Yes, seal your diamond painting if you want it to look the same for a long period. Dust gets stuck in the gaps if you leave the painting unfinished. Diamond paintings can be sealed using Mod Podge, Acrylic fixative sealers, and PVA glue.
Diamond Art painting is hard to make but looks wonderful. Hundreds of tiny Rhinestones are put together to create a masterpiece.
Diamond painting demands skill and patience. This is why such projects need to be preserved for as long as possible.
There are several ways to seal a diamond painting. Each of them suits a specific situation, so it’s not possible to name one as the ‘best’.
In this article, I’ll discuss why you should seal your diamond painting and also, the means to do so.
Should I seal my Diamond Painting before Framing it?
No, you don’t need to seal your diamond painting before framing it. Framing the project is enough to preserve it for a long time.
The glass on the frame should help protect your diamond painting from external conditions.
If you left your diamond painting open, dust and dirt settle in the gaps. Your diamond painting has glue it so the dust settles there easily.
Once the dust settles in the gaps there’s no way to get it out. You can prevent this by framing your beautiful project as soon as it’s finished.
You don’t need to seal the diamond painting using any synthetic sealer. The glass on the frame protects the painting.
Note: Stick a background to your diamond painting to fit the size of the frame. By doing this, you’ll also make sure that the frame doesn’t damage the painting in any way.
What is the best Sealant for Diamond Painting?
Mod Podge can be used to seal your Diamond painting. It fills the gaps flawlessly and prevents any dust from settling in. You can also use Aerosol spray sealant to keep the rhinestones in place.
As you can see, there are two types of sealants, spray-on, and brush-on. Each has its own benefits.
Spray-on Sealant for diamond painting
Your diamond painting doesn’t yellow after a few years if you use Aerosol spray sealant to seal it. The spray preserves it well.
You can use aerosol spray from Mod Podge to seal diamond painting too. There are other acrylic fixatives too in the market.
Brush-on Sealant for diamond painting
Regular Mod Podge, Super Thick Gloss Mod Podge, and Glitter Mod Podge can be used to seal diamond paintings. Some also use regular glue and craft glue to seal diamond paintings.
Diamond paintings tend to turn yellow if you seal them using brush-on sealants like Mod Podge. The brush-on method is more likely to cause wrinkling of your painting.
Can I seal my Diamond Painting with PVA Glue?
Yes, you can seal your diamond painting using PVA glue. The glue fills all the drills and helps keep the rhinestones together.
Tombow aqua glue is available in most craft stores across the US. It can be used in a variety of craft projects.
Your diamond painting might lose brilliance after finishing with PVA glue but the glue preserves your painting for a long time.
You can keep the diamond drills in place by sealing the painting with PVA glue. Spread it on the painting and even it out using a soft brush.
Can you laminate Diamond Paintings?
Yes, you can laminate diamond paintings to keep the diamond grills in place. The diamond painting will be perfectly secured once it’s laminated and framed.
Laminating is one of the techniques to protect your diamond painting. Use high-quality lamination paper to ensure the longevity of the project.
Frame the diamond painting and get it laminated tightly to keep the rhinestones in place. The lamination also helps keep dust away from the painting.
Make sure there’s no gap in the frame. Keep in mind that using high-quality lamination paper is crucial to protect the painting for a long time.
I think a diamond painting uses its brilliance if it’s framed and laminated. It’s better to use Mod Podge on the painting.
How to seal a Diamond Painting with Mod Podge?
The best way to seal a diamond painting is by using Mod Podge. Let’s see exactly how to do so.
- You may wanna use Super Gloss Mod Podge as Regular Mod Podge makes the painting dull.
- You can use any soft-bristled brush to apply Mod Podge to your Diamond painting. Mod Podge sells a brush and it works well.
- Apply Mod Podge gently all over the painting. Keep it aside and let it dry overnight.
- If you want to make it look shinier, spray some acrylic fixative on the painting.
Mod Podge protects your diamond painting from dust and dirt. It also helps keep the rhinestones together.
How to seal Diamond Painting with Elmer’s Glue?
You can preserve your diamond painting by using Elmer’s glue. Let’s see how to do it.
- Shake Elmer’s glue/PVA glue bottle thoroughly before you apply. Check to make sure all the rhinestones are in the proper place.
- Even out any odd rhinestone using the roller. You can place books on the project overnight too.
- Apply Elmer’s glue on a portion of the painting and even it out using a soft-bristled brush.
- Let this painting dry for a while. You can hang it after it dried out well.
Elmer’s glue protects your diamond painting from dust that might settle in the gaps. It also helps keep the diamond drills together.
Precautions before sealing the Diamond Painting
Follow the below guidelines before you proceed to seal the Diamond Painting. This is what I do before sealing my art.
- Make sure all the rhinestones are properly placed as you can’t move them once you seal the painting. Ignore if one or two are in the wrong spot.
- Even out the diamond painting using a roller pin. Roll it over the entire painting. Place some books on the painting overnight if you don’t have a roller.
- Check if there’s any lint/hair on the painting. Remove any such tiny stuff that’s stuck in the painting.
- Wipe off any dust on the painting using a cloth. Be gentle.
Happy Crafting 🙂