The paint by number phenomenon was created by an artist named Dan Robbins and the owner of Palmer Paint Company Max S. Klein.
In 1951 the Palmer Paint Company began selling paint by number sets under the label Craft Master.
The paint by number kits included up to ninety paints with numbers printed on them that corresponded to the numbers printed on the canvas and two brushes to apply the paint with.
Subject matter ranged from idyllic countryside scenes to Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper.
My personal favorites are the ones that feature bold colors and fun subject matter such as the ones I have found to share with you today...
The pink flamingo picture posted above is one of two paint by numbers paintings up for auction.
The other painting is of pink and white cockatoos.
The Current bid is $14.99 and there are 4 days left on their sale over on eBay
Goldilocks and the Three Bears paint by number painting.
The Starting bid is $4.95 and there are 5 days left on it's sale over on eBay
Ballerina paint by number painting.
The Starting bid is $3.99 with a "Buy It Now" price of $14.99 and there are 6 days left on it's sale over on eBay
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This post was originally published on May 9, 2007.