| So you've just received your first paint by numbers kit and you're feeling overwhelmed. Not to fear, we can help! With paint by numbers kits, you can create beautiful works of art to display in your home, even if you’ve never painted before.
All kits conveniently contain the same three basic supplies needed to complete the project—a pre-printed canvas, pots of paint, and paintbrushes—so you’re ready to get started right away. Be sure to find a reputable company with lots of reviews on their website…..all canvases are not created equally! You want to find a company with high end linen canvases with paint sets that are calibrated by computer (rather than those you have to mix yourself!).
Types of Paint
The most important thing to know when choosing a paint-by-number kit is what type of paint is included. Some companies provide pre-mixed paints, meaning the kit contains all the colors you need to paint. If the product description does not say the paint is pre-mixed, that means you must mix the paints yourself, combining different colors to get the shades you need. Pre-mixed paints are easier to work with, especially for beginner painters, but some artists prefer to mix their own. Be sure to read the product description carefully to make sure the type of paint is what you want.
Before you pick up your brush, examine the design to decide which colour you should start with first. You want to start at the top of your painting and work your way down. This keeps the drying paint above the side of your hand as you work and prevents smudging.
Other Tips & Tricks
Whether you’re a paint by numbers expert or taking up this craft for the first time, here are a few tips and tricks to get the best results: