It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about diamond painting. In fact, it’s sadly been a while since I worked on my diamond painting – I’ve been caught up in so many other things in my free time.
I’ve meant to get back to working on the project I started over the holidays. I even picked up a new art desk a few months back just to have a diamond painting station separate from my PC desk.
Thankfully, I ran across this new app that has got me working on my diamond painting again!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried to keep a log of the diamond painting projects I completed. I’ve moved the pages a few times – once from my Sygnus.org blog to my Tumblr. Then I was considering moving them again to a Neocities site (I might still finish this).
Over the weekend, I ran across the GemsFlow app. Now that I’ve been using my Samsung tablet for exploring many apps that my tiny little iPhone has no room for, I hopped right into this and found it exactly what I needed in terms of keeping a personal diamond panting log.
So you can enter each diamond painting as a new project in this app. You can record things about it like the size, how many colors were in the kit, where you got it from, when you started and finished it, and a rating of how much you enjoyed it. If you want to do things like log hours, you can do that too.
You can also upload several pictures – such as in progress shots that you’ve taken of the project along the way.
Creating an optional account allows you to connect your data to the cloud where you can sync your logbook across several devices. This is a nice feature, though for now, I’m mostly interested in keeping it on my tablet.
GemsFlows as a company selling diamond paintings (including customs) is not one I’m familiar with. There is a storefront within the app, but I’ve never bought from them before. I might give one of their customs a shot somewhere down the line, though!
In searching, I did find another diamond painting log book app out there called AliDiamonds. I did download this and look at it a bit – it seems to be connected with AliExpress (a Chinese storefront that offers a huge number of diamond paintings).
When I first started diamond painting, I did order some from AliExpress. Though once COVID hit, getting non-essential imports from China closed down real fast, so I started turning towards more local options.
Diamond Painting shops in the US tend to be more expensive overall. However, the quality of kits from overseas can be a little iffy and they can take months to finally deliver.
When buying diamond paintings from US shops, you generally know that the cost goes into the quality of the kits you get. Also, many US shops work with the artists they feature within the kits and ensure the artists get a rightful royalty from the work.
So, all that to say that I’ve not purchased anything from AliExpress in over a year. And the AliDiamonds app, while it seemed to do about the same thing, also had ads strewn through it on top of a marketplace. This turned me off and made me settle on GemsFlow, which doesn’t have ads that I’ve seen.
I’ll probably still keep a log online because I just like having one out there to point to for those who are curious. But as a personal log, I’m happy to have a tablet app that I can pull out anytime and anywhere of my diamond painting projects.