December 18, 2001
4:38 PM   Subscribe

The Smithsonian takes a look at Paint by Number kits and asks for submissions of your own memories.
posted by Su (6 comments total)
i preferred the paint books where you jsut needed a wet brush, and the 'paint' was already in the right spots, you just had to dissolve it.

did those have a name?
posted by o2b at 4:44 PM on December 18, 2001

o2b: alternately Paint with Water or Watercolor books. I used to love those too although my strongest memory of them is disappointment in finding out that they don't color themselves in when you run them under the sink. (ah curiosity...)
posted by joemaller at 1:15 AM on December 19, 2001

This is a great show at the Smithsonian (come visit us). And the catalog is really nice too.
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 6:01 AM on December 19, 2001

Are paint-by-number kits still available anywhere? KayBee and Toys backwards-R Us, don't seem to carry them, and I haven't managed to find them at any of those "educational" toy stores either. Little help? Is there a Montessori Mamma out there got my numba?
posted by chino at 8:28 AM on December 19, 2001

chino, I've seen paint-by-numbers kits at craft stores (Michael's specifically). Check around, because I'm pretty sure you can still find really cheesy kits on black velvet.
posted by stefanie at 9:09 AM on December 19, 2001

Duh, craft stores! I'll check Michael's after work. Stefanie, you (provisionally) rock!
posted by chino at 10:44 AM on December 19, 2001

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