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Let’s Play with Playcolor Paint Sticks Meant for Kids

Video tutorial using playcolor paint sticks with rubber stamps to make an art journal background for this week's Let's Play link party! Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!

Ever stumble across an art supply that was made for kids but you just had to try it?  That’s what happened to me.  Loved these paint sticks when I found them, used them a few times, and then forgot all about them.

The embarrassing thing is they were actually on a shelf where I saw them every day but didn’t really see them.  But thanks to this month’s Let’s Play theme, I am redeeming myself and using these with some much older rubber stamps!

New to Let’s Play?  It’s all about how to let go and embrace the fun of artful play.  Each Tuesday, there’s a new link party where I’m sharing my play and you can link up to share your play.  And yes, it can be any creative play!  Plus there’s a monthly $50 gift certificate giveaway!

Video tutorial using playcolor paint sticks with rubber stamps to make an art journal background for this week's Let's Play link party!

These are a kids supply…and they make me happy.  Why? Because of the creamy texture and that when they dry they are dry and don’t smudge or smear easily.  Now, if you hit them with a bunch of water they do smear since it is tempera paint…


Watch How to make art journal background with tempera paint sticks on YouTube.

Now you’ve seen my play…can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

Let's Play February all about showing neglected art supplies some love and weekly link party!This month’s giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!  Link up what you’re creating (and you get a bonus entry into the giveaway for sharing your play) or leave a comment telling something that you liked about one of the photos shared. One comment per person.  Giveaway closes Monday, Feb 28th at 8am EST and will be announced the following Tuesday.

New to Let’s Play?  You can find out all about it, what you can share (and it is almost anything), why your play (yes YOURs!) helps others to play, plus other info here.

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Link up etiquette  

  • If you see something you like, leave a comment on their photo or blog post and show some love – let them know they inspired you! 
  • Share your recent play (any form of creativity is welcome) that hasn’t been linked up to a Let’s Play before ( limit 3 per week please)
  • Add a link back to to this post so that others can find it, be sparked, and join the fun!
  • New link party begins each Tuesday..sometimes even late Monday night… 
  • Enter the giveaway for the $50 gift certificate by linking up (and you get a bonus chance for sharing your fun) or by leaving a comment telling something you liked about one of the photos shared in the link party. One comment per person on this week’s blog post.  The winner will be announced on the first Tuesday of the following month. You can find all the details about Let’s Play here.

You can upload a photo or use a URL or Instagram.  Not sure how to find a URL or link up? Check out this page of Let’s Play FAQs.

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  • Sherry February 8, 2016, 11:36 pm

    I love this idea thanks Hun!

  • Diane Petersmarck February 9, 2016, 12:23 am

    This past weekend I snuck in a little time to play with some new chipboard die cuts from alphastamps.com. I made this little book for my 8 year old niece’s birthday present.


  • Ozge Basagac February 9, 2016, 3:15 am

    These paints look so creamy and vibrant.I will try to see if i can find something similar to try 🙂 Thank you for the video Carolyn.

  • Annie February 9, 2016, 4:22 am

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Corrine February 9, 2016, 4:24 am

    Aren’t we all kids? I like to use old fashioned crayons all the time. Xox

  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith February 9, 2016, 5:53 am

    These look so similar to gelatos, but I know they wouldn’t react the same way. It’s so much fun even just watching you play with them!

  • Linda Ford February 9, 2016, 10:38 am

    I love the idea of these Playcolour sticks, I will have to look out for them.

  • diana garcia February 9, 2016, 11:50 am

    Let’s play is so much fun to watch and learn some thing new!

  • Janet Baker February 9, 2016, 1:08 pm

    Something new and fun whenever I visit. Maybe some day I will be brave enough to post my art.

  • Sarah Brennan February 9, 2016, 3:00 pm

    I love shadow stamps. I used some on my first ever blog post as a background for some zentangle. I hadn’t used them for years. Six months later, you have inspired me to get them back out and use them to create a background. I haven’ t used my Marvy la Plume water based pens for years either so they will be a great substitute for your play sticks. I’ ll try and link up at the weekend when half term starts!

  • Jean Marmo February 9, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Love these paint sticks! I got out some neglected paints too!

  • Raine February 9, 2016, 3:55 pm

    Very cool! Love how you used them on the shadow stamps.

  • Vicki ross February 9, 2016, 6:00 pm

    Wow! Love these colors…hmmm…amazon here I come!

  • Marla February 9, 2016, 9:11 pm

    I love the colors and the textures. Looking forward to playing with my old supplies this week. Thank you for the videos, they are a lot of fun.

  • Denise Spillane February 9, 2016, 9:18 pm

    Hi, great idea. I think I have some of these stamps somewhere. I think maybe I can try with gelatos? Hmmmm

  • Arianna Barbara February 10, 2016, 10:26 am

    I love the Sweet Valentine garland! It’s a great idea to decorate a Valentine’s gift pack! Adorable! I like so much all of the others projects too!

  • Ellen Prewitt February 11, 2016, 5:00 am

    Love what you did with the paint sticks. Guess what my Grands are getting!?!
    All the links are inspiring me to pull out all supplies and play. Thank you!
    Made my first inchies last week with a tiny celestial stamp set I gave my daughter 25 years ago!

  • Shel February 11, 2016, 11:39 am

    Very cool product, and, as always, Carolyn makes it so much fun!

  • Janis in ID February 12, 2016, 9:50 pm

    What a fun project you made!! I had not ever heard of these paint sticks before. They look fab on your art journal page.
    Thank you for this delightful place to share our things.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • connie felton February 13, 2016, 5:22 am

    i love the ideas for lets play and would love to create with this group

  • Jasmine February 13, 2016, 7:56 am

    You had just reminded me, during that video, I had something called “silky crayons” I could bust out. Sometimes kids arts stuff is so much more fun and less intimidating! Thanks for the reminder! Once I dusted off them cobb webs, I am having a blast! (Kidding about the Cobb webs! 🙂

  • erinne February 13, 2016, 4:16 pm

    Love this! Since I do not have those tempora sticks, I was wondering if it would work with normal highlighters……….prob not as well. I am raising my grandkids so I do have paint items around………..I will try to create a stamp thing with something I have around and just try to use their markers or just plain temopra paint………..hahah wonderful page…..now I am going to hunt down their school markers and see if I can do the same hahahaha

  • Minky jardine February 13, 2016, 6:38 pm

    Please tell me more about let’s play, where do I upload artwork

  • Rose McGuinn February 13, 2016, 6:56 pm

    Hi carolyn!
    I’ve shared your fun tempera video over at the G+ crowd known as Creative Ideas.
    Thanks again for your inspiring ideas and way of thinking. I’m beginning to lighten up about art already.

  • lillian February 14, 2016, 5:30 pm

    This is a great idea! I’ve never seen paint sticks like those, but I’ve put them on my list! Thank you for the video.

  • Sharon Field February 14, 2016, 5:56 pm

    Love the product, the stamps that you used and the end result! Great job!

  • Susan Schultheis February 14, 2016, 8:22 pm

    As always Carolyn you have helped to satisfy my color addiction with today’s video. I love those kiddie paints you played with, especially the neon colors.

  • Jenn February 15, 2016, 4:16 pm

    I love the idea of re-visiting neglecting supplies! Thanks for the creative boost.

  • loeyp February 15, 2016, 4:23 pm

    OMG, those “chapstick” paints are for me! Clicked on their pic, took me right to amazon & also saw metallic sticks!!! Yay!!

  • Kathy H February 16, 2016, 7:37 am

    Love your inspiration! This was a great one to show how easily a fun background can come together! Thanks for all you do for your fans!!

  • Vicky February 16, 2016, 11:32 am

    What a coincidence, I just bought some of those paint sticks past weekend at a craft fair. Only tested them quickly on a piece of paper, but they are so creamy. Love watching you play.

  • Barbara Hauenstein February 16, 2016, 8:32 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed your video this week! I used to love using tempera paints in school and thought you were wonderfully creative in your use of these paints. I appreciate your holding a drawing as I love craft supplies!

  • Barbara Hauenstein February 16, 2016, 8:35 pm

    Thank you for this video on using tempera paint sticks! It’s always a joy watching you play and learning your many techniques! I appreciate your holding a drawing and would love to win the prize! Thank you again! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • ionabunny February 21, 2016, 8:44 am

    This reminds me of the scratch paper I use. Made for kids, great for crafters. I seem to have missed a few weeks!! Hope to join you again soon. Hugz

  • D.Ann C February 21, 2016, 12:39 pm

    I haven’t seen these paint sticks, but they made a cool background! I do keep crayolas on hand to use on occasion. : )