I have been enthralled with a product called Unicorn Spit for the last few months.http://www.unicornspit.com Just the name alone meant I had to explore it further! Who doesn’t love unicorns? It is a vibrant wood stain/glaze all rolled into one and it can be used on just about anything! I have used it on bare wood (and the beautiful woodgrain shows through), chalk painted wood (which makes the colours even more vibrant), glass, Christmas ornaments, fabric,canvas and plastic. I haven’t found anything this product can’t do. One of the best discoveries I made is that there are no bad results and I can share making projects with my granddaughter. She is now 3, but we began our “Spitting” together projects when she was 2 with some fabulous outcomes. This product is non-toxic and water based and it smells like Jasmine, so I have never worried about her using this product.
In case you are wondering about her hairdo….she asked for a “Crazy Hair Day” so that was our project before we started painting. I kind of think the pony tail in the middle of her head just adds to the whole “Unicorn” theme!
We also made a surprise project for her mom for Christmas together. I bought an inexpensive TV tray and base coated it black. I let her make a design on top (called the stain-press technique) that looked like a galaxy. There is a Youtube video on how to create this look. Unicorn Spit Galaxy Technique . We watched the video together, I loaded up some syringes (the new Unicorn Spit comes in squirt bottles, so no need for the syringes..yea!) and guided her through the process. As I said before, there are no bad outcomes….even if you hate the way it looks on your first try, you can add a different colour or even wipe off your first attempt since it is water based. After her tabletop dried, I added a few embellishments like some glitter, crystals and wrote her name and date on it. Since I knew this was going to have so much sentimental value to her mom (since she had made it herself), I wanted to make sure her art would last a lifetime. I decided to use an epoxy resin on top to seal in the painting. I used a product called Famowood Epoxy Resin (from Lowe’s in the US) that is a “pour on” coating that gives the effect of 70 coats of varnish in one pour (I did this portion of the project after she was asleep…it’s not a “kid friendly” process) . It is like the table was under glass and it made the painting incredibly vibrant and shiny. Her mom was so incredibly moved by her Christmas present and my granddaughter couldn’t have been prouder!
Other Unicorn Spit Projects
I am going to briefly list the process for some of the other “Spit projects” I have done. I had quite a few old, boring glass vases that had accumulated over the years that needed some oomph. I had read that you could spit the inside or the outside of a glass vase, and I decided on the outside (so that none of the products would inhibit the use for fresh flowers). I painted a thin coat of Mod Podge on the outside of the glass. After that was dry, I spray painted a couple of them gold, and left the others clear…..then it was time to get my “Spit” on. I let the Unicorn spit drip down the sides of some, finger painted others and did a mini “Stain Press” technique on others. Once the paint/stain was dry, I sprayed them with a coat of oil based spray lacquer. Unicorn Spit must be top coated with an oil based sealer (unless it is epoxied). This confused me at first because I had always in the past followed the “water-based over water-based and oil-based over oil-based” rule of thumb. The reason for this is that a water-based sealer will reactivate the Spit and cause it to be lifted or changed while being applied. For most projects I use Minwax oil based, fast drying, wipe on poly. It dries quickly and allows for multiple coats if needed in a short time span.
At Christmas, I decided it would be fun to try Unicorn Spit on some glass ornaments for the tree. I bought a six-pack of Martha Stewart glass ornaments. Half were clear with a small silver band of glitter, and the rest were solid silver glitter. For the clear ones I just dropped the Spit into them and rolled it around. For the silver glitter ornaments, I dripped Spit on the outside and let it drip partway down the sides leaving some of the silver glitter portion exposed. I sprayed those ones with spray lacquer afterwards to protect. This was a quick and easy project that made a nice impact on our tree.
My Newest Adventure
All of these experiments with Unicorn Spit lead me to my new adventure. I loved doing the galaxy technique and I loved the look of epoxy over Unicorn Spit. I decided to try these galaxies in miniature on furniture and cabinet knobs. I had seen hand painted knobs for sale in the past, but not this type, and not with an epoxy coating. The other knobs I had seen were hand painted or decoupaged and covered with several coats of poly. Most of the knobs I had seen were wood and the screw was screwed directly into the wood. They were beautiful, but I wanted to try taking it a step further. I sourced out what I feel is a better quality knob as it has a metal threaded insert for the screw. The epoxy coating gives them the ultimate in shine and protection and makes the painting underneath look 3-D. I knew if I could figure out a technique to achieve this, that I would have a unique product that I could custom match to any decor. Figuring out a way to epoxy them was definitely a learning curve. Epoxy is generally done on a flat surface such as a table top. Not only was my surface not flat, but I wanted the underside of the knob to have the same durable coating. After much trial and error, I think I have my technique perfected and am thoroughly enjoying the whole process. I have expanded my collection to include metallic, glitter and marbled designs as well as the galaxy design. The sky really is the limit and these can be custom made to fit any decor. I am selling my knobs locally and online at http://lauriebrennancreates.etsy.com
I am in no way affiliated with, nor reimbursed for endorsing any of the products mentioned in my article….I just happen to love them all!
Martha Stewart Ornaments