Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Win It! Paint by Sticker: Travel

Disclosure: I received samples to facilitate this review and giveaway; all opinions expressed are my own. 

I love all things vintage and crafty so when I was approached by Workman Publishing to give their new Paint by Sticker series a try I was intrigued. At first glance, it brought to mind the coloring craze that started a few years ago which I tried and grew bored as my mind wandered. When the Travel and Kids editions arrived I decided to let Nia give it a try first. In the past while our color by number projects have gone unfinished I was thrilled to see Nia's enthusiasm when I introduced her to Paint by Sticker. 

The Kids edition came with 10 animal perforated pages that can be removed and framed. The corresponding sticker pages are in the back of the book and the suggestions page in the front mentions removing either the outline or the sticker page so that you don't have to flip back and forth. 

There's also a recommendation to use tweezers or a toothpick for placement as the stickers are not reposition-able, but Nia's finger skills were on point and she completed her first page, a lion, with ease. I estimate it took her about 30-45 minutes to complete it, and we especially liked the 3-D effect the shading of the stickers produced. She was so proud of herself! 

If Nia could easily complete her page, so could I, right? The Travel edition I received came with 12 vintage posters perforated like the Kids edition and included some beautiful places I had actually been like Maine and Japan. Since I was back up on the Seacoast during spring break last week I decided to complete the famous West Quoddy Head Lighthouse poster. 

My fingers weren't as dexterous as Nia's, and I had to break out my toothpick to help with positioning - I only managed to tear one sticker (can you tell?). I poured a cup of coffee and put on some relaxing music to start my project and finished it while on the phone with my mom. It took me about an hour, and I imagine the more I pages I complete, the better I'll get at it! 

Paint by Sticker makes an ideal rainy day project, a gift for someone who's recovering from surgery or just a quick break in between mundane daily tasks. I'm getting better at taking breaks throughout the day and this will now be part of my repertoire - it's so simple to leave off and pick back up without all the decision making of which color to use or sorting through puzzle pieces. Sometimes my mind just needs a non-screen break and Paint by Sticker fits the bill!

Would you like to give Paint by Sticker a try? Workman Publishing is giving one lucky Harlem Lovebirds reader a chance to win Paint by Sticker: Travel. Entry is simple via Rafflecopter below and begins today, April 26 ending this Sunday, April 30 with the winner announced on May 1 (open to U.S. residents ages 18+ only):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!