“ Brand: Wilkinson / Type: Craft Supplies / Age: 6 Years+ „
My son needs lot's of craft materials for school, and of course if you are painting or even gluing then you need paint brushes. Seeing these in Wilkinson's for around a pound I bought a pack, they are £1.50 at the moment.
The Wilko Colour Time Paint Brushes are children's craft items, you get 6 brushes- 3 foam topped sticks and 3 actual bristle brushes. The handles/ bristles/ foam tops are various bright colours and look very appealing and bright. Two of the foam tops are about an inch sized rectangular shape the other is rounded. The brushes are comfortable to hold, light and don't have sharp areas. They looked good quality.
Why did I buy them?
A lot of the painting my son does for school requires large areas of paint washing on to paper, them small paint brushes aren't very good for this as they're too small, take ages and leave 'lines'. I thought the foam applicator would be ideal for covering large sheets of paper- plus the brush heads are rather large too. Also collages can be glued quickly with a decent sized applicator.
Did they do the job?
The foam applicators I thought would be a success, and they were a partial success for five minutes until the end fell off, so I can't rate these at all.
What about the brushes?
Umm somewhat, obviously the size of them wouldn't be much use for precise painting but that's not what we bought them for. The bristles are sort of plastic which isn't absorbent they are sort of scratchy to paint with and don't leave a soft finish, they also lose them from the off. They're alright for gluing but the bristles really aren't secure enough to stay attached to the handle.
I wouldn't bother with them and have since gave him adult decorating paint brushes to use which did the trick.
It should be one for the broken foam applicators but 2 because the brushes aren't too bad.
We love doing crafty things in our house and painting is a favourite past time, so when I saw this set of paint brushes in Wilkinsons I thought they would make a lovely addition to our craft box. Sadly I was wrong, and here is why.
First impressions - The brushes come on a bright yellow card backing, with loads of paint splodges on it. The front is clear so you can see the brushes without taking them out of the packaging.
The brushes look fantastic with bright coloured handles and colourful bristles and sponges, they are appealing to any child.
You get six brushes in total, three 'normal' bristle topped ones and three sponge applicator ones.
Using them - When taking the brushes out of the packaging, it was clear that they looked better quality than they actually were, some of the bristles were coming out and one of the sponge tops was almost hanging off the stick, and this is before we had started to use them.
The handles are nice and smooth and easy for children to hold with ease. When painting with them the brushes were terrible, the bristles kept coming out all over the pictures and getting stuck everywhere. The sponges were not that much better, they gave a smooth finish but seemed to be falling apart.
After one use we had to throw two of the brushes and one of the sponges away, the others followed very soon after.
Other information - The pack of six paint brushes can be bought from Wilkinson stores or online at wilkinson.co.uk. They only cost £1.25 which is very cheap but I now know the reason why. If it is for one use only then go for it, but they are particularly poor quality even for Wilkinsons. So I would advise steer clear.
I do think that it is important to learn to be creative at an early age. I hated art at school as mine was so poor the teacher would often hold mine up as an example of how bad a picture could be. It took me a long time after leaving school to have any confidence in drawing and this is not how I wanted it to be for my son. I wanted him to start to enjoy drawing and painting as soon as he was able to.
The brushes were easy to wash and no bristles have come out when washing.
I bought this paint brush set for my son when he was eighteen months old as he had just started painting.
The pack contains 3 small bristle paint bushes with multi coloured bristles and three sponges two shaped like ice lolly's and one round sponge. The sponges are also different colours so very attractive to young eyes
These are currently available from Wilkinson's for only £1.25 per pack.
I put a cloth under his table which I moved into the middle of the room as I don't want my wall repainting at the moment.
My son found the large handles easy to hold and created some mater pieces that only a mother can admire. He did find it easy to load the brushes with paint.
He does get very tempted to bite the sponges but he never uses them without supervision for obvious reasons.
He has used the round sponge the most which creates dots all over the paper.
He uses the big paint brushes to paint his hands as well as big splodges on the paper.
These are ideal as a starter paint brush. I do think as children's painting skills improve they would want something smaller for more defined pictures.
The only one problem I have found is that the handles of the sponges the outside painting has come off leaving bare wood which doesn't look very attractive but they do still work the same.
I would recommend these for young children as a way to introduce painting. A great way to get your little one's getting creative.
What are they?
Some paint brushes by Wilko.
These are paint brushes that have been specifically designed for children. They come as a set of 6 - three standard sized rainbow coloured paint brushes, three sponge applicators (2 rectangular shaped, and one round shaped).
What do I think of them?
I first bought them for their price. For six applicators at £1.25 is an absolute bargain, but unfortunately, that is the only good thing about them. When they say it has been designed for kids, they really do only design these with kids in mind. To put it bluntly, these are not paint brushes or paint applicators at all, they are simply just toys and tools that look as if you can paint with them.
The quality of the bristles are quite poor, that is in terms of paintwork. The paint doesn't really absorb into the bristles, or raher the bristles don't really hold the paint, it does take seem to take quite a bit of time before it eventually does. This is after dipping the paintbrush into the paint and mixing thorough through the paint so that the liquid runs through the bristles.
It was almost impossible to paint with these, unless you plan to just dunk the brush into the paint and just 'splodge' it over your project, nevermind about trying to do any precision work, don't even think about it. Surprise, surprise, I am a person who never listens or believe in what I'm told, and hence I have just wasted £1.25.....!
To be fair, they are for kids and I am probably a fool for believing that these would do just a good a job as my standard brushes.
Visually, the tools are very vibrant and colourful, very appealing and stimulating for children and the plastic that makes up these tools appear to be quite durable, sturdy and more importantly safe for children to use. I am assuming that the particular materials used for the bristles and sponge, that though poor for actual painting, they would be less hazardous should a child decide to dunk it in their mouth.
At £1.25, it's fantastic value even as a colourful toy.
Thanks for reading xx.