Painting by numbers is a great way to spend some time engaging in an artistic hobby that also allows you to relax and enjoy the time that you spend painting. It is one of the most popular arts and crafts hobbies across the whole world and loved by many for its extraordinary charms. however, doing paint by numbers is pretty straight forward, there are many tips and tricks that will help you take your paint by numbers art to the next level.

We hope these 15 tips help you get better at painting by numbers and increase your enjoyment of the hobby.

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  1. GETTING RID OF THE CREASES

If your paint by numbers canvas gets creased, don’t worry, this is a pretty normal thing given the material of the canvas. While there are other ways of getting rid of the creases, a sure way to get the creases out is to iron the canvas right side down (Make sure not to use too much water on the canvas as it may smudge the numbers printed on the canvas.)

Iron the Canvas

  1. COVER YOUR WORKING SPACE WITH NEWSPAPER OR PLASTIC

Paint by numbers is not a messy hobby in itself, but it never hurt anyone to be careful. Covering your working surface will be a great help in case you spill water and for keeping the paintbrushes on the surface when switching between numbers.

Use Old Newspapers

  1. GOING FROM TOP TO BOTTOM

Some painters face the dilemma of a smudged painting and cannot explain what the issue is. This can be a result of painting without a pattern. It is best to go from the top of the canvas to the bottom to ensure that you are not going to smudge your painting, although some people suggest going number by number, starting from the biggest to smallest and waiting for each to dry before starting the next.

Painting from Top to Bottom

  1. USE FLOW-IMPROVER TO THIN OUT PAINT – WATER WORKS TOO

Acrylic paint is bound to get thicker as it dries and a lot of painters find it difficult to work with the paints when this happens. A simple solution to this is to put a few drops of water into your paint until it reaches the required consistency, but if that doesn’t work out you can also use paint thinner to get the job done. Voila! The paint is now ready to be used.

Thin Out Paint

  1. USE A FRAMED CANVAS TO ELIMINATE CREASES

This is an excellent tip, especially for beginners. The frame around the canvas ensure that it stays tight and does not get creased. It also helps the canvas stay put, and allows you to focus more of your energy into working on the painting itself.

Framed Canvas

  1. USE ACRYLIC SEALANT TO KEEP DUST OFF

Acrylic paint sealant will not only give your painting a beautiful finish of your choice, but it will also keep dust and grime from sticking onto the painting and increase the life of the painting. Make sure to wait at least a week after the painting is done to make sure it is completely dry, even from under the surface.

Use Acrylic Sealant

  1. CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES AS YOU GO

Acrylic paint is thick and dries off pretty quickly, which makes it a huge pain to get off of brushes. Make sure all your brushes are completely clean of the paint as soon as you are done using them, so that the paint does not get stuck to them. But if it does, the next tip will be very useful for you.

Wash Paint Brushes

  1. USE PAINT THINNER TO CLEAN BRUSHES

If paint gets stuck to your paintbrushes and dries out, the brushes can get clogged. To clean out your brush, pour the paint thinner in a container and soak the brushes for half an hour to an hour. Take them out and wash them with water to get rid of the thinner. Your brush should be good as new.

Use Paint Thinner

  1. USE WHITE PAINT TO FIX MISTAKES

White paint is your best friend in case you make a mistake and fill in the wrong color in the wrong box or if your colors or to clean out the edges of the painting. It can also be used to enhance the colors by applying a coat of white paint under the paint.

Use White Paint

  1. USE LESS PAINT THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED

A lot of the times, the spaces to be filled in are very small and intricate, and using more paint than you require can end up messing up your painting. Take small amounts and add as you go instead of taking a lot of paint together.

Use Less Paints

  1. CLOSE PAINT POTS WHEN NOT IN USE

As mentioned before, acrylic paint can dry out easily. So be sure to close the lids of your paint pots when they are not in use to keep them fresh longer.

Closed Paint Containers

  1. USE LEFTOVER PAINTS FOR OTHER PROJECTS

Use the leftover paints from your paint by number kits to create fun projects such as abstract painting or make painted birthday cards for your loved ones. The possibilities are endless.

Use Leftover Paints

  1. USE VARNISH TO GIVE A FINISH TO YOUR PAINTING

The uses of paint varnish have already been discussed, but using paint varnish will increase the aesthetic quality of your painting. It will be more pleasing to look at, and you have many options to choose from.

Use Varnish

  1. TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE CANVAS

A lot of the time, once the canvas is painted over, it is hard to remember where certain numbers end. This can be a problem if you want to go through a second coat or clean up the edges of the painting. Taking a photograph of the canvas, sans paint will help you go back to it for reference in case of any problems.

  1. HAVE FUN WITH YOUR PROJECT

Last but not least, a great tip that actually needs to be reinforced time and again is to try to have as much fun while creating your painting by numbers as possible. That is the whole purpose of the craft, and will make you feel much better at the end of every painting session, while improving your painting skills.