Sounds kind of juicy, doesn’t it? Well… get ready for my thoughts about my secret Paint by Number project. Woo Hoo! Now just what were you expecting? You know my blog is rated G. Come on now. Let’s get started!
It was hard to get started on my project. When I looked at the bazillion, tiny spaces to paint, each with a minuscule number that required coke bottle glasses to see, I felt overwhelmed. And I was working on my dollhouse and well, living a life. I was also concerned about the logistics. Where would I paint? I didn’t want to have to be in the basement; yet, I didn’t want to have to set it up and put it all away frequently. Eventually though, I was concerned that if I didn’t get started soon, the paints would dry out, and I’d be up that famous creek.
So, got started I did. I decided to use blue painter’s tape to adhere the canvas to a foam board (from the Dollar Tree). This was a great decision logistically. I could paint at the kitchen table, the action center of our home, and easily put the project away on top of the refrigerator between sessions. In addition, having the canvas on a foam board allowed me to turn the canvas easily should I need a different angle when painting.
I learned after the fact that some people iron the canvas before starting. This is probably a good idea; although, not critical as mine turned out okay even without this step. I had wondered, when starting out, if I would need better brushes than what came with the kit. However, the three brushes worked just fine; I did use the tiniest brush most of the time.
The great debate in PBN (Paint by Number) Facebook groups is whether to paint by sections or in numerical order. I chose numerical order. Less washing of the brushes, and it gave me a sense of progress. During my sessions, I would often listen to podcasts, and I found it to be very relaxing. It helps to be patient, to not think about how much is left to paint, and to focus on painting the current section in an exacting manner as much as possible.
All went well with my PBN until the end. The last two colors (19 and 20) were mislabeled. So, I painted the white sky, green and the green tree, white. I should have noticed the issues earlier, but I didn’t. I follow the rules. Right off that proverbial cliff. My first indication that something was amiss was when the tree in the background was hardly visible. The second indication was that my fall scene looked like it was under a serious tornado warning. Not just a watch, mind you.
So, I repainted the green, white and the white, green. Then, I decided to give the tree in the background similar colors to the other trees. And then I painted over the stark white sky with a blended warm white color. In the end, I was pleased with how the painting came out, and I have the bonus of knowing, even though it is a Paint by Number production, mine is unique in all the land.
I decided to mount my masterpiece on the Dollar Tree foam board, the same board I had used throughout the project. My PBN’s home is now in our beloved travel trailer, displayed on the bottom side of our Murphy Bed which is visible anytime our bed is up and put away. I had seen on Facebook, many put beautiful pictures from a place called “Limitless Walls” on the underside of the Murphy bed. I very much like how these look, but I like my display better. Plus, I only spent $1. For the foam board. Which I used for two purposes.
Would I do another Paint by Number? You bet I would. However, I want to add, “Not for a while.” I would also like to add that when and if I do another paint by number project and I take a photo after each session, I will stand the painting up vertically when taking the photo. I took all the photos with the painting laying on the table which skews the view. I appreciate all the compliments on the painting’s slideshow despite my rookie mistake with my amateur endeavor. Y’all are good people.
One other reason why I don’t want to do another PBN right away is that I have lots of other interests. My family. My hobbies. Walking. Traveling. And oh yea, I got that dollhouse waiting for me. And that my dear reader, paints the scene for some upcoming posts.