Sunday, March 13, 2011

Paint by Numbers was invented in DETROIT!! HAH!



I just finished a paint by numbers painting, which I altered by adding myself at an easel. And I found out, thanks to Gerald Holland, that paint by numbers was invented in Detroit. The kits were developed and marketed in 1950 by Max S. Klein, an engineer and owner of the Palmer Paint Company of Detroit, Michigan and Dan Robbins, a commercial artist. In 1951 Palmer Paint introduced the Craft Master brand which sold over 12 million kits.

I did this painting for an exchange and made it into a postcard to mail to the exchange members. I include it here because I'm a Detroit artist and the paint by numbers kits were invented in Detroit--Thanks Gerald!!!

8 comments:

One Woman's Thoughts said...

I remember doing the paint by numbers. It was always a welcome Christmas gift that kept me entertained for hours. It made me feel like a fledgling artist.

I'm from the Detrout area too and I loved this little bit of trivia!

merrytait said...

Thanks, One Woman! I did them as a kid. This latest one was for an exchange. I thought it was interesting.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

I didn't know that. I never painted by numbers but knew lots of people who did and I think they were a great invention as it gave folks a way to learn to paint...

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

It does help some, reminds me of alternate ways to pain.

Sailor said...

Beautiful work!
Cruise Picture

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thank you! :-D I appreciate that.

Avantika Badgujar said...

please can you tell me the colour and the number as i have lost the paper in which the colous were numbered.i have the colur but i dont know the colours number .PLEASE SEND AS QUICK AS YOU CAN I NEED TO COMPLETE THE SAME PICTURE......

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Because it was four years ago, I no longer have that paper. I am sorry.