What the kids did: Art with Little Brian Paint Sticks

Little Brian Paint Sticks

I discovered Little Brian at The Toy Show, they had a display of their paint sticks and some paper to experiment with so I had a go and thought they were brilliant – all the fun of paint with non of the mess! A couple of weeks ago we were sent a pack of the Paint Sticks to play with and they’re a big hit! We first got them out when we had a friend over to play, and her mum is an artist so got stuck in too, we had loads of fun experimenting.
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What are Little Brian Paintsticks?

Paint sticks are basically paint in solid form; they come in a twist up tube like glue does but are not sticky and dry in 60 seconds. They are non toxic and washable, although I’ve not had to wash any off the kids clothes yet as they’re basically mess free so can’t comment on how well they wash out! Although marketed from age 3 and up as long as you keep the lids out of a smaller child’s reach they’re fine, Arlo definitely loves them at almost 2! I think they would make a brilliant birthday present for any kid from two upwards actually!

Together we made pictures on paper, cardboard and quite often just right onto the oilcloth tablecloth! They also work on glass would be great fun on a white fridge door too, although ours is black so only the white one shows up well! Each paint stick has enough paint in it to completely cover an A3 sheet of paper three times over, so they will last a long time, and can of course be easily stored away with no clean up needed! Paintings don’t need to be hung up to dry and you don’t need to rinse out paint pots and brushes! It comes off skin with a quick swipe of a baby wipe or damp cloth, which means great for travelling too, no spill factor!

Other fun things you can do:

Use a wet paint brush to create a water colour effect. This is a great way to create different colour intensity and new colours by mixing them together. Athena wasn’t interested when I tried to explain about all colours being made from primary colours, she was just happy painting away!

Paint some colours on your paper, leave a minute to dry and then cover over with black. When the black is dry scrape a picture into in and see the colours below! You can use the edge of the paint stick to do this, or a teaspoon or something else that’s not sharp!

Paint hands, fingers & feet to create all sorts of prints! Arlo discovered this one all by himself, he plastered his hand (and some of his face) with colours and then started printing onto the paper. You can also do finger print art this way too! Great for homemade cards at Christmas and birthdays!

Little Brian Paint Sticks

Little Brian Paint Sticks

You can view the full range here on Amazon, and they’ll be available at Asda soon too!

I also have three sets to giveaway! A six pack of each of the classic colours, metallics and dayglo colours! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is fill out the form below:

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We were sent a selection of Paint Sticks to get arty with, all words and opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

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  1. Amy B
    16th March 2017 / 8:06 am

    The metallics sound like an amazing collection- I love crafting but dread the mess! So will definitely need to give these a try! X

  2. Katie Skeoch
    18th March 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Painting & crafting

  3. iain maciver
    19th March 2017 / 12:13 am

    painting and crafting

  4. Amanda
    19th March 2017 / 8:12 am

    My son loves painting and any sort of messy craft activity

  5. Sue McCarthy
    19th March 2017 / 9:14 am

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

  6. lucy higgins
    19th March 2017 / 1:08 pm

    sticking and gluing is what my niece loves, lots of glitter and sequins and lots of fun

  7. 19th March 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Gluing and Sticking, my son loves to save old boxes, toilet roll tubes etc so we can make something

  8. 19th March 2017 / 8:47 pm

    getting a big A5 piece of paper and let her imagination take hold!

  9. 20th March 2017 / 8:30 am

    My girls love making collages and printing at the moment!

  10. Andrea Upton
    20th March 2017 / 2:06 pm

    My son loves all arts, especially messy ones!

  11. Harriet
    20th March 2017 / 5:01 pm

    Painting and crafting

  12. Fiona Rennie
    20th March 2017 / 8:09 pm

    My son loves painting, especially if it involves painting his hands or feet

  13. Sarah Mackay
    21st March 2017 / 12:27 am

    I love cross stitching

  14. Harline Parkin
    21st March 2017 / 4:54 am

    At the moment my granddaughter is learning to knit and doing well

  15. Elizabeth Hinds
    21st March 2017 / 10:48 am

    We love painting and colouring – I find it very theraputic! 🙂

  16. MM
    21st March 2017 / 11:06 am

    My youngest loves making. Using paints, drawing, sewing, theres no medium he disklikes. My eldest likes draing, occasionally he will paint.

  17. Becky Yeomans
    21st March 2017 / 11:23 am

    My daughter loves painting!

  18. stuart hargreaves
    21st March 2017 / 11:26 am

    painting of faces all colours

  19. Jen Joesbury twitter name orion-1919
    21st March 2017 / 12:13 pm


  20. Colette B
    21st March 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Oh how clever are they! Amy would LOVE them!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #triedtested this week x

  21. Angela Boucher
    21st March 2017 / 8:50 pm

    My son’s favourite art’s and crafts activity is painting.

  22. Jo - Pickle & Poppet
    21st March 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I always dread getting paints out as they make so much mess – well my son does! These look perfect! #TriedTested

  23. Lorraine Tinsley
    21st March 2017 / 10:04 pm

    My kids love all arts and craft, the messier the better. I thinkt their favourite is cutting and sticking

  24. Kerry Taylor
    21st March 2017 / 10:14 pm

    He likes painting, I like my furniture in the nice neutral colours I bought it in, so he does it in the bath 😀

  25. Lorna Ledger
    22nd March 2017 / 2:33 am

    we love painting , drawing, and making things, especially crafting xx

  26. Sally Collingwood
    22nd March 2017 / 9:20 am

    We love sticking and gluing and making models.

  27. 22nd March 2017 / 10:26 am

    To be honest he’s not big into it yet which is a real shame as I used to love it when I was his age and still do! Maybe these new paintsticks would encourage him to get more creative.

  28. Tracy Hanley
    22nd March 2017 / 12:04 pm

    We love finger painting

  29. Solange
    23rd March 2017 / 12:37 am

    My daughter loves painting.

  30. EJ Dunn
    23rd March 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I like cross-stitching

  31. 24th March 2017 / 2:32 pm

    We love drawing

  32. Ema J Lowe
    25th March 2017 / 10:21 pm

    both my daughters love all sorts of art, they enjoy drawing and colouring and making pictures out of anything they can get their hands on

  33. Rachel Butterworth
    26th March 2017 / 10:11 pm


  34. Katy Malkin
    26th March 2017 / 10:50 pm

    We love aqua paints
    Non messy but fun

  35. Victoria Hall
    27th March 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Anything involving lots of glue!

  36. Lorraine Stone
    27th March 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Paper plates and magazines. Use with glue and paint!

  37. Jennifer Roberts
    27th March 2017 / 9:41 pm

    W loves anything glittery and gluey & T loves anything outdoorsy like building birdhouses etc.

  38. Stevie
    30th March 2017 / 11:16 am

    We like to play match craft gluing and painting. Plus it’s really cheap.

  39. Jenny Harlow
    31st March 2017 / 8:26 pm

    My sons favourite activity is doing sand art

  40. Le Coin de Mel
    3rd April 2017 / 12:03 am

    These little paint sticks look brilliant! My 4 would love them. They’re always asking me to get the paint out but it’s sooooo messy! Would love an arty activity that’s actually fuss-free and mess-free 🙂

    3rd April 2017 / 10:25 am

    My grandchildren love anything that’s very messy such as painting, gluing and a hefty sprinkling of glitter

  42. Laura Whittle
    4th April 2017 / 10:31 am

    Making cards x

  43. Katie McGinley
    4th April 2017 / 3:57 pm


  44. Lisa Wilkinson
    5th April 2017 / 12:52 pm

    She loves painting

    5th April 2017 / 4:54 pm

    At the moment the children enjoy colouring stuff in with paint, pens, pencils and crayons

    5th April 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Grandson enjoys anything to do with glue and paints

  47. Nicola Perry
    5th April 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I love knitting and crocket. I’ve tried to teach my two children but at the moment they are lacking the patience to keep trying when it doesn’t go quite right lol

  48. 5th April 2017 / 9:07 pm

    My kids favourite is any arts and craft which has maximum mess factor 🙂

  49. Rich Tyler
    6th April 2017 / 12:16 am

    Potato prints!

  50. Rebecca Howells (@Peanuthog)
    7th April 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Painting, pastels and mindfulness colouring

  51. 8th April 2017 / 9:46 am

    My youngest daughter absolutely loves painting, but we do other crafts with my two other children and they really love paper mache crafts

  52. Sam Parkes
    8th April 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Painting and glueing things

  53. Lucy Chester
    9th April 2017 / 7:49 am

    We love painting and drawing together

  54. paula cheadle
    9th April 2017 / 8:00 am

    cutting out and glueing

  55. Alison G Ellis
    9th April 2017 / 8:12 am

    Painting and sticking

  56. 9th April 2017 / 9:23 am

    my kids like painting and drawing with different types of colouring pens

  57. 9th April 2017 / 10:27 am

    My two love painting the messier the better it seems as they are usually covered themselves, they love potato painting and painting leaves after they’ve drawn around them, and they love painting their models they make out of boxes

  58. Tracy Hanson
    9th April 2017 / 12:12 pm

    We do like painting and drawing and have now gone onto the figure shapes made from card (for making cards etc), so we are now dressing them up.

  59. Allan Fullarton
    9th April 2017 / 3:24 pm

    painting and crafting

    9th April 2017 / 6:26 pm

    grandson likes drawing

  61. Carly Belsey
    9th April 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Me and my 2 year old like to colour and me and my 9 year old like to make posters

  62. Hayley Todd
    9th April 2017 / 7:58 pm

    My daughter absolutely loves painting, drawing and colouring, so these would be perfect for her!

  63. Joanna Kasznicki
    9th April 2017 / 8:39 pm

    we like to potato print

  64. Nicola Marshall
    9th April 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Painting & crafting

  65. Natalie Crossan
    9th April 2017 / 9:24 pm

    paper mache xx

  66. Deborah Mackenzie
    9th April 2017 / 9:56 pm

    my great niece loves painting, drawing, making things and learning new crafts.

  67. Gemma Cook
    9th April 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Our daughter loves Painting

  68. Jess Berkeley
    9th April 2017 / 11:03 pm

    My son loves playing with play dough and getting messy with paint 🙂

  69. Lia Burns
    9th April 2017 / 11:08 pm

    We love card making!

  70. 9th April 2017 / 11:25 pm

    My son loves junk modelling and decorating them.

  71. Hayley Colburn
    9th April 2017 / 11:33 pm

    for my daughter it seems to be the messier the better lol, glitters, glue, pom poms you name it, she always makes me lovely cards though, not just for special occasions, I get them all the time bless her

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