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Frequently Asked Questions

Go With the Flow Art's most FAQ. Be sure to email us if you have any other questions!

What are paint by numbers?

Painting by Numbers consists of a canvas with the design of a picture printed and ready to be painted. In order for the painter to know how to proceed, the canvas is marked with numbers that correspond with individually numbered paint pots. The painter fills in the areas using the numbers and lines as a guide and ends with a beautiful painting resembling the original picture.

What are the shaded areas on the canvas?

Some designs have a shaded area to make it easier for you to see where you need to paint. There is a paint pot dedicated to this area with either a circle or a corresponding number that is written on your template.

Will I run out of paint?

The colours rarely run out. If they do it is usually due to an air bubble entering its way into the pot during the manufacturing process. A good way to minimise running out of paint is to only double or triple coat over any visible numbers rather than paint over the entire area again. Contact us if you need help at

What do I do if I run out of paint?

Do not stress! If you happen to run out of paint then you can simply use another colour that you already have that is similar.
Otherwise, you can experiment with mixing colours! For example if you run out of a light blue when painting a sky you will most likely find another blue that you have that you can add white to to make it match the colour you are mixing! If the shades are a little bit different you won't notice on the finished painting.

What do I do if my paint is too gluggy?

Add some water to the paint pot and mix together to make the consistency easier to work with. Mix into the paint pot lid if you want to use smaller quantities.
Don't forget to close the lids firmly when you have finished painting!

What if I mess up?

It is VERY easy to accidentally paint over the lines or to start painting the wrong colour. This is why you have a template of your painting to refer to if any accidents occur. If you do use the wrong colour just wait for it to dry and paint over with the correct colour as indicated on your template. You won’t notice when it is finished, trust us!

What is the difference between a Hand-assembled Stretched Frame and Factory-assembled Stretched Frame?

Hand-assembled Stretched Frame:
These were made by us when we were unable to access the Factory-assembled Stretched Frames due to COVID-19. Therefore, the line-up of the design with the frame is not as precise or neat as the Factory-assembled Stretched Frames.

Factory-assembled Stretched Frame:

These are made in the factory with precision technology. 

What do I do if the border of the print doesn’t match the side of a stretched frame?

Sometimes the borders of the design on the Hand-assembled Stretched Frames do not quite reach the side of the frame. This is an easy fix though! Simply paint the gap with the closest adjacent colour/number or paint in your own border. 

Where is the best place to paint?

If you have a No Framed canvas we recommend pinning your canvas to a corkboard that you can take with you whenever you need around your home. Otherwise, Blu Tacking your canvas to a wall or door works very well.
Paint in an area that is calming and relaxing for you. You may like to listen to some music or listen to TV in the background.

Will the painting be too hard to complete for a beginner?

We are very aware of individuals wanting a certain difficulty level. This is why we have individually gone through each design and taken photos of the unpainted canvas for you to look at.
Once you have selected a picture you like, click through the images in the product page to see the photo of the canvas design. From here you can decide if you would like a more or less complex design to match your confidence and ability :)

How should I start painting?

There are many ways to start.

  • You could eeny, meeny, miny, moe what colour to start painting with.

  • If you are right-handed you could start painting from the left side to the right side or vice versa if you are left-handed. This is the best for resting your hand on the canvas and not smudging any wet paint.

  • You could start with number 1 and continue until you feel like switching to number 2 and so forth.

  • Do a mix of all these options.

What can I do with the painting when I have finished it?

There are many options including:

  • Show casing your beautiful artwork to anyone and everyone by hanging it up on your wall and posting it onto social media (be sure to tag us :) ).

  • You may like to get your artwork professionally framed (you can do this with frame or no frame).

  • Painting by Numbers are also wonderful sentimental gifts to give to a loved one.

  • A clear acrylic lacquer spray will help add shine and protect your painting. You will find this in any art store.

  • Visit our website to start a new one ;)

How long do these take to complete?

This depends strongly on your painting skill and the complexity of the design you have chosen. Therefore, these paintings can take anywhere from 8-20+ hours to complete. Painting by Numbers should be relaxing so do not worry about the time you are taking!

What do I do if I accidentally get creases in my canvas? 

Creases can sometimes occur through the canvas being folded for too long. If the canvas becomes creased before you paint you can iron the unnumbered side with a medium heat iron (use spray setting). You can also put a damp clean cloth on the canvas and iron over it on a higher setting. Don’t iron the canvas once you have started painting. Pinning the canvas to a cork board will also help stretch it out if needed.

What can I use the leftover paint for?

You may like to add your own individual touches to your painting. For example, an extra cloud or more detail into a flower, or you can store them away and use them on your next painting.

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