Posted in Anxiety, art, classical music, Flowers, Ideas, inspiration, painting

Which PBN kit is the best?

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What’s a PBN kit? Paint by numbers!

I know what you’re thinking…kids stuff, right?

Nope!

Today’s kits can be as intricate as you can muster. From the masters like Monet to modern works from Thomas Kincaid, these kits are wonderful for reaching out to your inner artist without needing an art degree first.

I’ve personally painted nine pictures in the past two years. It’s funny really how all of it came about. My then fiance and I saw bright pictures you could buy for your walls. I touted that I could do better than that.

Challenge accepted! I then went into a search for ideas of what to paint and came across these kits. I was amazed at the difficulty level of some of them…my first took me about 60 hours worth…but was time well spent. I’ve learned soo much about brushes, the types, gesso, varnishing, and how to mount and frame them.n

My first painting was finally put on display (with my husband-chosen 2nd painting) a year later. It took us that long to figure out how to mount it, pricing frames, buying them, and figuring the rest out, all while dancing around his work schedule (about 60 hours a week) plus kitties, life, my jobs, etc.

So, onto the three companies whose kits I’ve tried:

  1. Mypaintbynumbers.com

I’ve done the most with this company. These are canvas rolls that feel like vinyl (sometimes) but need to be flattened due to being shipped from overseas in a tube. The paint is good quality and comes with brushes (which are decent quality) plus mounting hardware for when your masterpiece is finished and framed.

Here are some examples:

They offer a wide variety of painting from the great masters to cute smaller painting just for the kiddos.

You can find them at : mypaintbynumbers.com


The next company I’ve tried is Plaid paints. These come on a stiff canvas covered board and are easy to sit on an easel. (the canvas rolls I attach to a foam board)

The paints are a good quantity and quality. My kit contained brushes too, and was shipped in a nice box (since it’s a board) and was in tact. I’ve done just two of these so far, but want to do more.

You can find Plaid on Amazon, Herschnerrs, or their own site: Plaid


Last but not least, FramedPBN

This was an unusual item that I found but loved it right away. I love lavender fields and wanted some color after all of the earth toned paintings I’d done…so I found this:

I found this on Amazon and loved that it’s already a pre-stapled canvas. You can hang it up as-is when dry! No fussing with mounting, etc. This came with just the canvas, paints, and instructions. I love the bright morning yellow and the blue mountains especially. It lives up my office nicely.

Looks for more here: Amazon

So…which is my favorite of all? It’s a tie between My pbn and Plaid for sure, but I’m open to all of them…except where you mix your own paints. 🙂 I’m just lazy like that…lol.

I hope one of these inspires you to try your own!

#painting #pbn #art #paint #adult #try it you’ll love it #inspiration

Steph

Posted in classical music, concerts, family

Loving the Masters of Music (Classical)

Who remembers their first ever concert? Was it rock? Pop? Country?

Mine was classical, and it cemented my love for these ageless masterpieces.

From the time I was very young, my father raised my brother and I to listen to and appreciate classical music. Only one of us got the message (me) ha ha. I can recall countless hours in the car hearing Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovitch, and many others of the masters of timeless music.

My mother too, had a love of older tunes and introduced me to big band and swing music as well. My brother introduced me to rock n roll and classic rock, but that’s another post. LOL

As for the concert; I was 18 years old and just out of high school. I remember I had to borrow one of my mother’s nice dresses (not a dresser-upper) so I could attend the symphony with my father. It was wonderful! I wish I could remember the program that was played, but I just recall being there with my dad and soaking up the wondrous sights and sounds of Powell Hall. Anyone who’s ever been can attest to it’s beauty and wonder. At Christmastime, it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

To this day I get a funny look when I ask for classical tunes during an MRI or an impressed nod when I mention anything about Mozart or Beethoven.  What thrills me most is my nephew is also versed in the classics and the three of us chat about our favorites. 🙂

Even my fiance is open to learning about the masters; I want to introduce ‘Master of the Month” here at home, but may do so on here as well.

Who is your favorite or have you ever given classical a chance?  If not, I invite you to such a splendid world of sound and delight.  Who knows, you might just like it.