Guess what? I just hit you with the Inspiration Hammer of Crafting. BOOM. You are now inspired to revive an old throwback craft, are you ready? It's Paint by Numbers. But it's not your Grandma's Paint by Numbers (do Grandmas do PBN? We're calling it PBN now). This is a revival of a revival craft. We're reviving the revival. How are we doing that, you ask?
Well for starters, we're using better paint. Acrylic paint, to be exact, and not the cheap and thinned out kind that comes in the PBN box. Because let's be honest, using that paint is like using a watercolor, and as much as I love watercolors, they are not very good at concealing little blue lines and numbers. Ya dig? So step one is to go pay $4 for like 8 bottles of acrylic paint from the craft store. It can be even cheaper if you use a coupon, which most chain craft stores have nowadays. I hate the word nowadays.
I had some paint on hand, but I went out and bought 4 more bottles for some of the other colors. I didn't, however, have one bottle per color in the package. Because I IMPROVISED and used some good old creativity to mix some custom colors of my own! Check out this "before" of how the PBN was turning out as I began with the supplied paint:
What is with the neon orange horse? Really? And that paint was so thin and obviously showing blue numbers behind it, it would've taken 4 coats just to get some coverage. The problem was I wasn't supplied with much, and a lot of the spots asked for mixtures of 2 colors (23/32 for instance), so I knew I had to be conservative in order to not run out of paint. Instead of being conservative, I wanted to schlop on the paint. Because why not, I like painting. Enter higher quality acrylic. Now here's where the painting was heading:
Much better, right? Thank you. The only problem with using custom colors is, I had to really remember some of my mixture formulas in order to finish the project. If 23 was going to be a mixture of orange, brown, and white, I had to remember the proportions when I got to the 23/32 spots.
The best part about this, though, is that it doesn't have to be perfect! If you like the way it looks and you think it conveys the image it is supposed to convey, then who the heck cares if one 23 is lighter than the other 23? No one likes a critic. Especially a critic who specializes in PBN, because that's silly. PBN is supposed to be for people who don't know how to paint.
Join in the Paint by Numbers fun! The packages are only about $6.99 depending on the size, unless you use a coupon like me and you get it for under $5! I am thinking about splurging on a $12.99 one as soon as I have another coupon. So, tell me--are you inspired?