Every Disney fan treasures the classic animated films. Did you know you can paint your own scenes from some of these classics using paint-by-number techniques? Offered through Thunder Bay Press, Disney Classic Paint-By-Number teaches you how to paint scenes from Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp, Pinocchio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The kit comes with 5 sturdy canvases, 1 scene from each above mentioned movie, that can be hung up on the wall or displayed on the stands that are included in the kit. You will also find an accompanying 48-page book that teaches you how to mix colors and apply them to the canvases. The book also contains fun, insightful commentary on each of these Disney classic films.
10 acrylic paints
1 paint brush
1 48-page book
I was so excited to start painting and despite the fact Disney Classic Pain-By-Number is aimed for adults I opted to include my oldest 4 kids! We each picked a scene to paint and started having fun! This project took about a week, painting for an hour a day. Some of us have not finished, but that is because we missed a day for an appointment. Set up and clean up took the longest. If I had done this on my own it would have involved much less time, but it was far more fun with my kids!
Each scene has numbers for each part that is to be painted. You can find the corresponding numbers in the book. This is very helpful when knowing the exact shaded they want 3-1-1, for example, to be. We all had fun mixing colors and Rylee, my 10 year old daughter, was delighted to learn she had an eye for getting colors mixed exactly the perfect shade. Overall, we really enjoyed Disney Classic Pain-By-Number, however we have 3 suggestions and 2 complaints…
1) You need more than 1 brush and thin points are handy. Be prepared.
2) Have a mixing pallet. They suggest aluminum foil, but if isn’t smooth it is harder to mix the paints. We thankfully had mixing pallets we pulled out.
3)When painting, do the black last and go slooooooow. Even with over 24 hours drying time, some of us who used black first had issues with the black smearing.
4) They do not give you nearly enough paint for 1 canvas, let alone 5. Luckily I keep paints on hand so we used those. In the end we used creative license for some colors since we didn’t have perfect matches and I didn’t want to buy more paint.
5) You can still see some of the numbers through the paint. Bummer. Of course this may be because I had to substitute paint. However, the substitute was acrylic so it should have worked just fine. I am not really sure.
Overall, we would definitely do another one of these paint-by-number kits. At first they kids grumbled because it involved skill which meant they had to work harder than they expected. By the end we were all amazed at our own personal improvements. We loved admiring the works of the rest and were able to identify hidden talents in each of us! It was fun and the kids learned to take their time, that art can’t always be accomplished in 1 sitting, how to mix colors, and so much more!