Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paints (A Schoolhouse Crew Review)

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When my kids were little and wanted to do artsy craftsy things, I was excited about that until I thought about the potential mess we'd have to clean up afterwards. My kids are older, and I only have one that still wants to do art projects, but neither of us like to clean up messes, so we were glad for the chance to review the Kwik Stix 12pk from The Pencil Grip, Inc. Tempera paint that dries quickly and can be used like a marker sounded like a win-win!

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

 The Pencil Grip, Inc. is known for just that - the Pencil Grip, which teaches proper positioning for children learning to write and makes writing more comfortable by relieving hand fatigue and pain for children and adults alike. Since 1992 the company has grown and offers hundreds of unique products for home, school, and business. (They were kind enough to send a Pencil Grip to us along with the Kwik Stix paints.) One of their newer products is Kwik Stix, fast-drying solid tempera paint sticks. We received the Kwik Stix 12pk for this review.

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review
How did we use it? In a nutshell, I handed the box of Kwik Stix to Kennady, and told her to have fun! I had recently purchased a canvas art pad for her, and that's what she painted on, but these paints will work just fine on poster paper or cardboard, and should work well on wood too. Kwik Stix look like markers, and they are just that easy to use. 

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

The first thing Kennady did was to just cover a couple of canvases with the paints, because she wanted to see how bold the colors would be, and whether it was possible to blend the paint at all. As you can see, the colors are very bright and vibrant, but the paint does dry very quickly (about 90 seconds!) so blending does not work all that well.

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She later used one of those experimental color pages as a background for an inspirational quote.

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Because Kwik Stix work like markers, it takes almost no time at all to get out the paints and get started. No hunting up paintbrushes and cups of water, or laying down newspaper or something to protect a work surface. Not even a smock necessary to protect her clothes. Just get out the paper or canvas, take the lid of a Kwik Stix marker, and draw. With that kind of quick set-up and put-away, and little risk of making a mess, Kennady gravitated towards using the Kwik Stix for quick doodle-type paintings and design experiments. And I had no issues with her working on the dining room table, or even on the floor in her room.

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Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paints (A Schoolhouse Crew Review) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

The paints dry quickly, so she didn't have to wait long for one color to dry before starting with the next, or worry much that her hand might smudge what she'd already done. She did this rainbow in just a couple of minutes, without smudging or muddying the rainbow colors, but as you can see, she was a little too quick adding the white clouds on top of the one side of the rainbow. The darker colors underneath showed through the white - which was fine! - but also smeared just a little bit. I think that only happened when putting white on top of dark colors though, so just something to keep in mind depending on what the finished design is intended to look like.

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My favorite piece that Kennady did remains this cityscape. This type of bold color block art seems to be what these nifty paints are best suited to.

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What we liked best:
  • no mess! I can't stress how much I love the lack of messiness!
  • quick to set up for an art session, and quick to put away afterwards
  • almost no wait time for paint to dry before moving on to the next color, or before putting the finished work away
What I need to mention:
  • don't plan on mixing and blending colors - they dry too quickly for that to be effective. 
Our bottom line: I keep thinking how fantastic Kwik Stix would have been when my kids were little! For that reason, I highly recommend these for families with younger kids that want to create. They would be easy for small hands to manipulate, and with no worries about paint or water being dumped, or hands and clothes being dragged through a work in progress. Kwik Stix are easy to carry around too, because it's just the box of "markers" so that just adds to the versatility. Just a super product and a brilliant idea!

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review
Would you like to try paints without making a mess? Here's what you need to know:

Visit the website: http://www.ThePencilGrip.com/

Pricing: Kwik Stix come in several different size packages, so visit The Pencil Grip website or Amazon for the options and pricing. The Kwik Stix 12pk we reviewed is $11.99.

Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review Kwik Stix The Pencil Grip, Inc. Review

Age Recommendations: All ages, but due to small parts that pose a choking hazard, they are not suitable for children under 3 years old.

You can follow The Pencil Grip, Inc. on Facebook, on Twitter @ThePencilGrip, and on Pinterest.

Visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog for more information and to read other reviews.

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    Monday, May 2, 2016

    A Homeschool Coffee Break May/June Preview

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    It's the beginning of a new month, and it's nearing the end of the school year, so we have a lot going on here! In our homeschool, the kids have plenty of schoolwork to finish up, and we also have quite a few Crew reviews we're working on as well. Here's this month's preview of what we're working on!


    Kwik Stix - A Homeschool Coffee Break May/June Preview on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - These are the curriculum and resource reviews we're working on for the coming weeks.

    Kwik Stix are paints that work like markers, drying very quickly. I love having something to review that is just so much fun!


    Sculpture Technique Model from ARTistic Pursuits - Coming during the week of May 9th

    ARTistic Pursuits - A Homeschool Coffee Break May/June Preview on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - These are the curriculum and resource reviews we're working on for the coming weeks.

    ARTistic Pursuits - A Homeschool Coffee Break May/June Preview on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - These are the curriculum and resource reviews we're working on for the coming weeks.

    This is proving to be much more effort, but Kennady and I are giving wool felting a try! Hopefully we'll have a finished project ready to share in the review next week. We've been blessed to review two books from ARTistic Pursuits in the past (See those reviews here: ARTistic Pursuits, Middle School Book Two and ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique).


    Institute for Excellence in Writing - Coming during the week of May 16th

    Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization  IEW Review - A Homeschool Coffee Break May/June Preview on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - These are the curriculum and resource reviews we're working on for the coming weeks.

    Our previous reviews of IEW have focused on the written word - the Student Writing Intensives and Fix-It! Grammar (See our reviews here: June 2015 and July 2013). This time, we're trying out the new Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization set, which focused on the spoken word, and memorizing. And it is fun!

    Then we'll have a bit of a break before our next reviews are due, which works out nicely because Landon's graduation falls during the first week of June.

    The Glass Castle, a book from Shiloh Run Press - Coming during the week of June 6th.

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    This is a fantasy novel for young people by Trisha White-Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins. Some leisure reading for Kennady! We're looking forward to receiving this in the next week or so.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel literature study from Progeny Press - Coming during the week of June 13th.

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    I love the story of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Kennady was intrigued by it, so we are going to try reading and studying it together using the Progeny Press literature guide. I've got the study guide ready to go, so we'll be getting to work on it this week. We've reviewed a couple of Progeny Press guides in the past - see our reviews of Treasure Island and The Cay.

    Of course, every week I'll be co-hosting the Virtual Refrigerator, and I encourage you to share posts about the artwork you or your students are working on. I also have a weekly feature called From the High School Lesson Book, which is also a link party for posts about homeschooling through high school. There are Schoolhouse Review Crew round-ups scheduled as well, and I look forward to sharing in a couple of those, as well as in weekly wrap-up posts and other fun things. I hope you'll join me for these coffee breaks!

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    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    Homeschool Weekly - Ongoing Projects Edition

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    In our homeschool . . . For the most part, I had to be content to let the kids work on what they thought they needed to work on, because I had appointments and errands almost every day. Thankfully, that worked out fairly well, with Kennady finishing up a Science book and getting some Geography, Math, and Lit looked after. She's also finishing up the YWAM Publishing book about Orville Wright that we reviewed at the beginning of the week. (See: Orville Wright: The Flyer - Heroes of History) Landon also worked on Science, as well as History this week.

    I was less than pleased that they slept much too late on the morning that I was out, but what are ya gonna do? They 'owe' me a half day of schoolwork one evening next week to make up for that!

    We've still got reviews we're working on, a couple of which involve art projects:

    Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

    Homeschool Weekly - Ongoing Projects Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

    ARTistic Pursuits book Sculpture Technique Model

    Homeschool Weekly - Ongoing Projects Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

    Homeschool Weekly - Ongoing Projects Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
    Beginning the project

    Poetry Memorization resources from IEW
    The Glass Castle, a book from Shiloh Run Press
    The Progeny Press literature study of The Scarlet Pimpernel

    In other news . . . A couple pictures of the finished paint project in the entryway:

    Homeschool Weekly - Ongoing Projects Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.comHomeschool Weekly - Ongoing Projects Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

    Last Saturday I visited the state homeschool curriculum fair, even though there was really nothing I truly needed to buy! It's a little strange to get to that point in our homeschool journey. I picked up a couple of interesting books and the one Heirloom Audio Productions audio drama that we didn't own, Under Drake's Flag. (That also gives me the chance to express my excitement that Beric the Briton will be released very soon!) It was still fun to look around at all the neat curriculum and resources available, and meet a few friends that were also shopping.

    Tuesday evening was a little different from the usual this week, as my choir practice was moved to a different night (our rehearsals were Wednesday and Friday this week in preparation for our concerts next week), and Landon didn't have a Civil Air Patrol meeting. Instead, he and other cadets were responsible for taking down the voting machines after polls closed in our state's primaries. So I took Kennady to her awards night for Children's Chorus and actually got to stick around for the awards and the ice cream party afterwards!

    Wednesday was the morning the kids slept late, because I was at the doctor's office getting my physical all morning long. Ugh. Not fun, but at least that's over, although I am still awaiting results from my bloodwork, and I do have a couple of follow-up appointments I need to make. In the meantime, I am praying that the bloodwork and those follow-ups don't hold any bad news for my health.

    Thursday evening we all went out for a dinner by the church to honor the graduates.

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    And today, Kennady is with her choir in Hershey at an adjudication, and Landon is on a fishing trip. He spent part of the morning at the church helping to set up for the yard sale, and I stopped by to donate some stuff they can sell, but then I also bought more stuff to bring home!

    Homeschool Weekly - Ongoing Projects Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
    Like this vintage typewriter! How could I pass this up?
    (Of course, I have no clue about ink and ribbons . . .)

    I recommend . . . these resources and others from the Schoolhouse Storeand today is the last day I can offer these two e-book bundles to my readers for free. Visit my High School Lesson Book Link Party from this week to get the details and the coupon code!

    beyondhighschoolbundle   HighSchoolBundle

    On the bookshelf . . .

    The Coffee Trader: A Novel by David Liss
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
    The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land) by Jill Eileen Smith

    You can find other reviews and more on my book blog, Just A Second.

    A parting shot . . . We noticed that this had happened, at obviously, it's not good.

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     So right now, we've got this happening, until the beginning of next week when our contractor friend will get it repaired.

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