Have you also heard about a painting by numbers and do you want to know more about what it is, what you need for it, and what the best tips are for this? This enthusiast is happy to tell you more about it. Hopefully, you get hooked on it too! Painting by numbers is a kind of coloring, but with paint. If you order a package, you will receive a canvas with numbered boxes that together form the painting. Jars of paint are also included, with numbers pasted on the lids. You guessed it, with the paint in those jars you fill in the squares with the same number. This is how you create a beautiful work of art yourself! You have all kinds of different designs, from flowers, lions, cats, elephants, and other animals, to unicorns and beautiful landscapes. So whatever your taste, there’s probably something to suit you and if you have don’t high-quality paintbrush to use, you can visit for more details.

Also included in the pack are several different-sized brushes, so you can use a small brush for the small areas and fill in the large areas with a few strokes of the large brush. Some luxury packages also contain a frame or other hanging options, so you can hang it up right away. In any case, if you order a painting by number package, you immediately have everything you need to get started. So it’s an easy and convenient way to be creative.

How do you paint by numbers?

Basically, all you have to do is fill in the boxes with the paint. You don’t have to mix anything. But there are certainly ways you can make it easier (and more fun) for yourself! We guide you through your first paint by number package.


Provide a workplace with sufficient light. This allows you to see the linework better and this is also better for your eyes. Cover it with (newspaper) paper or plastic; this way you protect your furniture against paint splashes. Prepare a cup of water and a roll of kitchen paper to clean your brushes. Also useful: take a photo of the canvas. If you (accidentally) paint over certain numbers, you can use the photo to know what to do. Are there creases in your canvas? Just iron over the back and it’s wrinkle-free again!


Work from dark to light. The darker colors give sharper contours, which already give you an idea of ​​what the painting will look like and this can help you with the rest of the painting. But first, finish one color completely and let it dry before you start on the next color. Only open the jar you are currently using to prevent dehydration. In addition, it is useful to work from top to bottom. This way you don’t accidentally smear the paint because you stroke it with your arm. Use less paint at a time than you think you will need. Too much paint can give an untidy result and increase the chance of staining. Prefer to do an extra one. Do you think the layer is not thick enough? Let it dry first and then paint over it again. This gives a better result than thick paints.
Don’t forget to use the different sizes of tassels. You can fill in those small boxes a lot more precisely with that small brush and that large area is less work with the large one.


Water-based acrylics, used in paint by number packs, will feel dry after 10 to 15 minutes, depending on thickness.

Pausing (also during drying):

Clean your brushes well with water every time you want to pause or change color and pat them dry with kitchen paper. Paint dries quickly and it is really a job to get it off your brushes!
Do you still have half-full jars and do you want to stop painting? First, clean the edges of the jars before closing them! If you don’t do this, the drying paint on the edges could stick the lid shut.


When the cloth is ready and you still have wrinkles in it, you can iron it again. Do this on the back. Use only a little moisture to prevent the paint from running through. Stretch the canvas on canvas or frame it and give your painting a nice place in your home.

Is painting by numbers difficult?

How good are you at coloring? Painting by numbers is just a bit trickier, because paint stains more easily, but it’s not that much different. So the basic principle is not very difficult. It’s so hard when you make it yourself. The packs have varying degrees of difficulty, with the higher degrees having smaller boxes and requiring more precision. If you’re a beginner, pick something with a lower difficulty to start with.