Enter to win a Kelly Rae Roberts Cover (for your e-reader) and Eye & Lip Goodies!

Hello friends!

To continue the celebration (see my last post), I have a fun and lovely giveaway for you this week!  I don’t know if you’ve heard of Kelly Rae Roberts, but she’s a mixed media artist that I’ve loved for years.  Some of her art has been turned into jewelry, scarves, prints, and other goodies.  And I’m going to be giving one of those goodies (and some other fun things) to one blessed reader!

 

 

One reader will win:

  • This Kelly Rae Roberts zippered fabric e-reader case (fits most e-readers at measurements of almost 8 1’2″ x 6 1/2″).  It’s pink on the front with one of Kelly Rae’s gorgeous designs plus the happy greeting, “Hello Inspiration.”   The zipper is a faux leather loop embellished with a pink tassel that matches the case.
  • Ulta Dual Ended Eye Liner in Cobalt and Blackout
  • Ulta Dual Ended Lip Liner in Flesh and My Berry
  • Ulta Mineral Lip Gloss in Sheer Opal

I’m just so happy to share my own joy–and this lovely gift–with you!  Simply click on the pink “Enter Here” link below, which will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form.  Giveaway will close on November 8, 2017.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy!  –Wren

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The Latest on Kwik Stix…Plus Your Chance to Win a Set! Ends 9/15/17

Readers of the FINCHNWREN blog know that our family loves Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc..  Well, guess what…now you can purchase them from Amazon, Michaels and BJ’s Wholesale Club!  Read on for our latest Kwik Stix adventures and a giveaway where one FINCHNWREN reader will win a set!

 

 

So what are Kwik Stix?

Kwik Stix are fabulous tempera paint sticks which work just like glue sticks.  They come in plastic sticks with caps, and rotate up or down with the twist handle at the bottom of each stick.  They are safe to use for children aged 3 and up.  The colors are bright and vivid, and dry quickly, within 90 seconds.  There is no water required; just the Kwik Stix and the artist’s surface of choice.  That could be canvas, paper, wood, poster board…really, anything that one would normally use tempera paint on.  An extra bonus is that the Kwik Stix (unlike regular liquid tempera paint) has no scent whatsoever.

They come in two widths: Classic, which are 3 1/2″ long with 3/4″ paint stick width; and Thin Stix, which are 5 1/2″ with just over 1/2″ wide tips.  The chubbier Classic stix are perfect for quickly covering large areas, while the Thin Stix work well for more detailed work.  The Kwik Stix packs come in sets of 6, 12, and 24.  There are also multiple color choices available:

  • The Classic colors, including black, brown, blue, green, yellow, and red
  • The Metalix colors (which have a nice metallic shimmer), including silver, gold, fuchsia, dark green, deep blue, and purple
  • The Neon colors, which include neon versions of pink, yellow, robin’s egg blue, lime green, purple, and orange

 

Creating art with Kwik Stix

For some reason, we often end up using our Kwik Stix sets for fine art study.  They work so beautifully when you’re copying a famous painting that embraced vivid colors.   Recently, we used them to illustrate a copy of Henri Matisse’s colorful The Goldfish:

 

 

And also, Paul Klee’s charming Cat and Bird:

 

 

But, we’ve also loved using them in Bible journaling:

 

And on stock card, canvases, and in our art journals:

 

 

In short, Kwik Stix are fabulous!  Use them with your family any time you’d like to create wonderful art with no mess.  (They’d even be fantastic for car trips!)

And now…your chance to win!

The Pencil Grip, Inc. is giving away a set of Kwik Stix to one FINCHNWREN reader (size, style and color to be chosen by The Pencil Grip, Inc.).  Just click on the pink “Enter Here” link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form so that you can enter to win a set of your very own.  Giveaway ends 9/15/17.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Learn more about Kwik Stix at the following links!

Kwik Stix at Amazon
Kwik Stix at Michaels
Kwik Stix at BJ’s Wholesale Club
The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Kwik Stix on Pinterest
The Pencil Grip, Inc. on Facebook

Enjoy!  –Wren

Kwik Stix is now at BJ’s!

Readers of the FINCHNWREN blog know that we love Kwik Stix.  We have used them for so many cool art projects of so many different types.  And if you like shopping at club stores, you’ll be happy to discover that Kwik Stix are now available at BJ’s Wholesale Club!

 

What are Kwik Stix, again?

Kwik Stix are amazing tempera paint sticks.  They operate like a glue stick would; simply remove the cap and twist up, and you have a solid paint stick that will beautifully apply to many surfaces!  We’ve used them on:

 

  • Canvas
  • Stock card paper
  • Printer paper
  • Watercolor paper

And I have friends who have used them on wood and rocks, even!  Just pick a surface that you’d normally let your kids paint on, and Kwik Stix will likely apply just beautifully.  They come in Classic, Neon, and Metalix colors.  They also come in two size formats including a shorter, chubby version (perfect for little fingers) and Thin Stix, which are longer and thinner (good for detailed work).

You can learn more about Kwik Stix at The Pencil Grip, Inc.  And, you can find them now at BJ’s Wholesale Club!

Enjoy!  –Wren

DISCLAIMER:  From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog. We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews. We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products. We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

 

Faith: I am One with the Force, and the Force is with Me

Have y’all run across Heather Bock from the Glimpses of Jesus blog? I started following her a number of months ago and so appreciate her humor and faith. This post of Heather’s, about ROGUE ONE and my favorite character from the movie, Jedi Knight Chirrut, has stuck with me ever since I read it the first time. Finally, I’m reblogging it to share with you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you, Heather, and enjoy, dear readers!
–Wren

Heather Bock

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by Heather Bock

“for we walk by faith, not by sight”
II Corinthians 5:7

I didn’t grow up watching the Star Wars movies like my husband and many others did. The first time I watched them was in the theater, but it was when they were rereleased in the late 1990s. Therefore, I don’t have as much emotional attachment as others might, but I do enjoy watching the movies and following the story (sometimes semi-following: my eight year old son, Mr. C, was a big help during the last film, as he often leaned over to whisper explanations about new characters). So when Rogue One came out,

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Kwik Stix now at Toys “R” Us ~ And You Can Win a Set! (Giveaway ends 4/30/17)

Guess what??  Kwik Stix, our family’s favorite tempera paint sticks, are now available at Toys “R” Us!  And the lovely folks at The Pencil Grip, Inc. are providing a set of Kwik Stix for one giveaway winner here at the FINCHNWREN blog!

 

 

What are Kwik Stix?

Kwik Stix are wonderful solid tempera paint sticks that are perfect for children (ages 3 and up), families, and adults who love to create beautiful art!  They work like glue sticks, in that they’re encased in a plastic container with a cap.  To use, you simply remove the cap, roll the paint stick up, and you’re ready to color.  There is virtually no scent (like you’d find with most tempera paints), and you get the rich texture and color of liquid paint without the mess.  All you need are Kwik Stix and whatever medium you’d like to draw on, which could be anything from paper (of all kinds), canvas, wood, and more!

Kwik Stix come in two size types, the Kwik Stix Classic and Kwik Stix Thin Stix.  The Classic version sticks are 3 1/2″ long, with a chubby paint stick width of almost 3/4″.  This width is perfect for little hands, but also is great for coloring large areas quickly and easily.  The Kwik Stix Thin Stix are longer and thinner than the Classic ones, measuring in length at 5 1/2″ with a paint tip of 1/2″ wide.  These are wonderful for coloring in small areas, without getting outside the lines.  Personally, our family loves working with both types at once!

And what about colors?  There are so many to choose from, such as:

  • Kwik Stix Classics and Thin Stix come in 6-packs or 24-packs
  • Both the Thin Stix and Classics come in white, yellow, orange, red, pink, lime green, green, light blue, blue, purple, brown, and black.
  • The Kwik Stix Metalix packs include gold, silver, fuchsia, deep green, deep blue, and deep purple, all of which feature metallic or glittery accents
  • The Kwik Stix Neons packs are filled with bright orange, vivid purple, lime green, light blue, yellow, and bright pink…in brilliant neon hues.

How we’ve used Kwik Stix

We have loved allowing our imaginations to run wild with our Kwik Stix, not only in the surface we’ve drawn on but in the art movements we were studying in our art lessons.  Here are some ways we used them as we learned about Vincent van Gogh, Pop Art, and still life paintings:

 

 

We also love using them for creating art in our art journals.  They’re also wonderful for Bible journaling!

 

And now…the giveaway!

The Pencil Grip, Inc. is providing one set of Kwik Stix (size, style, and colors to be selected by The Pencil Grip, Inc.) for one FINCHNWREN blog reader!  Just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry form.  Giveaway closes on April 30, 2017 at 11:59PM.

And don’t forget to check out Kwik Stix at Toys “R” Us!

Enter here!

Best wishes, and enjoy!  –Wren

From time to time, FINCHNWREN may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog.  We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews.  We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products.  We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

Wall Pops! Wall Art Kit Giveaway ~ Ends 4/8/17

It’s spring!  Time not only for spring cleaning…but how would you like to win a kit to make your walls look even more amazing?

 

 

Then, you must enter my new giveaway!  In honor of the FINCHNWREN blog, we’re giving away a Wall Pops! Wall Art Kit in “Sitting in a Tree” style.

What are Wall Pops!, anyway?

Wall Pops! are repositionable wall art kits that you can use to brighten up any wall in your home.  They’re super-simple to use:  as the box says, just “peel, stick, and move.”  With them, you can turn your walls into murals and works of art!

 

How do you use them?

First, Wall Pops! recommends that you test them in an inconspicuous area to be sure that they’re compatible with your paint or walls.  Once you’ve done this, you simply peel the stickers off the sheets and apply them to smooth & clean wall surfaces.  Then…ta-da!  A gorgeous new look for your walls!

If you don’t like them where you’ve applied them, you should be able to gently remove them from your surfaces to reposition elsewhere.

 

The “sitting in a tree” set

…has branches, leaves and little birds in a green and blue color scheme.  It is adorable (if I do say so myself!) and I love how it dovetails with my sister’s and my blog name.   And I must admit that when I bought this set to give away on the blog…I got another for my own home!  It’s got all my favorite colors in it…not to mention the leaves and birds!

The giveaway

One reader of the FINCHNWREN blog will win this Wall Pops! Wall Art Kit in the “sitting in a tree” style.  Just enter by clicking on the pink “Enter here” link below.  That will take you to the Giveaway Tools form; once you’re there, just follow the directions!  This giveaway closes on 4/8/17.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy!  –Wren

Art, Coloring, and Cursive? My Review of THE ART OF CURSIVELOGIC

Readers of the finchnwren blog might remember that we’ve reviewed CursiveLogic’s quality curriculum before.  Designed for both children and adult learners (even those who’ve never written in cursive before), their handwriting lessons are logical, understandable, and easy to follow for both instructors and learners alike.  Now, CursiveLogic has an incredible new product that I’m very excited to tell you about: The Art of CursiveLogic.  CursiveLogic sent me a free sample of this gorgeous new book to review.  And yes, it’s as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the cover!

 

Cursive Logic’s unique method…

is something that is designed to help students understand the way cursive works, and to be able to reproduce cursive letters successfully, based on these precepts:

  1. Grouping letters together by shape:  Instead of teaching each letter alone, CursiveLogic teaches about groups of letters which are shaped in similar ways
  2. Teaching a group’s letters in “strings”:  Students learn to connect letters together right away as they work on the letters in a group
  3. Using color to “code” letter strings:  Students are helped to remember the letters in a grouping because they’re all in the same color
  4. Mnemonic phrases to teach letter groupings:  Students learn rhymes for each string so that they can remember how to form the letters
  5. Students are encouraged because even by the end of the first lesson, they can write real words by using the CursiveLogic process

(You can read about our experiences with CursiveLogic in my review at this link.)

Now, CursiveLogic has taken these methods and incorporated them into a combination cursive writing program AND a gorgeous art coloring book!

For anyone who’s loving the current wave of coloring books for adults…

and would also like to practice or learn cursive, The Art of CursiveLogic is a truly beautiful and effective purchase!  (You can preorder this book via the link in the previous sentence; orders are expected to be shipped in May 2017.)

Adults or teens who need to practice their cursive, or really who’ve never actually learned cursive, will love this book.  CursiveLogic employs its effective teaching process (listed above) to enable students to practice and learn cursive quickly and logically.  The Art of CursiveLogic has the additional bonus of providing not only coloring pages (that are real works of art themselves), but coloring pages which incorporate cursive letters in them as part of the decoration.  It’s pretty astonishing!  You can see in the picture above a segment of the page I colored.  It’s from a decorative artsy page featuring a quote from Vincent Van Gogh.  (You can also tell that he’s being featured on this page because of the swirly nature of the drawing, CursiveLogic’s take on “Starry Night.”)  You can see that, tucked in among and actually becoming part of the art itself, CursiveLogic’s cursive letters are everywhere.

How I used The Art of Cursive Logic

I know that I can always work on improving my handwriting.  But really…as an adult/wife/mom/homeschooler/art teacher/reviewer, where I am going to find the time to work on my cursive?  Probably nowhere.

But.

When I received the sample of The Art of CursiveLogic, I absolutely fell in love.  No, I may not have time to sit down and purposely work on my handwriting.  In my leisure moments, that’s probably not what I’m going to choose to do.  But sitting down with my colored pencils and other art supplies, to create art using an astonishingly beautiful coloring book that will also help my handwriting?  That’s a definite yes!

As I mentioned before, we’ve done a few reviews for CursiveLogic.  I have the highest respect for the company and the work they do, and the way their curriculum really does work with students of all ages.  So when CursiveLogic offered to send me a sample of The Art of CursiveLogic, I was happy to try it out for them and share what we thought with our readers.  I knew to expect excellence.  But I didn’t expect to get truly blown away by incredible art coloring pages that I, myself, could use and delight in!

The sample book that CursiveLogic sent me has their time-tested instructional pages for the cursive alphabet.  But it also has 4 coloring pages that are designed around a particular quote plus a bonus one on the back inside cover that’s design-only.  (Obviously, the complete book will have many more than that!)  The coloring pages are fairly intricate (meaning that you won’t complete it in one sitting, perhaps) but all use cursive lettering as part of the art.  Both the art and the quotes are uplifting.  I always came away happy and encouraged after working on a page!

I’ve only used my colored pencils in The Art of CursiveLogic, and they worked well.  The paper is high-quality and accepts color quite richly.  You might be able to use oil pastels as well.

 

Where can you find The Art of CursiveLogic?

Simply click through this link The Art of CursiveLogic to find the preorder page.

And I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I have loved this so much that when someone asked what I’d like for a gift for International Women’s Day, I told them that I wanted The Art of CursiveLogic!  So I’ll also be receiving the complete copy of this fabulous coloring book when it’s sent out this May!

I’m so excited.  In the meantime, I’ll just be working on finishing the other coloring pages in my sample book!

I’m happy to recommend The Art of CursiveLogic to you.  (Clearly!)  If you’re:

  • an adult who loves to color and would like to practice cursive writing at the same time;
  • or if you’re a teen who needs handwriting practice;
  • or an adult or second-language learner who’s learning English cursive for the first time;
  • or you just love to color amazing art;

…then you’ll want to check out CursiveLogic‘s The Art of CursiveLogic!

 

 

You can download a free coloring page here…

by clicking on this Share The Art of CursiveLogic link and sharing on Facebook.  Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to download the bird coloring page to print and color.

Enjoy!  –Wren

DISCLAIMER:  From time to time, finchnwren may receive a free product or service in exchange for our honest opinions expressed in our blog.  We are not required to write a positive or glowing review, nor are we additionally compensated for these reviews.  We share our own opinions, and our family’s opinion, of these products.  We’re disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.