Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
A few weeks ago my 7 year old twins were kindly sent a Little Brian Paint Sticks Art Station to review. In the weeks since our home has been a place of arts and crafts mess free bliss. As well as the main Paint Station, I was sent a pack of Mini Paint Sticks and a pack of Fabric Paint Sticks.
Little Brian Mini Paint Sticks
Whilst the paint station comes with a generous number of paint sticks and chalk sticks, I was delighted to be sent a pack of 12 mini paint sticks (RRP: £5.99). These arrived quickly in perfect condition. The packaging looks exciting and I think that the colour combination used looks perfect.
The mini paint sticks are operated much in the same way as with a glue stick. They are easy to twist up and down and the cap sits firmly in place when the paint sticks are not in use. The paint in these paint sticks is solid and child friendly. They can be used on paper, card, canvas, wood and glass. What I was surprised to find out was that they can also be used on glass and whiteboards. This is so useful. No more using sheets and sheets of paper (especially as my twins has a large easel with a whiteboard on it). The paint sticks are silky and the colours so vibrant.
The packaging informed me that the paint sticks can be used for painting, scraping, stamping and dotting. So far we have used them for all of these purposes except for scraping. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the paint dries in less than one minute, that’s amazing. The first time we used these paint sticks my little boys were drawing ‘poo’ of various colours and watched with amusement as myself, Mummy, had to announce each colour in turn. We have since had hours of fun with them and they are still in perfect condition. And no mess!
Little Brian Fabric Paint Sticks
The second item we received was the Little Brian Fabric Paint Sticks (RRP: £6.99). I was most excited about this product because we could use the paint sticks to make a pattern on clothing. We opted for white polo shirts due to them being relatively inexpensive. First of all, we drew the design we wanted onto the polo shirts. The 6 colours – red, yellow, green, blue, black and brown – all looked so clear and vibrant. The recommendation given of having cardboard between the fabric to avoid creasing seemed to work really well. Fixing the design was easy. We could choose between using an iron on the reverse of the fabric or a hair dryer.
I love this brush and water free approach to painting. It saves so much stress. In the past we have had numerous cups of water knocked over and paint marks over the floor. The lack of mess is the best part of this product for me, from a parenting point of view.
Both items have been a big hit in our home. I will be on the lookout for more Little Brian items as they have totally revolutionised our arts and crafts time as a family.
For more information visit www.littlebrian.com.