If possible, we recommend you find an area where you can leave your Painting by Numbers ready to go each time you feel like painting.
Desk or stand up easels work well.
If you don’t have an easel and your Painting by Numbers is unframed you can use a cork board to thumb tack the canvas to, or you can use Blu Tack to stick your canvas to the wall or back of a door.
You will need a cup of water and a paper towel or rag to remove excess water from your brush. Acrylic paint is water based.
If you get some on your clothing the paint washes off while still wet. However, you may want to wear an old shirt or an apron.
Check to see which colours correspond to which numbers. Choose one colour/number.
If the paint doesn’t spread easily you can thin it with a few drops of water. Mix well before you start painting.
Choose a big space to begin with to help you get used to the feel of the paint and the brush.
You can start wherever you want although if you need some direction we recommend that if you are right-handed start in the top left-hand corner and work your way across. Go the opposite way if you are left-handed.
Lighter colours usually won’t cover the number with one coat. Paint over the number only for the second or third coat to save paint.
Don’t worry about making a mistake, you don’t notice them when the painting is completed. We both make mistakes all the time and you would never know :)
A magnifying glass helps with really detailed areas or if you wear glasses, you can get clip on lenses to add magnification.
Wash your brush off when changing colours and when you have finished for the day. Remove excess water with the paper towel or a rag.
Make sure you close the paint container lids firmly to prevent the paint from drying out.
Let the areas you have painted dry.
Repeat with a new colour until you have painted as much as you want, rinse your brush and continue with another colour.
You can use a clear lacquer spray on your finished painting to protect from dust and add a shine to the painting if desired.
Painting by Numbers are very detailed and will take several hours to complete.