Published at Saturday, 11 May 2019. Color by Number. By Sidonia Gomez.
Who Should Be Credited with the Creation of Paint-by-Number: Michelangelo or Leonardo DA Vinci? Some people dismiss paint-by-number as an elementary, formulaic painting system. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it’s worth mentioning that Leonardo DA Vinci is rumored to have created the first painting-by-number system. In his book Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo DA Vinci, Bülent Atalay wrote, “Painting by number may not be as egregious a pursuit as one might imagine. Leonardo himself invented a form of it, assigning assistants to paint areas on a work that he had already sketched out and numbered.” Other sources suggest that Michelangelo should be credited with the invention of the painting system. Either way, paint-by-number had anything but humble beginnings.
Paint-by-number is perfect just how it is. However, a 21st Century version of paint-by-number is Segmentation SegPlay PC, a digital paint-by-number game compatible with Windows PC. Segmentation SegPlay PC is the coolest, newest way to paint-by-number (www.segmation.com). Request a FREE 10-day trial of SegPlay PC today. Don’t forget to peruse our SegPlay PC pattern sets. One of our most popular sets this time of year is “Christmas Time.” If you fall in love with Segmentation SegPlay PC, be sure to get your FREE download of SegPlay mobile. SegPlay Mobile allows you to “paint” away on your mobile devices. Paint-by-number is a beautiful thing. It has a rich history and, thanks to technology, a bright future. Do you have any pressing questions about paint-by-number? If so, share them with us in the “comments” section below. We will do our best to get them answered.
The History of Paint-by-Number, Paint-by-number kits were first developed in 1950 by Max S. Klein, an engineer at and owner of the Palmer Paint Company in Michigan. These kits were co-created with commercial artist Dan Dobbins. Wikipedia stated, “In 1951 Palmer Paint introduced the Craft Master brand which sold over 12 million kits. This public response induced other companies to produce their own versions of paint by number.” Paint-by-number kits had mass appeal, and for good reason: they gave everyone the chance to create something beautiful. Although many art critics detested these kits, the public loved them. While they are not as popular as they used to be, paint-by-number kits are an American trademark and are still well-loved by people all over the world.
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