What the heck was it? Well, the explanation in a Chinese version of English made no sense to me in the e-bay sale, as they were (and I quote directly):
1. Open the box and check the diamond draw special tools.
2. View the resin diamond color, arranged in order of coding.
3. Uncover tape drawing above, you will see a lot of symbols corresponding to the color coding.
4. According to the corresponding color coded clamp the corresponding the resin inlaid diamonds.
5. Suggested that one type of the resin diamond one set completed faster.
6. In order to create a perfect diamond painting, drawings put together in one place every row symbols do not have to stay stuck diamonds.
7. To cut a good figure on the drawings hold sorted array mounted to the plane of the material above.
8. Splices need flat against the neat, do not have cracks.
9. after a good fight, the rest of the gap at the glue corresponding symbols of diamonds.
10. To complete a good diamond drawing, put it in your selection of a suitable framework (the restaurant does not provide a framework).
I was intrigued none the less. So I trawled through other sales (mostly seeming to be rather lurid coloured landscapes or cats with sunglasses) and eventually came across one that was in a Luis Royo/Sorayama style (I don't recognise the artist) and ordered it on the off chance it could be interesting. The sale picture was as below:
(it's a link to the e-bay sale photo & may disappear - I didn't wish to break copyright by making a copy)
Well, the package arrived yesterday, and I was quite surprised. It is like nothing I have come across before.
This is the package:
It is a chart printed on fairly tough fabric, a layer of tacky glue put over it, then a peelable surface. The rest of the package is little bags of square pyramidal sequins which you stick in the correct place in accordance to the chart, which is as below with some of the peelable covering peeled back:
To help you, the key gives the DMC colour number of the correct sequins, and the kit provides two triangular dishes and a pair of tweezers. Each little bag of sequins has its own DMC number printed on it and has about 200 in each little bag - I checked and the colours are a pretty close match with the DMC threads I have. The sequins are 1/10" (2.5mm) across. Overall the picture is 300mm square (120 x 120 sequins).
I am intrigued still, but don't have time to start it yet. It is, however, on my 'To Do' list.
Has anyone else seen anything like it?