DIY: Uno, Dos y Tres: Paint Your Art Out!
In case a kit is not in your budget, Elle Cree also has a series of free download pages to paint or color, like this page for Felicitas Méndez!
Each coloring page also includes the story of the Latina it features: “Felicitas Méndez was a Puerto Rican civil rights activist. For most of her life, she lived with her husband and children in Orange County, California. In 1944, their local school district refused to enroll the Mendez’s three children based on their ethnicity. Felicitas Méndez refused to accept this decision. She, along with four other parents, sued the school district and organized committees that pushed to end segregation for Hispanic children. Two years later, the court ruled in her favor and concluded that the school district had violated the Mexican-American citizens right to equal protection. This decision paved the road for laws to be passed to integrate all California’s schools and seven years later for the Supreme Court to rule that segregation was unconstitutional. We remember her as being brave, outspoken, and determined as she fought for her children’s rights and the rights of many others.”
The first paint-by-number kits were created in the U.S. in the 1950s by artist Dan Robbins who was working for a paint company at the time and looking for a way to make more money for the company. Robbins says he got the idea for the kits after reading that Leonardo da Vinci – one of the greatest artists in history – used numbered patterns to help teach his students and to guide his assistants in completing the less detailed parts of his paintings.
If you don’t see any kits that inspire you, you can also check out PBNify. This website turns your uploaded images into a DIY paint-by-number pattern.
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