Most people could only dream of painting like Van Gogh - he became one of my favourite artists after reading "Dear Theo" - and I wish I had learnt to paint from a paint by numbers kit. I might have learnt to paint a lot sooner. Here's a simple way to make your own paint by numbers picture, how to paint it and own a masterpiece based on a master artist.
Critics would scorn the paint by numbers method, but it was the Paint By Numbers Inventor, Dan Robbins who noticed Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years prior, numbered his paintings for assistants to fill in . . .. . . well Paint by Numbers was born.
Why paint anyway?
Why bother attempting to paint a Van Gogh when software and canvas inkjet papers can make a printout look like it was painted? Well there are many benefits when you paint - copying a masterpiece - or even painting at all. If you don't have paint why not paint-by-numbers in plasticine or even playdough? http://www.instructables.com/id/Playdough-Paintings/
I like how it helps the beginning artists to:
- develop eye and hand co-ordination
- observe carefully by sharpening your shape and texture recognition,
- understand how colour works - why some colours look good together and why others not so good together
- improving your aesthetic sensitivity a hundred times over
- turn once boring blobs of paint - humdrum ordinary things turn into interesting things of simple beauty.
How Easy is This Instructable?
Watch this video of The Largest Paint by Numbers Painting of a Foot
Well, that just goes to show - everyone could paint as wonderfully as Vincent Van Gogh.....
if they wanted to. God made the world too beautiful to ignore * . *
Here's how to get a foot into the secret world of painting ....
So let's get started!
Step 1: Trace the artwork on acetate / clingwrap
1. Choose the artwork you want to copy. Choose a high resolution version that clearly shows up the artist's brush strokes. Print out from computer in colour as a reference point.
2. Grab some acetate or plastic cling wrap and a fine permanent marker.
3. Cover the picture with acetate / cling wrap and trace over each area that has the same colour.
When you can see a slightly darker or light colour - outline that as well.
4. Scan the acetate / plastic wrap tracing.
5. Print out the scanned outlines on paper.