Copy of Paint by Numbers - Getting started

Hello future artist!

We created this post so you can have a clear step-by-step guide that will allow you to paint like you were born for it :-)

First of all, as the saying goes, "One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words". Play the video below so you can watch paint by numbers in action:

Now you know why is it called painting by numbers, don't you! Assuming you have your painting kit already, let's get started! If you didn't purchase one yet, we can suggest having a look at our beginners collection or you can even create your own!

Some handy tips before you begin:

  • Find a nicely lit area to start on your painting so you can see your work clearly.
  • Make sure your surface is protected - a plastic tablecloth or some newspaper will work well.
  • Have a container of water close by to clean your brushes in between colors.
  • Also, be sure to have a cloth or some paper towel to dry your brushes in between washes.
Is your painting kit wrinkled?
 
  IRON IT!
  • Your paint by numbers canvas is a high-quality material. Just like clothing, canvases are made from cotton and linen and they can be ironed. You need to be careful not to set the iron on a high heat though – keep it on a mid-range heat setting. You should lay your canvas face down onto a thick towel and mist the back of the canvas lightly with water from a fine spray bottle. You just need to dampen the fabric rather than soak it. Gently iron over the surface, keeping the iron moving, and your canvas will be wrinkle-free within seconds.

    STRETCH AND ROLL
  • If you are a bit nervous about ironing your canvas, then you can try stretching and rolling the wrinkles out. You can do this by placing your canvas face down onto a clean flat surface and mist the back of the canvas lightly with water. Gently start to stretch the canvas out to remove the wrinkles by hand, or roll them out by using a clean rolling pin to roll the canvas flat, applying a gentle pressure as you go. As the canvas dries out, the wrinkles should disappear.

Let's put your kit contents on the table. If you got it from us (we hope so lol) you'll have:

  • Pre-printed numbered 100% cotton high-quality canvas (size 16x20 inches). If you bought a Limited Edition kit it may be even bigger. Make sure you have enough space.
  • Numbered acrylic-based paint set (non-toxic and environmentally safe).
  • Set of 3x paint brushes (Varying bristles - 1x small, 1x medium, 1x large).
  • Hanging kit, including 2x screws and 2x non-track hooks.
  • Optional stretch pine wood frame - purchased separately.

Paint by Numbers kit contents - Canvas by Numbers

Step 1 - Matching colors and numbers

This seems like an obvious step but when you’re painting the numbers matching to the correct colors, try and only paint areas with that color before moving on to the next part of the painting. It is more efficient than mixing, however, the key is to have fun - so do as you wish, really!

Let those areas dry before moving on to another color. Clean your brushes with the water in between, enough that no color runs onto a cloth or paper towel once washed. This will prevent any colors mixing or bleeding into each other. You may need to use a very mild soap with lukewarm water.

Step 2 - Additional Layers

It may take an extra layer of paint to cover the numbers completely - this is totally normal with light colors. Just be careful and take your time so you don’t end up using too much paint.

Another painting tip for your DIY Canvas, is to start at the top and work your way down if you can, working on the smallest areas first, as this will help prevent smudging the paint with your hand!

Recommendations: 

  • The acrylic paints used will dry quickly if left open for too long. Remember to close the paint pot lids after use to prevent the paint from drying out.
  • Made a mistake? If you use the wrong color, let it dry completely. You can then paint over the area with the right color paint.
  • Clean your paint brushes thoroughly before using a different color. Wash your brushes at the end of the day with clean water so you can carry on using them the next day.

Step 3 - Framing your paint by number canvas

If you purchased a frame then it's time to frame your masterpiece. Remember, your painting needs to be completely dry before this step. We recommend letting the canvas dry 24 hours before framing it.

Watch the video below to see the framing process. You can use staplers if you want or just the regular pins provided with the kit. Both will do the job just fine!

Congratulations! You just completed your first paint by numbers! If you feel as proud as we are of you, we'd love you to send a picture at support@canvasbynumbers.com or attach it to your product review!

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