Walking down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet
Hey Hey We're The Monkees!!!
On Sept. 12, 1966 the first episode of the Monkees was on TV. I was in hebrew school at the time and can remember rushing to get home on Monday nights to watch them on NBC.
One of the things my parents bought me was the Monkees Paint By Number kit. The reason I remember this item the most is that I painted the two pictures, my mother framed them, and they hung up on the stairway wall leading down to the basement. You couldn't go into our basement without seeing those two pictures year after year after year after year . . . much much longer than the Monkees phenomenon lasted when they first appeared.
Seeing this pair of paintings at an antique store once, I was bummed I couldn't afford the pricetag to recollect them as a pleasant memory. But recently, I was lucky enough to pick up the pair of old worn poorly painted portraits at an auction. I was thrilled to have them again.
The old Shapiro brain started thinking that if I had such a wonderful memory of these, I'll bet other people wouldn't mind seeing them again hanging proudly in their rec rooms.
So using my creative skills, and infinite patience, I set about to recreate the two portraits. With photoshop, I spent about a month, outlining every single section of color that was in the pictures. I could read 9 out of the 11 numbers that were used to paint it, figuring out the other two numbers with some Sherlock deductive skills. I then duplicated the text of the numbers and added them to the PBNs. Finally, I gave the lines and numbers the same blue\/green coloring that I had found the original company had used. This made sense to me since that color would show less under the paint.
Next, I set about to duplicate the original box. In one Monkees collectible book, I found a picture of the front of the box. On the opposite page was what I think was the back of the box although I'm not entirely sure and it's been over 40 years since I had seen an original box. There was also some indication in the text from the author that on the back of the box was only the 2 portraits that were inside so you could see which ones you were buying. Since the original picture of the box back was only about 2 inches by 2 inches, all the other paintings were completely fuzzy. So I chose to go with the two that you are purchasing. I also have some 3500 fonts in my computer and went the distance to try to duplicate the text of the box as well.
Finally, please note, at least for now, the originals were oil kits. I did my very best to find oils to match the original colors. It would have required mixing oils and I have no experience with that. However, in the field of acrylics paint, there was every color I needed so I decided to go with acrylics that would look like the originals and mix into them this gel which thickens up the paints to give them that oil feeling. Since there are only 11 different colors, the oils had one paint pot with paint thinner. I used the 12th paint pot for more of #84 which I thought was the most used color.
You'll notice in the last picture is a second Monkees Paint By Number Kit, "Monkee Traits" with two other paint by numbers from the series. Why not go the distance as long as I could???
So that's it. If you loved the Monkees or love doing paint by numbers or just have this nostalgia for stuff that hung on your basement wall while you were growing up, this is an amazing reproduction kit for which I have plied it with a ton of affection to make it as memorable as possible to those senses of ours which crave reconnection with that which helped shape us today.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to start a conversation. Etsy is my cosmos.
Vintage Reproduction MONKEES 1960's PAINT BY NUMBER KIT Monkee Beat complete with paints, prints and repro original box
- Materials: ink, paint, satinpaper, ldfiberboard, glue, paintbrush, paintpots, mattepaper, matteboard, shrinkwrap, spraymount, monkeetraits
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