The Pencil Grip, Inc. produces some of my most favorite art supplies, which we have adored using in our home. Recently, they sent me their newest version to review: the Kwik Stix Thin Stix 12 pk. I’m so excited to share our thoughts and art results with you!
What are Kwik Stix, anyway?
If these amazing art media are new to you, you really will want to know all about them! Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks which can be used in any situation that the artist would normally use regular paint. The paint sticks roll up and down (sort of like a glue stick, but with paint instead of glue!) and have a cap which helps keep the paint moist when not in use. They are safe to use for children from ages 3 and up.
Best of all, you get all the benefits of paint without the mess! You don’t need paintbrushes, water, painting smocks, or all the other equipment you’d normally need for a paint adventure. All you need are the Thin Stix and something to paint on! In our home, we’ve used everything from art journals, to canvas, to stock card, to regular paper, and more. (Read on to learn about our newest discovery!)
The 12-pk we received contains the following colors: white, yellow, orange, red, pink, lime green, green, light blue, blue, purple, brown, and black. Unlike the regular-sized Kwik Stix, which are shorter and chubbier (which enables little hands to hold them well plus provides a nice thick line when painting), the Thin Stix are longer and thinner, measuring at 5 1/2″ long with a 1/2 wide paint tip. They apply paint that’s both rich and vivid, which a variety of surfaces take well. The Thin Stix glide smoothly across the page and are just a pleasure to use.
You can read about our experience with the regular-sized Kwik Stix in Metalix and Neon, which we tried and loved last fall. We used them as we did an art study of Pop Art and two of Vincent Van Gogh’s master works, and they were just incredible!
Kwik Stix’ Thin Stix are wonderful for:
Since we’d used our Kwik Stix beautifully for artist study when we reviewed the Neon and Metalix versions in the fall, I wanted to try the Thin Stix for different types of projects. This time, my son and I used them in our art journals, which have a thick, creamy, textured feel to the pages:
You can see some of that texture in the tulips picture above, which took the Thin Stix paint quite well. The paint dried quickly (Kwik Stix’ paint sticks are designed to dry in about 90 seconds), so there was no ending up with paint on my hand from working in a small surface. I was also able to layer additional color over the tulips to add a bit of shadow and shading; you can see the orange I applied on the left side of both the red tulips and the yellow ones. This was a free-hand project; we just decided what we wanted to draw and went to town. Fun!
I’m sure you’re familiar with the whole coloring-books-for-grownups movement that’s been so popular lately. I have a couple of those, and my newest one seemed that it would be perfect for my new Thin Stix! Because coloring books have more lines that you’ve got to work within, I imagined that these Kwik Stix, which have a narrower tip, could work well within those margins. I was pleased with the outcome!
Recently, I’ve been venturing into the world of creative lettering. I started with some calligraphy in the fall and, last week, tried a new font that starts with a big penciled letter with space inside. After you have your outlined letters, you take a fine felt-tip marker and doodle inside the spaces. Then, the doodles become the letters.
I thought I’d add some paint and color to my recent word doodle BRAVE. I used the Thin Stix to make the colors pop. Actually, this is a photocopy on card stock of my original doodle. The Thin Stix didn’t smear the copy at all, just slid right over it!
and even Bible journaling!
It occurred to me when we received the Thin Stix that they might work well for Bible journaling. One challenge with Bible journaling is finding art media that doesn’t bleed through the thin Bible pages to make the other side unreadable. I’ve wanted to use paint for awhile in this journaling but have limited myself to colored pencils and felt-tipped markers, just because of the thin pages. I not only loved the way the Kwik Stix brightened up my drawing, I was astonished at how little they showed up on the preceding page! (You can see the back side in the photo below on the right.)
Really, your own imagination and the sky are the limit!
A few more thoughts…
My son, who’s a 9th grader, really liked the new Thin Stix a lot. He says that they are more accurate, and he likes them even more than our original ones. (No doubt due to the thinner tips!)
So…who would enjoy these fabulous new Kwik Stix Thin Stix 12 pk?
- Parents with little ones
- Art teachers
- Bible journal aficionados
- Any kids, from toddlers all the way up to high schoolers!
- Basically, anyone who loves working with quality art tools
We love them. Honestly, every time we have gotten a new set of Kwik Stix paint sticks, we have fallen more in love with the company. I regularly make art on my own, and I teach art at our local homeschool coop. But I also like sitting down with my son to create, whether we’re working on an artist study project or just sitting down to play with creating. It’s a high value for me, because it gives the two of us time for great side conversations. I also find that creating art is healing, encouraging, uplifting. Just the process of it builds something in your soul, I believe. So having our amazing Kwik Stix products, especially our newest Kwik Stix Thin Stix 12 pk, makes creating art so easy and so mess-free. Plus, in addition to all these great reasons to create, you also end up with beautiful artwork that it’s a pleasure to display!
We happily recommend all the Kwik Stix art media, and especially their newest Kwik Stix Thin Stix 12 pk!
Where can you purchase Kwik Stix Thin Stix?
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