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What is Paint By Numbers?

Paint by Numbers is an activity performed by filling in pre-numbered areas on a canvas with matching colors that are also numbered. Paint by numbers was invented some 50 years ago as a way to facilitate people to practice, learn about painting thus starting their journey to becoming artists.

Nowadays, millions of people, children and adults, have experienced and made their own paintings this way. Paint by Numbers has evolved considerably and can be very accessible - in the form of a complete kit including the acrylic paints, paintbrushes, an already framed canvas delivered to your home. It is now a common hobby and a recognized art therapy activity because of its soothing and relaxing effects on people’s mental well-being. 

Paint by Numbers is no longer just a way to try one’s hand at being an artist and painting in order of a numerical system. An outline of a picture or a design is rendered on a blank canvas. Within the outlines are many different shapes of varying sizes, and each has been categorized with a number. The numbers represent different colors, and when looking at the canvas as a whole, it will show you an entire unfinished picture. It’s the painter’s job to paint those shapes according to the numbered colors, using whatever painting techniques he/she deems suitable, with the end result being a complete and colorful work of art. Once complete, it will all come together to look like a professional masterpiece.  

This unique style of painting has helped so many learn the essence of painting, as well as many other benefits. For a lot of Paint by Numbers painters, spending time on completing an artwork reduces stress levels, improves mental health and is simply relaxing. It will give you something satisfying and rewarding to do while offering a major boost of self-confidence in your capabilities.  

The result of a Paint by Numbers kit can impress people as it looks as though an experienced painter has created the entire work. The product is a wall-worthy work of art that people proudly hang on the wall of their home, office or offer as a gift to their friends and family. It is therefore very important to make sure that you pick an art that speaks to you, whether it’s one of the most famous paintings in the world or unique art by talented artists. Remember also to check if the rightful creators are being credited or getting their share of interest by inquiring directly with the artists to stop exploitation of their talents too!