Blog / 2021 / Diamond Painting: A New Way to Make My Art Yours

June 29, 2021

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The giveaway is simple: become a patron or join my mailing list in the next three weeks to be entered in the drawing! If you’re already supporting my art or receiving my “all the time” updates, you’re good to go. I’ll do the drawing on July 20th and notify the winner!

Check out all the amazing kits available through True Artist Diamond Painting here, along with this review of the fox diamond painting that shows the completed mosaic!

If you’re curious about Crime Against Nature, the book that inspired these images, you can download a free copy here, and my TEDx talk explains more about why art needs to belong to everybody.

painting of a red fox, close up with dynamic brushstrokes
Gwenn Seemel
Outfox (Red Fox)
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches
(For prints and tees with this image, visit my Redbubble shop.)

Almost a decade ago now, I created a book called Crime Against Nature, writing the text based on research I gathered and then also making the paintings to illustrate the science I was sharing through the book. There were 56 images in all, and I made the whole series over the course of ten intense months in 2012, building my paintings up in rich layers as I always do.

Now, a few of these artworks are available as diamond paintings! This is a kind of mosaic paint-by-number that allows you to make a sparkly finished image using tiny diamonds, some wax, and a hollow-tipped stylus.

It’s a funny thing to see one’s art transformed in this way. The work of assigning diamond colors to the different parts of my original paintings is done by professionals who specialize in diamond painting, and then the mosaics themselves are made by the people who love diamond painting.

From the moment that Grace, who’s the owner of True Artist Diamond Painting, approached me about licensing my art for her company, my favorite part of the whole venture—besides, of course, Grace’s emphasis on paying artists properly for the labor it takes to make an original artwork—my favorite part was the fact that diamond painting could make my art feel like it belonged to you just as much as it belongs to me. Because that’s the thing about art: it has to belong to all of us if it’s going to make the world a better place.

If you want to try your hand at diamond painting, I’m giving away the fox image! Details about the giveaway are below this video.

This video is made with love and microdonations from my community!

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