of paper, gemstones, pebbles, etc.. Mosaics now overlap with the new trendy craft, painting with "diamonds." 

Painting with "Diamonds"

As you can probably tell, you are neither painting nor are you painting with real diamonds. The "diamonds" in diamond painting kits are faceted bits of resin, which are then color-coded to coordinate with the colors and numbers on your kit's "canvas". Using tools from your kit, you apply adhesive to the backs of the "stones" and affix them to their designated places. Some kits already come with the "canvas" glued up (i.e., there is a sticky layer of adhesive all over the preprinted design paper). Then you just place the correct "stones" to the "painting" to create your crafted work. The result is a very sparkly item you can frame and hang on a wall. This new craft takes its inspiration from mosaics and the "bedazzler." 


A hot trend craft in the late '70's and '80's, this craft would affix faux gemstones of all sizes and all colors to anything wearable, from jean jackets to your favorite sneakers. The machine would punch and press special metal "jewel" settings through the cloth, and then press and close the prongs of the settings around the fake gems. While an instruction book to create projects was included in these kits, you were free to create your own "bedazzled" wearable art using the tool and additional bags of "gems." 


If you are interested in learning more about one of these hobbies, check out a company that provides kits for one or all of these activities, like Diamondxpres.