SET UP YOUR SPACE
- Find a comfortable space with good lighting
- Set up your easel and mount your canvas on a foamboard or DIY cardboard (not necessary for round paintings)
- Fill a cup or jar with warm soapy water to clean your brushes with, and a second cup of warm water to rinse the soap out. Keep a rug or paper towels on hand for drying them flat.
WAYS TO APPROACH THE
- It's easy! Just match the numbers on the tubs to the ones on the canvas and start painting.
- Random: Feel free to randomly pick areas and colours you are drawn to. Just be careful not to smudge wet areas!
- Sections: Paint from left to right if you’re a leftie, or vice
versa for right handers.
- By numbers: Complete one entire number/colour at a time
before moving systematically to the next
PAINT AND FLOW
- Paint by numbers can be a calming and relaxing activity which enables the painter to loosen up and achieve mindful awareness
- This is your 'Me Time'. Put away the phone, put on some music, make yourself a cup of tea (or pour a cheeky glass of wine), let go of any perfectionist tendencies, and just paint.
DARE TO EXPERIMENT
- Once you have finished with your painting, take a creative license and make it your own. You can do this by blending, scumbling, glazing and using mediums to create different effects. There are plenty of articles and YouTube videos to help you get creative.
- Don't be scared about making a mistake. Think of it as a learning process, and remember that if you make a mistake, most of the time you can just cover it with your leftover paint.
SHOWCASE YOUR ARTWORK
- For soft canvases you can purchase a large picture frame (try Kmart or Spotlight for an inexpensive option), or alternatively you can also purchase DIY stretcher bars. Pick the perfect spot in your home or gift it to your loved ones!
- Another option is to purchase a large art folio to keep all your finished pieces. This way, you can go back and look at your artistic improvements over time.
Donate! Some also choose to donate their paintings to nursing homes, child care centres, libraries, or wherever else that accept a beautiful painting to brighten up a room.
- The kits come with 24 paints in total which are separated into rows of 6 colours. Some painters find it easier to cut them to each tub or groups of twos/threes, so they can be held easily.
- A lot of paint can end up in the lid of the tub so scoop this and mix it back into the rest of the paint in its tub. If you leave it on the lid it tends to dry out quicker, and we don’t want that!
- Make sure brush is dry before dipping into the tubs and only dip the tip of the brush into the paint for small areas for better control when painting small sections
- Be patient with yourself! A PBN project will take hours, even with the most seasoned pros. Step back at intervals once you’ve finished a few colours to get a better idea of the bigger picture – it can take quite a few sections or colours to be completed before things start to take shape.