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A Rundown: What Exactly Is Paint By Numbers?

Painting is an excellent pastime that has many advantages. As well as allowing you to let your creative juices flow, the act of painting can positively affect your mental health and wellbeing, allowing you to feel more relaxed. Although paint by numbers is an artistic endeavor that people of all ages and abilities can carry out, it is often picked up by newcomers to the wonderful world of art as a way for those interested in painting to learn about it and develop their brush and color skills.

With this in mind, we’ve put together this short rundown of what exactly paint by numbers is.

Who Invented Paint By Numbers?

Paint by numbers was invented by American commercial artist Dan Robbins in the 1950s. Since then, paint by numbers kits have only grown in popularity as a fun hobby that people can do at home.

What Is Paint By Numbers?

The premise behind paint by numbers is simple. A canvas is divided into sections, with each section marked by a number that corresponds to a color. As you fill in each section with its color, a stunning image will appear. There are many different designs to choose from when it comes to painting by number kits. Beginner’s kits contain simple patterns that are easier to fill in, whereas advanced kits feature more complex and intricate spaces to paint and blend. Choose from landscapes, animals, or any scene imaginable. At Just Paint By Number, you can even choose to turn an existing photograph into a custom paint by number kit.

It doesn’t matter what your level is, with paint by numbers, anyone can be an artist regardless of their ability and creative flair. There are many different approaches to painting by numbers, but as a rule of thumb, you should paint one color at a time, starting with the darkest shades first right up to the lightest hues.  

What Do You Get In A Kit?

The great thing about paint by number kits is that they are super convenient. Everything you need to make your masterpiece is provided without you needing to go out and buy any additional supplies.

You can expect to receive the following in your paint by number kit:

  • A brush or brushes
  • Small pots of paint (usually acrylic water-based paint)
  • A printed outline of the picture either on card, canvas, or paper

How To Get Started

Getting started is simple, unpack your chosen kit, lay its contents out neatly with some water at the ready, and start painting! Once completed, you’ll have a wonderful piece of artwork fit to hang on any wall.

If you can’t decide which kit to go for, look no further than our collection here at Just Paint By Number. Landscapes, architecture, animals, and people, we have it all, including custom kits made to your specific needs and desires. If you have any questions about our kits or the best techniques to use when painting them, take a closer look at our blog section or just get in touch with our friendly team, who will be more than happy to help you. Happy painting!

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