15 Paint-by-Number Projects That Will End Up on Your Gallery Wall
These old-school kits are every bit as meditative as they are lovely to look at when completed.
Painting is an imaginative way to stay mentally stimulated and entertained when stuck indoors. But as fun as channeling your inner Picasso can be, embarking on a paint project—especially if you're a beginner—can be daunting. Luckily, if you're ready to roll up your sleeves and get started, there are a lot of artistic possibilities in your future. "From an art therapy perspective, painting is great to engage in if you feel like you have a lot of comfort with the messiness of it," says Nora Dankner, an art therapist and psychotherapist at Tribeca Therapy.
Best of all, there's a foolproof way to practice painting at home that won't leave you frustrated (and actually doesn't require making that much of a mess). Paint-by-numbers—or those old-school kits that come with canvases covered in numbered areas and corresponding paint colors to fill them in—are still around, and Dankner says they're a perfect project for budding artists. "Paint-by-numbers are a creative way to circumvent some of the challenges of paint for the less experienced and make it an anxiety reducing activity," she says. "It removes the variables of composition, mixing colors, or creating an image, and makes painting really accessible for those who are new to the medium."
We searched the web high and low and found a slew of beautiful, but easy-to-follow paint-by-number kits; you can order them now to keep you busy for when you're bored, or want to tackle a painting, later. From Van Gogh-inspired scenes to a vintage Euro-style still life, here are 15 paint-by-number projects so lovely, that you'll want to show them off on a living room wall when you're done.
Why waste time on a so-so craft when you can paint a masterpiece instead? This luxe recreation looks surprisingly like Gustav Klimt's original and comes with screws and hooks so you can hang it up once it's finished.
Shop Now: CanvasByNumbers "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt Paint-by-Number Project, $20.99, etsy.com.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
If you love vintage art and furniture, then chances are you'll have fun working on a retro-inspired paint-by-number, like this one. The project was reproduced from a vintage print.
Shop Now: Art.com "Flamingo" Paint by Numbers, $20, art.com.
This option features a textured still life overflowing from a Grecian urn—and comes on high-quality linen canvas to boot.
Shop Now: Max Novelty "Magical Flower" Paint-by-Numbers Project, $19.95, maxnovelty.com.
In need of a vacation? Get lost painting your very own oceanside retreat via this seascape—no plane tickets to Venice required.
Shop Now: Max Novelty "Seascape Resort" Painting, $19.95, maxnovelty.com.
Tree of Life
Overflowing grapes, halved pomegranates, plums, and pineapples make up this fruit still life, which is one of the more involved projects on this list.
Shop Now: Moreas Crafts "Fruit Basket" Paint-by-Numbers Canvas, $19.95, moreascraft.com.
Here's another option for the travel lover: The impressionist-style "Little Girl on the Beach" paint-by-number at Max Novelty supplies plenty of sunny oceanside vibes.
Shop Now: Max Novelty "Little Girl on The Beach" Painting, $19.95, maxnovelty.com.
Here's a floral project with a little more drama: Bold, energized flowers spill from an elegant vase in this painting, which boasts ample European charm.
Shop Now: Max Novelty "Europe Vintage" Painting, $19.95, maxnovelty.com.