Paint By Number

How to Paint by Numbers

Paint By Number Tips

What should I paint first?

We suggest starting on the most minor areas of the canvas first. Hot tip: Toothpicks work well for filling in tiny spaces! Then, move to the significant regions later.

Another good tip is to start at the top of the canvas and work your way down. This will reduce the chance of your hand or arm smudging wet paint, as the drying paint will be above your hand.

There are also benefits in painting one number at a time - this helps prevent your paint from drying out, as you aren’t constantly opening and closing various tubs, and it minimizes the amount of brush washing you must do.

Does my paint-by-numbers kit need two coats of paint?

That depends on what color paint you are using. Dark-colored paint might only need one layer, whereas lighter-colored paint may need a second coat. An excellent way to tell if you need a second coat is whether or not you can see the number key through the first layer of paint.

Don’t fancy doing a second layer of paint? In that case, use whiteout to white out the number just before you paint that section. This is an excellent paint-by-numbers hack, which works perfectly! Ensure you don’t white out the numbers too early and forget what colors go where.

My paint has become thick. What do I do?

Always leave your paint pots well sealed so no air gets in. If your paint does dry up, have a few drops of water and give it a good mix (a toothpick is suitable for mixing). Even if your color hasn’t become too dry, you still might like to add a few drops of water, as some people prefer to work with slightly runnier paint.

Should I use an easel for paint-by-numbers?

You don’t need to use an easel when completing a paint-by-numbers kit. But if comfort is your thing and you get a sore back, then we recommend an easel. Once you use an easel to paint by numbers, you will feel entirely professional, and returning to a plain old table is hard.

If you don’t have an easel, we suggest pinning, tacking, or taping your canvas to keep it flat. A good idea is to use some foam board, as your canvas can be easily pinned to foam board, and foam board also provides an excellent flat surface on which to paint by numbers. The other bonus of attaching your canvas to a foam board is that it is easily portable and can be painted by numbers anywhere!

The numbers on my paint-by-number kit are too small to read

Easy fix - take a picture on your phone and zoom in when necessary. This is also an excellent habit to get into. You can refer back to the picture if you accidentally paint over some numbers.

Wash your brush!

Last but not least, remember to wash your brush thoroughly before moving on to a new color to avoid contamination.

Paint By Number Tips

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