Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Getting Our Hands Messy

Writing reviews of art material is great for me, because I really don't consider myself all that confident in my own artistic abilities. My girls love art and are heading to an art camp in a few weeks, so I considered it a good warm up to work with a new product I was sent.  It is called Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products.  In addition to the Sculpting Kit, ACTÍVA Products also sent us their ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS ebook.

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Not going to mince words - I was intimidated by this product. It doesn't look easy, and it does look messy. Had I not been writing about it, I fear I would have boxed it back up and put it away "for when the girls are older".... which never seems to happen. I'm not proud of my knee jerk reaction to this kind of material, and I'm working on it, but if you're art and mess phobic like me, you might have the same reaction, so I want you to be prepared. Push through and give it a try. It's worth it.

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit

This box can be thought of as a good "sampler pack". It isn't large, but there is enough to give it a fair try. There are plenty of quantities available.

The directions included in the box weren't great. The type was small and smudgy. However, I wasn’t concerned though because I also had the ebook they sent me as a PDF.  It is bright and colorful with clear directions.  Very easy to read, and great visuals. It includes twelve different projects, and my girls dove right into the beads, made with the Rigid wrap. To use the Rigid wrap you just cut it into strips appropriate for the size of the project, dip it in water, and apply to whatever template you are using. You can shape and smooth before you let it dry.

Madison, who is seven, read the directions with me, and then she was off and running. She can measure, she can cut, and she has a great memory. Reagan is only five, and her measuring and cutting are what is expected of a five year old, so I did some scaffolding - I measured and cut, she wrapped and shaped. It was very easy, and they had a lot of fun. The Rigid wrap dried within a day - and the only tricky part is to keep the beads rotated at first so they don't flatten or stick. Once they dried, we could paint them and start stringing!

Note: when you wrap around a straw, don't wrap around the bendy part of a bendy straw. We couldn't slide it off. Of course, my daughter swears she likes it better that way, so we just cut the straw and made it work, but lesson learned.

The box also contains CelluClay. We played with the CelluClay, but didn't complete a project. I had a hard time finding directions on how to turn the white powder into clay - there were no directions included, which may have just been in my box. I did find them on the website.

We did love the Rigid Wrap, and would definitely try more projects. The CelluClay had a new texture, and I think with more experience, the girls would enjoy it more.

I love hearing about how others used this stuff - so many kids had so much fun!

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit {ACTÍVA Products Reviews}

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