I can honestly say that I’ve never used a Paint By Number kit before, which is surprising with the amount of craft kits thrown my way growing up! When the opportunity came up to review one of these great Plaid Paint By Number Kits I jumped on it, and here’s why. I have a confession to make, I am not an artist! At least not in the painting and drawing sense of the word and, trust me, I’ve tried! I’m great at putting things together, but not so great with the brush. But, whenever I’ve been forced to try my hand at painting, or even just painted chipboard letters, I’ve always found it very relaxing, even though the end result was not so cute. So, Paint By Number seemed like the perfect project for me!
The more I thought about the Paint By Number kit heading my way, the more excited I got! So, by the time “Goldfinches” arrived at my doorstep I was ready and raring to go! Each set comes with the numbered canvas board (think canvas texture on a sturdy board) a sheet of close-ups of different sections of the board in case you can’t read a number, some helpful instructions, the pots of paints and a brush.
After ogling the contents of the box, getting a little freaked out about how small some of the numbered sections were, and dutifully reading the directions, I got myself all set up on the living room couch with some TV on DVD, some water and all my goodies. The only additional things you need are a little bowl of water to clean your brush, some scissors to cut apart the paint pots and an old dishtowel or rag to dry your brush on.
I decided to start at the top left corner with the largest area possible, the sky. I really liked how the paint goes on. These are super easy to use acrylic paints and they dry very quickly, so you really don’t have to worry much about smearing your work, but you do want to be careful that you are smoothing out your coat of paint before it starts to dry, or else you run the risk of turning out a little lumpy bumpy.
Unfortunately, when I was almost completely through hour 2 of painting, I realized that I had been painting the the wrong number with the wrong color for the bulk of the hour. Oops! I freaked out a little and then put my big girl pants on and attempted a cover up with the correct color. I was really pleasantly surprised with how well the correct paint color (dark aqua) covered up the incorrect paint color (dark grey.) phew!
After that little mishap, painting went really well for a whole bunch of hours. I did learn some little tricks like stirring my little paint pot with a flat toothpick every now and again, and also being sure to clean my brush often, even when using the same color, to avoid a chunky brush. I still remained a little freaked out by how I was going to paint the tiny bird feather areas with my brush, but decided that I would save those until the end and just cut some bristles off the brush to make it a little more manageable in those tiny areas. I do think that an extra brush or two, maybe in a couple of different sizes would have been helpful if included in the kit.
This thought definitely rang true partway through hour 6 when my one and only paint brush came apart! The brush top did fit back on so that I could continue painting, but it was a little annoying to keep pushing it further on every 20 minutes or so.
As someone with a previously confessed lack of painting ability, I decided to stick to the basic act of painting by number, but the enclosed directions do provide you with some great instructions if you want to delve deeper with some painting techniques like: sponging, stippling, streaking, wash, feathering and dry brushing. I still might get a little brave and layer on some of these techniques when my paint by number is totally covered.
I am very impressed with how great the painting can look even with just the basic painting techniques! It was really cool to see it coming along.
I am very impressed with how awesome the painting can look using just the basic paint by number technique! This is my painting after 20 hours of work. It was definitely way more time consuming than I initially thought that it would be, but very relaxing, so I didn’t really mind the time passing! I had a lot of fun painting while watching DVDs or hanging out with friends. It does take some concentration, but nothing too crazy.
- Instructions teach great painting techniques in very plain, easy to understand terms.
- Hours and hours of painting for a really awesome price. Definitely a lot of bang for your buck!
- Relaxing, fun and can definitely be done while catching up on your DVR or having a conversation.
- Paints are really easy to use and have really great coverage.
- The brush broke after 6 hours of use.
- A couple of brushes, possibly in a couple of sizes would have been really helpful