Why Painting by Numbers is a Helpful Approach for Beginners?


Painting by Numbers is a technique where you paint each shape of a divided picture and ultimately the picture emerges as a finished painting. Each shape of the picture is marked with a number that corresponds to a particular color. 

The custom paint by number approach is very simple and formulaic. We believe it’s helpful in getting across the concept that a painting is built up through multiple shapes of color. These shapes often don’t make sense individually, nor look like anything “real”, but put together as a group they create the image.

‘Paint by numbers’ may not be as easy art 123 as one might imagine. Leonardo himself invented a form of it, assigning assistants to paint areas on a work that he had already sketched out and numbered.


What’s in Painting by Numbers Kit?


A Painting by Numbers kit will include a brush, little pots of paint in however many colors you’ll need, and a printed outline of the picture. It may not look like easy paintings to paint, but it should be sufficient paint for completing the picture. You can, of course, always use any compatible paint you already have.


Tips for Successful Painting by the Numbers


The brush supplied is usually a small one, to enable you to number drawing the smallest shapes in the painting. It can make painting larger shapes very tedious so, if you’ve got a bigger brush use this too.

Start with either the darkest color and end with the lightest or the other way around, leaving any segments that have a mixed color (double number) till last. The reason I recommend doing the colors in sequence from dark to light (or the other way around) is that this helps you learn a little about the tone and chroma of colors.


In that way you’ll be able to create your own custom paint by number and convert your photo to paint by number pattern.