All About Paint by Numbers
PAINT BY NUMBERS: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW 😊
What is paint by numbers?
Paint by numbers is a method of art and a creative hobby that consists of painting on a pre-printed canvas, broken down into a multitude of numbered areas.
The goal is to paint each numbered area (corresponding to a colour) with the associated paint jar, to finally complete a beautiful painting from A to Z.
Over 2000 designs are available with complete kits that include all the materials needed to start your painting experience.
YES, you can paint your masterpiece from home! We make it easy for you!
Paint by numbers highlights the fact that a painting is built from multitude of shapes and colours. Separated, they appear quite abstract, but once all are put together, it takes a whole new meaning.
Painting by numbers makes it possible to learn, from a photograph, to clearly identify different zones, the changes of tones and the variations of colours. This is part of the learning method to gradually create beautiful works of art from a blank canvas. By gaining experience, you will become more fluid in your brushstrokes and easily visualize the different areas from any photo.
Concretely how does Paint by numbers work? Let's look at this numbered design below!
A bit of history about paint by numbers:
Paint by numbers appeared a long time ago. This fun activity was popularized in the 1950s in the United States by artist Dan Robbins, an artist who worked for Max S. Klein's American company Palmer Show Card Paint Co.
On the other hand, Leonard de Vinci was certainly the precursor and the first to model this technique of painting. He is known to have taught painting to his students by numbering some areas of blank canvas to guide his students in choosing the paint colours to use.
Dan Robbins' step was to borrow the basic idea and make the art of painting accessible to all with different designs.
The success was immediate, and Palmer Show Card Co. then developed many adult paint kits.
What is included in a paint by number kit?
Each paint by number kit it contains everything you need to get started:
- Brushes of different sizes, suitable for painting areas of various sizes.
- A linen canvas, the size of which can vary according to the chosen model, numbered to represent the different areas to be painted.
- Little pots of numbered paintings, based on acrylic (dilution and cleaning with water) specifically designed for the kit you have chosen. Each colour has assigned a specific number, that you must later paint on the same numbers found in the pre-printed canvas. (no mixture of colours will be necessary).
- A miniature picture of the expected result, to guide you when painting.
- A suspension kit, including 2 screws and 2 hooks.
How to paint a paint by number?
Once the canvas is unrolled and the pots of paints are near you, how do you proceed? Many people ask this question. It may be tempting to start with an area and try to paint all the surrounding areas in order to finish quickly; However, you have to think about the opening / closing of the paint pots, and the brushes you must rinse with water when changing colour etc.
This is why the method we recommend is to paint one colour at a time, starting with the largest areas, preferably from the top to the bottom. This will also avoid passing your hand on painted and non-dry areas and many brush cleanings! After the first colour, just continue filling the rest of the colours one after the other. Allow one area to dry thoroughly before painting adjacent areas to avoid smudging. Clean the brush after you finish using a colour. Do not leave any blank spaces between the areas, everything must be coloured. If you have a doubt about the colour to use, do not hesitate to refer to the miniature picture of the expected result.
What types of kits are available?
Today, techniques and print quality have evolved and it is now possible to offer many kits of a wide variety.
At Figured'Art you will find a very large choice of paint by numbers kits for adults that will satisfy all your art needs. Whether you love Japanese paintings, dancing, boats, flowers, landscapes of Provence, animals, or even teddy bears, you will always find an option to satisfy your passion. We also offer options for those who would like to embark on pop art, nude painting or the painting of masterpieces such as Van Gogh's starry night.
We also offer dozens of children's painting kits for which we have selected a whole range of simple, fun and colourful styles.
A beautiful masterpiece mounted on wooden frame!
In addition to this, Figured'Art allows you to discover its custom paint kits from your own personal photos. This is how it works: Once we’ve received your selected photo, we use a technique that allows us to analyze the different areas and colours and define the marking of an area on the canvas. After that, we continue with the printing on canvas and the creation of the pots of paints corresponding to the necessary colours.
Whether you want to spend a moment of relaxation alone or with your children, or brighten up your walls by customizing the decoration of your home, enjoy by discovering the experience of our paint by numbers and experience a real moment of pleasure.
Take your time, and enjoy the moment … you are now an artist!