How to Paint by Numbers in 6 Easy Steps


Introduction: What is Painting by Numbers?

Painting by Numbers is an art technique where you paint a picture by following numbered dots. It is a fun way to learn how to paint, and can be done with any type of painting media. With the use of this technique, you can learn more about different ways that acrylic paints, watercolors, gouache, pastels and even dye can be applied in different quantities to create your desired artwork.

Step 1: Prepare your Painting Area

In order to paint, you need a clean space and good light. In this section, we will talk about the preparation for painting. You will need a spacious area for your canvas. You should try to choose a place that is clean and comfortable. Furthermore, you should also have good lighting so that you can see all the special details that your canvas has.

The more relaxed and spacious you select, the better, remember that we're setting up an ambience for you to have a very nice concentration, so you can relax and enjoy painting.

Step 2: Unbox your Paint by Number kit

First, you will need to flatten the canvas. You can do this by unrolling it or unfolding it from the tube or package and using tape to paste each corner of the canvas. There is no need for variants with a DIY or Stretched frame.

Next is to match the paintings with the corresponding number from 1 to 24. You can notice that each painting pot has a four-digit number, this is not an error, using the labels match the four-digit number with the corresponding one from the Color Key included.

Step 3: Glass of Water

It can be helpful to have a glass of water and some paper towels nearby—especially if your hands get dirty while painting. It's much easier to switch colors when you rinse the brushes in the water and then dry them off with paper towels, so you can continue with the next colors.

Step 4. Match the Numbers

Start by choosing a color or number of your choice and locate the area to be painted. Depending on the area, whether it is large, medium or has a lot of detail, use the brush that best suits the size and comforts you. Wet the brush with the indicated paint and start painting the area. Once you finish with that area, rinse and dry your brush in order to start with the other colors.

Step 5. Repeat and Enjoy

Repeat this step with each of the paints included in the kit. We recommend that you start with light colors and then continue with darker ones. We add a Reference page in each kit in case you don't remember what color you were painting. The paint that we include is enough to paint up to 2 times the canvas, but if you need more, please contact us, and we will happily supply more.

Step 6. Hang your Painting

Once your artwork is finished, you can use the hooks and screws we provide to hang your painting. It is incredible to be able to decorate your own house and have a unique painting painted by you!


  • Jean Hornung

    I am working on Autumn Railway, I only received paints for 1 through 19 and the missing paints are not shown on my color guide list. Is it possible to get the missing paints? I would also like to buy another full set of paints for this project.

  • Michelle Conover

    I seem to have lost my paint pots and guide for my cat painting, it is 40094, this one. Would it be possible to send me another of just the paint and guide? Thank you so much!

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