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Textured Finger Painting

While watching YouTube I came across a fun video by Our Realistic Homeschool Life featuring a fun, new way to finger paint. Her video featured adding texture to the paper which gives the children something different a feeling as they are creating their masterpieces. Here’s a list of the supplies you will need for this activity:

  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Paper or styrofoam plate
  • Paint
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Mixing mediums (optional)

I had a my oldest son help the children create their glue stick art. Next, they were able to freely use the color palette to create the cutest pieces.

The in results where amazing because all the children, even my oldest, enjoy this project and were able to truly express themselves in a really meet away. Each of their masterpieces perfectly display their personalities and I was so happy to try this art project with them.

Be sure to check out a tutorial and a blog featuring this cool way of finger painting.

Also, don’t forget to check out the original video that inspired me as well.

Make this week artistic,

Ta’Neisha K.


Magic Stix Markers Review/Giveaway

My children have truly enjoyed creating masterpieces with the Magic Stix Washable Markers by The Pencil Grip, Inc. In preparation for this review, we’ve been using these awesome markers for approximately 6 weeks and have enjoyed every minute of it.

You definitely recognize The Pencil Grip, Inc. because I have reviewed for them before. Upon receipt of this new product I was intrigued by the information they offered with the package. I made it my mission to test every fact to ensure its veracity. By the end of this review you will find out if these markers passed every test and also be given an opportunity to win a set for your household.

The first thing that I tested was the company’s claim that these markers are odorless. I had everyone in the house smell them over, and over, and over, and over again. I was pleasantly surprised that these don’t even have the normal marker scent that other companies have on their “unscented” products. To date no one in the house has been able to catch any scent from either of these markers.

Next we tested out the brightness and boldness of the colors as well as the overall quality of these markers. I was very excited with the packaging of this product because it is sleek, stores easily, lays flat, and doesn’t take up much space at all. I really think this one of the best packaging set ups that I have seen offered by this company. I love that all the caps are the same color so that way you don’t have to worry about trying to match them specifically. The colors were all vibrant, unique, and looked great on the artwork that my children and I created. No matter how many times we’ve used them, even the lightest color still comes through with perfect pigment. I’ve even used these when Bible journaling and noted that the colors dried quickly and did not bleed through to other pages.

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Last and definitely not least the biggest claim that these markers will not dry out with the cap off for 7seven days was tested. I was the 100% skeptical about this alleged fact and I couldn’t wait to prove them wrong. I left the light brown marker sitting on the bar top, without the cap for seven days. I placed the cap back on so I could record the giveaway video. The cap was only back on the marker for three minutes before I recorded the results. So, did the marker work after seven days with the cap off? You can find that out those results as well as information about the giveaway via my recent YouTube video.

Overall, the Magic Stix Washable Markers are another true testament to the high quality items that The Pencil Grip, Inc. adds to their product line. We appreciated the opportunity to review these markers and to give a set away to one lucky supporter. As stated in the video this is a United States only giveaway. Please refer to giveaway rules for additional requirements and information.


Be sure to check out additional reviews on these markers by members of the Homeschool Review Crew.

Make today colorful,

Ta’Neisha K.

Creating an Artistic Masterpiece & Amazing Memories

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Our oldest was so excited to share his thoughts on Creating a Masterpiece online art classes wherewith he has completed two projects within the past six weeks.  In this review I, along with the help of my son Bear, will be discussing our thoughts on the monthly plan, video lessons, and overall projects.  He has also created a video showcasing his projects, creative process, and his thoughts on the program.  This online studio was designed by Sharon Hofer as an extension of her art school with the desire to provide a self-paced art class that had a unique yet inviting and intimate atmosphere.  I was simply amazed with the results and how it built my son’s confidence in his own artistic ability!

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A majority of these art projects can be completed within 3-4 lessons and a few of the more detailed ones require seven.  Each lesson is broken down into several sessions but the goal is for your student to complete a lesson per week. It is totally up to you on whether they sit for the approximate hour and work through all sessions within the lesson or work on one session per day until that lesson is complete.  Depending on your child’s pace (and length of the project lessons) it will take them approximately 3-7 weeks to finish various art projects.  It is strongly suggested that the child slows down their pace if the project quality or student confidence starts to suffer.  No matter the chosen pace we are encouraged to be patient with our artists and continue to motivate them through the artistic process.

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Initially when I logged onto the site I was extremely intimidated by the posted art projects and I thought they were too advanced for my son to do.  He was nervous too but finally chose a project that used colored pencils since he’d just learned a myriad of ways to use them during his current art curriculum lessons.  He decided to try Lessons in Colored Pencil: Tropical Clown Fish and was so pleased with the results.  The next project he completed was the Lessons in Ink: Dragonfly which is an extremely meticulous and  detailed project.  He did so great practicing for the first two lessons that he flew past the final three without any issues.  My husband and I were so proud, amazed, and excited at his results with each completed project.  He wants to try a sculpture lesson next.

Here are Bear’s thoughts on his experience with Creating a Masterpiece:

“The teacher’s instructions were very clear and she helps you learn how to draw very hard things in easy ways.  I like how the lessons are listed based on levels and that there are many to choose from.  The amount of time it took to complete a project was good and I like that she tells you how to prepare for every stage.  For instance, she mentions how to make sure angles are right and how to go over your work. I would recommend this to other children because it helps you get better at drawing.  Before I started this program I didn’t think I could draw but I was so surprised and happy with my results. These lessons built my confidence in art class and I am going to try more lessons.” Bear, Age 9

You can get a detailed view his artwork, see the creative process during the project sessions, and hear more of his thoughts in this recent video.

During our use of the  program we thought a way to make the website more user friendly would be to place a link for the next lesson on the current lesson’s page so the student doesn’t have to go back to the project homepage to move forward.  Other than this extremely minor issue, we had no problems with the website.  The video player worked great throughout our entire time navigating the website, even with us living in the country.  Our internet speed is extremely slow; however, we never experienced any complications with the videos loading or playing.

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Overall the Creating a Masterpiece program monthly plan was a great addition for our homeschool.  Bear’s words and video perfectly summed up our experience with the program and my husband and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  Be sure to check out some additional crew reviews via this super long, yet equally amazing hyperlink to see how other families used it and what their artists created.


Make this week artistic,

Ta’Neisha K.