If you are looking for a way to improve your painting skills, the right kit can help. Here is how painting by numbers can develop creativity.
Dreaming of being an artist? Picturing yourself in an English garden with an easel and a glass of wine? Is there one problem- you have no idea how to paint? Pft, minor detail – paint-by-numbers Kits Are here.
A paint-by-numbers painting is a specially designed kit that includes a canvas with numbers indicating which colour should be used for a particular section. The kit includes a corresponding numbered paint to use as well as different size brushes. When each section of the painting is correctly filled in with the indicated colour, the result is a stunning piece of art.
The beauty of painting by numbers is that it does not require the painter to be a professional artist, even though the final result may suggest otherwise! Fool all your friends into thinking you’re a gifted artist!
Paint by numbers is a great hobby for adults or kids of all ages. Who knows – your kids may even paint something that actually looks good on the walls?! Paint by numbers drawings can vary in complexity. So, if you are buying a kit for young kids, choose a paint by numbers with less small details to paint. Either way, paint by numbers is a wonderful outlet for artistic creativity.
Did you know Painting by numbers is also good for you? Some of the creative benefits of painting by numbers include developing motor skills, perfecting brush strokes, and teaching patience. Paint by numbers is also relaxing, helping the brain to get some much-needed time out. Let’s also get super nerdy about it and look at the history of painting by numbers kits…
Creative Benefits of Painting by Numbers
Painting by numbers is great fun and to boot, there are many skills that can be learned and honed.
Develop Motor Skills
motor skills refer to a learned ability to cause a predetermined movement outcome with maximum certainty. For example, hitting a tennis ball with a racket, bouncing a ball and catching it, and even driving a car!
It's the body's ability to manage the process of movement using the:
- Nervous system
So, just like hitting a tennis ball with a racket, getting your paint in exactly the place you want it, requires motor coordination. Navigating a paint-by-numbers kit, matching up each section of the painting with its corresponding paint pot, and ensuring that you keep within the lines is all part of improving motor skills. This is especially useful for children. But activities like painting by numbers is great exercise for brains and nervous system of any age.
For most 'regular' painting, there is no definitive finishing point. For example, Leonardo Da Vinci, a perfectionist, never declared a painting finished and died before he had the chance to finish the Mona Lisa. But with paint-by-numbers painting, there is a clear end goal in sight. To complete your paint by numbers, it's necessary to be productive, methodical and complete your task from beginning to end. Only when you reach your goal, can you reap the benefits of having your awesome painting to admire. Painting by numbers is structured, so it's easy to see how much of the painting you have completed at any given time. This is all good practice for the brain, not to mentioned the sense of euphoria and satisfaction that you your body releases upon completing a task successfully.
Perfect Your Brush Strokes
If you or your kid is an aspiring freehand painter, painting by numbers can help. Within each numbered section, is the opportunity to practice your brushstrokes. Paint-by-numbers paintings are usually a mix of intricate sections and more spaced-out areas, and it is in those intricate sections where you get to really hone those brush strokes.
Paint-by-numbers painting helps you to clearly visualise how a painting is crafted, one stroke at a time. Once finished with the painting by numbers, you can attempt replicating the painting freehand. Don’t be scared, you'll be amazed at how much easier a freehand painting is after you have tried paint-by-numbers.
A Quick History of Paint by Numbers
A commercial artist by the name of Dan Robbins is credited with inventing paint by numbers in the 1940s, although a patent for the paint by number technique was first filled almost 100 years ago in 1923.
We've mentioned Da Vinci earlier, and it was, in fact, the Italian painter who inspired the idea of painting by number in Robbins. Da Vinci had employed a similar concept when teaching those in his workshop to paint.
By the 1950s, Robbins was selling millions of paint-by-numbers kits each year in the United States. While Robbins died in 2019, painting by numbers continues to be just as popular today as it was 70 years ago.
Painting by Numbers - the Perfect Gift!
Despite the fact we are well and truly in the digital era, it’s still important to step away from the screen as much as possible. Give your brain and eyes a rest and revert to 'traditional pastimes,' such as jigsaws, reading books and of course, paint-by-numbers. This is why gifts such as paint-by-numbers kits and jigsaw puzzles are some of the most cherished - they are a thoughtful gift for people of any age that provides hours of screen free entertainment.
Paint-by-numbers kits promote creativity and a host of other important stuff, such as patience, motor skills, productivity and relaxation. So in our humbles opinions, you cannot go wrong with gifting a paint-by-numbers kit.
The most important thing about Paint by Numbers…
Most of all, paint by numbers kits are incredibly fun and rewarding,
If you are looking for stunning paint by numbers kits in Australia, then Journey of Something is your No. 1 choice. We have a great range of puzzles, games, art kits, and accessories that are all artist designed.
Here are just some of the awesome, artist designed, paint by numbers kits available at Journey of Something.