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Numbers Game

I’m about to say something somewhat taboo amongst crafters and artists. I love paint-by-numbers. There, I said it!




Don’t get me wrong—I thrive on creating my own original work, but every so often I find it incredibly relaxing to paint without the added mental gymnastics of creating my own design. 




For me, it’s not so much that it’s a no-brainer way to make an impressive work of art. Us scribblers can do that without the aid of a number guide. There’s something very calming about methodically filling in the small pools of color. It’s like an upgraded coloring book!




Now known as a nostalgic fad from the 1950’s (you can find completed canvases in thrift stores), it’s tough to find paint-by-number kits just anywhere. Your biggest selection actually seems to be online. With landscapes, city scenes, floral arrangements, and animals… there’s certainly a wide array of subjects to choose from. And your reward at the end of all that number coordinating is a pretty picture to do whatever you please with! You can frame it and hang it up (it would be a great quirky addition to an eclectic gallery wall) or use it as the base for a different craft (there are plenty of tutorials all over the internet for fun projects).




What are your feelings on this sentimental hobby? Did you ever try it out as a kid? The next time you’re looking to unwind or try a new (or old) rainy day activity, give a paint-by-number a shot!


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Posted by: Lzahn, on November 6th, 2012 at 11:10pm.
Categories: Crafts, Art, Decor

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