First time every painting? Don't be nervous to start! You are about to join the wonderful world of painting. If you haven't yet bought your design and still have more questions before you start, find our blog here where we answer more questions!
Although, how do you actually begin painting? Here is how you start...
What You Will Need:
Your Painting by Numbers kit which will include:
-your design printed on canvas
-3 differently sized paint brushes
-paint pots with acrylic paint
-our personally written
-'Tips and Instructions' You will also need a cup of tap water and a rag/paper towel!
Where to Start
You can start your paint by numbers 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). If you are very new to painting, choose a big space to begin with to help you get used to the feel of the paint and the brush.
Check to see which colours correspond to which numbers on the canvas and choose where you want to paint first!
* A magnifying glass helps with really detailed areas or if you wear glasses, you can get clip on lenses to add magnification.
You can separate the paint pots that come in your paint by numbers kit by twisting the plastic connection between them and pulling them apart.
Tip * Resting your painting hand on the canvas will help with controlling your paintbrush while painting. Make sure the paint is dry underneath your hand before putting it on your paint by numbers!
Use your three differently sized paint brushes for different areas for best control. Don't be afraid to switch between the sizes as much as you want!
If you accidently paint over a number with the wrong colour, you can use the template to check what the number was. Don’t worry about making a mistake, you don’t notice them when the painting is completed. I make mistakes all the time and you would never know :)
* Lighter colours may need a second coat. * Take photos of your progress to show to people later!
* If the paint doesn’t spread easily you can thin it with a few drops of water. Mix well before you start painting.
Washing Your Brush
When using the acrylic paints from your paint by numbers kit you will need to wash your brush whenever changing colours or finishing your painting session. Do this by stirring your brush in your water until the paint comes off. You will see the water colour change. If you do this often, you may need to get fresh water.
You will need a paper towel or rag to remove excess water from your brush. Make sure you close the paint container lids firmly to prevent the paint from drying out.
* If you get some paint on your clothing the paint washes off while still wet. However, you may want to wear an old shirt or an apron when painting.
What Should You Do Now?
You're finished! Good job! Celebrate! Take a picture! Show off! Hang your masterpiece of your wall or give it as a gift! *You can use a clear lacquer spray on your finished painting to protect from dust and add a shine to the painting if desired.