My daughter loves painting and I don’t mind her painting at all as it is a very creative and therapeutic activity. However, there are times when the kitchen table might be full of other things or we are preparing for a meal and it isn’t the right time for painting.
She will ask me and I will tell her that maybe she can later. Then she will do that ‘face’ that makes me feel like the worse mother in the world (she has that face off to a fine art).
Now, thanks to the arrival of Paint Sticks from Little Brian, she can paint whenever she wants. The Paint Sticks are a genius idea. Paint Sticks look a little bit like glue sticks and work in a similar way. Inside the plastic tubes, there is colourful, solid paint and to access the paint, you twist the bottom of the sticks to move the paint up and down.
Using the Paint Sticks is a little bit like using a crayon, but there is so much more to them. Add a drop of water with a paint brush, a cotton bud, a damp cloth or even and finger and the water soluble paint takes on the appearance of paint and you create a blended or washed effect.
But you don’t have to use water, they make perfectly good pictures on their own. Obviously, Paint Sticks are great on paper or card, but the great thing is that you can use them on all sorts of different surfaces; wood, canvas, stones, acetate and glass. Yes, I did say glass. Why not let your little ones into Little Brian’s big secret and get them drawing on your windows? I promise that I have tried this and my daughter loved writing messages and drawing pictures on the windows. She is now our window artist in residence. Once you need to clean it off, you can and it comes off really easily.
Paint Sticks are perfect to get children flexing their creative muscles and believe me, they will love trying them. But the really great thing for me is that they are so easy to use completely mess free. Used without water, the paint dries in seconds but if you blend with water, it may take a little longer. Paint Sticks could be popped in a bag to be used out and about too as they are so compact and low maintenance.
Paint Sticks are currently available in packs of 6 or 12 in original colours, metallic or day glow. The 6 Pack RRP is £4.99 or £7.99 for packs of 12 and they are available from ASDA and Amazon. My daughter particularly liked the metallic Paint Sticks as they are ‘shiny’. She has used them to decorate windows, painted pictures and made a very lovely birthday card for her granny. She loves them.
The Little Brian website is full of lots of information about Paint Sticks, where to buy them, how to use them and there are lots of great ideas of different things you could try too. We love Paint Sticks and I would highly recommend them and I know my daughter certainly would.
We were sent two 6 packs of Paint Sticks for the purpose of this review. All images and opinions are our own.