Paint By Number Home

Paint By Number SnowPaint by Number SnowPaint by Number Snow Winter Fox


Paint By Number Snow Winter WolvesPaint By Number Snow Paint By Number Winter


Paint By Number SnowPaint By Number SnowPaint By Number Snow


Paint By Number SnowPaint by Number SnowPaint By Number Snow

Welcome To Paint By Number Kits, Crafts & Collectibles

This site is dedicated to everything about Paint By Number. If you are a fan of the wonderful paint by number kits or vintage paintings, you will love all the Paint By Number online stores and shopping options.

You can search the Paint By Number categories on the lower right-hand side of any page.

Be sure to visit our Paint By Number Stores page for all the recommended stores that carry Paint by Number. We make it EASY for you to shop for ALL YOUR FAVORITE PAINT BY NUMBER ITEMS – and ALL IN ONE EASY-TO-SHOP PLACE!


Enjoy the Fun, Creativity, and Relaxation of Paint By Number Art Work

You will be proud to display your paintings on your walls!


While enjoying a rewarding and relaxing hobby


Addictive New Hobby!

Paint By Number Diamond Painting

What is Diamond Painting?

Diamond Painting is an easy, fun and relaxing new craft hobby. Everyone can enjoy Diamond Painting whether you are young or old, beginner or lover. Although the craft is called Diamond Painting, it is not actually painting nor has anything to do with diamond. It is more like cross stitch, paint-by-numbers and mosaic all combined in one. So if you are familiar with either one, it is easy to figure out how to get started. It is a simple process: pick up the faceted diamond-like rhinestone and place it according to numbers indicated in the pattern, then keep repeating the process until the design is completed. The design vary form simple and easy to elaborate and complicate. You can choose the design according to your skill and liking.

Read the wikiHow all about Diamond Painting here: How to Diamond Paint

Diamond Painting



I love this wonderful ocean/beachy idea from Sarah Stewart of, which appeared in the 9/5/16 issue of Woman’s World. All you need are a canvas, a brush, and a few paints!


Paint Your Own Water View - Sarah Stewart of, 9/5/16 Issue of Woman's World



Featured in CountryLiving

Paint By Number Projects in "Country Living"Paint By Number Projects in "Country Living"Paint By Number Projects in "Country Living"

Turn paint-by-number artwork into decorative masterpieces



The following Paint by Number Instructions are from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Paint-by-Number is an enjoyable pastime. Sometimes, however, all the tiny spaces with even tinier numbers can be a bit daunting and confusing. With practice, you can create beautiful art. Here are some pointers to assist with a much improved end result.


  1. Purchase a Paint-By-Number set. Pick one that you really like to increase the chances that you’ll finish it. Sets come in many different varieties of subject matter: birds, flowers, seaside scenes, woodland scenes, cartoon characters, automotive themes.
  2. Clear an area to work in. Cover the area with old newspapers or newsprint to keep it clean. If you can station this area in a room with a washable floor, that would be most beneficial.
  3. Get a cup of water with which to clean your brush. Use a cup you don’t usually drink from or one that can be washed thoroughly. A paper cup is fine. Disposable food containers also work well, for example, a used yogurt container. Also, stock the area with some rags.
  4. Read the directions on the box.
  5. Check to see which colors correspond to which numbers. This should be clearly marked on the paint containers.
  6. Open the first paint container and paint every area marked with that number.
  7. Wash your brush off when you finish to avoid accidentally mixing colors. The rag will come in handy as you will need to remove some of the water from the brush after washing.
  8. Let the areas you have painted dry. Repeat with a new color until you have painted every area and the painting is totally dry.
  9. Display your end masterpiece. If you like how your painting turned out, frame your creation or mat it, and hang it on your wall.


  • Only open one color at a time and paint all areas with that color.
  • If you have to mix colors, use the same one-color-at-a-time process as printed above.
  • Paint the smallest areas that are marked with arrows first, just so you don’t accidentally cover them up.
  • Do your best to cover the numbers when painting, even if you have to apply a second coat of paint.
  • Acrylic paints (the kind that will probably be included in your kit) dry very quickly, so you will not have to wait long between coats.
  • Make sure you cover all the areas and don’t leave white spaces between blocks of color. One of the worst mistakes an artist can make is leaving white spaces.
  • If you are an experienced painter, you can ignore the color regulations and use your own colors. For example, if you are doing a paint by number of a black cat, you may decide that you want a brown striped cat. However, doing this may ruin the professional look of your painting.


  • Wear an apron or old shirt to prevent any messes.
  • Cover the work area with old newspapers to prevent spills.
  • Paint doesn’t stick to cardboard canvases as well as it does to normal ones. Try to get the better, but sometimes more expensive, ones for their good canvases.
  • Try not to buy prints with bold, black numbers, as the numbers may show up when you paint, ruining the picture.
  • Don’t try and sell a paint by number off as your own creation. It is dishonest and in many places it can be against the law.

Things You’ll Need

  • Paint-by-Number canvas
  • Number-coded paints
  • Small brush
  • Large brush
  • Cup of water for washing your brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Old newspapers
  • Frame for displaying your artwork


All-TIME 100 Greatest Toys: Paint-by-Numbers Kit – 24 of 100

By Allie Townsend Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

Top 100 ToysIn the 16th century, the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo began assigning sections of his famous ceilings to his students to paint, pre-numbering each one to help curb mistakes. (Yes, this was the world’s first paint-by-numbers.)

Fast-forward to 1949: package designer Dan Robbins applies Michelangelo’s color-coded art process on a much smaller scale. Robbins’ boss, Max Klein, owner of the Palmer Paint Co., was hesitant at first but eventually decided to give the idea a try. Robbins and Klein found very little success early on. “In the beginning we couldn’t give our sets away,” Robbins said. “It took almost two years to get our paint-by-number business off the ground. When we finally did, it took off like a rocket.”

In 1952, Macy’s agreed to stock paint-by-numbers kits, and just a few months later, an amateur painter won third place at a San Francisco art competition with one. The press coverage noted that most people couldn’t tell the difference between the kit versions and the original paintings. Eventually, Craft Master kits were such a hit that paint-by-number works by J. Edgar Hoover and Nelson Rockefeller were hung in the West Wing of the White House.


Vintage Paint-by-Number Paintings Make a Comeback

Art Business News, July, 2001 by Vanessa Silberman

A Vintage Paint By Number Kit

As the demand for retro art continues to surge, vintage paint-by-number paintings are coloring the market like 1-2-3

Kitsch is back, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the recent craze for vintage paint-by-number paintings. Dating back to the 1950s and `60s, these works, once reviled by the art world, are now considered icons of post-war American pop culture and are valued collectibles.

Made for the most part by anonymous amateurs–average suburban wives or Sunday hobbyists–paint-by-number kits such as Craft Master promised that anyone could “be a Rembrandt.” In doing so, they helped bridge the gap between the elitist and John Doe as millions of Americans picked up paintbrushes for the first time.

Subjects ranged from picturesque landscapes, cowboys and kittens to still-lifes, ballerinas and old Master knockoffs such as da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” And believe it or not, the art world is starting to take these “objects d’art” seriously, as collectors scramble to find undiscovered pieces and an increasing number of galleries hold shows.

A vintage Paint By Number painting from the Smithsonian Exhibit

A Cultural Phenomenon

Paint-by-number, or PBN, was the brainchild of artist/designer Dan Robbins with the support of Max S. Klein, owner of the Palmer Paint Co., in 1951. Although earlier examples of PBN existed during the 1920s, these were marketed to children. Inspired by a story about Leonardo da Vinci assigning numbered portions of paintings to his assistants to complete, Robbins believed such a paint system could appeal to adults.

The timing was certainly perfect: Following World War II, Americans experienced an age of prosperity and an abundance of leisure time. Millions moved to the suburbs, and signs of conformity were everywhere–from the mass-produced homes in housing developments to the shiny red Fords parked on the curbs. Why not standardize art as well? The numbered canvases, colour-coded to tiny pots of paint, guaranteed satisfaction.

A vintage Paint By Number painting in rustic frame

The craze peaked from 1953 to ’55, but like all fads it began to fade by 1957 due to overexposure, according to Robbins, who is the author of Whatever Happened to Paint-by-Numbers?. Finished paintings soon ended up in basements, attics, trash cans and thrift stores, where they sold for as little as a nickel.

The New Appeal of Paint-by-Numbers

Rubin began collecting vintage PBN paintings about five years ago and has since amassed a collection of more than 300. He also publishes a national quarterly newsletter called “By the Numbers.”

“Americana has been in for quite a while, and this is iconic … You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have some connection to the medium,” he added.

“As a graphic artist, the graphic qualities of paint-by-number paintings really appeal to me. Some of them are quite intricate … I like seeing them grouped together; then you see the diversity of the imagery and how beautifully they were designed,” said Speegle, adding, “The designers who created PBN’s were fine artists. Someone else would break down the colors.”

Robbins feels part of the trend is due to the fascination of retro art by today’s 20- and 30-somethings. “I think the renewed interest in PBNs has come a lot from a younger generation who has decided that paint-by-numbers are suddenly kitschy, a piece of Americana,” he said.


Paint By Number Stores

Paint By Number Stores



%d bloggers like this: