CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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- Includes high-quality acrylic paints
- If you prefer to work with a variety of brushes, we recommend a liner brush for fine-line detail and a #4, 6, or 8 flat brush for larger, open areas
- Includes a professional-quality #1 round paintbrush
- Finished size: 20 by 16 inches
- Easy-to-follow instructions
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Grab a seat for lunch outside. This beautiful scene is created using 18 acrylic paint colors both singly and mixed together. Our kit includes a printed textured art board, artist's brush, paints, and complete instructions for recreating this exquisite design. Finished Size: 20-inches-by-16-inches
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Remember this review 3 months later when you have finished and are completely disappointed because the painting is beautiful, BUT SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE LOOK! It has a haze to it and the paints are dull and have a chalk look. That is because you need to apply an ULTRA thin film coating of LiquidTex Heavy Gloss Gel to the Board BEFORE APPLYING ANY PAINT; and mix EACH COLOR of the paints with this gel. You can read my technique in my review for that product by clicking on the inserted product link then look for my review.
What to look for: Look at each board in my video and look for a glare/haze, not the shine, it's a glare or a haze. The Taste of Italy the 1st one at the beginning doesn't have it bcz I used the gel correctly (Prep the board and mix gel in each color). Then I show you the blank board #2. You can see it right away especially next to the garden painting, and it hurts your eyes to look at. That glare/haze on that board will not go away even after you paint it if you don't use the gel. The 3rd garden painting still has the glare but is also disguised by the gloss shine I put over it trying to get rid of the glare that the board emits. You would have to see that at a distance and I did not have enough time in the video to show that the glare is still there. I don't know why these boards are made to do that. It ruins the view and these are 5***** Star designs.
But this technique controls that glare and you can see your painted masterpiece without the glare blocking the view. I discovered that it was the board by putting the boards on the wall to look at with light coming in from a window on the left side. I left the room and came back in and the glare/haze was so apparent I could not believe eyes or see my painted work of 3 months-- or the design on the blank board, for that matter. That glare/haze completely takes over the view even after being painted. Then I discovered the paints dry flat and chalky only adding to the problem. So look at the board and how they look when being moved back and forth in the video. That is what you will see when you walk buy your painting that takes 3 months or so to finish. I am going to test an acrylic spray finish as (stated on the box)on the back of the board to see if that will be ok for a protectant after I am done with Taste of Italy then I will edit this review with that result. *Review Update*: The Acrylic Spray Finish is not needed if you use the Liquidtex Gel. The board can be ruined easily when trying to correct a mistake by using water and rubbing the surface to remove paint. It leaves a NOTICEABLE BLEMISHED MARK that cannot be fixed bcz the fibers on the board ball up like wet paper. The gel prepped board prevents that problem. Mistakes can be easily repaired using the gel. One thing I don't like using the gel is that you don't get paint soaked into the board and when using the tape for straight lines a thin coat sometimes comes off. But is easily fixed with no blemish. I choose applying the gel to the board bcz of the results when finished. I cannot enjoy my painting without using it on the board. So for me this is the best application to appreciate my hard work. If you buy the gel I guarantee you will use it after you see what I am seeing and experiencing the quality of the paint and the material the board is made out of. These are the 3 ways you can paint the board:
1) Right out of the box (I Tried This)
Result: High contrast of glare that blocks view of dull colored chalky paint. Careful making any corrections bcz of permanent blemish marks. Should last forever. Clean with a dry dust cloth. DISSAPOINTING
*COVERING A PAINTING AFTER IT IS DONE WITH THE GEL TO REDUCE THE HIGH CONTRAST GLARE WILL CREATE ANOTHER PROBLEM OF DULL PAINT WITH NOW A HIGH GLOSS THAT IS TO SHINY TO SEE YOUR WORK.
2) Purchase gel and APPLY to board and mix each color with gel. (I tried this)
Result: A rich moisture looking painting with depth High Contrast glare is virtually gone. Board was easily versatile when a mistake was made, corrections are 100% blemish free. Can even use an exacto knife and scrape off paint leaving it blemish free. I had to make repairs when using tape; paint came off in thin areas when removing tape. Clean with a damp cloth to clean. Seems durable not sure how long it should last maybe 10-15 years. Not in direct sunlight. I worry about thinly painted areas, but they can be repaired easily. Happy with results, but discovered when starting my 3rd painting that My board coating on this one was good, but was not ultra thin and paint could not penetrate to board surface. I applied the gel straight from the container to the board. The Painting surface still came out nice and the result I am happy with. But there are worries.
3) Purchase gel and DO NOT cover the board and ONLY mix the paints with gel. (I had already prepared my board for use before this review was written/Videod so I couldn't do it this way)
Results: I have not tested it this way yet. But I have tested this on the back of the board of Taste of Italy and I think I am going to use this one next. Result A rich moisture looking paint; repairs can leave a permanent blemish mark, but is not noticeable when mixing the gel with the paint and applied to area. Wipe with a damp cloth to clean. When using tape it did not lift off any paint from the board surface. It doesn't look like you'll be able to see the haze/glare that the board emits.
This is probably the best solution for the result of a museum looking paint finish. This should last forever.
*****Review edit: I found the best board preparation. On my 3rd paint by number. You need to make sure the gel is applied WITH AN ULTRA THIN FILM COATING AND I DO MEAN ULTRA THIN. THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT.
GET A VERY SMALL 6 OZ. JAR ADD ABOUT 2 TABLESPOONS OF THE LIQUIDTEX HEAVY GLOSS GEL THEN ADD TEASPOON INCREMENTS OF WATER AND vigorously SHAKE THE CONTAINER. IT SHOULD HAVE THE CONSISTENCY OF ELMERS GLUE OR A TAD THINNER. LET IT SIT FOR A DAY OR SO BCZ AFTER YOU SHAKE IT VIGOROUSLY IT WILL HAVE AIR BUBBLES. DO NOT APPLY WITH AIR BUBBLES IN IT LET IT SIT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY. THE GEL IS AT IT'S BEST TEXTURE THE FOLLOWING DAY WHEN BEING MIXED WITH WATER AND PAINT. YOU'LL SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. Pour your prepared solution onto a saucer you'll need about 2-3 tablespoons Apply the ultra thin coating very quickly with a 2 in brush. Hold the board up to your eyes with the light shining on the surface and SCAN ACROSS THE BOARD & look for any missed areas. The ultra thin coating if done thin enough will allow the paint to still penetrate the board.*****
The gel dries clear and hard protecting the surface and locking in the paint. It is odorless and safe. That is why you can clean it with a damp cloth. Neat Stuff!
*****Important Review Edit: The key to making the shadows coincide with the time of day, that the painting portrays, is the SHADOW ON THE SCALE. Make sure you get the right tint (darkness of the white on the scale)the mixed color code is W. If it is to white then it changes the time of day of the overall painting. It is totally awesome how that works! I painted it a lighter color to begin with then went darker and it changed the entire painting to DUSK when you light the lamps. That is the time of Day the painting is portraying.. Very important key to this picture*****
*****Review Edit DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BRUSH SOAKING IN YOUR WATER CONTAINER. IT DIMINISHES THE ABILITY TO PAINT THE DETAILED AREAS. NOTE: THESE BRUSHES ARE EXCELLANT AND BUYING THE NEW ONES DON'T HAVE THE QUALITY FOR THE DETAILED AREAS. I HAVE MANY BRUSH TYPES AND THEY DO NOT COMPARE TO THE ONES IN THE BOX. Also, the dry brush technique (listed on the box)is great, but it will ruin your brush for detailing; use a separate brush for this technique.
It also tells you on the box how to care for your brush and when it splinters you dip it in the paint and roll/twist it on the side of the palette. Each brush is made different. I am now using my old brush leftover from my first Paint By Number bcz this painting has SO MUCH DETAIL than the 1st one and the brush took more usage. Especially for doing the lettering. and it isn't lasting. So you really have to care for it. Keep it clean using a drop of dishsoap and warm water, and change your water often. Twist your brush to a point and let it dry until next time. You have too if you want it last for the entire painting. I will probably end up buying another brush if the detailing starts messing up.
I am on my Third Paint By Number And they take about 3 Months. I use Masking Tape for straight lines and a Magnifying glass for Lettering and small detail. I use small saucers to mix the paint, GEL, & water with, then I put them in a sandwich baggie and close them to keep them from drying out. The next day I open the baggie and spray the saucer with water and start painting again. My paints are nice and smooth and have a luster to them. For good coverage use 3 coats of paint on each code #in the design. It's really easy to do once you get a system going. You will be very proud of your work.
HERE IS THE PRODUCT LINK AND I CANNOT TELL YOU ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT THIS PRODUCT IS FOR USE WITH THESE PAINT BY NUMBERS. FOR A MUSUM LOOK AND A FRESH PAINT LOOK. CLICK ON THE PRODUCT LINK AND READ MY REVIEW For LiquidTex Gloss Heavy Gel! It costs $10-$13 and there is enough for 15-20 paintings.
*****REVIEW EDIT Now I am finished and what I like the most is that I can clean my painting If I have to with A damp cloth. I can put this painting anywhere without having to worry about splash marks, dust, whatever bcz of using the liquidtex gel.*****
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Liquitex Professional Gloss Heavy Gel Medium, 8-oz
This particular Paint-by-Numbers will take a bit of time as the numbered sections are small and there is a lot of color detail.
Colors were easy to mix and there is room for error if you go outside of the lines.
This took me 25ish hours to complete.