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Tips and Tricks

TOP TIPS AND TRICKS for Paint by Numbers

It can be very exciting to start on your brand new Addicted Paint By Numbers kit, however, please ensure that your canvas is not wrinkled before starting. 

Wrinkling can sometimes occur where the canvas has been packed in a roll. Before you start on your new artwork, you should ensure your canvas is wrinkle-free. If you need to remove any wrinkles from your canvas, here is how to safely do this:


Your paint by numbers canvas is a high-quality material. Just like clothing, canvases are made from cotton, linen or polyester and can be ironed. You need to be careful not to set the iron on a high heat though – keep it on a mid-range heat setting. Lay your canvas face down onto a thick towel and mist the back of the canvas lightly with water from a fine spray bottle. Just dampen the fabric, no need to soak it. Gently iron over the surface, keeping the iron moving, and your canvas will be wrinkle-free within seconds.


If you are a bit nervous about ironing your canvas, then you can try stretching and rolling the wrinkles out. You can do this by placing your canvas face down onto a clean flat surface and mist the back of the canvas lightly with water. Gently start to stretch the canvas out to remove the wrinkles by hand, or roll them out by using a clean rolling pin to roll the canvas flat, applying a gentle pressure as you go. As the canvas dries out, the wrinkles should disappear.


You will have everything you need within your kit to produce a wonderful painting. Here are some handy tips about caring for your brushes and getting the best out of your kit.

  • The acrylic paints used will dry quickly. Remember to close the paint pot lids after use to prevent the paint from drying out.
  • Made a mistake? If you use the wrong color, let it dry completely. You can then paint over the area with the right color paint.
  • Clean your paint brushes thoroughly before using a different color. Wash your brushes at the end of the day with clean water so you can carry on using them the next day.
  • Don't forget to sign your work! Remember that this is your creation, so it deserves your signature.

Your painting is not only fun to create, it also makes a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one. Why not choose a beautiful frame to complement your painting and either hang it up at home for all to admire, or give it as a thoughtful special occasion gift.