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Announcement: Paintable Pictures is now on Uncommon Goods!

We're thrilled to announce that we're now selling our famous custom paint by number product on Uncommon Goods. We've always thought of our goods as quite uncommon - unique even - we're glad the experts agree! It's the same checkout process as ever; upload your personalized, treasured photo and let America's fastest custom paint by number company do the rest. 

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What is a Custom Paint by Number?

Let's start with what a paint by number is. A paint by number is a guided painting experience. Paint by numbers are "kits" that come with everything you need to finish a painting. A classic paint by number might be of a lighthouse, a cat, or of some fall tree foliage. A typical kit will have a canvas, paints, brushes, and some instructions. The canvas will have some printed borders dividing the canvas into hundreds or thousands of regions. Each of those regions will have a number. These numbers will correspond to the numbers on the unique individually wrapped paints. Commonly there will be 20-36 paints. The painter then uses the brushes to apply the paint to the matching regions on...

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What Strategy to Use for a Paint by Number?

One of our favorite questions to get here at Paintable Pictures is how to get started with a paint by number. You've just cracked open your one of a kind custom painting kit and you don't want to mess anything up. What do paint first? There's hundreds or perhaps thousands of regions and many paint colors. It can be a bit overwhelming if you've never done one before. Fear not! We've compiled some of our favorite tips and we're excited to share them with you here. First and foremost, don't be afraid to make mistakes. When you do something "out of bounds," you've got two choices. One option is to treat it as an invitation to apply your creativity. Mistakes, as Bob...

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Announcement: Custom Paint by Numbers - Now in the USA!

We’re proud to announce a big milestone for our business - we are now assembling and shipping all of our orders from our headquarters in Columbus, OH, USA. As far as we know, we are the first and only in the custom paint by number kit industry to fulfill orders from the United States.  When we started this company, we were disappointed by most of the custom paint by numbers suppliers. Most were shipping mediocre kits from China that took 4 or more weeks to arrive at customers’ doorsteps. Many of them spoke garbled English to their customers; on their websites, in the instructions they provided to their customers in their kits, and through their customer support channels.  We knew...

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Detail vs. Paintability: The Key Tradeoff in Paint by Number Design

When one of our designers begins the process of turning an image into a paint by number, there are  two things we have to balance that work, to some degree, at cross purposes. One, is that we want to make the final result look as good as possible. Two, we want the final product to be as paintable as possible. You’ll note that the first criteria wants more detail, while the second criteria wants less detail. Striking that balance and finding the right design outcome for our customers is one of the most challenging, and rewarding, things about being a member of our design team.  Imagine painting each pixel in an actual picture. Even a fairly low to medium resolution...

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