5 Things to Consider to Find the Perfect Paint-by-Numbers Kit for You

Last Updated: March 18, 2024

A purple rose painted with the Paint-by-Number sheets and Artists' Gouache from Altenew

Looking for the best paint-by-numbers sheets for beginners? What makes a paint-by-number kit the perfect one for you? Join us and explore how you can determine the best and most beginner-friendly paint-by-numbers kit.

Paint-by-Numbers: An Overview

Altenew's Paint-by-Number Sheets: Classical Roses

Altenew’s Paint-by-Number Sheets: Classical Roses

We jump into the criteria for how we should evaluate paint-by-number kits, we’re giving you an overview as to what paint-by-number sheets are.

Paint-by-number sheets are, most often, pre-printed paper sheets or canvases that feature outlined images divided into sections. Each section comes with a number corresponding to a specific color from an accompanying set of coloring materials.

A pastel-colored rose painted with the Paint-by-Number sheets and Artists' Gouache from Altenew

These sheets often come with a set of paints or markers, which allows individuals to fill in the sections with the designated colors. The outcome is often a vibrant and complete picture that can be framed, gifted, shared, or used as an additional element in handmade cards and crafts.

Altenew's Paint-by-Number Sheets and Artists' Gouache Set Bundle

Altenew’s Paint-by-Number Sheets & Artists' Gouache Set Bundle

All caught up? Good. Now, how do we evaluate the best paint-by-number sheets for beginners like you?

Top 5 Considerations for the Best Paint-by-Number Sheets

Truly, there are a lot of options for paint-by-number kits online—but how do you know which kit is right for you? Here are five key qualities to consider: 

1. Quality of the Materials: The Foundation of Your Masterpiece

A die-cut flower from the Paint-by-Number Sheets: Classical Roses, colored in by Artists' Gouache from Altenew

When it comes to paint-by-numbers, the quality of materials can make or break your painting experience. So here’s a tip: Look for kits that feature high-quality paper or canvases made from durable materials like cotton or linen. These canvases provide a sturdy foundation for your masterpiece and ensure that your painting stands the test of time.

Additionally, pay attention to the quality of the paints included in the kit. Opt for kits that feature gouache or acrylic paints, as they are vibrant and easy to work with. Avoid kits with low-quality paints that may result in dull colors or uneven coverage.

2. Design Variations: Unleash Your Creativity

A card of colorful tulips created from Altenew’s Color-by-Number: Blossoming Florals and Acrylic Markers Vol. 1

When choosing a paint-by-numbers kit, consider your personal preferences and interests. There are many design variations available online that would cater to your interests. Do you have a favorite animal or flower? Look for kits that feature designs that speak to your passions.

Pro tip: For beginners, it would be best to start with less complicated designs like flowers. Most flower design paint-by-number kits have florals with big sections that are easier to color and let you practice and develop your coloring skills.

3. Clarity of Instructions: A Roadmap to Success

Altenew's Paint-by-Number Sheets: Classical Roses, with coloring instructions

Let's face it – painting by numbers is meant to be relaxing and enjoyable, not frustrating and confusing. That's why clear and concise instructions are essential when choosing a paint-by-numbers kit. Look for kits that provide detailed instructions that are easy to follow, even for beginners.

Instructions should include step-by-step guidance on how to paint each section of the canvas, as well as tips and tricks for achieving the best results. Additionally, kits that include reference images of the completed painting can be incredibly helpful for visual learners.

A simple floral card created with Altenew’s Color-by-Number: Blossoming Florals and Acrylic Markers Vol.1

4. Painting Skills: Fit Your Level of Artistry

While paint-by-numbers is a beginner-friendly activity, it's also a great way to develop and improve your painting skills. When selecting a paint-by-numbers kit, consider choosing designs that offer varying levels of complexity.

If you're just starting, opt for simpler designs with larger sections and fewer colors. As you gain confidence and experience, you can challenge yourself with more intricate designs that require finer brushwork and greater attention to detail.

A lovely floral greeting card with a red rose focal point from Altenew's Paint-by-Number Sheets: Classical Roses and colored in by Artists' Gouache Set: Strolling Through New York.

5. Extras and Accessories: The Cherry on Top

While the essentials – the sheets, paints, and brushes – are the main components of any paint-by-numbers kit, it's the extras and accessories that can take your painting experience to the next level. Look for kits that include additional help like tutorial videos, color swatches, and related content.

Altenew’s Color-by-Number: Blossoming Florals

Altenew’s Color-by-Number: Blossoming Florals

Finding Serenity In Colors

Painting has long been recognized as a therapeutic activity, allowing individuals to express themselves creatively and find inner peace amidst life's chaos. Paint-by-numbers kits are no exception, and they are especially beneficial for individuals who may not consider themselves artists.

  • Stress Relief in Every Stroke

One of the most immediate benefits of a paint-by-numbers kit is its ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. As you dip your brush into vibrant colors and carefully fill in each numbered section, your mind becomes fully immersed in the present moment, leaving behind worries and anxieties.

A rose card created from the Paint-by-Number Sheets: Classical Roses, painted with Artists' Gouache from Altenew

The repetitive nature of painting by numbers acts as a form of mindfulness, helping to calm the mind and soothe frayed nerves. With each brushstroke, you'll find yourself entering a state of flow – that blissful state of being completely absorbed in an activity, where time seems to stand still and worries fade away.

  • A Canvas for Self-Expression

Painting by numbers may provide a structured framework, but within that framework lies ample room for self-expression. Whether you choose bold, vibrant colors or opt for a more subdued palette, each brushstroke is a reflection of your unique personality and artistic vision. For many, paint-by-numbers serves as a safe space for self-expression, allowing them to explore their emotions and channel their innermost thoughts onto the canvas.

A lovely floral card created with Altenew's Color-by-Number Sheets: Blossoming Florals, colored in with Altenew's Acrylic Marker Set Vol.1
  • Building Confidence and Self-Esteem

Engaging in a creative activity like paint-by-numbers can do wonders for your confidence and self-esteem. As you watch your painting come to life with each layer of color, you'll experience a sense of accomplishment and pride in your newfound artistic abilities.

Painting by numbers provides a tangible sense of progress, with each completed section serving as a small victory along the way. With each painting you finish, you'll gain confidence in your artistic skills and develop a greater sense of self-assurance.

An orange rose from the Paint-by-Number sheets, painted with Artists' Gouache from Altenew
  • A Gateway to Mindfulness and Well-Being

At its core, paint-by-numbers is about more than just filling in colors – it's about finding joy in the process, embracing imperfection, and nurturing your inner artist. You'll most likely discover a newfound sense of mindfulness and well-being that extends far beyond the canvas – a benefit that most paint-by-number enthusiasts often enjoy.

Altenew’s Acrylic Marker Set & Color-by-Number Sheets Bundle

Altenew’s Acrylic Marker Set & Color-by-Number Sheets Bundle

Paint Your Way to Happiness

Choosing the perfect paint-by-numbers kit is a bit like embarking on a creative journey – exciting, exhilarating, and full of possibilities. By considering factors like material quality, design variations, clarity of instructions, painting skills, and extras and accessories, you can ensure that your painting experience is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your paintbrushes, select the perfect kit, and let the painting begin! Who knows – you might just discover a newfound passion for art along the way. 

And, if you want more ideas and inspiration as you paint, feel free to check out our In the Craft Room content. Happy painting!


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