Reported by Angie Backen
When you were a kid, do you remember watching “The Joy of Painting” with Bob “happy little trees” Ross on PBS? I do. I realize that because I do, I’ve just totally dated myself, so if you don’t remember (or even know who Bob Ross is), there’s no need to respond to that question. We’ll just leave it at that. Anyway, watching that show always left me wanting to create some sort of painted masterpiece. I stumbled across the paint-by-number section in the craft store several years later and that feeling came rushing back. Still, I could never bring myself to buy one… until I had children. The paint-by-number kits are a traditional Christmas gift in this household. I’ll admit that I always secretly hoped one of the kids would want me to
do it for them help them with it, but no such luck. They love doing it themselves and I can hardly blame them.
I don’t know why it never occurred to me to buy one for myself but when the opportunity to review a Plaid Paint by Number kit came up, I jumped at the chance. When that package arrived, I was like a kid on Christmas morning! I received two kits: “Night Owl” and “Visit from Santa”. Each kit includes water-based acrylic paints, a pre-printed and numbered 20″ x 16″ textured art board (canvas), one paint brush, trilingual easy-to-follow instructions, and a paint chart.
Additional supplies used: water for rinsing brushes/thinning paint, paper towels, toothpicks for stirring paint pots, and a slightly larger paintbrush for larger areas.
I decided that I would start with what seemed to be the least difficult of the two – “Visit from Santa.” Plus, I could use that as an excuse to listen to some holiday tunes… in springtime. Hey, whatever it takes to set the mood.
I gathered my supplies and was ready to start painting. I glanced over the instructions, which really were quite easy to follow. They were more like guidelines and tips rather than actual directions because the project itself is pretty foolproof. The numbers on each of the color paint pots correspond to the numbers on the canvas board.
The paint pots are all connected and the instructions did say to snip the closed pots with household scissors, but I decided to keep mine together if only to avoid making a mess and having several little pots strewn about.
- The numbers on the paint pots correspond to the numbers on the canvas making this an easy, foolproof project.
- Easy to follow instructions and tips for enhancing your painting with special techniques are included.
- Completing the project leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and a beautiful work of art.
- Only one paintbrush is included and wore out rather quickly. While having a couple of different sized paintbrushes is not required, it certainly is helpful if you have them on hand.
- The acrylic paint is fast drying and requires constant stirring to avoid developing a “skin” and gooping up in the pot.
- This can be a time-consuming and sometimes tedious project and does require a steady hand (and perhaps a magnifying glass) for those extremely tight areas.