Today I’ll go over our step-by-step instructions for how to get started with a paint by numbers.
Step one:choosing a location
One of the first thing that you’ll need to do when you get paint by numbers kit is to determine the location in which you’ll painting.
It's important to find somewhere comfortable. It’s also important that the space be clean and free of distractions.
For me,it’s helpful to have somewhere I can leave the painting since it generally takes about 10 to 15 hours to truly complete a full paint by numbers canvas.
Step two:gather materials
Next it’s time to prepare your materials. There are several components that are included in every kit including the canvas,a few paint brushes ,paints and a tiny little postcard which has essentially what the painting will look like when it’s done.
But every painting is unique and yours will be unique to you. So this is good to use as a reference guide,don’t be upset if yours doesn’t turn out exactly like the postcard.
You will need two cups of water,one for clean water and one for dirty paint water,as well as paper towels to dry up your paint brushes.
Step three:prepare your canvas
Next we’ll prepare the canvas. Canvas are often made out of cotton or linen. They are a fabric material and not paper. This is important because when the canvas is shipped it’s usually sent rolled and you’ll have to unfurl it and occasionally iron it. This may sound a little concerning to you at first because of course you don’t want to ruin your canvas.
But bear in mind that this is going to be made out of cotton or linen and so it’s perfectly safe to iron.
The canvas that I’ll be using today has been sitting out for a few days. So I won’t need to iron it. But I’ll stretch it out as far as possible-using tape.
Pull the canvas taut and apply tape to all four corners. At this time you may also consider putting tape around the borders of the canvas so that you don’t accidentally paint in the white area of the canvas.
Of course this choice is up to you.
Step four:prepare your brushes
At this time I’d like to prepare my brushes. It’s a good idea to take a look at them evaluating whether or not they have any stray hairs.
To make that easier I like to dip it in water and take a closer look. There is a distinct clump of brush hairs off of this brush that I will need to cut. Using any pair of scissors you can do this with your brushes.
By this way you will be able to precise and won’t have to worry about your brushes messing up your painting.
Step five:evaluate paints
Now we’ll evaluate our paints. In many kits ,there’s anywhere from 1 to 24 paints sometimes more and in this case less, we only have 20.
Some people like to go through each individual paint and determine whether or not the nature of the paint is transparent or opaque transparent meaning you can see the canvas after you paint it or opaque meaning that you can’t see any of the canvas after you paint.
I’m going to show you a quick trick for how you can prepare your paint so that you’ll know what’s opaque and what’s transparent. And this will help you speed up the process in the future while you’re painting.
I have grabbed a sharpie and I’m going to make a list from 1 to 20 of all the numbers on the side of my canvas.
Now I’m going to go through each of the corresponding paints and see if the paint covers up the sharpie. If it does ,I know it’s opaque and if it doesn’t I know it’s transparent.
As I open up the number one paint you might notice that it’s particularly creamy. I like to mix my paint with a little bit of water from my clean water cup in order to it more easily spreadable on the canvas.
Now I’ll paint over the number one to be that looks to be opaque as it’s covering the entire number.
Between each color I take the dirty brush ,rinse it out in dirty water and then dab the extra color off on my paper towel.
Then I’ll re-wet my brush in the clean water and move on to paint pod number two. I will continue this process until I find a number that’s transparent.
As you will see number seven is the first number that we ran into that has transparent paint. This means that when you find a number seven spot on the canvas, it won’t wrap the number and it won’t the lines on the canvas.
So what do you do? In the middle of the canvas, you’ll see a tiny number seven. So I know that if I paint over that with the number seven color, I’ll still be able to see that.
I am just going to take a tiny spot of white out cover up the number seven and then paint over it. It is important to be ready to pain it after you cover up the number with whiteout because otherwise you won’t know what the number is.
I would also like to point out that I would not normally start this process with a color so light. Lighter colors are not quite as forgiving a darker colors. So they usually come a little later in the process.
For now, on the number seven paint pod , I’m going to write a small ‘t’. Now when I reach a number 7 on the canvas, I’ll know that it’s not a opaque color and I need prepared with my whiteout.
Step six:start painting
Now it’s finally time to start painting,but you’re probably wondering where to begin. It’s up to you,you can start wherever. My major advice would be just don’t start with the super translucent colors or anything white.
I usually start with the darkest color that I have. So for this painting I will probably be either this green or this red.
And I’ll go from the top left all the way down to the bottom right with that one color. And then I’ll go next darkest all the way down to the bottom right with that color and repeat.
The reason why I start on the top left is because I’m a right-handed. When you’re painting ,you can get your hand in the paint if you start down.
If you’re left-handed just reverse it-start at the top right and make your way down to the bottom left.
Now as you’re painting, you might not even know how to hold the brush. But don’t worry,as you become more proficient, you’ll start developing techniques and brush strokes that are unique for you and work for your artistic endeavors.
However when you’re first starting out, it can be easiest to use just the tip of the brush in the paint. And then use the tip of the brush to paint.
It will help you with precision and staying in the line.
As you look on your canvas you may notice that some of these spots are very very tiny. So small in fact that using a brush might be impractical,just feel free to also use a toothpick.
I hope this article helped you out on knowing where to start and where to go.