We have been fans of The Pencil Grip, Inc. for several years, ever since we tried out their amazing Kwik Stix tempera paint sticks. So when we discovered that they’d created a brand new marker–the Magic Stix–we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it! The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent us a set of the Magic Stix 12PK and the Kwik Stix Metalix 6PK to review and share with you. (Plus at the end of the post, you’ll find a giveaway to enter to win your own Kwik Stix Metalix 6PK!)
What are Kwik Stix?
Kwik Stix are amazing little tempera paint sticks that work a lot like glue sticks. They are in a plastic capped container and you can roll the paint sticks up and down. The colors are vivid and marvelous and work on tons of different media; everything from canvas, to paper, to cardboard, to wood, to rocks, and more…just pick an art surface and the Kwik Stix will probably work beautifully on it!
Kwik Stix are ideal for any artist (whether child or adult) and are safe for little ones aged 3 and up. The tempera paint sticks are non-toxic, dry in 90 seconds (no more getting paint on the side of your hand as you work on your art!), and there is no need for water cups or paintbrushes (or paint shirts). They’re even ideal for travel since they are so mess-free. All you need are Kwik Stix and paper!
The Kwik Stix originally came in chubby 3 1/2″ long tubes (and they still do), 3/4″ wide. Later, The Pencil Grip, Inc. developed Thin Stix, which are basically the same tempera paint sticks in a longer and thinner version (5 1/2″ long and 1/2″ wide). We love both of these. The Kwik Stix are available in assorted colors as well as in Neon and Metalix color palettes. (You can see the Metalix paint sticks that The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent us to try out above!)
They are just a joy to work with. They impart gorgeous, vivid colors, they are absolutely mess-free, and they don’t have any odor at all! We have used them in fine art, in fun art, in free drawing, and we come back to our Kwik Stix collection over and over again because of the ease, enjoyment, and results of these amazing paint sticks.
What are Magic Stix?
The Pencil Grip, Inc. has created some fabulous new products for people who love to make art. Now, they’ve introduced their own beautiful color markers, which come in 12- and 24-packs. The 12-pack we received contained the following colors; red, orange, pink, yellow, light green, green, dark blue, light blue, violet, purple, brown, and black. They’re housed in a sturdy, clear plastic slipcase. And have you ever had a marker dry out because someone forgot to put the cap back on? You’ll never have that problem again with Magic Stix 12PK…because they are guaranteed NOT to dry out for up to 7 days with the cap off! Isn’t that amazing? Like their Kwik Stix cousins, they’re also non-toxic and have no odor. They’re also washable, so you don’t have to worry about colors not washing out of clothes.
All the art we did with them!
And now…the fun with Kwik Stix!
We already knew that we’d be able to use our Kwik Stix paint sticks for fine art, art journals and Bible journaling, and art study in our homeschool. But, with the holidays approaching, we thought we’d also try them out on Christmas ornaments and decorations.
First, Jackson painted a Christmas ornament with the Kwik Stix Metalix blue stick. You can see it has sort of a “Starry Night” feel to it. That would be an incredible art lesson, by the way; reproducing famous artworks on Christmas ornaments. The ornament took the paint well, but we recommend that if you try this project at home that you use either ceramic, glass, or plastic ornaments that are designed for painting.
I found some darling wooden wall hangings at Hobby Lobby and painted them fun girly colors (for the girly corner of my husband’s and my bedroom). The Kwik Stix Metalix laid down beautifully on the wood; I started with the Metalix fuschia polka dots, then used our older (yet still amazing) Neon green for the background.
I used the Metalix fuschia again for “Blessed” and the Metalix gold for “Thankful.” I love the finished product!
Last, we found some fun ceramic snowman ornaments.
We colored one with the Metalix blue with a silver overlay (choosing Hanukkah theme colors), and used the regular Kwik Stix colors on the other. Both the Kwik Stix Metalix 6PK and the Magic Stix applied nicely onto the ornaments, but we decided to go with the Kwik Stix. They go on so smoothly, they’re just a pleasure to use!
And…the brand-new Magic Stix!
Jackson and I LOVE the Magic Stix. They produce great color on lots of different materials. Just like their Kwik Stix cousins, the Magic Stix apply beautifully on canvas. Jackson used them on canvas to paint one of his all-time faves; the LEGO Minifigure.
Are you, or your kiddos, people who like to color? I personally love the adult coloring books that are so popular right now. I have several, including a Pusheen Coloring Book that has huge, full drawings to color in. Look how vivid and colorful everything looks with the Magic Stix!
Jackson and I also decided to try out the Magic Stix on serving plates. Have you ever made or painted a plate or serving tray? It is so easy to do. We simply got some white plates at the dollar store. Jackson used one to paint the logo of one of his favorite games:
Together, he and I free-handed a Hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) on a second plate. We baked both of these in the oven to set the paint and it worked beautifully! Just be aware that the vivid colors do lighten up a bit, so if you want darker colors you might want to go over them a second time.
So…what ideas do YOU have to create with Kwik Stix Metalix 6PK and Magic Stix? They are just amazing. If you’ve never tried them before, we so recommend them. Non-toxic, beautiful colors, easy to apply…and wonderfully safe for kids 3 and up. You’ll run out of Kwik Stix before you run out of ideas of art projects with them!
You could even win a set!
The Pencil Grip, Inc. is going to bless one of our readers with a set of Kwik Stix Metalix 6PK paint sticks! All you have to do is click on the pink “Enter Here” link below. That will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form. Giveaway closes on December 10, 2017. Best wishes!
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