How to Begin Painting a Paint by Numbers!

Updated: Nov 9

First time every painting? Don't be nervous to start! You are about to join the wonderful world of painting. We have written a series of 'How To's, find them here: -Choosing the right Paint by Numbers for you -Stretch Framing a No-Framed Canvas -Setting Up your Painting Area Now that you are informed on all of those, 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, a template and our 'Tips and Instructions'. Cup of tap water Rag/paper towel

Where to Start

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). 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.

Actually Painting

You can separate the paint pots by twisting the connection between them and breaking them off.

Resting your painting hand on the canvas will help with controlling your paintbrush while painting. Make sure the paint is dry before putting your hand down though!

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, 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. We both 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

Wash your brush whenever changing colours or finishing your painting session. Do this by wiggling 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 cup of water and 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 (here's what to do if you forget).

* 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.

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.

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