Getting started with Paint by Numbers
HISTORY OF PAINT BY NUMBERS
Paint by numbers is an ever-popular hobby among many people and has made its mark in the craft world. Even if you have never made a painting by numbers, you must have heard of it. But what is there to it? The concept is simple, and can be traced back to Leonardo da Vinci teaching it to his students to help them improve their own painting skills. The craft has been popular since the 1950's, when they were first commercially available from the Palmer Paint Company, under their Craft Master brand, and became wildly popular. The concept of the painting kits was presented by Dan Robbins, a commercial artist who recently died at the age of 93.
Now that we have caught up with the history of paint by numbers, let’s get into the technicalities.
What do Paint by Number Kits Look like?
Paint by numbers kits include a printed canvas which guides the painter to use corresponding paints to each number across the painting. The kits come with all the necessary tools and paints required to complete the painting, and only require the skills of the painter and some water to get started on the painting. The paints come in labelled containers, which makes the process of painting easier for the painter. Most kits include a similar inventory of supplies, which include:
1) The canvas.
2) The paints in their labelled container.
3) 3 Paint brushes. (different sizes)
4) A picture of the painting as it should look once completed.
Buying a Painting
The first thing to understand when buying a paint by numbers kit is to know the size and color scheme of the painting. Unless you have previous painting experience, it is better to keep the size of the painting on the smaller side, and not get a complicated painting which include mixing colors. Once you are well-versed, you can choose any painting of your choice, but it is better to stick to an easy-to-do painting in the beginning.
However, our website features over a hundred unique designs in various sizes, and you can choose any painting of your choice from the many categories available.
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PAINTING BY NUMBERS
Painting by numbers require very little previous experience from the painter. All you have to do is get your painting kit out and bust your painting moves. We will go through a step-by-step process of completing a paint by numbers kit.
- PREPARE THE WORK SURFACE
The first thing to do before you start your painting is to arrange all your painting supplies in an orderly manner. Get a couple of water containers to clean brushes in and a scrap cloth or a paper towel to keep brushes on between uses.
- STUDY THE CANVAS
Once you have all your supplies in front of you, take a look at the painting. It is better to decide which colors you will paint in first and which brushes can used for which colors to increase efficiency and make sure that you don’t have to clean your brushes again and again.
- PAINT YOUR FIRST COLOR, THEN RINSE AND REPEAT UNTIL DONE
Start with the color you have decided to go with first and complete painting all its corresponding spaces until you are done. Wash the brush and continue with the second. Repeat the process until your painting is completed.
- PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES ONTO YOUR PAINTING’
Now that you have completed a first coat of paint, you can go back and touch up on areas where the canvas shows through. You can also clean up the edges of the painting for a better finish.
- DRY THE PAINTING
Now that your painting is finished, it is time to dry it properly. While the surface of the painting may feel dry after a few hours, it is better to keep the painting out to dry for a week or so to ensure that it is dry under the surface too.
- VARNISH, FRAME, AND HANG YOUR PAINTING
Once your painting is completely dry, dress it up as you like and frame it. You can also hang it on the walls in your room or keep the painting as a memory. All that matters is that you created a beautiful painting all by yourself.
With our vast experience with Paint by numbers we have compiled a set of tips for paint by number artists.