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Day 164(3 days late): Boat Painting Day 3

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

So I finally finished painting all the little sections of this paint-by-number of the Queen Anne. Today I finished up painting all of the mixed colors. Here’s how it turned out.

This clearly looks nothing like the cover of the box it came in… For one thing, I think the colors it came with are waaaaayyy off. Or at least, the mixtures are not just 1 to 1 ratios. Also, they obviously did a lot of blending of colors, but I barely had enough of every color to just fill in the shapes, so how are you supposed to be able to blend them well? And the paint dries so fast, you can’t blend them much at all, and your paint palette wouldn’t last long enough to do it! So, because of all this, I think I’m just going to leave this as is. Not sure what I’ll do with it, but it was interesting to work on. I really did like doing it, because I love to paint, but acrylic paints are not my friend, so this didn’t really turn out like I wanted. I love using oils because they don’t dry nearly as fast so you can blend more!! At any rate, I got a mostly completed painting of the Queen Anne, so we’ll leave it at that. I’ve done other paint-by-numbers in the past that look like actual paintings, without blending the colors, so this one was just a strange one. In fact, I remember doing one in high school of some pansies that my friend thought was an actual, unique painting! I probably should have looked at it a bit more closely before buying this one, but oh well!

Moving on with life…

Anna Grace


Day 163(3 days late): Boat Painting Day 2

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

So… I’ve fallen a couple more days behind. But, Friday night I went straight from work to dinner with some friends and then to see Harry Potter 7 part 2 (which I thought was pretty awesome!), and I didn’t get home until around 1. And then yesterday was the most insane day at work EVER, so when I went to my friend’s house afterwards, I ended up falling asleep for like 3 hours… so, sorry! But I’ll catch up ASAP!

So today, I’m still working on the Paint-By-Number of the Queen Anne. In the last post I had gotten all the pure colors straight from the containers painted. Today I started on the mixed colors. I got through all the colors mixed with the 1′s, 2′s and 3′s, but I still have a ways to go. This is taking a lot longer than I thought!! So, here’s where the painting is at thus far.

So, that’s all I got to today, but I hope to finish this up tomorrow… but we’ll see!

Anna Grace


Day 162(1 day late): Boat Painting Day 1

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

For whatever reason, this week has turned into paint by number week! Continuing with that theme today, I decided to go to Hobby Lobby and get a paint by number to actually paint. I ended up choosing a scene with the ship Queen Anne, because honestly it was the least cheesy looking one! So, I started working on it at home and quickly realized it was going to take a lot longer than I thought. I worked on this for about 3 hours and only got through all the basic colors, not the mixed ones. So! This is going to span over a couple of days of posts… But, here’s what I’ve got so far.

So, it looks completely different than the image on the box… Obviously after I get all of the base colors I’m going to have to go back in and do some serious blending, which is sort of hard with the crappy brush and paints they give you, but I’ll make it work! If I just leave it with the shapes just filled in, I think it will look really strange and cartoonish, so we’ll see how it goes!

Now to bed and I’ll keep working on this tomorrow!

Anna Grace


Day 161(1 day late): Paint-By-Number

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

After doing the skull-by-numbers from Skull-A-Day for the last post, I thought I’d try and make my own Paint-By-Number! So I found an image I liked and that wouldn’t be too many colors, and took it into photoshop. I used the cutout filter to simplify it, and then created used the Accented Edges to make the edges stand out. I finally just used the magic wand tool to select the main colored spaces, but not the out lines, and deleted them. I changed the lines to a blue so you could see them better.

Click on the image to make it bigger and feel free to download it and print it out! You’ll have to mix the paint colors, but you wouldn’t have to stick with that scheme. Just use colors with similar tone and you’re set! Here’s a little copy of the finished product if you don’t want to mess with painting it :)

It’s an Eames Molded Plywood Chair!

This ended up taking awhile to do, and I’m still not quite sure how Noah from Skull-A-Day made the blue lines of his, but I did the best I could without taking it into Illustrator, which always just frustrates the hell out of me. But, I’m pretty happy with it! Be sure to email me any pictures of this if you make it!

Anna Grace