How do I blend colors on a paint by number canvas?
This is one of the most common questions that we receive here at Paint Plot, within our community group. Enjoying your journey with paint by numbers is what we are all about. We have noticed that as our Paint Plotters get through a few paint by numbers they are ready to experiment with blending techniques.
So, in collaboration with the very talented YouTuber Melanie Gilstrap from Melanie B’s Creative Studio, we have the perfect tutorial on quick and easy blending technique for your paint colors.
This 5-minute blending of paint by numbers technique ‘one stroke method’ was inspired by Donna Dewberry.
Mel B blended the Paint Plot Misty Mountain Sunrise kit and you can see the difference for yourself in the before and after shot below:
The blending has created a stunning sunset/skyline with a softer more natural flow.
Mel B has a great deal of expertise in all aspects of adult paint by numbers. She has a relaxed and easy style. We are stoked that she has the following tips and tricks on blending to share exclusively with our Paint Plot community.
Leave the blending until last, to ensure you have enough paint to complete your artwork and to be sure it’s necessary. Paint by numbers look very different up close, compared to when you stand back and view them with a little bit of distance (which is how someone would look at it when it’s hanging up in your home).
This painting technique can work on any areas of your adult paint by number that are next to each other. Blending is usually most effective in the larger areas such as the skyline, sunsets, water etc.
The size of the brush you use to blend your paint by number will depend on the area you are attempting to blend. For example, a small brush for tiny areas and a large brush for bigger cells.
There will be six important things you need before commencing.
- Your Paint Plot paint by number kit.
- The reference guide that has the numbers of colors printed for the individual cells.
- The color pots
- A flat dish, such as a painters palette or even a ceramic plate (as the acrylic paint can be easily washed off after use)
- A flat paint brush.
- A cup or jar of water.
Commence with rinsing and drying your brush. Scoop a small amount of each of the two colours onto the palette about an inch apart. Dip half the brush into one color, then repeat with the other color on the opposite side. In between the colours on the palette Mel b creates a mid tone color as below:
A mixture of the two colors is created and once the painted along the border it eliminates any harsh lines and creates a blended look.
Another big thank you to Mel B for sharing her invaluable knowledge of blending paint by numbers with our Paint Plot family.
You can watch the tutorial on our YouTube channel or by hitting play below.
Thanks to our Paint Plot community for your continued support of us and each other. If you have any blending tips and tricks to share please email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you are looking for a change or something a little different, don’t forget to check out the wonderful world of Paint Plot Diamonds.