19 Problem Solving Paint by Numbers Tips

19 Paint by Numbers Tips you just can not afford to ignore before you start your first Paint by Number Canvas. These tips will definitely save you from throwing your kit in the bin because you did not know how to do it the correct way.

  • Buy a Kit with Frame
  • Keep the work area clean
  • Start from the Top
  • Start from the Background
  • Close the paint pot lid after using
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
  • Use water for better flow
  • Take breaks - Enjoy Art
  • Use nail polish to clean your brushes.
  • Don't use up all the paint before the painting is completed.
  • Use a wet piece of cloth
  • Buy a professional set of brushes
  • Give a realistic look to your painting (Use blurring)
  • Use clear gesso
  • Take a Photo of Your Canvas before you Start Painting
  • Use White pencils to to hide numbers/lines
  • Iron your canvas to get rid of wrinkles
  • Use flow-improver 

Paint by numbers is on the list of 100 best hobbies of the century. It's a creative way to spend your free time and have fun. You can paint for fun and relaxation, but also to enjoy the pleasures of painting regardless of your age or level of expertise. It is the perfect first step for beginners to learn the art. You only need to fill the numbered spaces on canvas with the respective color. All Paint by numbers has hundreds of ready to painting kits you can choose from.

Paint by Numbers Kit

Beginner Paint by Number Tips

  1. Buy a Kit with Frame

It is better to work on a framed canvas so that the canvas stays tight while you work, and you are not likely to create creases on it. Most of our kits have a frame option. If you buy our standard size 40X50 cm painting and there is no frame option, you can buy the frame here

Framed Canvas for Paint by Numbers

  1. Keep the Work area Clean

It's useful to cover the area where you plan to work with old newspapers to keep it clean. The colors are not very liquid and the risk of dirtying up the place is not that high. Yet, having a clean and tidy location will help you focus on your work and avoid being distracted by splashes and stains.

Paint by Numbers Painting Tips

  1. Start from the Top

Start from the top of your painting canvas and continue downwards to avoid any smudging. If you are left-handed, it's better to start from the top right corner, while if you are right-handed start from the top left one. In this way, the risk of smudging will be minimal.

  1. Start from the Background

Paint one color at a time, preferring darker colors. These are usually part of the background and will help you create an outline which will give you the general idea of the picture you are about to paint. As soon as you finish with the background, continue with the smaller areas.

DIY Paint by Numbers

  1. Keep the Brushes Clean

Clean the brushes every time you switch from one color to another of your paint by numbers canvas. The paint dries very quickly and will ruin your brush if you do not wash it immediately. You can prepare a bottle of water and a brush-cleaning bowl. Wet towel is also very helpful for cleaning brushes. Choose one from 1500+ unique designs from paint by numbers home now.

DIY Painting Kit

  1. Pay attention to the Paint

Be sure to close the paint lid when you are not using it, as it may dry out quickly. If the paint dries, you can try adding water to restore its creamy texture.

Paint by Numbers Paint & Brushes

  1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

If you fill in a number with the wrong color, you don't have to worry. you can wait for the paint to dry and cover the surface with the correct color. If you still see the wrong color below, try covering it with another layer of the correct one.

  1. Do not Overdo

You do not need to use a lot of color for each section of your canvas. Don't take a huge amount of color as the canvas may not absorb well the excess color and this may cause smudging.

  1. Take a Break

If you are new, just know that you don't have to complete it in one go. Do it in parts and you will enjoy more every time. Don't be hurried, whenever you feel like it's taking a lot of time; tell yourself that it took Leonardo Da Vinci, 7 years to complete Mona Lisa.

Expert Tips

Tip # 1: Clogged Brushes

The paint comes in the kit of paint by numbers are acrylic paints. This thick paint usually gets stuck in the brush once they are dried and does not come out easily. That eats up your plenty of time to remove it. Grab nail Polish thinner and dip your brush in it just for few seconds. The clotty color will leave hairs of the brush quickly without any hassle.

DIY Painting Tips

Tip # 2: Don't hesitate to use water

I would suggest you not to use the color directly on the canvas. AS I have told you this paint is thicker, it is better to add a few drops of water in it before applying to make its consistency according to your need.

Paint by Numbers Paints

Tip # 3: Wet piece of Cloth

Let me tell you a secret here. Your brushes require to be cleaned frequently while painting, use a wet piece of cloth instead of paper towel. Paper towel wear off quickly as compare to wet piece of cloth. It will help you to remove the residuals of the paint from the brush quickly and effectively.

Paint by Numbers Brushes Cleaning

Tip # 4: Be comfortable with the brushes

Sometimes it requires little effort to work with new brushes, although the brushes' comes in the kit works well. But I would suggest; if you have your own familiar brushes then use them instead because the control and comfort it gives you. If you are a painter, then you must know what I am talking about when it comes to using new brushes.

Paint by Numbers Brush Kit

Tip # 5: Art of blurring

If you like to give the background or the corners of the picture a blurry look, then the best way to do is to stroke the painted color over the other near color on the canvas with the help of a clean and dry brush, or you can use your finger as well.

Tip inside tip: Use a Retarder if you want to slow the drying time of your paints for better blurring.

Tip # 6: Purpose of three brushes

There are three different sizes of brushes you will find in the kit. Each one has a different job to do. The big, medium and small brush are used for softness, sharpness, and crispness, respectively and for large and small areas. However, you can use them as per your need, but keep in mind not to paint all the parts with the single brush. Nonetheless, you can buy 10 pieces of brush set of a variety of sizes from us as well.

Paint by Numbers Detailing Brushes

Tip # 7: Use of translucent

If you are a beginner, you might have some difficulty painting on the canvas, though the canvas you buy from all paint by numbers, is of extremely good quality. However, to avoid any inconvenience, apply gesso translucent on the surface of the canvas. It will give slightly textured and ready-to-adopt paint touch to the canvas. Further, it will give a look of a matte finish as well.

Here is how you can make your own Gesso:

Tip # 8: Be clever

Oh, you will love this trick guys. Bring out your smartphone and take a full picture of the canvas before it gets painted. This will help you to check out what number was associated in a particular section before it was painted, in case you forgot. Or you can zoom the picture in your phone to see the tiny numbers in the tiny section, in case you can't see it properly.

Time for mother of all tips

All the tips and tricks are useless until you are not emotionally, physically and mentally ready to paint. Build a passion for art in yourself and be comfortable and relax. Feel the first stroke of the brush like a feather on your nerve and try to blend your emotions with the lovely colors, then only you can master the art of painting fully and effectively.

11 comments

  • I have done so many wonderful paint by numbers large one’s that I don.t know what to do with them all. I love this hobby I love art but drawing takes time and I like to paint most so painting is not easier but more fun and its paint by numbers for me. But unless you know how to stretch the canvas yourself best buy your picture framed and ready stretched.

    Jane Bailey
  • I’ve just found what I was looking for. These pictorial tips are very handy that anyone can adopt paint by numbers art. You’ve made my day.

    Janis McMahon
  • I bought my 1st paint by number kit and also a 36 Arteza metallic acrylic and the set of 60 acrylic colors to use in place of the provided paint pods. I notice that the paint by numbers show through to muck on the canvas. Will making the besos and applying it first help cover the numbers better. Thank you. Awesome video.

    Sharon white
  • These painting tips are helping me to work like a pro. Using a paint by numbers kit was never so much easy before.

    Nellie Green
  • Paint by numbers is a really fun activity. These wonderful tips have made it easy to work better.

    Debra Mariotti

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