Easy painting by numbers, finally a complete guide for beginners!

Easy painting by numbers, finally a complete guide for beginners!

What is painting by numbers?

First of all, let's start with a little reminder of what painting by numbers is: It is a simplified artistic technique adapted to all; ideal for beginners looking for an easy-to-tackle creative activity, involving painting a pre-printed canvas with numbers corresponding to specific colours. So, you don't need to have any prior artistic skills to embark on this adventure. Painting by numbers will allow you to explore your artistic side while offering you a structured framework to create beautiful works.

The advantages of painting by numbers for beginners

Well, the truth is that we are simply talking about an almost childish and fun method that allows you to learn the basics of painting while quickly achieving rewarding results. Painting by numbers kits provide everything you need to create a painting without having to make yourself the list of necessary materials. When you take action, you don't have to worry about choosing the right colours or mixing shades, because everything is indicated by the numbers. This allows you to focus on your creativity and let yourself be guided by the process, without feeling overwhelmed.

Painting by numbers as the first approach to painting: the ideal method for beginner artists

Paint by numbers is often considered the ideal method for beginner artists. By following the pre-printed numbers on the canvas, beginners can get acquainted with different painting techniques, colour mixes and details. This makes it a great way to learn the basics of painting while creating a visually appealing work. Thanks to the guided and structured approach, it allows budding artists to focus on learning and practicing the different stages of painting. It is therefore a reassuring first approach that will allow you to familiarize yourself with materials, brushes, and techniques in a light and natural way. 

Whether you are interested in oil, acrylic or watercolour painting, paint by numbers offers you a practical and playful introduction to painting. It's a great way to discover your artistic talents and develop a creative passion. So, go ahead and let painting by numbers be your first step towards an exciting artistic adventure!

The necessary materials for painting by numbers

Another advantage, which makes this approach even more attractive to novices, is that all the necessary equipment is included in each kit. You will of course find a pre-printed canvas with clearly indicated numbers, brushes of different sizes (to allow you to make precise details or to quickly cover larger areas), and finally the paint pots corresponding to the numbers of the canvas. Some kits may also include other practical accessories such as a magnifying glass, a frame to stretch your canvas, mixing pallets, or detailed instructions to guide you through the process. With all these elements at hand, you will be ready to give life to your masterpiece without worrying about having to choose the materials to realize your work!

Simple and accessible steps

You should know that originally, painting by numbers was specifically invented to allow beginners to be able to paint pictures themselves without having any notion or talent as an artist.

It is with this in mind that modern paint by numbers kits allow you to follow the same approach: after opening your kit, start by preparing your workspace (you will need a flat surface, large and spacious enough, such as a table or a work desk) and gather all the equipment you need. Then, simply follow the numbers on the canvas and apply the corresponding colours with the brushes provided.

Take your time, savour each brushstroke, and let yourself be surprised by the emergence of your work as you progress. Painting by numbers offers you a clear and guided process, allowing you to focus on the act of creation.

Tips and tricks for beginners

When you start painting by numbers, it is important to consider a few tips to make your experience even more enjoyable, according to the feedback of countless customers, here are the three best tips for apprentice artists: 

  1. Keep your brushes clean by rinsing them regularly in warm water and wiping them gently.
  2. Use small amounts of paint at a time to avoid wastage and mix colours to get the desired shades.
  3. Be patient and let each coat of paint dry before adding a new one.

By following these simple tips, you will be able to fully enjoy your painting by numbers experience and create beautiful works.

Common mistakes to avoid 

Even if it remains an easy hobby and suitable for inexperienced people, it is nevertheless possible to make some common mistakes:

  • Be sure to stretch your canvas before you start so you don't have dents or creases that could spoil your brush stroke. 
  • Don't rush and take the time to track the numbers accurately. 
  • Look carefully at the numbers and make sure you don't confuse them.
  • Do not leave your paint pots open, they may dry before you have been able to finish your painting.

Remember that every mistake can be corrected, so feel free to take initiative and add your own personal touch to your creation.

Painting by numbers to encourage creativity 

While painting by numbers follows a pre-established pattern, that doesn't mean you can't express your creativity. On the contrary, try to play with colours, shades and even add additional details to your canvas. Feel free to let your imagination run wild and experiment with new ideas. Painting by numbers can be a great way to develop your artistic sense and create unique variations of the proposed models: even if the principality is to offer you 'boxes' clearly identified by numbers, do not feel locked or confined in these boxes! 

The benefits of painting by numbers for beginners 

Enjoy a moment of relaxation and fun while stimulating your creativity. By focusing on the realization of your work, you can detach yourself from everyday worries and immerse yourself in a state of calm and concentration. Painting by numbers can also improve your fine motor skills, patience, and ability to observe details. It is an enriching activity that will allow you to flourish and develop your artistic skills. In addition to this, it can be both an intimate activity, to practice in a personal moment with yourself, or an excellent hobby to share with your loved ones, family or partner! 

Additional resources for novices: 

If you want to deepen your skills, or simply learn new tricks, or inspire other artists, there are many resources available. You can find online video tutorials (for example on our YouTube channel) that will guide you step by step in the realization of different techniques and give you practical advice. There are also specialized books on painting by numbers, blogs, forums of enthusiasts or groups of amateur artists on social networks! Feel free to explore these resources to enrich your painting by numbers experience.

Going from beginner to regular practitioner

To progress in painting by numbers and make the most of this activity, there is only one simple rule: regular practice! Set regular times to indulge in this creative passion and make sure you don't let too much time pass between one session and the next. Before you know it, you will have finished your first painting, then another ...  Let yourself be inspired by new models and challenges. Painting by numbers is a relaxing and rewarding activity that can accompany you along your artistic journey. 

The more you practice, the more you will develop your skills and confidence. 

So, do not hesitate to dive into this creative universe and discover all the pleasure that painting by numbers can offer you!