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Paint by Number Tutorials for Beginners

Paint by numbers we have today is nothing like you’ve seen back in the days! We have so many different designs with various levels of challenges. Our kits take away the scary part of the painting and leaving only the fun relaxing parts for you to enjoy. Begin your first step into art therapy at home. 

Things you would need!

You don’t need to look for much, as all we got you covered! These are what’s already in your kit:

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  • Paint by numbers canvas - Either rolled or framed, this is your main play area. Each enclosed area is going to be identified by a number. This number relates to the color that supposes to be painted there.
  • Paint Pots - Match the color in the label to the area is the canvas!
  • Paint Brushes - We give you four paintbrushes in various sizes to cover different sized areas. But if you are a master crafter, feel free to bust out your fancy artist’s brush!

Another thing you would need to grab from around the house are:

  • Water container - with clean water in them, I like to have a couple of them handy to wash my brush and keep them damp.
  • Tissue paper or old rag - To clean your brush and dry them off between colors.

Labeling your pot!

As you noticed the paint pot may not come with the label of numbers ranging from 1-24 like shown on your canvas. It’s time to do that, please refer to your color guide and use the provided number label to make sure the right colors go to the right number.


Our community member, Melissa, shows us her unboxing and painting process. Along with some nice tips she has for your first painting. This will help you keep your place and enjoy the process.

Where to start from?

To be honest, there is no rule of where to start. Some will tell you to start with your lightest color first, some say dark first. Some advice to start with your largest area first. Whatever floats your boat.

That being said, we tend to start with lighter colors. Since mistakes are easily covered by layering a darker color on top of it. And I usually want my lighter color to dry first since I might need a couple more layers to form a completely opaque painting.

Melissa does have a really good tip on the direction where to go though. To avoid smearing your paint that has not dried, try to move in a direction that prevents you from laying your hand on wet paint.

So if you are right-handed, working from left to right helps. If you are a leftie, working from right to left is best.

Between colors

With 24 colors on most of our canvas, you would need to switch colors often. We recommend waiting for directly neighboring colors to dry first before painting in that area, to make sure no mixing in colors and maintaining a crisps line. But acrylic paint dries really fast so you won’t have to wait for long.

Clean your brush in the water container, give it some swish and dab it on a tissue paper or old rag.

Maintaining brush longevity

Make sure that you thoroughly clean your brush between colors and at the end of your painting session. This will prolong the life of your paintbrush, as it will become unusable if you left acrylic paint to dry on the bristles. This is also true when you are switching to a different brush; either clean it completely or leave it soaked if you plan on using the brush again in this session.

Preventing the paint from drying!

As we mentioned before, acrylic paint dried really quickly. This serves to a nice and smooth painting experience, and they keep their color for a really long time too. But this also means your paint pot can dry up before you finish your painting!

To avoid having your paint pot dry on you, make sure you keep the lid of the pot properly closed whenever you are not using that color!

Keep your spot in the canvas

Sometimes you look away from the canvas for a moment, be it to dip your brush into your paint pot or talk to your adorable pet. And you find yourself not being able to find where you were in your painting and you have covered the number of the area!

To avoid this, you can outline the area first and fill them in as you go, this way you know exactly what area you were working on!

Have Fun!

This painting is for you and your relaxation. Do it the way you want it!

Take breaks so that you don’t strain your eyes and back. Don’t stress too much and remember that your canvas is a judgment-free zone.

For more advanced tips on how to personalize your paint by numbers kit read on our other art tutorial pages!

Tips for Personalizing Your Paint by Numbers

Paint by number is a good way to start painting. We know how a blank canvas can be daunting! Here are some excellent paint by numbers tips to take you beyond the basic steps. Paint by numbers gives you the building blocks to start your art journey so that you can unleash your creativity in a stress-free setting.

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