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Paint by Numbers: Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Nov 4, 2021

Alright, to start off you are going to want to purchase a paint by numbers kit. Already have one? Great! Let’s get started. Although painting with these kits may seem easy peasy, everything has a way to go along right? First timers can still have problems with finishing their kit. We will now move on to part of the post you are here for. In these tips and tricks for paint by numbers, we would try to cover most of what you should know before you start.

Which is A. Fulfilling the main purpose of painting B. Finishing the painting in a professional manner. C. Making sure you finish the painting without any disasters.

Here are some pro tips you should keep in mind before you start your paint by number.

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To start it off, you are going to want to plan to use the darkest color in your canvas first and then slowly move to your lightest color. Meaning move from darkest to lightest in a sequence of the color’s effects. It will enable you to understand the composition of colors in a better way. You can see how the colors affect one another. What is the impact of dark colors on the light ones?

It seems like an easy step but is important indeed. While painting, try to paint all areas that point towards the color in your hand. It will lessen your confusion regarding using color and there will be a sequence of painting. When you have finished all the parts then let it dry. Clean your brushes first then move towards other parts.

Another great tip to keep in mind as you go along is that toothpicks are a great way to get into the smaller hard to get right places. Toothpicks work well for mixing colors as well as filling in the very small areas of the canvas. So before starting just grab a couple and keep them close by just in case.

Also, while working you want to make sure to use the right amount of paint. It can be easy to try and be frugal and end up not using enough which will cause your painting to have streaks and maybe even have white spots showing through. You also don’t want to use too much, your painting will come out very clumpy and you will have a bigger chance of smudging.

Close the paint cup when not in use to prevent them from drying. Otherwise, with an open lid, the paint can be dry and it will be useless for you. While not necessary, you can cover your paint by number with the light coat of clear acrylic sealer.

Sometimes during painting, suddenly your hand may touch the painted area that is still wet, a mess starts over there. Your effort can be ruined due to small negligence. To avoid it, first paint the topmost area of the canvas and then paint the lower area. Due to this precaution, chances of smudges are reduced.

If you have completed one part and are moving on to paint another one then please wash the brushes first. After washing the brush, then you may start a new part. It will help to give your canvas a fresh texture because no color is mixing with it. It is the original one.

If you want a better result than before applying, let the previous one dry. The time taken by an area to dry depends on the thickness of application. So be patient and let the first part dry after it you can paint the other one.

A peaceful place is the best place to paint. In peace, we can concentrate in a better way and it helps to focus on the theme of the painting. Together with a peaceful environment, the place should be bright and you should have the magnifying glass with you with paint so a small area cannot be neglected. So make sure to find somewhere that you will be calm and happy to paint in.

In the end you really just want to have fun. It’s easy to get caught up in the do and don’ts of painting but I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, it’s okay to mess up. Don’t worry yourself too much over any of the little stuff. If you like the end result and are happy with your work then that is all that matters! Good luck on your paint by numbers journey!

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