Winnie’s Picks Review: trying out a paint by number kit

Winnie’s Picks reached out to me recently and asked if I wanted to try one of their paint by number kits. And if you know me, you know I live for art supplies and craft projects. I very enthusiastically said yes, and guys, I’ve been so thrilled with my little painting so far.

The sturdy tube that all of the materials are shipped in. The label reads: Paint by numbers for adults - Winnie's Picks"

The great thing about paint by numbers is that it gives you all the perks of doing something creative without any of the stress of actually trying to be artsy. The kit comes with everything you’ll need. You pick any picture that interests you or have a custom kit made from a photograph of yours, and you’re set! I love to draw and paint my own pieces, but it takes me forever to figure out what I’m doing and it rarely turns out like I imagined in my head. Using a kit takes all the pressure off because you’re pretty much guaranteed it’s going to turn out well. It lets you just enjoy slapping some paint on a canvas. Which happens to be one of my favorite things to do.

In my experience, being creative is one of the best things to help improve my mental health when I’m starting to feel off.

It’s good to do something with my hands, to feel like I’ve accomplished something after a few hours. When I’m anxious, I need something I can give my full attention to. Paint by number kits are detailed enough that I need to focus but not too difficult that it isn’t fun anymore. Side note – this is a perfect project for when you’re homebound!

I chose this one. My mom loves flowers and anything purple. More than that, she loves when I paint things for her. She’s always asking for me to paint her a new picture, so this way I can give her a painting of mine that doesn’t make me cringe every time I see it! I haven’t finished it yet. Like not even close. I’m a slow working perfectionist and my apartment has been a bit of a wreck lately with contractors coming in and out, plus hurricane prep. But so far, I’ve genuinely really loved working on it and I can’t wait to see the finished project!

Also, before I get further into the review, I just wanted to mention that I haven’t been paid to write this post. They sent me a kit to try and share my thoughts, so everything I’m saying is my honest opinion. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, onto why you clicked the post!

What’s included: 

The kit came in a sturdy poster tube that kept the materials safe and unsmashed. Inside was the rolled canvas, all of the numbered paint cups, an assorted pack of brushes, instructions, and info about the company. 

Top down view of most of what's included in the kit - canvas, brushes, and 20+ paint cups.

What I liked:

The canvas feels like a decent quality and it’s a nice, bright white. Thanks to the packaging, it came in perfect condition as well. It wasn’t wrinkled or bent. The design is printed straight on and the lines/numbers, while small, are printed cleanly. If anything was smudged or printed poorly, it’d make the project incredibly difficult, but that definitely wasn’t the case!

And speaking of the design, it’s a decent ‘challenge’. I’m not sure if challenge is the right word, but it’s a pretty large canvas at 16” by 20” with some seriously small little spaces. Which I like! I don’t want some super easy project, I want to have to give it some time and effort. It’s more fun at the end to feel like I actually accomplished something.

Up close view of canvas and with paint by number design. Some of the spaces are still empty, others are filled in with different shades of brown. The small cups of paint are laying on top of the canvas.

The paints were secured really well in tightly sealed plastic, which I SUPER appreciate. I ordered a kit from a different company last year and none of the supplies were packaged as safely. Several of my paints were dried out and goopy, one was completely solid and unusable. But with this kit, all of my paints were in perfect condition. Considering the project kind of falls apart without the paint, it’s good to know you don’t need to worry about them in shipping.

Also, the paint is a good quality. It’s acrylic, which means it’s nice and opaque to cover up the pattern underneath. The paint cups look small, but a little bit of paint goes a long way so there’s plenty.

Up close view of canvas and with paint by number design. Some of the spaces are still empty, others are filled in with different shades of brown. The small cups of paint are laying on top of the canvas.
Up close photo of some of the different paints and small sections of the design on the canvas.

What I didn’t like so much:

First of all, I want to make a point to say that my complaints are few and incredibly nit picky. I’m so happy with my kit, but for the sake of fairness and honesty, I did have a few things I wanted to note.

The brushes aren’t anything special. For the most part it’s fine because you don’t need anything fancy for these kits. But a couple were stiff and a little difficult to spread the paint around with. The brush that worked the best with the paint was the largest. Because so much of the painting requires a smaller brush, I found myself wanting to go use my own paint brushes for some of the smaller details. That being said, they send multiple brushes and I could have just gotten a dud brush in my set. Regardless, I don’t think that’s a deal breaker for the kit at all.

The last thing I wanted to mention that the lines and numbers are a very light grey. I definitely think could be difficult for some to see clearly. I personally haven’t had much trouble with it as long as I’m sitting somewhere with good lighting, but it is something to consider if you struggle with small or light print. Here’s a picture without any editing or filters so you can get a more accurate idea of how it looks:

Up close view of canvas and with paint by number design. Some of the spaces are still empty, others are filled in with different shades of brown. The small cups of paint are laying on top of the canvas.

All in all, I’m happy with my kit!

The different kits are around $25 or $35 depending on whether you go for a premade or a custom one made from your own photo. In my opinion, the price isn’t too bad considering you get everything you need and they’re not small paintings. If this is a project you’re interested in trying, I absolutely recommend one from Winnie’s Picks. Let me know if you end up getting one! I want to see your progress pictures.

*Thank you so much to Winnie’s Picks for sending me their product to try out!*

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