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Who says kids are the only ones who get to enjoy paint by numbers? Try one of the hottest craft trends of 2023 with our round-up of the best paint by numbers for adults.
Discover the ultimate way to unwind and try these amazing paint by numbers kits and create your very own masterpiece! Paint by numbers for adults has swept the nation this year (it's even in our craft trends post). People everywhere are embracing the calming powers of making art in a stress-free and accessible way that doesn't require you to already be a talented artist.
If you haven't already tried it, paint by numbers kits are a truly soothing way to relax and unwind. There's something meditative about curling up with a kit and following the numbered sections with all the paints pre-mixed and set up for you.
This beginner-friendly option is proving popular with brand-new crafters as well as established makers alike.
With paint by numbers kits, not only can you dip your toe into the world of painting to see if it's for you (without having to splash out on a full set of high-end acrylic paints), but you get to watch a beautiful artwork spring to life in front of your eyes which is hugely satisfying.
That's perhaps the reason that paint by numbers for adults has emerged as one of the biggest craft trends of this year – we predict that these kits will be topping many a wish list for Christmas 2023.
In this roundup we've focused on the best contemporary and stylish paint by numbers designs from a range of talented artists – we've thrown in a few of our favourite classic artworks for you to recreate at home, along with soothing scenes, illustrations and modern designs.
Read on to see the full list of our favourite paint by number kits.
Ok people, let's dive into a few of our absolute favourite kits out there. Prepare to relax and unwind with these beautiful designs...
If you love both photography and painting, this is the ideal paint by numbers set for you. You can transform your photos into canvases that you'll be proud to hang on your wall!
This would be a brilliant way to make your own family portrait using a favourite picture and would make a fantastic gift for a loved one.
Alternatively, you could order a custom kit and transform one of your best holiday photos into a unique painting for your home. It would be a lovely way to remind yourself of happy times or a special moment.
The basic kit contains 24 colours, but you'll achieve more realistic results if you choose the 36 or 48 colour options. The difficulty level may vary depending on the photo that you choose to submit.
Follow in the footsteps of the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh and create your own version of his iconic Starry Night painting.
This beautiful paint by numbers kit comes with all of the paints and brushes you'll need to produce a fabulous work of art.
It has a satisfying level of detail, so you'll be able while away hours working on your painting – it definitely provides good value for money!
There's even the option to add a wooden frame so you can make your finished painting look truly professional.
This painting kit inspired by My Neighbour Totoro is made for fans of Studio Ghibli movies. The painting features the characters Totoro (a friendly spirit) and his friend Mei.
It's a heartwarming design painted in a soothing palette of purples, greens and browns. This would be a fabulous painting by numbers canvas to hang up in a child's bedroom – why not paint it for someone as a gift?
You could also spend a relaxing day painting this kit with friends or family members – it's a great way to unwind and enjoy some quality time together.
Canvas By Numbers has made our year by releasing this easy-to-paint version of a William Morris classic Golden Lily design. These classic art deco Paint by Numbers kits feature real canvases with detailed line art to fill in.
Each section is labelled with a small number to show you which colour to paint. You'll also get a numbered acrylic-based paint set, 3 standard paintbrushes and a hanging kit. It's the ideal painting by numbers for adults!
Paint this beautiful seaside town and have a piece of Cornwall in your living room. We know we said paint by numbers kits are relaxing but this is another level, taking the calm and warmness from the seaside along with the peacefulness of painting, bliss!
In this kit, you'll find everything you need high-quality paints, several brushes and even little mixing pots.
Capture the behind-the-scenes glimpse of dancers warming up with this beautiful paint by numbers kit by Vikmari. It includes an easy-to-read numbered canvas, a set of paintbrushes, pigments, a magnifier and instructions. You'll just need to find a frame to finish.
Who doesn't love animals and crafts? (We've done quite an extensive survey of the Gathered team and it's pretty unanimous.) You'll paint this sweet squirrel and cute squirrel on a ready-to-go canvas measuring 30x40 cm (you can choose the size you want).
This one does ship from China takes so you'll need to leave a bit longer for it to arrive, but it's got rave reviews and is worth the wait.
Escape to London from your home with this cityscape paint by numbers kit. It comes with non-toxic acrylic paints, pre-mixed for you so all you have to do is match the numbers of the paint and the figures on the pre-prepared canvas to fill in the picture.
This kit comes with 3 brush shapes and sizes to help you perfect your painting process. The frame is not included so you'll need to buy a frame separately to display your finished masterpiece.
Paint some maximalist style with this boho-feel paint by numbers kit of beautiful birds and blossoms. It includes numbered acrylic-based paints, a pre-printed numbered canvas, 3 paint brushes and a hanging kit.
Paint man's best friend with this adorable paint by numbers kit. In this beautiful kit, you'll receive everything you need to finish the painting plus a free DIY frame as a gift, so you'll be ready to proudly hang it up in your living room. This is an ideal gift for any dog lover.
Paint the ocean's noblest creature with Handmade Prints Studio's painting by numbers kit. It includes everything you need to start painting and measures 15.7 x 20 inches.
It would make the perfect gift for any keen surfers in your life and will be a joy to paint!
Brighten up any home with a splash of deep red florals with this abstract painting. Your painting kit will include an artist's canvas (40 x 50 cm), a double set of acrylic paint, a set of artist's paintbrushes plus a DIY frame.
Capture the beauty of Venice at night with this beautiful paint by numbers kit. With the setting sun, hanging lamps and peaceful waters this will be a treat to paint.
The kit includes pre-printed canvas, 24 colours and paintbrushes. They even offer 50% extra paint than is needed to complete the project to ensure you don't run out!
Of course, we simply had to include a cat painting on this! We know a lot of crafters adore cats, and we always find bringing those two aspects together makes for a popular project indeed!
This large canvas features a cute tabby cat against a vibrant background. Everything you need will be included in the kit and you'll be able to get the painting straight away.
Looking for the best paint by numbers for adults? This kit is great for beginners due to its minimalist design. Although simple, the design is beautiful and modern and would look fabulous hanging in any home.
Within this kit, you'll find a linen canvas, eco-friendly paint and paintbrushes. If you would like you can choose the option to include a frame.
If you're looking for an easy, straightforward project then this is the kit for you! This cute panda is blocky and doesn't contain lots of intricate details making it the perfect starter for painting (especially if you are not very confident and would like a less intimidating place to start).
This project might be fun to get the kids involved with too, it would look cute on a nursery wall once it is finished.
How absolutely adorable is this raccoon paint by numbers kit! Chomping down on his watermelon this sweet critter is bound to be welcome in any home. This lovely design was created by an art teacher (and talented artist).
The kit comes with everything you need including paint (no mixing required).
Give your home a fresh, contemporary look by adding this vibrant design from JoyBoutiqueArt on Etsy. This paint by numbers kit is designed to look as though it's painted with loose brushstrokes, so if you do make a mistake it won't be noticeable.
We'd highly recommend browsing through this seller's shop, as there are plenty more gorgeous designs to choose from.
This pretty mini sunrise paint by numbers kit comes with a selection of beautiful pastel paints. Unlike the other sets in this article, it comes with its own small easel, which will definitely make the painting process easier.
You could also display your painting on the easel when it's completed.
It's a very easy design that would be perfect for anyone who wants to try painting by numbers for the first time.
This gorgeous illustration from JrayCrayHoShow on Etsy is guaranteed to make you feel calm and mindful.
This is just one of the exceptional designs from this store and we found it very difficult to pick our favourite kit! Take a look at the seller's store to find matching designs for your home.
A paint by numbers kit is a fantastic way to be mindful and explore your creative side. If you're not a confident painter, a paint by numbers kit is a good place to begin, because all of the colours have been chosen for you – you just need to fill them in.
There's a huge variety of designs available to choose from, ranging from vintage patterns to contemporary illustrations. The choice is yours! It's easy to find the best paint by numbers for adults and explore your creative side.
Painting by numbers is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon and it might just inspire you to become a painter!
If you want to learn how to paint, watercolours are a good starting point: they're affordable, versatile and easy to use. Beginners can create their own stylish watercolour paintings with just a few basic techniques.
Get started with Gathered's introduction to watercolour painting.
Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.
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