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How to Paint by Numbers: For Beginners

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How to Paint by Numbers: For Beginners

Have you always wanted to paint, but don't have the time or talent? Paint by Numbers is a fun way to create beautiful art without spending hours in front of an easel. In this blog post we will discuss how to paint by numbers for beginners step-by-step so you can get started with your own painting today!

Let's start with the basics. You will need:

  • A Paint by Numbers kit you can purchase here at The Inner Color, which includes a canvas with pre-printed numbers and spaces for colors, paintbrushes, and numbered paints. You can choose one of our pre-made designs or upload your own photo for a custom Paint by Numbers canvas!
  • A water container (make sure it can hold at least two cups of liquid)
  • An easel or angled surface
  • A hard surface, such as a large piece of cardboard, and alligator clips to stabilize the fabric canvas (optional)

Method:

  • Place the Paint by Numbers canvas on your easel or angled surface. If you have a hard surface that can get paint on it, you can use it to stabilize the canvas. Alligator clips work well to hold it in place.
  • Fill your water container with water and place it away from edges. If you have any pets, make sure that they cannot drink or knock over the water.
  • Start by choosing the number of your choice to start painting. In this example, we will use the number "12" as our first color.
  • Use the paint from the "12" paint by numbers container and fill in all spaces corresponding with "12". Continue doing so until you have filled up all spaces for that number. When you are done, the paint should be dry so that it is not wet to the touch.
  • Next step is to paint the next number with a different color on your canvas - hence the name "paint by numbers." You can do this in any order you wish, just be sure not to let one space contaminate another wet area of the painting!
  • If an area has been designated as "finished" but there still needs some work (due for example if it wasn't fully painted), make sure that when continuing your design patterning - such as going from 9-10 or 8-7 - you go back and finish up those missing spaces too.
  • After all of these numbered areas are done, clean up supplies after use. The last thing you want is to have paint all over your space.
  • Remember to change your water container regularly so the muddy color does not contaminate your Paint by Numbers masterpiece.

Paint by Numbers are for everyone - including beginners! If you’re looking to have fun while learning how to paint, this is the perfect activity for you.

Make sure that when continuing your design patterning – such as going from number nine back up to number ten – you clean all of the brushes in between each area so they do not contaminate one another with their leftover color. Once these areas are completed make sure everything has been cleaned properly before moving on; otherwise it will leave behind streaks or smears onto your Paint by Numbers work space due to dust particles or other residue already there. Be mindful of items, people, and animals in your workspace that could potentially get into the paint.

Paint by Numbers is a great type of painting project to do with your kids or grandchildren, as they will be able to help you complete it and then have their very own work on display in their room! It can also serve as an activity for people looking for some sort of hobby that doesn’t take up much space; all one really needs are paints and brushes, which are included in our paint by numbers kits by The Inner Color.

This task could be completed by itself or along side other tasks such as doing laundry, waiting for water to boil, etc. Revisit this article if you ever need a refresher on how to paint by numbers.

For more art forms to explore, shop our Scratch Art or Mandala Kit collections.

 



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