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How to Use a Diamond Painting Pen for Beginners?

Written by Robert S. Brown / Fact checked by Helen B. Harris

how to use a diamond painting pen

Are you new to the world of diamond painting and wondering how to use a diamond painting pen? Don’t worry. It’s a straightforward process that anyone can master with a little practice.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of using a diamond painting pen, from loading the pen with diamonds to applying them to the canvas.

You’ll be ready to create your dazzling diamond painting masterpiece by the end! Let’s dive in.

Step-by-step to Use a Diamond Painting Pen


What to prepare


  • Diamond painting pen kit: The canvas, diamonds, and tools.
  • Diamond painting pen: a single-placer pen or a multi-placer pen
  • Wax
  • Diamond drills container and tray
  • Hobby knife/scissors/craft knife

Step 1: Place your canvas on a level surface


Choose a flat and level surface to work on, such as a table or desk. When the canvas is laid down flat, it’s easier to ensure that each drill is positioned correctly.It also helps the diamonds adhere to the canvas, preventing them from slipping off or shifting.

Step 2: Coat the tip of the pen with a bit of wax


Select the color you want to apply to the canvas and pour a small amount onto the tray.

Gently shake the tray to allow the beads to enter the grooves so you can pick up these drills easily.

Then, press the tip of the diamond painting pen onto the wax. Make sure to apply enough pressure to pick up a small amount of wax onto the pen’s tip. Check to see if the pen’s tip has enough wax on it to stick the beads.

Step 3: Pick up and apply  the diamond to the canvas


Press down on the waxed pen to pick up the diamond. Make sure it adheres to the wax. Then, press the tip that holds diamonds onto the canvas to ensure it’s in the correct place.

Repeat this process, picking up diamonds and applying them to the canvas one at a time.

Afterward, refill the pen with diamonds and wax and continue. 

Note: You can use the multi-placer pen with multiple ends to take multiple drills at once. However, if you do this for the first time, let’s stick with the single-tip pen.

Other tips

You should remove a small part of the protective backing at a time, uncovering only the area where you are going to work. This will prevent the exposed adhesive from accumulating dust or debris, which might affect the adhesive quality of the canvas.

When doing a diamond painting, it’s best to work on one color at a time. This helps you avoid mistakes and keep focused.  You can also sort the diamonds by color and complete each color section on the canvas before moving on to the next to prevent mixing up colors.

What is a Diamond Painting Pen?


A diamond painting pen, also known as a pen applicator or diamond drill pen, is a tool used in the art of diamond painting.

It is designed to pick up and place small, faceted diamonds or resin rhinestones onto an adhesive canvas to create a sparkling and colorful picture.

Different types of diamond painting pens are available, including no wax diamond painting pen (drill wheel pick-up, single-tip or multi-placer tip pens) and refillable wax pens.

How does a diamond painting pen work? All types of the diamond pen have a pick-up tip that can grab a single diamond or multiple diamonds at once.

Once the diamonds are picked up, they are carefully placed onto a certain color on the canvas.

The pen’s tip is gently pressed against the diamond to secure it in place on the canvas.

Tips for Choosing the Right Diamond Painting Pen


When choosing a diamond painting pen, it’s important to consider your personal preferences and the specific needs of your project.

Below are the different types of pens depending on your needs:

  • Single placer tip pens: Like the automatic diamond painting pen, this standard diamond painting applicator has a single diamond pick-up tip. You can use it to dip the tip into the drills, then place it gently onto the adhesive canvas.
  • Wax Pen: This pen features a small wax container available in the pen that helps the diamonds stick to the pen tip. 
  • Diamond painting drill wheel: This jewel art pen can pick multiple drills at once. Simply roll the wheel over the tray of diamonds and pick up several beads to place them on the painting.
  • Multi placer diamond painting pen: This pen can pick up and place multiple diamonds in a straight line, increasing speed and efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I clean my diamond painting pen?


  • Step 1: Wipe off any excess wax or residue from the tip with a soft cloth or tissue. If you are using a wax pen, make sure to remove any excess wax from the container as well.
  • Step 2: Fill a small container with warm water and a mild soap solution. Dip the pen’s tip into the solution and gently swish it around to remove any remaining debris or dirt.
  • Step 3: Rinse the pen with water to remove any soap residue and pat it dry with a soft cloth.

How long do diamond painting pens typically last?

With regular use, a diamond art pen can typically last for several months to years. You can use diamond painting tools for a long time with proper care.

Keep your diamond painting pen clean and dry after use to prevent rust or damage. It’s best to store it in a cool, dry place to prevent deformation or warping.


How to use a diamond painting pen? Using the right pen for your needs, apply wax and press the pen on the canvas, and then you can do the painting process smoothly and quickly.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or new to the craft, with a little practice and patience, you can create beautiful diamond paintings that you can be proud of.

Remember to take care of these diamond art tools properly so you can use them for a long time!

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