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Painting over a thrift store painting to create a paint by number style painting.

 

I’ve always liked paint-by-number paintings, but have terrible luck at finding them on my antiquing and garage sale trips. When I saw Ashley’s post about creating your own paint by number painting, I was excited to give it a try and kept my eyes peeled for a good candidate.

When I found this lovely old frame for $15 at a remarkably eclectic garage sale in a remarkably nondescript subdivision, the badly faded canvas seemed like a perfect victim for this kind of reckless artistic experimentation.

Painting over a thrift store painting to create a paint by number style painting.
No Filter!  It’s interesting to think where this painting must have hung to be in this shape!

I jumped right in adding paint to create my own paint by number over the original artist’s work.

Actually, I did have to pause for a bit- because to my horror I ripped the canvas as I was removing it from the frame! I almost scrapped the project then, but decided to apply some  “butchers  tape”  – Kraft paper tape with water-activated glue on the back. My high school art teacher was a huge fan of this tape for paper and natural fibers and I guess I adopted that. Turns out, it worked great for gently repairing this canvas from behind. I expected to have to paint over to hide the rip on the front, but after the tape dried I couldn’t even spot the 2″ tear unless I hunted for it!

Then I got started!

Painting over a thrift store painting to create a paint by number style painting.
How I stage art night at my dining room table!

Painting over a thrift store painting to create a paint by number style painting.

Initially, I wasn’t thrilled with the result I was getting. Even painting thickly with artist-grade liquitex acrylic paints, I couldn’t achieve the opaque paint-by-number look that Ashley managed. I kept with it, however…

Painting over a thrift store painting to create a paint by number style painting.

and kept adding layers and layers of paint…

Painting over a thrift store painting to create a paint by number style painting.

…and though it didn’t turn out exactly like I planned (does any art project?) I am pleased with the final result! Truthfully, I’m the queen of the technical aspects of painting (shading, highlighting, etc) so this method of not blending colors nearly killed me, but ultimately I liked it enough to hang it in my dining room.

 

Painting over a thrift store painting to create a paint by number style painting.

Painting over a thrift store painting to create a paint by number style painting.

 

My handy tip for this project, and all small painting projects: Press N Seal! I used to use flimsy plastic plates for palettes, and then one day I was out of plastic plates and decided to try press and seal over a plate and it worked perfect! Easy cleanup and a sturdy, easy to grip palette.

Easy Cleanup Paint Pallette

My fake paint by number, at home on top of a vintage teachers mailbox cabinet.
My fake paint by number, at home on top of a vintage teachers mailbox cabinet.

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2 thoughts on “Repainting a Thrift Store Painting to Paint by Number”

  1. I didn’t realize from Ashley’s original post that you’d take the print out of the frame before painting. If the frame was old/shabby,I think I’d leave the painting in the frame and touch it up, too.Did you get your white floral picture at Goodwill/Salvation Army? I can’t wait to try!
    And how much did you spend on paint?

    1. Yeah! I loved, loved, loved the frame- so wanted to make sure it didn’t get any paint on it! I picked this one up at a garage sale- I think I paid $25? I’m usually super-super cheap, but I thought the frame was unique enough to warrant a little splurge.

      I just used paint I had on hand, so consider it more or less free. 😉 The nice thing about doing a paint by number style is that you do not need lots of colors. I think I just used white, yellow, and brown.

      You will want to use higher quality artist-grade paints, not craft paints, to improve coverage. (I used Liquitex’s entry grade acrylics, and think I would have had a better result with even better paint)

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