Apple Pie Painting sent me a custom paint by number kit for review. All opinions are my own.
Those of you who have followed my blog for more than a year or so will know that I used to have pugs. In 2014 I adopted a bonded pair of pugs named Frank and Beans. I shared their pug adoption story on my blog a long time ago.
They were 8 and 9 when we go them in 2014, so it’s no surprise that they aren’t with us anymore. We put Frank down in October of 2020 and just three months later in January of 2021, Beans passed away unexpectedly. Well, I say unexpectedly but she was 16.5 years old, and pugs only have a 12-15 year life expectancy.
Anyway…it’s been a full year without either of them now and I still miss them every day, but I’m at a place now where I am not sad every time I see a photo of them or memories of them get brought up in conversation. Sometimes, I still get super sad about losing them, but I also can remember them with happiness now.
So, when I heard about Apple Pie Painting, and how they make customized pet paint by number kits, I instantly thought it’d be perfect to have one made of my pugs!
I’m not skilled at drawing so freehand painting isn’t my thing, but anyone can do a paint by number. I thought having a painting of the pugs hanging up would be an awesome way to remember them. Plus, I loved the fact that I’d get to paint them myself!
Apple Pie Painting Custom Pet Photo Paint By Number Review
I sent in a few photos of my pugs together and asked them to select the one that they thought would work best for the paint by number kit. The photo below is the original photo that they made the paint by number from.
When my Apple Pie Paintings Paint By Number Kit arrived, here’s what it looked like.
The canvas has the lines skeched out on it, with numbers in each shape. They also provide you with a printed color key, which is awesome for helping to visualize the finished piece.
They also sent me three paintbrushes in different sizes, a paint palette, and of course, paint in each of the 11 colors shown on the color key. The paints come in small pots, with stickers on the lids that match the color code. For example, the pure white paint had a #1 on the paint lid.
Apple Pie Paintings recommends doing two coats to get the best coverage. I did two coats over the whole piece, and then went back in a few more times in places that I felt still looked sparse. I found that was a bit anxious about painting the areas where two color sections collide, so I had to go back into those areas multiple times as I didn’t paint them thoroughly the first time or two.
I found the experience of painting this piece almost therapeutic. I like adult coloring books, and I think anyone who likes coloring would also find that they enjoy doing paint by numbers. The experience was fun, and at the end I was quite happy with the finished piece. It made me feel like a better painter than I really am!
While the customized pet paint by number kit is based on a photo, I was still impressed with how well the kit represented my dogs. They still have to take your photo and decide which shapes to create in which colors/shades to maintain the overall look of your pets. I feel like they managed this well with my pugs.
Many people who weren’t really close to my dogs would not be able to tell the two apart, because they were both pugs. At a glance, they looked similar t a lot of people. However, they had several distinct differences so they were easy for us to tell apart. Frak had a lot more black on his forehead, Frank’s ears were bigger. Frak’s overall body color was a shade darker (more yellow/tan?) while Beans was closer to a white color.
While they had a lot of differences, they were subtle, so I could imagine how someone may have taken a photo of them and simplified it into a paint by number and left them looking more similar than they really did in real life. It would have made sense to me if someone would have opted to make their fur colors identical, for example. So I love how they noticed that Beans is lighter and provided us with pain that was lighter for her than the one used on most of Frank’s body. Apple Pie Paintings did a great job of maintaining the essence of both of my pugs when converting our photo to a paint by number kit.
The canvas is stretched over a frame, so you can hang it as-is once finished! No need for a frame. Oh, you get to choose the background color by the way! I chose light blue but they have 12 colors you can pick from. When you order a two-pet kit like mine it will come on an 11×14 canvas and the cost is $99. They have other sizes and price points depending on how many pets you want the canvas to include.
Overall I really enjoyed my experience with Apple Pie Paintings paint by number kits. I think they’d make a wonderful gift for pet lovers who enjoy crafts.
Hi there! I am Emily Evert, the owner of Emily Reviews. I am 28 and live in a small town in Michigan with my boyfriend Ryan and our two pugs. I have a large family and I adore my nieces and nephews. I love reading memoirs, and learning about child development and psychology. I love watching The Game of Thrones, Teen Mom, Sister Wives and Veep. I like listening to Jason Isbell, John Prine, and other alt-country or Americana music. I created Emily Reviews as a creative outlet to share my life and the products that I love with others.
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