Paint by Number Paintings - Vintage and DIY
Paint by number (PBN) paintings are paint kits with a printed board of the "scene" you are painting. It has little numbers inside areas to designate paint colors - these numbers correspond to tiny "pots" of paint. If it is painted exactly by the directions you will have a lovely painting.
I had one of these PBNs when I was a kid. I think it was a horse. I'm pretty sure I never finished it. I remember thinking how hard it was to do... all the little lines and then filling in the little lines with paint.
So GUESS WHAT??
I was at a tag sale and I found TWO old paint by number paintings. I'm SO THRILLED with them. I had to share them with you. They cost me $8. for the two of them. How cheap is that?
A bit of history about "paint-by-number" paintings according to Wikipedia: "In 1951 Palmer Paint introduced the Craft Master brand which sold over 12 million kits. This public response induced other companies to produce their own versions of paint by number. The Craft Master paint-kit box tops proclaimed, "A BEAUTIFUL OIL PAINTING THE FIRST TIME YOU TRY." Following the death of Max Klein in 1993, his daughter, Jacquelyn Schiffman, donated the Palmer Paint Co. archives to the Smithsonian Museum of American History."
Then my sister, Carol, found a few also at a local antique/furniture store. Here are the ones she has. I love them so much!!
I might have brightened this one up a bit too much. Oops.
As I was researching PBN painting I came across tutorials for how to make your OWN paint by number paintings. I was thinking, 'why do another tutorial when there are some already out there?'
Here they are:
Jamie at Infarrantly Creative did a fabulous tutorial on DIY paint by number paintings. I love it and it looks fairly easy. You first have to take a picture and then manipulate it in a picture program. I used PicMonkey and it worked great. You could hop over to Jamie's and take a look. It's very easy to follow.
Nikki, at Ambitious Procrastinator, also did a tutorial on how to do Paint by number paintings. She did kitty cats. Cute.
Here is a picture I took and then "posterized" it in Picmonkey.
Once posterized you can clearly see the different colors.
Then you would print out the posterized picture and go to the store and buy little acrylic paints close to the colors on the picture as you could get. You could mix your own paint colors also which would probably be better but acrylics dry up so FAST.
The pattern does have to be somehow transferred to a canvas board (this is the tedious part, people). Jamie or Nikki have that covered so get on over there if you think you'd like to make your OWN paint by number paintings.
OR how about putting one of these vintage PBN paintings on your wall as a MURAL??? I want one. I want to do everything (have I mentioned that?). Seriously, this is cool.
MURALS of Vintage Paint by Number Paintings
After doing a search on Google I found a girl who reproduced a vintage PBN painting as a mural on her son's wall. Katie's Pencil Box. See how she put the numbers on the wall to tell her which color went where?
Tutorial for painting a paint-by-number mural on the wall. HERE
Vintage PBN turned into a mural..another tutorial.. HERE.
Ebay and Etsy are loaded with PBN to buy -
search Paint by number vintage.
If you want to buy some kits to actually paint Amazon has some for sale. They have kid's paint by number kits also. (I will not get any reimbursement for this).... zero... zip... zilch.. dang...
Here are some of the PBNs offered on Amazon.
Does anyone remember doing paint-by-number paintings? Does anyone still have them?
Aren't they pretty to look at? So nostalgic for me..
Best wishes, everyone,
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