Hello, future artist!
We created this post so you can have a clear step-by-step guide that will allow you to paint by numbers like you were born for it :-)
Paint by numbers canvases has small numbers indicating a corresponding color for a particular area. With this, the user can quickly figure out which colors go well together. You don’t even need to be a Fine Arts graduate to paint a masterpiece that can sit right next to Leonardo Da Vinci’s artworks.
As the saying goes, "One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words." Play the video below so you can watch paint by numbers in action:
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 gentle pressure as you go. As the canvas dries out, the wrinkles should disappear.
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.
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. The number should be totally covered as in the picture above.
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!
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 mounting 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!
We really hope this short article was helpful so you can dive into painting by numbers full of confidence :-)
Remember that everyone can paint by numbers. As a matter of fact, when they were commercialized for the first time back in 1951, they used as a slogan "every man a Rembrandt".
- The Canvas by Numbers Team