So, I went old school "paint by numbers". I poked around my local craft stores for kits but they were just too boring to me. I found a seller on Amazon who had 16 x 20 inch paint by number kits. I liked the idea of the larger size and the price was pretty reasonable ($13) for a new, experimental craft.
I received the kits within a few days, and then purchased a heavy-duty sketch board from Michael's. I wanted to mount the canvas to a board of some kind to so I'd be able to prop it up while painting. I realize now, after one painting finished, what I really need is an easel. Go figure.
Just for size reference, here is a picture of my Yorkshire Terrier (loyal crafting partner) Piper. This project apparently bored him to sleep.
The kit was packaged in a slim box containing approximately 25 acrylic paint pots, a folded 16 x 20 inch canvas, three paint brushes, a small photo of what the finished painting will look like, a paper diagram of the painting for reference and a page of instructions. I prepped the canvas by lightly ironing the back side to remove the creases. As I wanted to make sure the edges of the painting were straight, I used green tape to adhere the canvas to the sketch board.
It gets better: "Maybe some friend have good painting foundation, you can drawing a character painting following you favor." OK, so it looks like I'm on my own to figure this out!
I found the paint was very thick and difficult to spread, so I dipped my brush in water to help thin it out. I was also afraid of running out of paint, and wanted to use the water to stretch the amount. While it did help, next time I will go easier on the water. In some areas the color seemed a little too thin, and it turns out I didn't need to stretch out the paint so much.
It didn't take me long to finish the painting. I found it very relaxing. I worked on it for about 2 hours at a time and it probably took me 6 days...12 hours - ish.
I did purchase a second painting and will probably start that in a few weeks.....if my crafting creativity juices don't flow soon. If you want to see the next painting in process, I'll take pictures and post them on twitter - follow me.