paint by numbers

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

I wanted to share with y'all something that's really been rocking my world lately (okay, besides mini blizzards and cheese curds. what! who's said that?) When I started doing graphic design as a business, it sort of got scratched off the hobby list. Although I still did some projects just for fun, it became something I didn't want to spend all my free time doing, too. My creative brain needed a break. Enter a major hobby-less crisis several months ago when I couldn't identify anything here nor there that I did just for fun

And then the heavens burst open and the sun shone through and I watched Mona Lisa Smile with a dear friend (don't you love that movie?) and there Julia Roberts was, sitting at her classy all-girls university professor desk, hair up, overalls on, and a paint by numbers in front of her. We can just all admit right now that that woman is, well, just really great. So I copied her. It looked soooo classy you guys.

Thanks to Amazon and a month-long shipping process from China, I have my very own paint by numbers right on the dining room table. (We all know what paint by numbers is, right? Like where all the spaces have numbers and each color belongs to a number and you just paint the spaces with the corresponding number. Yeah? Okay. Glad we are all on the same page now). 

The thing about this paint by numbers business is that it's an artistic outlet without having to produce or creative anything new. Essentially, a brainless activity that results in a fun, creative and artistic result. And obviously, you can just let people think you actually painted that yourself because they can't see the lines. Or you can be a good person and just tell the truth -- that you're in LOVE with paint by numbers. There I said it.

Obviously, I didn't exactly pick a "beginner" set because I wanted it to be a continual process, something I felt didn't need to be rushed and that I could come back to at any time. It's only about a third of the way finished but it's so fun to see some of the finished parts turn into a real image that will eventually become a big finished piece. And friends, it is SO good for my soul. How much patience I'm learning. Holy mackerel. 

Feel free to try one out yourself, it's a google search away and if you have the slightest inkling that you may like to try it, trust me, you will. In fact, PLEASE try one out yourself. I would love to see your work in progress! We can form a paint by numbers fan club…or something like that. Anyway, happy hearts all around! I'll just be over here painting! 


  1. Hi Erin! I'm Jordyn and I blog over at I'm so excited to have stumbled across your blog through The Tiny Twig's August Goals link up. I've only explored a little so far, but I'm excited to get to know you more through this blog.

    I love that you shared this paint by numbers idea. It's absolutely genius.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by!! Look forward to reading some of your posts, too.


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