Paint By Numbers Guide

Working on a Paint By Numbers project can be a therapeutic and enjoyable experience. To help you get started, we’ve put together a handy beginners guide to get you started.

Paint By Numbers Instructions

Before you begin: 

  • Choose a well-lit area so you can see your work clearly.
  • Make sure your surface area is protected - a plastic table cloth or some newspaper will work well.
  • Have a container of water to clean your brushes when changing colors. I recommend changing this water regularly. 
  • Use a cloth or paper towel to dry your brushes in between washes.

 Paint By Numbers Instructions

Start Painting:

  • Be sure to correspond the number with the correct color. 
    • Always double-check before applying that first brush stroke of paint.
  • For larger paintings, paint the canvas in sections
  • Paint all numbered areas with one color before moving on to the next color.
  • It may take an extra layer of paint to cover the numbers completely.
  • Let the painted area dry before moving on to the next color.
  • Clean your brushes with the water before moving to the next color.  
    • Brushes should be rinsed so that no color runs onto the cloth or paper towel.
    • This will prevent any mixing or muting of colors.
    •  You may need to use a very mild soap with lukewarm water.


  • Take your time so you don’t end up using too much paint if applying two layers of paint.
  • Start at the top and work your way down the canvas and work on smallest areas first. This will help prevent smudging the paint with your hand!
  • Use a magnifying glass or magnification eyewear to paint the smaller, trickier areas.
  • Practice some brush strokes on a piece of paper to get used to how much or how little paint you will need on your brush. This will save you from going over any borders or putting on too much paint on your actual canvas.
  • Don’t rush your painting - allow for drying time between colors.
Paint By Numbers Instructions

Framing Your Masterpiece:

Allow your painting to completely dry before moving or framing your completed painting.

We offer framing kits that include everything you need to build a sturdy frame in minutes.