Why Painting by Numbers is the Perfect Gift to Yourself

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If you love art, you might be put off by the concept of painting by numbers, even if you’re a complete beginner to the world of hobbyist painting. If you feel that way, it might be worth learning a little more about the benefits of painting by numbers; it’s a hobby that brings you relaxation and actually equips you with a base level of painting skill.

Perfect for Beginners

Painting is one of those creative outlets where if you hold a clear image in your mind, it can be next to impossible to translate that image onto the canvas without experience. Painting by numbers is a perfect way to build up that experience. It involves following basicinstructions     but facilitates you indulging in any creative urge you see fit. As a result, it can help to show you the ropes and give you the experience you need to know how your technique and planning impacts the end result.

Extremely Accessible

Painting by numbers is not a high-cost hobby, and with sites like Just Paint By Numbers, it can be straightforward to find the path you need to take to evolve. It isn’t a discipline where you have to understand the history of art or learn technicalities before you pick up a brush; instead, it’s an easy, accessible and straightforward entrance into art. What’s more, you can avoid a slow journey into the hobby by just picking up an all in one kit.

Meditative

Meditation does not always mean sitting down in the lotus position, it refers to the state of mind that you achieve when you are fully in the present. Painting, in general, can help you achievethis state of meditation; when you become deeply engrossed in your work, you feel the creativity flow through you, and your conscious mind detaches for a bit. The benefits of this state of semi-consciousness have been known and sought-after for millennia, and many philosophies and religions are focused around achieving this state of ‘zen’.

Gives you Skills for the Art World

Although painting by numbers can help teach you paintbrush technique and the dexterity required for painting, it can also teach you one of the most valuable skills in art– color selection. Excellent selection of the colors and tones that you use in your pieces will turn any good artist into a great one. There may be some instinct involved, but a skill that you have to learn from experience is matching color on the palette with a color in your mind. Painting by numbers can also help to teach you the basics of shading, perspective and many other skills that people go to school for. Without formal education, your improvements will take a bit of time, but you will absorb more than you can imagine from your own experience.

Self-Esteem

Painting by numbers can also satisfy the urge to create and, when you are happy with your creation, significantly contribute to your self esteem. It is essential to take a 'death of the artist' approach and evaluate your final piece as if you did not know who painted it and why, as you may be tempted to belittle your achievements because the numbers gave you such a hand. When you see your art for what it is, you will feel proud of yourself. 

 

 


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