I've always enjoyed colouring in, and even more so, as it's a great tool for stress relief, so when I was gifted a Paint by Numbers kit by Winnie's Picks in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at the chance.
Winnie's Picks is a website where you can purchase pictures to paint by matching the numbers printed on the canvas to the numbers on the paints.
Each number represents a certain colour.
The founder says "Winnie's Picks makes unique paint by numbers for adults. I love the idea that this craft enables low-skilled painters, like myself, to make beautiful paintings"
All you need to do, is simply choose a picture from their catalogue, and it will be delivered in a tube containing a canvas to paint, a smaller paper picture to paint, little tubs with all the paints you'll need, and some paint brushes of different sizes.
For my picture, I chose 'cabin in the woods'
Getting stuck in :)
Some added extras that you'll need that are not provided are: a container for water, and an old towel or sheet to put under the canvas, just to protect your work surface.
The benefits of the paint by numbers, and colouring in general are incredible, and can really help with stress and anxiety, as it's so therapeutic.
In a previous blog post that I wrote on colouring in for adults, I noted a few reasons why I loved colouring in, and I think the same applies for painting:
- Art therapy releases the inner child, enabling us to nurture the childlike qualities that we've all been taught to outgrow.
- Art therapy uses colour. Colour therapy has long been praised for being able to influence a person's mood. While some colours may depress us, some colours lift us up.
- Improves concentration and focus. This helps to give a therapeutic effect.
One of the things I really liked about this system, is how the picture starts to form with time and it actually looks really professional - almost like a skilled artist has done it.
You can see in my painting below how the colours all integrate together, and are really starting to create a really stunning picture.
The only thing that I feel needs to be improved on is the visibility of the lines.
I think they're too faint, and as a result, you can't always see what is what.
My handy trick for getting around this is to simply trace the outline with a pencil.
Make sure you're in good lighting, and use a light hand.
If you think you'd like to try out the Winnie's Picks Paint by Numbers, then please click here to purchase yours today.