Lets start off with a brief history of paint by numbers. This magical idea was the brainchild of Max S. Klein, owner of Palmer Paint Company in Michigan. He started marketing and selling these do-it-yourself paint kits in 1950, and by 1951, he had sold about 12 million. TWELVE MILLION. As you can see, he knew that not only do people love to claim any sort of artistic ability, but they also just love painting. I fall into both of those categories, so lets talk more about that.
I found out a few years ago that you can find paint by numbers everywhere. This excited me, because I genuinely love the way they look, and I love how they are usually super cheap. I seem to really only be attracted to the ones whose color schemes are muted, or who have a pretty basic theme to it. But if you aren't boring like me, there are so many different styles and colors to choose from! Since I like to buy my paint by numbers already completed, I like to add my own touches! This is one of my favorite things in the world to do! I have a bunch of these personal creations at home. Find a paint by number thats a basic mountain and lake scene? Why not paint a president laying on a picnic blanket into it? Why not paint a sasquatch hanging out by the lake? Adding little touches like this are so much fun, especially if you don't make them super noticeable. Theres nothing more fun than to see if someone can find little surprises that you've added. Heres a few examples of how people have altered their paint by numbers: