Saturday, February 4, 2017

THIN STIX ! The new Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip!

     Last year, I had the privilege of reviewing Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. and was ecstatic when I was asked to review their new product,  Thin Stix 12 pack!   We jumped on this so fast!  We love our original Kwik Stix and couldn't wait to try out these new, thinner ones.
   Thin Stix are a solid tempera paint that come in a tube much like a glue stick. Whats different between these ones and the original is that they are thinner, making it easier for the user to hold and use in smaller spaces. They are about 1/2 an inch in diameter, which is about 1/2 the width of the original.
     Like the original, they are the same washable, quick drying,  non-staining, easy to use, mess-less, fantastic-ness that we have grown to love.  They are still easy to use with the same twist up top (just like a glue stick works)

Intrigued yet?  =)

 I copied this from my original post because the information is still the same with this thinner model:

     "My kids started calling these "paint crayons" which I think is a pretty accurate description of them.  The paint tube is like a glue stick.  So if you need more "paint" you twist up. Then use them just like you would an over sized crayon. They feel kind of like a crayon and a chapstick had a baby. They roll on smooth and easily.  I guess, like a dry paint (is there such a thing?), dry in several blinks of the eye, don't run, smear, or seep.  In short.  They are amazing!"
       The  Thin Stix 12 pack comes with a large variety of colors. The colors are well represented by the cases they are in.  They roll on smooth, bright, bold, and stay that way!  The finish is almost a soft, textured look.  It's supposed to be the same as if you had painted with tempra paint.  I think they achieve the over-all look but it's not quite exact.  I actually like the Kwik Stix finish better!

Using it:

      My kids absolutely love these things!  The are so easy to use and big kids and little kids alike like them!  I like that they are mess-less, fast drying, and in the event a child does get them on themselves or clothing, it comes right off!  
     I do think the Thin Stix have more of a "big kid" feel.  The long, thin design feels more sophisticated- lol.  It did make it much easier for them to use in their Fun-Schooling books and in making more intricate designs and drawings on their painting papers.

     They can be used on paper, in coloring books, on balloons, windows, wood, etc.  They are so versatile and the possibilities are endless.  We primarily just use our on paper products and gifts.  I admit that I am busy and don't venture to off the grid.  Paper I have, so paper we use!

PRO's and CON's: 

Pro's are abundant!

  • easy to use
  • no mess
  • bright colors
  • lasts for a really long time
  • dry's in 90 seconds
  • doesn't bleed
  • doesn't run
  • doesn't smear
  • can be used on practically every surface
  • all kids like them
  • fun!
Con's (if there really is any)
  • The only one I could think of is that if you wanted it to have a true "paint" look, this is close but not exact.  If the child has painted pretty thickly then is does look super close to regular tempera paint, if its a lighter coat then you see more of the "texture".
(Borrowed pro/con list from my original post.)


Click on the links below to find out additional information about Kwik Stix Thin Stix.