Paint By Numbers Art

"The first time I try, I can draw a beautiful Paint By Numbers Art  painting." Our childhood memories of easy to follow digital painting kits are sentimental and loving - so much so that in recent years, Lauren has started collecting Vintage paintings by digital in flea markets and thrift stores. So, when I happened to see a tutorial by photographer Ashley Campbell that turned the art of thrift stores into digitally guided paintings, the timing was right. It's a great way to make a face lift for a cheap artwork. In addition, for those of us who are not skilled painters, it's incredible relaxation and wonderful encouragement!

You need:

The art of thrift.

Acrylic paint.

All kinds of brushes.

A scrap of cardboard.

I found this still life Paint By Numbers Art painting of flowers, including the picture frame, at goodwill, asking for 15 dollars. All you need to do is remove the backing and artwork. The only art type that may not work is color photos or super textured oil paintings - just because acrylic paint may not be easy to apply. Now, take a step back and check your painting to determine the color you will use. The key here is to simplify, simplify, simplify! In the original painting, one type of flower may have 6-7 different shades and colors. When using draw by number, reduce these tones to just one or two.

For example, for all green plants, I use yellow green, light green and dark green. Start with one color at a time, using light tones first.

Remember not to think about it literally, just smear it on a variety of colors. Don't worry about making the edges too thin or perfect - throw those strokes out the window!

Once all the light green has been applied, go back to dark green.

Again, if you think the painting is missing a lot of details, don't worry - it should look like this!!

Now start making your next color. Here, I mix the dark blue, then add the white pigment, and create a lighter shadow with half of the pigment. Start with a lighter tone.

Then go back and paint it dark blue.

Next is white, which I highly recommend - even if your color is very soft. Pure white really makes the final product popular!

If you use white, use light gray as the darker color. Continue to add colors until you are satisfied.

I don't draw vases and backgrounds - I like the juxtaposition of old and new.

Put it back in the frame.

Hang up your new artwork and tell all your friends: it was painted by me!