Diamond Dotz contacted me and asked if they could send me their new customized product, and I said absolutely! I was excited to see how this would turn out, and as it turns out – it is fantastic! Diamond Dotz on Demand is now available and they will send you everything you need to create your own custom work of art once you upload your photograph. Rebecca and I love putting all the little stones in their places and I thought it would be fun to see how it all worked out.
The premise is pretty simple. You’ll upload a photo to their website and select a size. The one we worked on is 15 1/2″ (approx) square and the perfect size and detail for my photo. You’ll want to keep in mind for more fine detail and small elements you’ll want to go bigger, as the effect will be pixelated in a sense due to the diamond dotz.
We used this photo of Scrappy and Bandit (cuties!) in the back yard and the process of filling up the Diamond Dotz took us a few weeks working about 15-20 minutes a day each. Some days we worked more, some days we didn’t spend time on it. But it is a really fun craft and a great way to relax and unwind as well.
My tip if this is something you are interested in creating your own custom design would be to remember that the image will be ‘pixelated’ so to speak, so either pick a simpler image or get a much larger scale. Don’t know what I mean? Zoom in on a photo on your computer until it looks blocky or pixelated. Essentially, your image will to some degree have this effect so you will want to select an appropriate size, or a more simple image.
I would also recommend that you think about the background and how that will look, and really select a photo that will translate well. Simple is better than busy, contrasting colors are excellent, and a clear subject and good photo composition all will assist as well. Here is a link to my YouTube video where I talk more about this, and go into the process and show you over time how we brought this to life – and where it hangs in my studio now!
My thanks again to Diamond Dotz for providing this fun craft and memorable portrait of our beloved dogs. If you have any questions, or if you would like to see a future article on photo tips or anything related do let me know!