Thursday, March 18, 2010

What's your number??

Do you remember "Paint by Numbers" ? I do.


I always tried but never got very good at it.


Back then, I thought they were the dumbest things around.

And I held onto that thought until recently..when I discovered this one used as a back-board for a picture in a frame that I wanted..I didn't want the picture that was showing..just the frame.

And I got this surprise. And I looked at this dog and fell in love..how could anyone not want that?


..and when I started loving anything vintage..I realized how wonderful the old PBN pictures really were. Especially the dogs..and horses..but I love the dogs..


In the fun of "junking" and finding great "stuff"..I want to start collecting these. I imagine I could become lucky again and one day while thirfting, I may find another one.

I even looked on eBay, thinking no one would want {or even have} any of these..


w.r.o.n.g...they do..and they cost..well..more than I want to pay..

So, maybe, just maybe I'll buy a kit, sit down some evening with the little pots of paint and paint away..not worrying about composition, or color choice or subject matter...


...and just have some mindless-easy-fun painting by numbers :-)


How about you? Did you ever do any PBNs?

-me

14 comments:

Julie said...

Those dog pbns are glorious. I've never seen any. The ones I've seen seem to have to do with autumn leaves and covered bridges. I even finished one my mom had started. I loved the smell of those oil paints.

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Lucy said...

I loved paint by numbers because I was not given any artsy genes at all so when I was able to paint something, I thought I could paint. Now I know it was just life throwing me another curve. :)

Joannafesto said...

I have a couple vintage PBN's and they have gotten very pricey on Ebay. Especially the flamingos. It was quite a thrill though, when I found one that matched a lighted scene I had from Cypress Gardens in Florida (I collect pre-Disney, Florida souvenirs). Who'd have thought they'd become so collectible?

Laurie said...

I loved PBN! I used to do them all the time when I was a kid. I was in Hobby Lobby the other day, and they had a whole aisle of them, I too loved the animals. As a horse nut, those are the ones I always picked. Ahhh I can smell the paint just thinking about it!

Vee said...

A few...my grandmother has a few unfinished ones in the attic. Perhaps I should sell them on Ebay.

Sandy said...

Loved them....

Just Breathe said...

It is so funny that you are talking about this. I was just thinking about them the other day.
I did it when I was young and thought they were dumb but I think I would like to do one now. I am going to get me one!

Karen said...

Of course I did PBN.....I'm almost 50 now and I still like to color. It's so relaxing.

Pearl said...

Collen I love these pictures! Come on over to my blog and see mine! Thanks for the memories. Pearl

Sue said...

I have found several PBN vintage pics in this area at yard sales - used to hate them but now find something rather appealing about them.

I agree that the dog ones are really great! I also agree that the prices on Ebay can be steep!


Sue

Vicki said...

I remember doing them when I was a kid..wish I had them now...
You found a sweet surprise Colleen. I'll start looking for them junkin too! Have a great weekend..

diane said...

Its amazing what come around again. I would never have thought they would be collectors items. I do remember the whole family being involved with them when they were in vogue. I can't remember what happened to them. Do you ever check out the "Freecycle"site for thrifting or thirfting as you said hehehe.

Lori R. said...

what fun! never thought about PBN's before. I remember them, just never thought about them... might have to try that...