18 Problem Solving Paint by Numbers Tips

18 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.

Paint by numbers is in 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.

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 frame option. If you buy our standard size 40X50 cm painting and there is no frame option, you can buy the frame here

  1. Keep the Work area Clean

Its 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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 its 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 get stuck in the brush once they are dried and does not come out easily. That eat 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.

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 few drops of water in it before applying to make its consistency according to your need.

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.

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 good. But I would suggest you; 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.

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 clean and dry brush, or you can use your finger as well.

Tip # 6: Purpose of three brushes

There are three different size of brushes you will find in the kit. Each one has a different job to do. The big, medium and small brush is 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 variety of sizes from us as well.

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 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 of 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.