Paint By Numbers | Ultimate Guide {Step-by-Step}

Do you know Paint By Numbers started in 1923? Don’t you believe? Really we are not lying. It started for the first time in 1923.

Obviously, we didn’t start it but we are now one of the best companies around the world which provide Paint By Numbers Kits for Adults and Kids as well.

But we know you are not here to read about history, am I right? Don’t worry we have given a full tutorial for you to getting started with Painting by Number.

This article is beginner friendly, if you are a professional then you can also have a look at this article and give us some suggestions in the comment section below.

We are splitting this guide in three major sections for better understanding.

  1. Before start working on your kit
  2. Preparing your canvas
  3. Getting started with your kit

~ Before start working on your PBN kit ~

We are writing some must do works before starting your painting. Please follow the below instruction to make your PBN journey awesome.

  • Get a comfortable table or desk for your painting. Paint by number is a little bit longer task, so we highly recommend you to get a comfortable desk for you. Because you can’t paint in a single position for a long. Changing the position will help you to get relax while painting.
  • Remove all the clutter from the table and room. If your room is messy then we suggest you clean it first before starting the painting. Because if your canvas falls off your clothes or something else they can catch some colors.
  • Find a well lit and comfortable room. Paint by numbers canvas has a lot of small spaces marked on it. So we suggest you get a magnifying glass or good lighting in the room. Good lighting will help you to see the canvas clearly.
  • Always take a photo of your canvas. This is a permanent reference for your canvas. Canvas photo will help you to zoom into the canvas and to look back at it if you filled the wrong color in a box.
  • Get a water bowl, a clean cloth or paper towel. Water will help you to keep your brushes moisturised. We highly recommend you to clean the brush every time when you change the color, by doing this you will not mix up two colors and the effect will be better.
Wash The Brushes

~ Preparing your Canvas ~

If you know about preparing your canvas you can skip to the next section. Or if you want to know about it, just stick with us.

We highly recommend you to frame your canvas before starting the painting. Because painting on a stretched canvas is easier than the normal canvas. But it is up to you if you want to frame you can do otherwise you can do without framing it as well.

If you want to know more about the framing you can read our guide on framing paintings.

Painting with Frame

Always use combination of easel stand and table while painting. Because painting only on easel stand can lead us to shoulder and neck pain and only using table for painting can make our neck sore.
So we highly recommend you to use the combination of both.

~ Getting Started with your PBN Kit ~

Paint by numbers was started for kids, to build more creativity in them.
Because it is one of the simplest painting patterns right now.
But now it is more popular in Adults. So let’s get started with our tutorial from the basics.

How to get Started with Paint By Number?

We also have a DIY Frame option with most of the paintings.

Have you heard About Diamond Paintings? We also have an amazing tutorial on getting started with Diamond Paintings as well.

How to Get Started with Paint By Numbers?

Time needed: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Getting started with this art is not a hard task. You will also get a small tutorial printed on the packaging box. But if you want to take care of all of the things then you must follow this step by step tutorial.

  1. Purchase your Favourite Design

    This is obvious that you have to purchase a painting to get started with your journey.
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    We are confident that you will find your favorite design in our store.

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    You simply need to Upload your beautiful photo to get your customized Oil Painting.Paint By Numbers Kit Contains

  2. Opening and Understanding the Canvas

    Once you received your product please open it carefully. It contains a high-quality canvas which has some numbers marked on it. These numbers refer to a color.
    The Color supply pigments and the numbers on the canvas will be the same. So please have a look at the below image to know how to read the canvas properly.
    As you can see in this picture that canvas and pigments both have a number marked on them. So we need to fill up the color corresponding to each number.
    For example, In the picture, we have marked number 14 on both pigment and canvas, which means we have to fill the color in the pigment 14 on the canvas where we have number 14 marked on it. getting Started with Paint By Numbers

  3. Unroll the Canvas

    We have to unroll the canvas on a flat surface like a table or floor to get started. If your canvas doesn’t lay flat you need to roll it back to the other side and then open it again.
    According to our suggestion, you should stick this canvas to a table because of this painting will take time to complete. And working on a table will be easier for you as well.Unroll the canvas

  4. Get all the Accessories on the Table

    This will make your painting process faster because having all the things near you will help you to speed up your work.
    Get all the pigments, brushes and canvas on a single place.All accessories of Paint By Number

  5. Shake the Pigment Well

    Before starting the Painting you should shake the color pigment well Just like cough syrup. This will help to mix the color very well.Shake well pigment

  6. Get Some water in a cup and a piece of Cloth

    We are working on multiple colors. So we need to wash the brushes, again and again, that’s why we need water and to dry the brush we need a cloth or cotton.Wash Brushes

  7. Use the Brushes Accordingly

    We have provided you 3 different sized brushes. Please use those brush accordingly.
    If you have to paint on a small size we suggest you use the smallest brush and if the area is bigger then you can use the biggest brush. 

    Painting By Number

  8. Complete your Paint By Numbers

    This is the final step to complete your painting with the numbers. Fill up the canvas with all the colors marked on it.
    We send some extra colors in pigments to make sure that your color will not go out of stock before the painting is finished.Complete the Paint By Number

  9. Frame the Painting and Hang on the Wall

    Now your painting is completed, this is the time to showcase your work. Simply frame this Painting with the DIY Frame and hang on the wall.
    Paint with Number will take your home decor to the next Level For sure.City in the Night DIY Paint By Number

We hope that you loved our article, How to Get Started with Paint By Numbers? If you have any suggestion or you have any question you are welcomed, Please write to us on [email protected].

We are answering some of the most commonly asked questions for paint by numbers.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to use Gesso on my paint by number kit?

Gesso is a primer for painting canvas to make it smoother and absorbent. Using gesso or not is totally up to you, but we don’t recommend you to use it on our kits.
Because it may smudge your PBN kit lines and make you run out of the color due to more absorbent property.

Should I use Clear gesso or White Gesso?

We only suggest you to use clear gesso because if you use white gesso on our kits it will cover the lines and number on the canvas. Now you will have a simple canvas no marks and lines on it.

How do I stretch my paint by number canvas?

Stretching your canvas is a very simple task simply but a little bit tricky. Please line up the border of the painting before stretching the canvas on the frame.
Because if you don’t stretch it properly you can lose a small part of your painting.

Where to buy Paint by Number?

PaintingsCart is one of the best solution for you paint by numbers need. They are selling high-quality canvas and nature friendly colors for a long time.
If you don’t like the painting you are covered with a 30 Days returns.

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