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Reeves Paint By Numbers

Do you ever feeling like doing something creative, but worry that it isn’t going to turn out right? I know I do! The other day I really wanted to chill out and paint but past experience has told me that painting can be stressful, especially if you don’t really know what you are doing. This is where Reeves Paint By Numbers comes to the rescue. I have already tried a kit earlier this year (click if you like books and cats) so I felt confident that I would enjoy creating a little something colourful and flowery.

The kit I chose was the Large Reeves Floral Paint By Numbers Set which is £7.99 on Amazon. It has everything you need to get started: 10 paints and a paintbrush. Just add a palette, pen and water.

Reeves are one of the world’s leading creativity and lifestyle brands, they believe creativity isn’t about right or wrong, it is all about expression and having fun. Sometimes a blank sheet of paper is daunting, so having a kit to guide you takes away the pressure and allows you to switch off and enjoy the experience.

Yes, I admit that all these tiny numbers can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but once you know what you are doing it’s easier than you think. For example: orange is labelled as pot number 2 and all you need to do is paint the sections with a number 2 written in. Simples.

It’s so relaxing to zone out with a paint brush, listen to music and know that the picture is taking shape.

Creating different shades is pretty straight forward too. The picture tells you which combinations are needed and all you have to do is mix two colours together. I found labelling the palette with a pen was the best way to keep track of all the new colours.

There are no rules. You can focus on one section at a time, one colour at a time or a bit of both.

I found myself glancing at the image on the box to find out which sections needed which colours.

If you do your painting over a few evenings, then pop your mixed paints in a plastic bag. The air won’t dry them out and they will be good to use again the next day. This will save you from mixing the colours all over again and wasting paints. I painted this over two days and the paints were still as fresh on day 2.

These kits are a great way to practice painting, mixing colours and building confidence if you are just learning. You don’t need to be an artist to be creative.

You don’t need to be especially neat or even stick strictly to the rules either. If you think your orange flower needs a splash of pink, I say go for it! Let your imagination run wild, it is your picture after all.

I ran out of space in my mixing palette so branched out onto the table (or B&Q wallpaper sample). Painting is supposed to be messy, right?! I would suggest putting paper down first as there are over 20 shades you will need to create and you will probably get paint absolutely everywhere, like I did.

Ta-da! Here is the finished picture! It really is such a fun and relaxing way to spend an couple of evenings; I had my music on in the background and didn’t even think to check my phone once. This is something I need to do more often when life gets a little overwhelming and stressful. Have you tried Painting By Numbers before? What’s your favourite way to relax and switch off? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. September 21, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Reeves painting by numbers are brilliant. It’s surprising just what time is taken to do one, but so worthwhile for the finished product. My mum still has mine, framed and on the wall, when I did one in my early 20’s.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Thanks Liz! 💖 They can take a while, I found that time just disappeared 🙈. Aww that’s sweet your mum still has your painting 😍 xx

  2. September 21, 2018 / 9:10 am

    This is simply stunning, Bexa! I love the concept of painting by numbers although I think I’d be rather daunted by all those tiny numbered sections, there are a lot of them. I know what you mean about a blank sheet of paper, I struggle to draw anything new, unlike Flora who just gets going happily. Those are great tips about numbering the palette and the plastic bag, we’ll have to remember them the next time we get her paints out, thank you. And I can certainly see that this picture took two days to complete but you must be proud of it, it’s beautiful! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lisa! 💖 Aw yes the plastic bag trick is so good to keep paints fresh for an extra day ☺️. It’s great that Flora is so creative, it definitely shows when you share her Mud & Bloom activities! 😍 xx

  3. September 21, 2018 / 10:27 am

    The finished painting is so lovely. Nice enough to stick in a frame, which is not something you’d usually say about paint by numbers! Thank for another brilliant post. X

    Hannah | hannahslifediaries.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Hannah, you are so sweet! 💖☺️ xx

  4. Emma
    September 21, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Bexa! That paint by numbers looks amazing – what a wonderful thing to do. I bet that would look wonderful on a bedroom wall somewhere 🙂

    http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 12:02 pm

      Thank you so much Emma! 💖 xx

  5. September 21, 2018 / 10:49 pm

    Bexa this is beautiful! I really like how easy the kit is to follow. I’m about to get a bit deep here, but watching you paint reminding of life. Sometimes it looks scary, difficult and you don’t see the outcome but you keep going. Keep your focus and concentration on the big picture, believe in yourself and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the end results. Thank you for sharing this with us. <3 This will make a lovely gift for someone 🙂

    Natonya | https://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      I really love this Natonya! 💖 It’s so true and such a thoughtful way to look at life. Thank you for your kind & encouraging comment, I really appreciate it 😘 xx

  6. September 22, 2018 / 1:05 am

    that came out really nice and I like that you can’t see the numbers on the paper any more.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Thanks Alice! 💖 xx

  7. September 22, 2018 / 8:42 am

    Wow, this is amazing! I love the idea behind this. Considering I’m not the best at painting hahah this would actually be perfect for me and such a great way to relax! Thanks for sharing this and I absolutely love how the entire thing ended up looking! 😍🙌🏼

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 12:40 pm

      Aww thanks so much for the lovely comment Huda! 💖 It’s definitely such a great way to relax 😘 xx

  8. September 22, 2018 / 10:23 am

    I love the concept of this! I used to really enjoy doing those sorts of colouring in calculation sheets in maths, and this sounds even better as I wouldn’t need to do any sums 😂. The finished painting is stunning 😍
    Amy xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      That actually sounds like a fun reason to do maths 😂. Thank you for the lovely comment Amy, glad you enjoyed the post 💖 xx

  9. September 22, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    That design is so pretty! I have only done colour by numbers, never paint! I may have to give that a try. You have painted it so well, the design has all the autumn feels! Thank you for sharing 😘xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! 💖 I would definitely recommend, it’s such an enjoyable activity. Aww glad you liked the picture! 😍 xx

  10. September 22, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    This is too cute Bexa! Even your step-by-step photos make it look so colorful and awesome. I so into color pencils right now but I feel painting is the next natural step. Will definitely check this out!
    xoxo Ros (ZenHealth.net)

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Ros! 💖 I would definitely recommend painting if you like colouring! Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  11. September 22, 2018 / 11:43 pm

    That’s a stunning painting! Was it difficult to stay in the lines? I have visions of the paint running and getting myself into a right mess. I haven’t tried paint by numbers since I was a child but it’s something I’d try – I have a colour by numbers book already. Which is actually my favourite to relax and chill out, that or Star Wars origami.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment Kim! 💕 It was a bit fiddly in places to stay in the lines but overall it was okay ☺️. Colour by numbers is so relaxing too and I’m interested what Star Wars origami is like now 😄💖 xx

  12. September 23, 2018 / 12:46 am

    This sounds amazing! I love the finished product by the way – you almost can’t tell there were lines underneath it!

    cabin twenty-four

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Eena! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  13. September 23, 2018 / 3:09 am

    I’m always worried about messing up with my paintings @__@. I love that you find the cutest creative things without breaking the bank. I like that there is a guide in each of the lines – big plus that you don’t really see the guides when you paint over them. You did a great job – what a great way to relax and destress (hopefully painting doesn’t stress anyone out)! I haven’t tried Painting by Numbers yet but wouldn’t mind giving it a try! Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful comment Nancy 💖. I’m so happy that it’s inspired you to maybe give it a try sometime. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  14. September 23, 2018 / 8:14 am

    Wow! This looks absolutely stunning. You should definitely frame it and put it on a wall 😍

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much Charlotte! 💖☺️ xx

  15. September 23, 2018 / 8:21 am

    Wow, this looks so beautiful and intricate! I couldn’t possibly do it, I’m too clumsy.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 4:40 pm

      Thanks Lize! 💖 I thought the same but it’s easier than it looks 😍 xx

  16. September 23, 2018 / 9:10 am

    That is beautiful! I did these many years back but was never as neat as you with a brush. I do enjoy a craft where you can just switch off though.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you Gill 💖. It’s such a great way to switch off and relax 😍 xx

  17. September 23, 2018 / 9:15 am

    I used to love doing paintings by numbers but haven’t actually done one in years, I used to find it so relaxing and calming. The one that you did is really good, going to be checking these out! Great Post xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you so much Aaliyah! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post and hope you find one you like 😍 xx

  18. September 23, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Wow this looks AMAZING! It looks very intricate and like it would require a lot of concentration and you have done a fabulous job. I used to love doing the colour by numbers as a child and would love to give one of these a go if I ever find some time!

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you so much Melanie! 💖 It’s such a great thing to do if you have a spare couple of evenings ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  19. September 23, 2018 / 10:08 am

    Oh wow this is beautiful! It actually looks so therapeutic and sounds perfect for all of the cosy nights in that we’ll be having now that the weather is going downhill!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks so much Soph! 💖 It really is a perfect Autumn/Winter activity. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  20. September 23, 2018 / 10:14 am

    My goodness, it looks amazing! I have never painted by numbers before but it sure does look like a lot of fun! I think I need to treat myself.

    Melissa 🌙 | Moonlight Mel

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much Melissa! 💖 It’s such a fun & relaxing activity, I’d say treat yourself 😘 xx

  21. September 23, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Wow Bexa this is amazing! I would love to paint but im not arty in the slightest but i think I could manage one of these! What an awesome end result and something to be proud of!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you so much Gary, that’s such a lovely comment! 💖☺️ xx

  22. September 23, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Wow Bexa, that looks amazing! I have a creative mind with zero talent lol but this might be the answer. It looks stunning, will have to try one for myself.

    Hayley x

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much Hayley! 💖 I’d definitely recommend, it’s a great way to get creative 😍 xx

  23. Gemma
    September 23, 2018 / 11:35 am

    I remember Paint By Numbers when I was a kid but don’t remember them being this colourful and exciting before! Maybe that’s because I always went for the easy ones with only a couple of colours. I definitely find something therapeutic while painting, I actually miss being this creative! An amazing result!

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Gemma! 💖 Painting is soo therapeutic and relaxing, and these are quite easy to do too. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  24. September 23, 2018 / 11:49 am

    That looks so intricate and attention to detail which i’d be so bad at but used to love painting my numbers!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks so much Ellie! 💖 It does look harder than it actually is, would definitely recommend 😍 xx

  25. September 23, 2018 / 11:52 am

    I have always wanted fo so something creative, however, my drawing talent begins and ends with stick people. Your finished product is gorgeous!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you so much Shwana! You are so sweet 💖 xx

  26. September 23, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I have always loved paint by number kits! I think they are part of the reason I grew interested in oil painting and other forms of art. My oldest has been showing interest in painting for a bit now too and I am thinking a kit like this is the perfect way to introduce it. Maybe as a Christmas present!

    I love the kit you picked out, it’s so bright and colorful and it turned out so lovely!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment Kristin! 💖 This would be the most perfect Christmas present for your oldest. Such a great way to introduce painting. Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment Nicola! 💖 xx

  27. September 23, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Great post as always. So beautiful and colorful! This post made me wanna paint! Right now! I always love the color and energy of your post.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Aww thanks so much for your kind comment Shayla 💖 xx

  28. September 23, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    The finished picture looks amazing you did such a fab job and I love how you included pictures of your progress as you completed the picture! I’d love to try one of these I think it would really help me to be more creative as that’s one thing I struggle with!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 25, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Jess! 💖 I’d definitely recommend, they are a great way to get creative. Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  29. Emma
    September 23, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    I have been looking for a new creative hobby and this looks like just the thing that will work for me, I am not overly arty. As always you pictures do it real justice.

    Emma x http://www.bookinggoodread.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 8:05 am

      Aww thanks so much Emma! 💖 It’s the perfect hobby to get creative! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 8:13 am

      Thank you so much! 💖😘 xx

  30. September 23, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    wow! those are some small areas to paint but you did a fabulous job!
    Joy at The Joyous Living

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 8:21 am

      Thank you so much Joy! 💖😘 xx

  31. September 23, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Cool I didn’t know about this but definitely will try it😊 I was really histaent to try painting right now I was waiting until I learn which will I do later but this AG react way start.
    When I want to relax is reading, watch a movie or an episode of an anime

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 8:44 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting 💖 Those are also great ways to relax 😘 xx

  32. September 23, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I’ve never tried a paint by number kit. I do like the Large Reeves Floral Paint by Number kit. I love anything with flowers. This would be a fun relaxing project for a fall night with a throw on your lap.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 8:48 am

      Thank you Deb! 💖 It really is a cosy night in activity! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  33. September 24, 2018 / 9:34 am

    I remember seeing your last paint by numbers blog post, and I just love the idea of it! I really want to get more creative but I don’t know where to start. These would be perfect ☺️ and the finishing product is amazing, well done, Bexa!

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Beka! 💖 That’s awesome you remember the last one I did too 😍. These are the perfect way to get creative. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  34. September 24, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    This is so gorgeous! I used to do painting by numbers a lot as a child, but I never thought of doing it ‘adult style’ (not a euphemism). I love to create but I’m definitely not an artist, so this looks like the perfect combination of the two, as well as being fairly mindless. And anything that takes me away from a screen has to be a good thing.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 9:13 am

      He he, thanks Cordelia! 💖 It’s definitely a great way to switch off and get away from the screen. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  35. September 24, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Oh wow this is so pretty! Must be so relaxing!

    Lily Loves

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Thanks Lily! It was really relaxing 😘💖 xx

  36. September 25, 2018 / 9:48 am

    Awwww, you did such a gorgeous job, Bexa! I’ve always wanted to try one of these – I might ask for one for Christmas! 😂 All those tiny numbers would intimidate me a little, though, without a doubt. I love the fact you used the table in the end, that made me chuckle! xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 9:40 am

      He he, thanks Ruth! 💖 Aww yes, you should definitely get one for Christmas, it’s such a relaxing way to get creative 😍 xx

  37. Shaun
    September 25, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    Your picture looks brilliant 😄. I love the colours and the butterfly looks lovely 🦋. It’s great that you can really use your imagination when painting 🎨. I can imagine it is a really relaxing way to pass the time ☺️. Good thinking popping your paints in a plastic bag so they don’t dry out 👍. An excellent post Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Thank you so much Shaun! 💖 It really was a relaxing way to pass the time. Glad you liked the picture! ☺️😍😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Thank you so much Jennifer! 💖 xx

  38. September 25, 2018 / 11:22 pm

    The finished product looks so beautiful! I’m gonna have to try out something like this, I think I would really love it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 10:07 am

      Thank you Melissa! Glad you enjoyed the post! 💖😘 xx

  39. September 26, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Your end result is so lovely! You could totally stick that on your wall or gift it to someone. I used to absolutely love painting by numbers when I was younger and lately I’ve been really looking for more screen-less activities to do because honestly I stare at some sort of screen pretty much all day every day so I think these would be a great option to get into again! 🙂 xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 26, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Thank you so much Jenny! 💖 It really is a great way to switch off and spend some time away from the screen. Yay! Glad you feel inspired to get back into painting by numbers again 😘💕 xxx

  40. September 30, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Such a pretty design!! You did a great job!!
    Yes, I tried paint by numbers but when I was a child, so quite a while ago, unfortunately! I really loved it!
    I remember my aunt offering me a paint with a dog in his little house and my sister got a cute little cat. I finished it first and helped my sister finishing it then.
    I love this kind of creative ideas!
    I need to go back to it!

    Laura
    https://peanutsandcacahuetes.com/

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Thanks so much Laura! 💖 It really did bring back happy childhood memories for me too! Aww that’s so sweet 😍. It’s really fun to get back into it again xx

  41. October 3, 2018 / 6:41 am

    Oh wow! This turned out just stunning. I enjoy coloring Bexa and paint by numbers is so easy to use. We don’t have to think much. Besides I liked your idea that if you want in include pink then go for it hehe. I have Pixel Art on my ipad and I enjoy that a lot. Finally water coloring is easy right? hehe have a nice day lovely.

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 5, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! 💖 That’s so kind of you. Ooh I need to try Pixel Art, it sounds like my kinda thing! Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  42. October 3, 2018 / 9:16 am

    The design is so intricate, it looks amazing Bexa! I think I should get one of these to manage stress xx
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.com/

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 5, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you so much Alys! 💖They are really relaxing to do, glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  43. October 3, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    I haven’t painted with a paint by numbers for years.. but I really loved the last one that I completed. This makes me want to get one and have another go again. Your completed painting looks so good (although I have a phobia of butterflies, so I’m just going to ignore that part of it!) Love the flowers. Painting is so relaxing. I love being creative when I can. ♥

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 5, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Aww thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! 💖 It really is such a relaxing way to get creative. So happy it’s inspired you to give it a go again! 😍 xx

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