A Beginners Art Work Starts by the Paint By Numbers Method

by Sue
(East of the Mississippi)

Beginners Art Work

Beginners Art Work

Okay, I admit it right up front. I'm not an artist. Not even remotely. For me, a beginners art work (at least all of my attempts) starts by the paint by numbers method. It's the only way that I can accomplish something that can be shown in public. And by public, I mean stashed away in one of the kids bedrooms.

This entire site is such an inspiration and I literally drool over the amazing art work shown on all of the pages. But, alas, I don't see any paint by numbers or by patterns.

I took a folk art class just for fun years ago and learned a few techniques. But folk art is easy because you trace a pattern on your project medium and then simply fill in the spaces with the appropriate color. Then you follow the directions for shadowing and highlighting.

Even that simple method was a challenge for me!

This is a chair that I painted for my son when he was just a little guy because he loved EVERYTHING animals. . . (It took me forever but at least he was thrilled with it for many years!)

It is probably the only example of any of my projects that I feel brave enough to share. :-)

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Dec 01, 2009
decorative interior painting example
by: Delmus

Decorative interior painting has been with our family a long time! Having family in Germany, Bavarian decorative painting can be found on the inside and the outside of homes all over southern Germany.

I've loved the wardrobes you would find in used furniture markets and in older homes. They would always have these intricate designs that were painted with bright colors. Most of the designs come with a meaning too!

Here is an example on the headboard of our bed that was done in 1989 to celebrate our 10th year anniversary in marriage.

decorative interior painting

Thanks Sue for you contribution, you may have opened a whole new area on the site, as decorative painting using patterns to go by is a great way to start!

Mar 21, 2010
Painted furniture
by: Terry

Hi Sue,

I like this... I also like painted furniture. and am often called upon to do something for the grandkids bedrooms. You did a great bjob... Thanks for letting us look.


May 10, 2010
I like it!
by: Anonymous

I like this! You have talent!

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