Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thin Stix by The Pencil Grip, Inc. REVIEW

The Pencil Grip, Inc

We have had fun playing with our newest review of Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors by The Pencil Grip, Inc.  We have never tried or seen these before or the shorter thicker version by the name of Kwik Stix.  These paint sticks are incredible.  The kids had a blast.  Of course both of them are artsy sort of kids.  My son just loves to draw and create.  He's into dragons and origami.  My daughter is always coloring and often asks to paint.  Well . . . toddlers and paint just don't always go so well together (these are not recommended for under 3 years). I had to hide these to keep her from getting into them like she does her crayons!
Thin Stix by KwikStix

It's fun to take the risk every now and then, but breaking out the paints on a regular basis is not what this mom enjoys doing.  There's the water, the brushes, the globs of paint.  What a mess.  While there are art techniques and color mixing that can't be matched by anything but actual watercolors or acrylic, or your standard tempera paint, these Thin Stix can still fit the bill when it comes to just simple painting.

Sam's creation
Marriah playing around with stix

You don't need any water.  You simply twist and draw/paint with the Thin Stix.  The paint dries pretty quickly so less mess there too.  My 4 year old is able to pretty much use them by herself without much help.  It says it dries in 90 seconds and that is pretty accurate.  It dries quicker if you press lightly but if you press harder and put it on a thicker it does take a short bit to dry, but still pretty fast!  They are of course non-toxic. They consist of solid tempera paint and come in so many more options and colors than just this Classic Color set.  They are made to be used on regular paper, card stock, wood, cardboard, and canvas.  I have heard of some using it to paint rocks.  We used ours on paper and card stock and it performed very nicely. My son really likes that they are thin enough that he can draw with more detail than something that would be thicker in nature.  That beind said, they are not like markers type thin and that annoyed him at times.  Once he got the hang of it and realized they weren't for fine detail, he enjoyed them.

Thin Stix by KwikStix

I am so excited that something like these Stix exist.  They will simplify my life and allow the kids to paint more often because I just won't have to worry about the excessive mess traditional paints cause.  My son REALLY likes that he can toss them in his art bag and take them on the go with him wherever he is going and easily paint in other locations than just at home on the kitchen table.  I think that is my favorite part about them also is their totability.  I can even keep the small pack in my purse and have an alternative to just crayons for my toddler to occupy herself with.  Because they are so easy to use and almost mess free, she can use them in the car while traveling or even at our destination point if we are somewhere and have to wait on bubba to get done doing whatever he is doing at the time.

Color nicely on cardstock

He likes that it is easy to write with them

Of course the princess was disappointed that there was no pink in her stash.  Not to worry.  They are available in many different package options.  There are bigger packs, metallic, and even neon colors that I hear are VERY vibrant. We will be soon expanding our inventory on these paint sticks.  We would like to try the regular Kwik Stix and also the larger Thin Stix pack that includes some pink! (There is a 12 pack that has double the colors).  I might need to buy some stock in paper to keep up with the creations. We definitely recommend you add Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors to your art supply cabinet!

UPDATE: Thin Stix can also be found at Toys "R" Us.

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I also hope you check out other fellow crew reviews at the link below:

No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

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