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Life lessons from paint by numbers
For the past few months I’ve been dying to try paint by numbers. I even bought Benjamin’s second cousin a set for her birthday, an easy set for younger children. I couldn’t find the right portrait just yet.
On social media I came across Country Living’s monthly paint by numbers set and a quick text to Jackie asking if she’d want to do one with me while she was in town. We both picked the March kit, a gal walking her bicycle. The site used to limit buying than one kit from the same month for some ridiculous reason so after some complaining, they changed it so – you’re welcome. Seemed crazy if you wanted to do it as a group project!
It’s pricer than most kits – $35 plus additional shipping but this art comes on a self-standing 1″ board which I liked. When we got it, I immediately sent a photo text to Jackie to show her we had a challenge up our sleeves. This called for wine – for her anyway. I can’t drink – Asian glow/allergy.
Yes, it is as horrible as it looks. If you thought this was a good past time for elder people, think again. My hands are steady and I was getting the antsy shake it out breaks. I googled the best way to tackle a paint by numbers project – one site said paint from darkest to lightest. I tried it, then I got antsy and moved to painting the bigger spots so I could go over the smaller ones and ignore the numbers. I mean they were minuscule dots, my friends. And I, do not have patience.
I was done early by the second night. Jackie, she followed the rules. I clearly didn’t.
In fact, I finished hers because when she left on Sunday night she didn’t have the time. That’s OK, because she’ll never know what colors were SUPPOSED to be there. Hahahaa.
I decided to not do any of red on the back of the bike – I thought it was distracting and looked too much like a mountain bike instead of a cruiser. I added a few flowers along the dirt road, and oh, I don’t know, probably missed a lot of spots but whatever.
Jackie said it was a reflection on my life and creativity – a good thing.
I don’t follow every rule or suggestion, I skip to the fun stuff, I improvise, problem solve, figure out what details can be ignored and what can’t, I color outside the lines, and I change it to the way I think looks better. I also know when it’s good, it’s good. Get it done right the first time so you don’t have to over edit or fix anything. I’m also going to tell you that I went in thinking if I hated it, didn’t see it going anywhere, I would quit and be OK with it. Some things if you just can’t see the end of the road or find it to be too much effort and not enough reward, it’s OK to walk away – just don’t make it a habit as my gf Ricki added.
I’m not sure if I’ll do another paint by numbers. I didn’t like it enough to buy another one, but didn’t hate it enough to completely write it off. Only time will tell – and Jackie will never know what spots I accidentally covered, shhhh, still looks great right?
Have you ever done a paint by numbers?