Paint by number or paint by numbers sets of painting kits with a board on which different light markings to mark areas for painting, and each section has a specific number and corresponding number of paint for use in that section. The kits generally come with small compartmentalised plastic boxes in which the corresponding number of paint pigments is stored. The user places a brush into the box and applies paint to the board according to the number on the paint label. If any areas do not get paint straight away, they can be wiped off with a damp cloth.
The easel consists of a painting surface on which to work, a canvas for holding the paint, brushes for applying the paint, and a storage container for the paint supplies. It is simple to make, and many beginners find it very enjoyable and even a source of relaxation after a hard day’s work. It is an important aspect of any good painting technique. When you paint on a flat surface, there is no need for an easel. The surface and the brushes don’t need supports, so they can ‘hang’ on to the surface, allowing the painter to paint easily and evenly.
Some paint by number kits contain easels with special holders built in, to hold either ten twelve or twenty numbers on a flat surface. A beginner’s kit may have only six numbers on a canvas, but these may be numbered in any way the user chooses. These kits are available from most hobby stores. To make them even more attractive, some companies will cut a picture of a favorite place or character from a card, or print up a picture from a photograph.
Gesso is a medium that give the finished painting a smoother texture and makes the lines between colors less pronounced. It can also be used to create texture on very smooth surfaces, since it is translucent. There are lots of options for gesso before painting, since it can be applied to almost any type of paint. A common question among beginners is what kind of messy to use, and if you should mix it with water. Here are a few suggestions.
Before you answer the question 1, read the directions for mixing your lesson. In the absence of specific instructions, you can mix your own mess; however, if you want a consistent result when painting, it’s best to buy a ready-made lesson blend. For example, if you were asked to paint a canvas with red paint and white ink, you might choose to mix your own red and blue gesso, rather than purchasing a premade gesso blend. Ready-made lessons come in different strengths, colors and viscosities, so it might not be obvious which one to choose.
For beginners, the most important thing to remember is that you need to paint with as much brush stroke as possible, so that the canvas doesn’t have too many visible wrinkles. The biggest mistakes people make when painting with too much brush are to press too hard on the canvas, or to dip their brushes in paint. Dipping your brush is more about dipping the paint into the canvas, rather than making a “line” in the canvas by pressing your brush. By dipping your brush, you’ll create subtle changes in the texture of the paint which will give your artwork a fresher, more appealing look. If you dip your brush, your canvas will appear “flat,” meaning that there are no apparent gradations in the painting.
To create a smooth surface for painting with your brushes, you need to create a paper-towel-like substance from either modeling clay or sculpting wax. Wet the wax or clay and gently roll it over the painting numbers on your canvas, starting with the largest letter. The wax should be scraped away smoothly, while leaving some of the texture intact. Roll the excess material back into the tip of the nozzle. When you have smooth and even sheets of wax or clay, press them onto your canvas with your fingers, lightly pressing on the tip of your fingers to give the finished piece a finished look.
Now you’re ready to start applying paint! Apply one coat of paint at a time, using a single, smooth stroke. If you notice that some areas of your canvas have gone darker than others, it is because you have applied a second coat too many times; in this case, only apply one coat of paint. When finished, give the painting a few minutes to dry before hanging on a coat of canvases that are similar in color.