Discover the ultimate way to unwind and DIY your very own wall art! Paint by numbers for adults has swept the nation this year, as people everywhere embrace the calming powers of making art but in an accessible way that doesn’t require you to already be a painting pro.
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. We already know that that crafting is officially good for us (see our article on Why crafting is good for your mental health) and now this beginner-friendly option is proving popular with brand new crafters as well as established makers.
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 2020.
In this round up we’ve focused on the best contemporary and stylish paint by numbers designs – 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.
Featured image: Girl relaxing with plants kit © Paint at Home Store on Etsy
Paint by numbers for adults – the best kits to buy
Ok people, let’s dive into a few of our absolute favourite kits out there. Prepare to relax and unwind with these beautiful designs…
Pimpinella William Morris
- Buy it now (Etsy, from £19.98)
Canvas By Numbers has made our year by releasing this easy-to-paint version of a William Morris classic Pimpernel 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!
Grow your own plants
- Buy it now (Mood Board Boutique – Etsy, £22)
Paint your own trio of cacti with this triple paint by numbers kit – it comes with 3 numbered designs printed onto A4 300gsm artist paper, acrylic paint pots (enough to complete all 3 paintings), 2 paintbrushes and instructions.
Sunflower Painting by Numbers Kit
- Buy it now (Not on the High Street, £19)
Paint by numbers kits often feature landscapes but we love one for its simple floral design – it’s a great way to capture some summer vibes as we head out of the winter season The kit by Mood Board Boutique comes with the design printed on to quality A4 300gsm artist paper, plus numbered acrylic paint pots, 2 paint brushes and instructions. A £3 donation from each set sold goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. Painting by numbers for adults has never been so beautiful.
Mood Board Boutique Beach huts
- Buy it now (Etsy £15)
OK, we confess. We have fallen a little bit in love with Mood Board Boutique while researching our favourite paint by numbers for adults. This is one of the most contemporary artworks you can make in this roundup. Your kit includes the design printed onto high-quality A4 300gsm artist paper, acrylic paint pots, 2 paintbrushes, instructions and a reference picture. You can also choose from sister designs of a Sunset tree, Pink trainers or Peonies.
Van Gogh The Starry Night
- Buy it now (Amazon, £15.99)
Paint your very own masterpiece and recreate this classic painting kit by L’Aperature. This beautiful paint by numbers kit includes a printed 16×20 inch art canvas, 6 painting brushes, a set of acrylic paints and instructions.
- Buy it now (Amazon, £10.99)
Paint a wildlife wonder with this 16×18 inch Deer Paint By Numbers kit by LOKIPA. It includes a 16×20 inch canvas, 3 brushes and a set of high-quality paints, and we especially love how this finished design really has the effect of being painted freehand, but with all the soothing benefits of actually getting to follow a paint by numbers design, piece by piece.
Paint it with flowers
- Buy it now (Amazon, £13.99)
This Tenol DIY Paint by Numbers for Adults kit will guide you through painting a 16×20 inch picture of a flower on a windowsill. This kit comes with a pre-printed canvas with labelled colour blocks, ready for you to apply the paint, a set of acrylic paints, 1 finished picture to guide you and 3 paintbrushes. Frame not included but this one is seriously relaxing to paint and watch the design grow in front of your eyes.
Girl relaxing with plants
- Buy it now (Etsy £25.36)
This beautiful design from the Paint at Home store on Etsy caught our eye immediately while we were shopping for Paint by Numbers for adults. Make your own abstract-style painting of a girl relaxing with this beautiful modern kit. It ships from China so you’ll need to allow a few weeks for shipping – worth bearing in mind if you’re considering it for a Christmas gift. Finished dimensions are 30×45 cm or 12×16 inches.
Ballet dancers by Vikmari
- Buy it now (Amazon, £10.99)
Capture the behind-the-scenes glimpse of dancers warming up with this beautiful paint by numbers kit by Vikmari. It comes with an easy-to-read numbered canvas, a set of paintbrushes, pigments, magnifier and instructions. You’ll just need to find a frame to finish.
Cat on a Beach Scene
- Buy it now (Etsy, £21.73)
Because who doesn’t love cats and crafts? (We’ve done quite an extensive survey of the Gathered team and it’s pretty unanimous.) You’ll paint this sweet kitty gazing out to see on a ready-to-go canvas measuring 40×50 cm. 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.
Enjoy a city break
- Buy it now (Amazon, £12.99)
Escape to London from your home with this cityscape paint by numbers kit. It cones with eco-friendly acrylic paints, all mixed for you so all you have to do is the 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. Frame is not included so you’ll need to buy a frame separately to display your finished masterpiece.
Magpies and flowers
- Buy it now (Etsy, from £16.29)
Paint some maximalist style with this boho-feel paint by numbers kit of beautiful birds and blossoms. It comes with numbered acrylic-based paints, a pre-printed numbered canvas, 3 paintbrushes and a hanging kit.
- Buy it now (Amazon, £13.99)
As we approach a full year of Coronavirus travel restrictions, we’re really missing escaping on holidays – so while you wait for the pandemic to pass, why not paint your own adventure with this beautiful paint by numbers kit?
Modern style cactus
- Buy it now (Etsy, £27.99)
Paint At Home Store’s beautiful cactus paint by numbers kit is proving popular on Etsy, notching up almost a thousand kits sold so far. Your finished artwork will measure 40 x 60cm (12×16 inches). It does ship from China so make sure you leave a bit of extra time for delivery and it will be worth the wait.
Under the Sea
Buy it now (Etsy, from £36.22)
Be still our hearts – the colours in this underwater scene! If you’re a sucker for a pop of colour and love a nature screen, this beautiful design by Rhi James is the one for you. Each kit comes with a template printed canvas, 4 brushes and 30 little pots of acrylic paint. The 16x20in canvas should take you about 18 hours to paint. Available to pre-order now.
Paint by numbers pet portrait kit
- Buy it now (Not on the High Street, £30)
A super-cute addition to this round up of our favourite paint by numbers kits for adults, immortalise your pet in paint with this black and white pet portrait – created from your favourite photo. Your paint by numbers kit will come with 15x15cm birch plywood for you to paint, a strip of six paint pots of designer chalk paint and a paintbrush, plus a brass hanger to hang your finished portrait once you’re done. It should take about 6 hours to paint.
- Buy it now (Etsy, £27)
Escape to the sea with with DIY seascape by artist Victoria Obolensky. Paint your own crashing waves, weaving crowds and foaming froth with this Devon-based scene. This paint by numbers kit comes with everything you need – acrylic paints, brushes, a pre-sketched canvas and a sponge).
Painting art kit – rose
- Buy it now (Etsy, £29)
This classic flower picture is perfect for first-timers to paint by numbers kits. You’ll get a pre-drawn premium canvas board (20cm x 30cm), a set of acrylic paints, a brush and a disposal palette.