If you’ve seen any of our Paint Plot Paint by Numbers videos online, it’s likely that you’ve also spotted our founder, Tova, who features in many of our tutorials and painting videos.
Tova’s love of Art and Photography is one of the reasons that she and Mick started Paint Plot.
Born in Sweden, Tova has lived between Europe and Australia for the past six years and today.
Tova has a passion and skill for photography and some of our Paint Plot Paint by Numbers kits have been inspired by her photos. She is the creator of two of our popular painting kits for adults, the “Ocean Sunrise” and the “Pink Sunset”.
The significance of these, is that they are photographed at a very special place called Bermagui in Australia, which is Mick and Tova’s family holiday destination.
Tova’s love of photography, is in her DNA as her Mum studied Art and her Dad is very artistic as well. Today, we’d like to share a Q&A with Tova, to give our Paint Plot community an insight in to the creation of the business and these paint by number’s kits.
Mick and I love crafting and we both try different methods to help us relax. Paint by numbers is the best combo as it is meditative, fun and rewarding, all at once.
Whilst we were out trying to find kits to paint, we noticed there weren’t many good local stores around that specialise in paint by numbers. So, after much research, Paint Plot Paint by Numbers was born. We wanted everyone to enjoy this hobby as much as we do, therefore we have our weekly vote where we ask our community which paintings they like the most.
We simply want to offer prints that we feel are missing on the market and that our community love.
Another reason is that we want to be able to bring our work with us, so we can visit my family in Sweden as much as we'd like. Paint Plot and the community it comes with, has given us this opportunity and I am so grateful for this.
When did you discover your passion for photography and art?
When I was very young I got my first phone with a camera and ever since then I've been trying to take photos of everything I find beautiful. I particularly love photographing sceneries and close-up photos of insects and flowers. My other passion is animals, I love to photograph them.
The Ocean Sunrise and Pink Sunset photos are taken in Bermagui, where is that?
Yes, it’s a beautiful little coastal town on the south coast of Australia. Mick's father takes us out on the ocean to go fishing most mornings. We leave early so I always try to capture the sunrise. I remember taking this particular photo the “Ocean Sunrise” as I loved how the sky was reflecting in the ocean even though the ocean was moving. Not long after I took this photo, we were surrounded by dolphins, it was a magical morning.
Mick and I love to walk, so one particular evening as we walked behind where we stay I captured “the Pink Sunset” reflecting off the water of a lake.
When you look at pictures for Paint by Numbers, how do you know which ones will work well as a painting?
I personally prefer when there are a lot of colours in the photo or painting, it makes it prettier and more fun to work with. There can't be detailed faces or animals in the distance, it will just look blobby. The picture can't be too dark or light as it usually looks a bit funny when the paint by numbers painting is finished. The sections will blend into each other and it just won't look as nice at the end.
Could you give our community some advice on which Paint Plot Paint by Numbers kit to choose if they are first starting out?
The paintings in our Abstract Collections have bigger sections and are therefore the easiest ones to start out with. These paintings will get finished a lot quicker so if you're not sure if you're patient enough for paint by numbers, these are the kind of paintings to start with.
One of the best parts is, is that it doesn't matter if you paint outside the lines, it will still turn out beautiful! My favourite from this collection is “Vibrant Lion kit” but they all have bright colours and are fun to work with. Another important thing is to make sure you start from the top and work downwards on a particular number, this is to stop any smudging.
Can you tell us about the main differences between living in Australia and living in Sweden?
The first thing that comes to mind is that in Australia, basically everything is dangerous, and in Sweden, nothing is. Down under, there are sharks and crocodiles in the waters, there are poisonous snakes and spiders in the parks and it's even dangerous to be out in the sun because of the thin ozone layer. It kind of makes it exciting though because there are so many fascinating animals everywhere you look.
In Sweden I feel more relaxed as I know that when I feel something touch my arm, I know it's not a huge huntsman spider walking on me.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Apart from doing paint by numbers and photography I love travelling!