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Essential Paint By Number Supplies For Adults

September 15, 2021

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So I'm painting again.

Yup, this weekend, I decided to roll out the canvas and start.

It's a hobby I fell in love with a few summers ago and have continued to enjoy ever since.

Paint By Numbers Kits For Adults picture of painting on canvas

Although, over the past few months, I've taken a step back and let my daughter enjoy the joy of painting instead.

Now that she's done with her own masterpiece and it's hanging in our covered porch, it's my turn to dive in.

If you recall, it all started with ballerinas back in the summer of 2019.

Then, I co-painted a bouquet of flowers with my daughter, which started her on her own paint by numbers journey, and ended the year with a charming Christmas scene painted by the entire family.

Fun experiences, great keepsakes.

Ballerina Paint on wall

Well, today, I'm back to painting on my own.

Working on the Cotswold Tea Shop. I think all the British TV I've been watching has influenced my art choices.

I love its delicate details and hope to hang it in a newly redecorated family room at some point in the future. 

However, if I want to get there, I have to start here. In the kitchen, with my rolled up canvas and all my essential paint by number supplies.

And trust me, after two years of painting, I've collected quite a few of them.

Back when I started, I shared my best tips and tricks. It's definitely worth a read if you're planning to dig into this hobby yourself.

Since then though, I've had a bit more experience with these kits and have learned to lean on a few items for the best experience.

They're not truly necessary for a great result, but let's just say they're things that make my time spent with a brush in my hand a bit more enjoyable.

I think they also help me achieve the professional results I'm always after.

For example, sometimes, I paint at night, and even with great lighting, I need more. That's when this little book lamp comes in handy

Book Light For Paint By Numbers Clipped on canvas

Since I don't have tons of room in this cottage to either set up or store an OttLite crafting lamp, I went small and it more than does the job.

The book lamp just clips right on, illuminating my canvas, not taking up too much space and it's lightweight and portable. Oh...and it's cheap. Love that.

Lightweight Book Light For painting clipped onto paint by number canvas

Speaking of my lovely little cottage, it's just that. Little. 

I don't actually have a designated area to paint in. No craft room or art studio. 

In my dream world, I'd have a space like my friend Penny, complete with a huge window and tropical view. 

But such is cottage life. So I paint on the fly...wherever the mood strikes me.

Inside, outside upstairs or down and this colorful tote is the ideal travel companion. It organizes my supplies, holding my paint pots, brushes, paper towels and water cups.

Paint Brushes In Supply Tote

More essentials. 

Another fabulous little helper is a magnifying glass. Let's face it, some of these spaces can be very, very small. 

I don't wear readers yet (trust me, that's coming), but I've found that a magnifying glass can make all the difference.

I'm not straining my eyes, I don't need to refer to my guide sheet as often and I only pick it up when I need it. I have a huge collection of them.

Magnifying  Glass For Paint By Numbers

However at Christmas when I purchased my Opalberry set, it came with a lightweight bookmark style magnifier. It was a game changer. 

If your kit doesn't come with one, you can grab something similar like this online.

Now, I know I've mentioned my easel before, but seriously, it's been indispensable.

Small Wooden Tabletop Easel on a table with a canvas on it

I can't imagine painting without it. 

The angle makes all the difference.

The light hits the canvas properly, I can apply paint in the position that I'll be viewing the finished product, which helps me to make decisions about brush strokes.

And since I'm not leaning over a flat surface for hours at a time, it saves my back.

Of course, if you use the easel, you need a stretched canvas - or a large board - to tape your rolled canvases to, in order to paint them.

And blue painter's tape to affix it to the stretched canvas.

I purchased an 18 x 24 inch canvas. It works well with the size of the paintings I've ordered.

Unfortunately, I only bought one, which meant either my daughter or I were able to paint.

But not both at the same time.

Blue Painters Tape for Paint By Numbers

I should've purchased a multi-pack (which I will do now), because then we could each mount our paintings and I could even mount two of my own if I wanted to paint more than one at a time.

Which I very well may be doing, because Winnie's Picks is having a sale at the moment. Buy 2 get 1 Free off a select group of paintings.

I think I may be in trouble.

There's a red truck and some cows that may be calling my name.

Of course, I really should focus on my tea shop first.

It's been patiently waiting in the wings for far too long.

And it's just way too lovely for that.

Paint By Numbers Essential Supplies Pin photo of magnifying glass on canvas

What are your favorite painting tips?
  1. I can't wait to see this finished.

    Great Light fix. My girlfriend has the little houses that hang.

    1. Thanks!! The light really makes a huge difference.

  2. i am fairly new reader so i may be asking a dumb question. Does your painting include Tole Painting

    1. Hi Brenda!! Welcome! So glad you're here and from a former teacher I can tell you there are no dumb questions! I haven't done any Tole Painting in a looong's been years and it was a Christmas project. However, now that you've brought it into the forefront of my brain again, I think I may dive in again. I love the style and it definitely fits in my cottage style. Are you a Tole Painter? I'd love some tips!!

  3. Hi Kim, your tea shop is going to be lovely. Nice that you are painting again. And very fun that you are doing some as a family.

    1. Thanks so much, Lorri! We've been having fun and fall is a good time to sink back into it.

  4. I can't wait to see this one completed, Kim! Sharing the compact clip on reading lights and the magnifying glass couldn't be more timely. I could use them for so many crafting purposes. Like the other day when I was struggling to see intricate details when weeding vinyl with my Cricut Maker.

  5. I still have not tried this....I have such a long list of crafty things I want to try!

    Which by the way, have you done any DIY plant stands? I need some tall narrow indoor plant stands for my luscious houseplants before freezing weather in a few weeks. I went yard saling last week & missed one at three different sales! Walking up as someone else was carrying them away. I hope I'm not too brazen to just give you a topic for a post if you haven't done this before. I love how you repurpose things.

  6. The Tea Shop is a great choice and I just know it will be beautiful! Good light is crucial with all crafting and I'm feeling the lack of it in this new space. My husband bought me a work light last year for Christmas. It's small, portable, and very all I need to do is find it! LOL

    1. Hahaha!! It's probably in a box on the bottom of the pile!! I've seen those lights in craft stores and I would love to have one. Lucky girl!!

  7. Love the Cotswold Tea Shop. It will fit perfectly in your cottage decor. Have fun creating! Hugs.

    1. Thanks Nancy!! I'm really excited for this one. Hugs!!

  8. Yay I could get in so all is good. Must of been something on my end lol! The picture is going to be beautiful. I loved the ballerina's and this one will be so sweet too. You have such great patience and it will pay off. Have a great rest of the night. xoxo Kris

    1. Thanks Kris!! I have to say, it’s a relaxing hobby, but I don’t make enough time for it. I decided now is the time. Glad you were able to see the post…and thanks for trying again! Enjoy your evening! xxoo

  9. I fall is the perfect time for painting and I love the picture you chose to paint. All of these are great tips for painting by number. Have fun and I can't wait to see your finished painting Kim.

  10. I have thought about doing this. I have so many artists in my family that I have always been a bit embarrassed for them to know I have to paint by numbers, but as nothing embarrases me anymore I may take the plunge. Looks like fun. xo Laura

  11. Hi, I was just thinking about ordering my first paint set.. thank you for sharing about the sale!

  12. I cannot wait to see it when you are done. My Mother-in-law loved doing those and I did too. My eyesight is too bad to start them again though. I also love the British shows.

  13. I love those. Amazing how far paint by number has come. They are beautiful now and look like a masterpiece. Great job.

  14. Kim, I love the new painting. I have been watching a lot of British movies on Acorn and am in the mood to see anything connected to that subject. I have at least 3 paintings in the wings that I am so anxious to get started on again. I don't dare start one on the dining room table as hubby has fits because I am messy when I paint. I have to get the library work table cleared and then I will start..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  15. Well I wouldn't mind enjoying a cup of tea in a Cotswold Tea Shop, the Cotswolds is a beautiful area of the UK :)

    I do like this painting, have fun and enjoy.

    All the best Jan

  16. Sounds like a great hobby! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.


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