Thin Stix are a solid non-toxic tempera paint in a glue stick form. There is no need for paint brushes, cups of water, or time consuming set up. Just pop off the lid, twist, and paint! The paint dries quickly – in as little as 90 seconds. If you press really hard and end up with globs of paint, it takes a bit longer to dry fully, but you don’t need to worry about drips or runs!
Thin Stix can be used to paint on paper, posters, cardboard, wood, and even rocks. In addition to the 6 pack of classic colors, Thin Stix are available as a 12 pack of classic colors, a 6 pack of neon colors, a 6 pack of metallic colors, or a 24 pack that includes all the colors.
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How We Used Thin Stix For Mess Free Painting
A few month’s ago, we were at the craft store and Monkey found some really cool wooden treasure boxes with latches that would work with a REAL lock (playing with locks is a big thing around here lately). So, we bought the treasure boxes and a few bottles of paint and headed home. The boys wanted to get started right away with locking their treasures up and hiding them around the house, so I put the paints away and let them play. A week or so later, they asked to paint their boxes, but I was in the middle of making dinner and didn’t have the time to pull everything out and supervise, so I suggested they do something else, promising we would paint them the next day.
Of course, things got in the way and days passed and the treasure boxes remained unpainted. Then, Thin Stix arrived on our doorstep. As I brought the package in, I called to the boys to grab their treasure boxes – they WOULD be painted today. I handed over the Thin Stix and let them get to work.
Monkey asked for a little paint brush to help him smooth out some lumps and get paint into the cracks better. The paint dried just slow enough that he was able to spread it into the cracks, especially if he had a thicker lump to spread.
Monkey decided to paint his a solid green (his favorite color), while Booger drew a treasure map on his. 🙂
Clean up was a breeze. The boys just popped the lids back on and threw the paint brush in the trash.
The boys also had a blast using Thin Stix to decorate a giant cardboard box. We have done this with markers or crayons in the past and they always complain that the colors aren’t bright enough. No complaints with Thin Stix!
I tried painting a terra cotta pot and a couple rocks with Thin Stix and I was really happy with the results – until I watered the plant in the pot… The paint didn’t come off completely, but it did smear. I’m going to try again but finish it with a clear acrylic spray coating.
We are in love with Thin Stix and are going to be ordering more! In fact, I’ve got the 24 pack in my cart now! I should note that Thin Stix are not entirely mess free. They are after all still paint, and if your child were to paint on the couch or themselves or their brother, then yes there will be a mess and fabrics could be ruined. Booger did drop an uncapped Thin Stix on his shorts and it did transfer paint, I was able to wash it out since I saw it happen, but if it had had a chance to dry, I doubt I would have been as successful in removing the stain. So not mess free, but certainly less mess and much easier set up/clean up.
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