10 Paint by Numbers Tips and Tricks

I've compiled some helpful tips and tricks that may help make your experience more enjoyable. Please note, however, that there is no right or wrong way to paint! I want you to enjoy the experience and increase your overall well-being above all else.

  1. Don't be afraid to make mistakes! The only requirements for paint-by-numbers kits are being able to draw inside the lines and being able to draw outside the lines.
  2. You may find it easier to paint after attaching the canvas to the frame (if applicable). If you don't, you can also tape it down to a table or foam board and stretch the canvas a bit to keep it flat.
  3. Our paints are acrylic and therefore water-based. A few drops of water will help keep the paint watery to be able to paint with ease while keeping brushes from drying out.
  4. Take good care of your brushes by washing the paint off when switching colors and drying with a paper towel. While each kit comes with 3 brushes, however, we recommend more detailed and higher-quality brushes which can be purchased as an add-on at a discount.
  5. Beginning with darker colors will help you see your picture come together. Some people may also prefer going at it one section at a time.
  6. An additional layer of paint may be required to completely hide the number underneath, especially for lighter colors (don't be afraid to go over colors more than once). Alternatively, you can use white-out to help hide the numbers.
  7. Take a picture of the canvas with your phone to refer to later for those smaller hard-to-see numbers and numbers you will have painted over. You can also purchase a magnifying glass to help see small numbers on particularly detailed pieces.
  8. Some of the pictures on our site will have more "impressionist" looks because there is no blending. Please be mindful that for these detailed pictures, the paint-by-numbers version will not look the same.
  9. If you'd like to blend, we recommend using an acrylic retarder to slow the drying time of the paint; this will help on paintings that look more detailed. However, we do not recommend this for beginners unless you're comfortable practicing with this technique. With that said, here's a tutorial on blending techniques with acrylic paint.
  10. Take breaks! Don't feel the need to get it all done in one sitting, this is not a race. Your painting will come out beautiful regardless how long it takes to complete. Breaks will help rest your eyes and your posture will thank you for it!