Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of reviewing the Kwik Stix 12pk for the Homeschool Review Crew. Now, Kwik Stix has some fabulous new tempera paint sticks, and The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent me and Jackson two packs of their new colors to review: Kwik Stix Neons 6PK and Kwik Stix Metalix 6PK. They really are amazing…and YOU can enter to win your very own set of each one!
Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks. They look a little like glue sticks, and they roll up and down in the exact same manner. They give you all of the beauty and fun of tempera paint without the stinky and mess! They’re appropriate for use by children from ages 3 and up. The special Neon and Metalix sets we received each had 6 Kwik Stix in the packages.
The tip is fairly wide (almost 3/4″) and rolls up and down easily. You hold the Kwik Stix in your hands like you would a crayon or like a stick of chalk. Then, you simply draw on your paper, wood, poster board. We even found a new medium they could be used on…keep reading to learn more!
Kwik Stix’ tempera paint dries in about 90 seconds. And it’s really mess-free; no paint ending up in unexpected places. You don’t need water or palettes; the tempera paint is self-contained in the tubes. And the colors are beautiful and vivid!
With pleasure! The Neon and Metalix Kwik Stix sets each have 6 paint sticks in their boxes, with beautiful colors in each. The Metalix set comes in gold, silver, fuchsia, deep green, deep blue, and deep purple. Each of these has metallic or sparkly glints of color in them, which really enhance the depth of the color when it’s applied to paper or other media.
The Neon paint sticks colors include (all of which are, of course, neon) bright orange, vivid purple, lime green, light blue, yellow, and bright pink.
We’re huge art-o-philes in our home. We love creating art (whether virtually or in real life) with many different media. I’m blessed both to teach my own son, plus a coop class of elementary-aged students, in art. We have used Kwik Stix before (in the larger 12-color pack) and loved the ease and beauty of the tempera sticks! This time, I thought we’d try something completely different in the art projects we completed for this review.
First, a little Van Gogh! When I received these tempera paint sticks and saw the Metalix set in particular, I thought immediately of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, with its sparkly stars and moon and accents. So we began our new Kwik Stix journey with an art project copying Starry Night with the Kwik Stix. We used both the Metalix and the Neon colors (and I also pulled out our 12-pack of Kwik Stix for extra colors). First, we drew the outlines of the major landscape items of Van Gogh’s masterwork on stock card paper. Then, we took our Kwik Stix and began to color. It was so fun; and I’m very pleased with our results!
Next, I thought we’d try a little Pop Art. I found some canvas boards for an incredible price last week on Amazon, and while I wasn’t sure that Kwik Stix would play well with canvas, I really thought they would.
I found a fun cat art image on Pinterest, so I drew that lightly on my canvas board, then outlined with a Sharpie. My son decided to draw free-hand. We discovered that the Kwik Stix were as fabulous on canvas as they are on paper! The color is still very vivid and bright; we used mostly the Neons on our canvases but you can also see the Metalix gold and blue in the lower left quadrant of the pop art cat. It might have taken just a minute longer than the usual 90 seconds to dry, but not much. And I really liked the finished results.
One interesting thing that happened while I was coloring in the cat was that I colored outside the lines in a couple of places. I wanted to fix that, so I took a paper towel and scrubbed the spots with my fingernail. Most of the color came right off and I was able to color over the spots. I really like the look of the Kwik Stix on the canvas, so we tried another artwork on canvas.
Last, we did another Van Gogh. Starry Night turned out so well that I wanted to try the artist’s Sunflowers (from the Arles Series). The colors were just begging to be reproduced with our Kwik Stix! I have to say that, if you’re doing lessons on Seurat and the Pointellists, or Impressionist art, or (clearly) Van Gogh, Kwik Stix are the way to go! Your child can mimic the broad or tiny brushstrokes beautifully with these amazing tools.
You can probably tell that I LOVE these KWIK STIX! They are so easy to use. They don’t have a strong smell (or even a smell at all) like many temperas do. They dry quickly, they glide over the paper (or the canvas), and they are just FUN. I recommend them to you highly–whether they’re for your homeschool or for a class you’re teaching!
Best of all, The Pencil Grip, Inc. has provided a set of Kwik Stix Neons 6PK and Kwik Stix Metalix 6PK for one of our readers to win! Simply enter in the Giveaway Tools form below. Giveaway ends on Sunday, November 27. Enter today!
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You can purchase both Kwik Stix Neons 6PK and Kwik Stix Metalix 6PK for $5.99 at The Pencil Grip, Inc., and for slightly more than that at Amazon. Kwik Stix Basic 6PKs and Metalix 6PKs are both available in the stationery aisle at Target. You can simply click through these links to find out more!
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