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Kwik Stix Paints Review – Art Supplies Every Family Needs!

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There are some new art supplies in our house that everyone is in love with – Kwik Stix. The mom (and neat freak in me) is absolutely in love with these solid paint sticks and wishes we had them years ago!  All of the kids have had fun painting with them over the last few weeks and we would love to share more about them with you all as well. 

Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for review on my blog. The opinions expressed on my site are my own, and were not influenced by the company or free product provided.

What Exactly Are Kwik Stix? 


In short, Kwik Stix are quick and easy paints to use. Rather than pulling out brushes and lots of runny paint (or needing to mix up tempera paint from powder), Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks that come in a tube similar to a glue stick. They come in a variety of colors too. We received packs of Kwik Stix Metalix, Kwik Stix Neon, and a Classic 12 pack of assorted Kwik Stix colors. 


Honestly we weren’t sure what to expect at first, but the paint comes out incredibly smooth and dries right away (packaging says 90 seconds although we didn’t time it – it was quick). If the paint gets a little low, simply twist the bottom of the stick and more paint comes up from the tube. 


Now I don’t know about your kids, but we have one (or two) that are a little bit particular when it comes to their painting endeavors. They don’t like mixing colors – and heaven forbid anything should smear! Kwik Stix were FABULOUS in this regard because they dried quickly and we could go from one color to the next without overlap or mixing. 

In addition no messes, I have to say that I absolutely love the lack of clean up on my part. Other than making sure caps are put back on each Kwik Stik, there was no paint on the table, hands, floor – or anywhere it shouldn’t be. While I do think various art mediums are good for kids to work with, these have definitely made their way into the ‘priority to use’ part of our supplies because of their simplicity of use. 


We have loved these enough that I am planning to purchase a pack of the thin Kwik Stix for more detailed projects. Kaleb especially has loved these and they will work well with his art curriculum this year. Above is his finished Home Art Studio project that was done on watercolor paper using some of the neon and classic Kwik Stix. (See the video for a peek at him working on the project.)

If you have a local Target, they are now carrying Kwik Stik and you can also purchase them on Amazon. Definitely a ‘must add’ to your art supplies! 

Enter to Win a Kwik Stik Package

One of you will win a Kwik Stix package – the same sets we were sent to review: 12 pack, metalix, and neon! Enter to win using Rafflecopter below.  Open to US addresses only.  Giveaway ends November 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

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  1. These look amazing. Paint is something I avoid because of the mess. My kids would love these and so would I.

  2. Because of the mess factor I usually try to avoid oil and chalk pastels and paint. Since my children love to use them, I end up setting aside planned time to cover the work table and try to be as neat as possible.

  3. I avoid almost all art activities that don’t involve crayons because of the mess.

  4. Sarah Shore Leonard says

    I love this idea! I typically avoid activities that involve point because it ends up in places where a lot of scrubbing is needed.

  5. I think it is a tie between paint and the crayola plaster stuff

  6. Markers and paint are always so messy!

  7. How WONDERFUL!!! I avoid paint at all costs because of the mess!!!!!!

  8. These look awesome! I first learned about them from another blogger last week and they’re going on the Christmas list for sure.
    I’ve gotten better at ignoring the mess and letting my kids paint but I totally avoid glitter because not only is it messy, it’s also hard to clean up.

  9. Heather Lei says

    I don’t avoid using so much as rarely use messy supplies. The problem is in budgeting the set up and clean up time. Anything liquid or staining requires extra organization on my part so they get used much less.

  10. Heather Lei says

    There was no FB share button on the form so I shared this post to FB from the blog itself.

  11. I usually avoid paint in my house.

  12. Chalk has proved to be too messy for our kids! :)

  13. I avoid play dough, it always gets in the carpet!

  14. These look awesome!! I see a stocking stuffer for my little artist :)

  15. WOW, thank you for sharing! These are very neat.

  16. I tend to avoid paint in my home because it tends to go everywhere. Especially my kids clothes.

  17. Oh I think Paint is the one that makes such a mess here. Our little one loves painting so much though…we still do it. These look so neat and would make such less of a mess!!!!

  18. These look fun! Glitter is a BIG mess maker I avoid.

  19. We’ve had those Do A Dot Paint Markers for years and years…..maybe I need another cup of coffee but I can’t figure out how these are different? Do they have a smaller surface for more detailed work? My kids are older now and might like something like this if it didn’t seem “babyish” like the Do A Dot Markers seem to them. And I LOVE giving them art materials that they can explore without me! Thanks a bunch!!

    • World of difference (and we still use do-a-dot markers). The paint texture is very different – think of do-a-dot more like a watercolor paint and these have a smooth, tempera paint quality. :) Our older kids are loving them too – and I personally bought a thinner version of them to use for more detailed projects.

    • Thanks Jolanthe! That helps a lot!

  20. I like crayons, but I also love paint. So do my kids. These would be perfect for our crafts!

  21. My kids would love this for homeschool craft time!

  22. We avoid paint because the kids get it all over.

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