Painting – Without the Mess – Thin Stix Review

Painting can be extremely messy!

We host a bi-weekly art co-op at our house with some homeschooling friends. There are six kids ranging from two to eight years old. The older five kids do a pretty good job of following the instructions and not making a huge mess, but my rambunctious two year old is another story!

Sugar Plum wants to be involved in the art class, which is wonderful, The problem is that I can’t just let her paint. I have to be ready for a spill or splatter at every moment. And I am the one teaching the class. For this reason, I was very excited to review Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors by The Pencil Grip, Inc..

Painting - without the mess - thin stix review - Modern Momma Musings
Thin Stix are sticks of solid tempera paint contained in plastic containers that apply more like a marker than paint. But with the bold texture and color of paint. The 6pk of colors included; black, brown, blue, green, red and yellow. The colors are bold and bright both in the package and on the paper! If you like to make your work even more interesting, The Pencil Grip, Inc. offers other color additions, including neon and metallic to add a bit more pizazz to your work!

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The week after I received my pack of Thin Stix we had our art co-op and I was excited to let Sugar Plum have a part in the painting!

One of the first things I noticed was that the plastic container kept Sugar Plum’s hands and arms clean as she painted. The little bit she ended up with on her body, came off easily with a damp paper towel.

The caps were a bit difficult for her little hands to manipulate, but in a few months I don’t think this will be an issue. I like that they are tight fitting, as I am hopeful it will keep the paint usable for a longer period of time!

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One of the great things about Thin Stix is that the paint dries in 90 seconds. This is wonderful for our toddler as she seems to like dragging her arm through her work as she completes another area of the paper. The dried paint made this happen much less and kept her clothes and skin almost entirely clean. Until she drew on herself, just to see what would happen, but that could be it’s own post. The quick drying also helped keep the colors from mixing too much. Many times her artwork becomes a big mess of shades of green and brown because of all the color mixing she enjoys. Thin Stix kept the colors bright and bold and virtually unmixed.

Another great aspect of Thin Stix is the lack of water. Water, many times, is the messiest part of painting with a toddler. The dipping, splashing, dripping and pouring are her favorite parts of paint. In fact, I’m not sure there is ever paint on the paper when she is using watercolor paints. I loved that I did not have to worry about a cup of water while she was painting. This not only made the colors of the painting much brighter, but the table was dry, she was dry and her artwork was not floating in a mess of water either. Win-Win.

Painting - without the mess - thin stix review - Modern Momma Musings

Clean up was a breeze as well. There was just a little bit of paint on Sugar Plum and a paper towel and water was all I needed to get rid of that mess. Her artwork was dry, making storing or displaying immediate, instead of hours or days. I ensured the Thin Stix lids were all on securely and they were put away and I was done! Simple and quick!

Painting - without the mess - thin stix review - Modern Momma Musings

Thin Stix allowed me to teach art while Sugar Plum enjoyed the day as well! I felt confident letting her be an artist with the older kiddos and she had a blast. These are now a staple in our art co-op!

There are so many ways you can use the Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors. Posters would look amazing with the easy to use tempera paint. They would also be perfect for traveling as they are small and easy to pack, plus they are virtually mess free.

We loved our Thin Stix and are excited to use them in other ways too. If you would like to see how other mom’s have used the Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors check out the other reviews by our Homeschool Review Crew here:

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