Offering an easy, low-mess alternative to liquid paint, sticks with compacted pigment are an ideal choice for classrooms and mixed-media artists of all ages. For the most part, water soluble versions of these sticks are made of tempera paint, which is easy to blend and mix and is also nontoxic and quick to clean off most surfaces. Sold in twist-up tubes, tempera paint sticks can be used directly on dry paper without any water, offering a smooth, pastel-like consistency that dries quickly. Another water soluble option is the gel stick, which has a different formulation and may be slower to dry. Our picks below will help you find the best tempera paint and gel sticks for your project needs.
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