The difference between painting and varnishing

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Paint or dye?

If you are familiar with our blogs, you must have noticed that we use different terms when it comes to ‘painting’. The boxes you color in… paint… or paint. The two terms seem inextricably linked, which would make you think the two are synonymous. Generally, people know what you mean, but in this blog post, we would still like to explain the technical differences between these terms. A handy rule of thumb in advance is that the task you are performing determines whether you are painting or painting.

Painting is a broad term. It means, for example, creating a work of art by using paint to create an image on a surface, as well as covering surfaces with paint. Painting is when a high degree of (ornamental) detail is present. So when you have ordered your Elvis or Milkmaid, open the package and the brush is already in your hand, you start painting.

Paint is like coloring larger surfaces, such as walls. For a wall in the living room, you often use a paint roller up to the ceiling, but where the roller does not reach, you repaint it with a brush. Paintings by numbers, such as the neon tiger, often include larger surfaces, for which you need a somewhat broader brush. However, you don’t then say you are painting, because the nature of the task you are doing resists this. You are then still painting.


Painting or painting: the right gear always matters

So there is a definite difference between the two. In everyday language, this doesn’t really matter. However, it does matter when determining the type of brush. For instance, the Riefco premium brushes are ultimate for when you are painting. The small brushes are optimal for the many small compartments, which often require precision due to the ornate details. After painting, you can clean them again with the cloth included in the package.

However, the paints you use for painting and for dyeing are different. For paintings by numbers, you use acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is water-based paint, which does not have a strong odor. Wall paint is also water-based paint, as it consists of water-based acrylic dispersion. This is a resin that acts as a binder, and so can also provide protection for the walls you paint.

Finally, accessories are also essential when creating a beautiful painting by number. The Painting by Number accessories make painting even easier and also a lot more fun, so you can get everything out of this hobby. Let’s start painting!

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