Paint by number or paint by numbers are paint kits in which there is a board on which different light markings to mark 'places' to paint, and every room has a particular number and corresponding numbered paint to apply to that room. The kits normally come with small compartmentalised cardboard boxes in which the corresponding numbered paint colors are kept. When a person first receives the kit, the instructions are clearly indicated. However, some kits contain special instructions printed on special plastic labels, so a beginner should always read these.
Some basic equipment is needed for these types of paint by numbers for kids, which consists of an optional painting number brush, scissors, paint brushes, mixing sticks, spray paint tubes, roller brushes, scissors, an eraser and latex gloves. Each of these items can be purchased separately, but sometimes it is more convenient to buy all of them in one kit. There is no need to buy extra brushes or sponges because the included ones will do most of the job. The kit will also contain instructions for the user to follow.
The user chooses one color from a palette on the board, usually a solid color, then chooses the number of colors from the board. A palette is simply a collection of colors. It is usually made of three to six colors. A number of different painting numbers boards are available, depending on how many colors the user wishes to paint on the canvas.
Some kits have a special slot at the top of the slots to keep additional colors in. Others have slots in which small sponge-like sponge bristles can be added for adding color. It is possible to paint with any combination of sponge and paint brushes, or a combination of brushes and sponge. It is not necessary to purchase an assortment of these tools, but it certainly helps to have various sizes and types of brushes and sponges.
Painting with two colors on a canvas requires only one brush. If the area that is to be painted is wide, it is better to use two contrasting colors of paint, so as to make the picture cutout much easier. Otherwise, the brush used should be much smaller than the area of the picture to be painted. For example, if the area is fifty square feet, the brush should be no longer than forty-six inches in length. If the area is a half circle, a single brush will be much smaller than the circle, and still less than one third the size of the circle.
When purchasing a kit, it is always best to look at pictures that have been completed by hobbyists. This gives you the best idea of what materials are needed to complete the project. If possible, visit the site directly so that you can see the completed pictures. If this is not possible, compare photos of completed kits with the ones in the paint-by-numbers kit to get a better idea of how everything works together.
For a very fine border or design, you may use different sized brushes, or different colors of acrylic paint. If you purchase a brush and a bottle of paint in the same package, using the same paint and the same size of brush, you will save money by using two identical kits. However, if you do buy two separate packages, choose different brushes for creating different shapes and sizes of flowers or other items. It is best to choose a brush with soft, flexible hair that is capable of painting in intricate patterns and designs. There are three basic types of brushes: roller brushes, interlocking bristles, and short bristle brushes.
Paint by numbers kits are a great way to complete your artwork projects. They help you develop your painting skills by providing you with pre-crafted, numbered paints that you can use to paint. In addition, most kits come complete with stencils for making stenciled numbers. Kits typically contain instructions on how to apply the paint by using the designated application method. Kits also include various accessories, such as lead strips or sponges, paint stirrers, plastic tubing, and other useful items.