Looking for step-by-step paint by number instructions and helpful hints, tips, and tricks? Do you need to use gesso before painting? Is it better to stretch your canvasbefore orafter you have painted? How do you remove wrinkles? There are lots of options for PBN kits. We have answered the most common questions and highlighted everything you need to know to get started on your new hobby!
There are lots of options for preparing your canvas. Do you need to use gesso before painting? Is it better to frame your canvas before or after you have painted? We have answered the most common canvas prep questions and have outlined the many options for preparing a canvas below.
Question 1: What exactly is gesso, and why is it used?
Answer 1: Gesso is a primer that makes paint go on more smoothly and makes the canvas more absorbent. HOWEVER, gesso is not nearly as necessary when painting with acrylic paints versus painting with oil paints.
Traditional gesso for oil paints contains a glue that helps bind the paint to the canvas and prevents the paint from corroding; however,all ofMy Paint by Number's 700+ kits use ACRYLIC paints. Acrylic paints do not corrode like oil paints, which make gesso a lot less important.
Question 2: Should I use gesso?
Answer 2: Totally up to you! We do not recommend it for our acrylic paint by number kits!
Gesso for acrylic paints will make the canvas a little bit smoother and a little more absorbent, but may smudge your numbers and lines and will make it more likely to run out of paint for your paint by number kit!
Question 3: Should I use clear gesso or white gesso?
Answer 3: Only use CLEAR GESSO for paint by number kits! If you use white gesso or any other color, it will cover up the numbers and spaces you need for your paint by number kit!
Question 4:Are you interested in learning more about gesso?
Answer 4:Check out this video from Dina herself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShETJURbxzQ
Question 1:Should I stretch my canvas? Should I do it before or after I paint?
Answer 1: It is totally up to you! You really cannot go wrong, but we do not recommend stretching your canvas for beginners or first timers. However, if you do want to stretch your canvas, we recommend doing so beforepainting!
Question 2: How do I stretch a paint by number canvas?
Answer 2: Stretching paint by number kits can be a little more difficult than stretching a regular canvas because you need to line up the border of the canvas with the DIY frame. It may take a few tries, but it is totally doable. You can click on the following link to check out our thorough how-to guide on how to stretch and frame a canvas
Question 3: What are the benefits to stretching a paint by number canvas?
Answer 3: Stretching a canvas makes the canvas a bit more portable. We usually recommend it if you have an easel and you want to take your kit outside to paint. (Painting on a beach was one of the most relaxing painting experience we have ever had.)
Question 4: What are the detriments to stretching a paint by number canvas?
Answer 4: Stretching a paint by number canvas takes a lot of patience. It may also be hard to stretch it very tautly without the proper tools, so you may find it easier to paint with a flat hard surface behind an unstretched canvas as a backing.
Question 5: Where is the best place to paint--on a table or on an easel?
Answer 5:Spending too many hours painting with an easel hurts our necks and our arms. Painting for too many hours on a flat surface makes just our necks sore. Switching between the two can help ease some of that soreness! We ranked our 3 favorite options by level of ease:
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How do you frame and stretch a paint by number canvas using DIY stretcher bars?
Stretching a canvas can be daunting at first, but it's a lot easier than it seems! Our DIY stretcher bars are specifically designed to stretch canvas without the need for any tools! The 4x stretcher bars are pre-cut, and the notches are built so that the wood pieces slip perfectly into one another. The wood is made of soft fibers that don't require nails or staples. Simply slip a thumbtack through the canvas and into the wood, while pulling each side taught! Before you know it, you'll have a perfectly stretched canvas!
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