Photograph "paint by Number" (color)

This is a fun project for beginning artists to the ones that have their names in a museum.


~ acrylic paint
~ a favorite photo
~ paintbrush

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Step 1: Find a Favorite Photograph

Get your favorite photo printed. Sometimes it's best to print off two so you can use one of them as a reference.

Step 2: Mixing Paint

I often recycle egg cartons to use as my paint mixing station. Mix together your colors and test them to match on your photo if you don't like it wipe it off with a damp paper towel (before the paint has dried) and try a different mix of colors.

Step 3: Paint!

You can use the picture as if it's a paint by number.

Step 4: Marvel at Your Creation

Have fun with this! Use a simple photo frame to hang on your wall.

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    6 Discussions

    I am a professional artist. This is a good project to help students learn to mix paint to match the colors they see. the feedback is immediate. And this looks like fun!


    8 weeks ago

    I never would have thought of this, great idea! And I love the results. Thank you for sharing.

    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 months ago

    That's a really neat idea to just paint over it! Much easier than trying to copy it :)


    2 months ago

    Very nicely done indeed. It reminded me of when I was nine I got a Painting-by-Numbers kit. Iv'e never forgotten it, it was a horse and foal in a field with a wooden fence. Thanks for the memory. Beautiful baby too.