I did paint-by-numbers work when I was younger. It’s a wonderful way to train yourself without getting bogged down in the details that would otherwise thwart you from doing something with art.
Dan Robbins, the inventor of the paint-by-numbers kits, has died aged 93.
His kits inspired generations of budding artists to pick up a paintbrush and create multi-coloured wonders. Here, BBC News website readers share their artwork and stories about how the method helped them.
I would have guessed that these things were much, much older and dated from the Victorian era. But, no. Robbins invented them in the 1950s.
Here’s why I mention this:
Painting-by-numbers literally saved my life when I had a breakdown last year.
I could barely function and my anxiety was through the roof. I was crying all the time and everything felt like an overload.
Painting-by-numbers helped me to heal and gave me a break from the pain I was in. The act of painting each shape with a colour and being able to shut my brain off except for painting within the lines made such a difference to my recovery time, and I credit it with getting me to where I am today.
I chose the image because I like animals and the colours were attractive to me. There is also a slight sadness in the deer's eyes which spoke to me.
I believe this image took me about three weeks to complete, doing about one or two hours a day.
It was my first adult paint-by-numbers kit. I used to do them as a child. I do a little bit of drawing and I like the idea of being able to paint but don't feel confident enough to start a picture myself from scratch. I like the fact that all the hard work is already done with a paint-by-numbers kit, and at the end you know the image will be beautiful.
Please click over to the BBC and read the rest. You’ll see things like this:
Thanks again, Mr. Robbins.