Teacher Appreciation Gift

Teacher Appreciation Gift

By Michelle Austin/ SPiT Shine

*This post is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT, but all statements and opinions are mine. **

Using a new flower pot and saucer, I created a gift for my son’s teacher. I used three coats of Molly Red Pepper on the outside and White Ning on the inside so it looks like an apple. I sealed with Rustoleum Clear Gloss Spray.

Using my Cricut Explore, I cut a leaf out of card stock and attached it with a wooden knob to the top using AMAZING GOOP adhesive.  I also added her name to the front with vinyl.

To cover the hole in the bottom, I added a little vinyl surprise that will only be seen once the candy is gone.

An easy & quick gift that would be great any time of the year!

Always keep your face to the sun!

Always keep your face to the sun!

By Abby Lummus/ Cavilyn Creations

When doing a functional art piece, there is a sense of trying to bring beauty to an everyday item that you use in your home.  Recently a reader on one of my other blogs shared that they loved my blog but wished I did something a little less sophisticated.  She hoped I would embrace the challenge of a piece little less difficult that would be a more attainable goal for those just learning how to use Unicorn Spit.  Well let’s just say I am always up for a challenge!  I love sunflowers for lots of reasons, so I thought it was a perfect choice for this piece.  As a Sponsored artist, I want to bring the joy of the Unicorn Spit to everyone.  I live its scent and its ease of use.  SO GAME ON!  Did you know that a sunflower actually rotates its head as the sun moves across the sky?  It really does!  So I want my readers to also always keep their hearts facing the sun, feeling its warmth and its renewing power.  Seek the joy- just as I do-Unicorn SPiT™ and its Q & A Group on Facebook always brings me joy!

An interesting twist on a simple coffee table

*This post is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT™, but all statements and opinions are mine. **

One of my readers wanted me to focus on a piece of furniture with a design simple enough to be done by someone less confident as an artist.  Lest everyone think I am always a success, I took a table from our first fun with Unicorn SPiT™, and decided to strip it and start over again.  I want to point out my biggest challenge with this table- its sides fold down.  Seems simple but not if you plan to epoxy your tabletop.  But more on that part later☺

This table above was a table I painted using the Aura Blast technique with Unicorn SPiT™.  I liked it at first, very vibrant.  While it had its own issues, I liked it enough to keep it.   I used an oil based Polyurethane, which is one of the best sealants for Unicorn SPiT™.  Problem was, over time it caused the Unicorn SPiT™ to appear yellowed, and not as vibrant, which was one of my favorite aspects of this table.  So the quest was on to remove all the Polyurethane and SPiT™ from the table.  


Since sanding 4 layers of polyurethane and SPiT™ off of furniture can be very time consuming and strenuous, I decided to use a recommended soy gel stripper.  This soy gel stripper is not only going to pull up the finish, but it also safe for the wood.  A good stripper can compromise the integrity of the wood beneath if you are not careful, but this one is biodegradable, and safe for the wood.  So when I applied this stripper, I wanted to be safe and wear vinyl gloves to protect my hand, just in case.  But the stripper actually dissolved the gloves…. So in the end I smeared the gel all over the table with my hands…  I found we needed a thick layer of the stripper to keep it moist while it worked overnight.  I did take the table outside with a plastic drop cloth under it and over the top of the table to protect the table from dew.  The plastic also helped to keep the stripper moist all night long.  So the next day I carried it out into the grass near a hose, and began removing the stripper.  I had to use a variety of tools to scrub/ scrape the stripper off the table.  It was very stubborn, so I used a stiff bristled cleaning brush to scrub it off.  After much effort, most of the stripper had been removed.  Due to the fact I was tired after scrubbing, I decided a few sanding attempts were the next option.  It was just what it needed! So now that the old finish was removed I began to draw out my design.

Sketching my Sunflower

While it is difficult to see it in the picture, these were some of the lines I drew for the petals.  I had a reference photo of the sunflower, so I did my best to replicate the lines I saw.  When I begin painting, you will be able to see more of the lines of the flower.  Because it was just a regular #2 pencil used, the lines aren’t as bold as I would’ve liked for picture purposes, but hopefully you get the idea! LOL☺  Often you can find images on Google images that make great designs for your SPiT™ creations.  Coloring books, tattoo photos, and a simple search on the internet will yield far more images of a design than you could imagine.  For this sunflower, I used an image found on Pinterest that was actually a painting on canvas by Marsha Baldwin, one of my absolute favorite artists.  Of course, I modified the design to suit my piece of furniture.  But you get the idea.  The sky is the limit for what you can choose for yourself.  

For this table, I used a Rustoleum wood stain in dark walnut, for the petals.  While  I adore the work of Reality Daydream, this time I wanted to incorporate more color into the petals, and soon to be center of the flower.  I also used another Rustoleum Wood stain in Kona, to deepen the shadows of the petals.  For my family, Kona wood stain holds a strong meaning… My mom, being the over achiever that she is, attempted to carry WAY TO MANY cans of paint (or in this case stain) down the stairs one day while she was cleaning the house… let me just mention, the walls and stairs into our basement are burnt wood. So it obviously could be stained easily if somehow stain were to be applied… can you see where this is going?  Of course, as she walks down the stair with at least 6 cans, one of which just so happened to be Kona Wood Stain… she drops the can of Kona onto our stairs, and of course the can bursts open, leaving Kona all over the bottom half of our basement stairs… whoops!.. Nothing was able to remove said stain, and it just so happened that Kona is one of the darkest Stains they sell… and not only were the stairs stained with Kona, but so were our hands, and the bottoms of our feet.  A great look, I promise… So yes, Kona stain holds very important meaning in my house.  So because I was having issues with getting the dark walnut to darken the shadows, I thought since my stairs are so dark, Kona would be perfect.  Thankfully, it was, and all went well. ☺  So next comes the color in the petals!


When I began to paint this sunflower, I knew I wanted it to be cheerful and bright.  In the beginning, I tried to apply Unicorn SPiT™’s Lemon Kiss with a rag, but decided it was blending the color too much, so added to it using my fingers.  Keeping the center of the top petals yellow with lemon kiss, I added the shading of the outer edges of the petals with Unicorn SPiT™’s Phoenix Fire.  I also kept the yellow more on the top layer of petals, and the orange focused on the back layer of petals.  That gave them just enough color, so I was pleased enough to begin painting the center.  


Beginning on the outer area of the center, I applied dots of Pixie Punk Pink along the rim, and dabbed it out with a fluffy paint brush, leaving gaps between the pink spots.  In those open areas I applied Lemon Kiss with the same method, and again in the same manner with Midnight’s Blackness (seen in the top two pictures).  Now moving inward, I used Midnights Blackness and painted curved lines, in two layers, with each layer going in the opposite direction of the other.  Then I painted more curved lines to fill some of the gaps with Pixie Punk Pink.  Then dabbed Lemon Kiss and Pixie Punk Pink in the remaining gaps (seen in the bottom two pictures).

For the inner most section of the center, I wanted to use some Dragonsbelly, but I thought it would look strange to just have some random section of green, so I dabbed a combination of Lemon Kiss, Dragonsbelly, Navajo Jewel, and Midnight’s Blackness in the small section, as seen above.  After I completed that section I decided to apply a few dabs of Navajo to the outer section of the center, to bring some green tones to the entirety of the center, not just the inner most part.  This balanced out the center, and made it pleasing to the eye.


The final step in the painting of the sunflower was the background, and the edge of the table.  I decided that a background of Midnight’s Blackness would really make the flower stand out on the table. So using a small flat tip paint brush, I painted the black around the end of each petal, then across the whole background of the table.  Lastly, I painted the edge of the table.

I used Midnight’s Blackness to paint the edge of the table, to make it look more finished. When I seal it, it looks cleaner, and more polished to carry the color of the Background out to the edge of the table!  The final step to the table is the epoxy, which many people are apprehensive about doing.  But from my own experience, there is no finish that provides the 3-D effect that epoxy can and it does not yellow so I am always going to try to use epoxy if at all possible.


So here is the challenging twist to this table.  I had to achieve a sharp edge on all three sections of the table and not allow the epoxy to run off the edges as I often do in my epoxy work.  SO how to keep the epoxy contained?  Get creative!  LOL   I used a combination of things to create my crisp edge.  First I taped every edge with blue painter’s tape.  When I ran out, I also added a section of black electric tape which worked fine also.  I read once that someone had success with using a bead of hot glue along the edges.  To keep the tape firmly in place, I added a string of paracord under the hot glue on that edge, as I was afraid the weight of the epoxy might push the tape over.  It was definitely done the best, most secure way I could find.  I wanted a lip of tape if you will, a border of tape that stuck up almost like a row of soldiers at attention holding back the weight of the epoxy.  I hope the pictures illustrate this well enough that this makes sense.  This part took the most time for me and frankly, made me a little nervous.  But it worked and I could not be more pleased with how it turned out.  


I have a little touch up to do with my edges and will likely pour a second coat of epoxy in the center section as it got a few bubbles in it that I could not get out.  I forgot how careful you should be not to overheat the epoxy when running the heat gun over it.  I am always the first to admit that I learn something every time I do a piece, especially if there is epoxy involved.  Also when running hot glue along the edge, you really want as smooth an application as you can.  There were a few spots where my line of glue was a little off, so I am going to use a dremel to carefully smooth the edges.  It really is easy to do, if you just remember to take it slow and steady to win the race.  LOL  

I hope you have enjoyed this blog and this piece as much as I do.  The simplicity of the flower was really very nice.  But the challenge of the sides folding down and trying to pour a controlled seal of epoxy made this a fun thing to focus on.  It would have been much easier to select an oil-based sealant to top the table.  But I really love epoxy!  However, an oil-based sealant is an option.  Another option might have been to spray lacquer the design to give it a good seal.  Then I like to use General Finishes High Performance Topcoat, as it has not ever yellowed on any of my pieces and is a water-based product.  So choose what you are most comfortable with and run with it!  Feel free to ask any questions you might have!  I just want everyone to know how much I enjoy doing the projects with Unicorn SPiT™!  I have such freedom to create using this product…..really the sky is the limit!  And remember to keep your own face always towards the Sun!

Custom Cuff Bracelets with Unicorn SPiT™ Gel Stain and Glaze

Custom Cuff Bracelets with Unicorn SPiT™ Gel Stain and Glaze

By Laurie Brennan of Laurie Brennan Creates

*This post is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT™, but all statements and opinions are mine. **

I have been using Unicorn SPiT™ Gel stain and glaze for a couple of years now and my favorite discovery was learning how to customize items to fit my decor, or in this case wardrobe.  I am going to show you how I created bracelets to coordinate with my favorite outfits and existing jewelry with just a few materials.

Materials

I had purchased some aluminum cuff bracelet blanks from Etsy and felt that Unicorn SPiT™ would work perfectly with them. The cuffs are 11/4” thick and are adjustable.

 

 

I used all of the vibrant Unicorn SPiT™ colors in various bracelets. These 10 colors are highly pigmented and can also combine easily to create custom colors. They are water based, zero VOC and have a heavenly jasmine scent:

Although Unicorn SPiT™ is water based, it requires an oil based sealer so that the product will not be reactivated when top coated. The Unicorn SPiT™ dries to a chalky appearance but the top coat brings the vibrancy back to life…it’s like magic! I chose an oil based high gloss spray sealer for this project. I have used this product in the past and found that it did not yellow my lighter colors over time (as some oil based sealers will).

The only other materials I used were some chalk paint and Mod Podge I had on hand, rubbing alcohol, plastic wrap,a spray bottle containing water and a drinking straw (to manipulate the Unicorn SPiT™)

Prep

To prepare the bracelets for Unicorn SPiT™ application, I did a couple of easy steps. I first wiped down the bracelet with rubbing alcohol to make sure they were super clean and then I applied a base coat. I did some experimenting trying my techniques on a chalk paint base, Mod Podge base and straight on to the aluminum itself. I found I had the best results with the bracelets that were either chalk painted or Mod Podge first. The bracelet I tried on the straight aluminum did not adhere well. Here you see some base coat options I tried. I just used whatever I had laying around and I was not overly particular about coverage…..it was just to give the Unicorn SPiT™ something to adhere to that wasn’t a slick surface.

Techniques

I am going to describe and illustrate a couple of technique I found worked particularly well. Use your imagination and play until you find a technique that you find pleasing. One technique that is often used with Unicorn SPiT™ is called the Stain Press technique. The steps for this technique involve randomly applying your Unicorn SPiT™ to the surface, spritzing with water and then covering with plastic wrap, manipulating the SPiT™ under the plastic wrap to blend and then lifting up the four corners of the wrap to reveal the blended Unicorn SPiT™ underneath. I follow this procedure up until I am removing the plastic wrap. I find if I just lift one side of the wrap and pull towards the other end, it gives a beautiful blending and transition of one color into the next. It pulls a little of each color through the other colors. Below I am illustrating the steps I used.

Another favorite technique I often use is with a drinking straw. I randomly add dots of Unicorn SPiT™ to my project, spritz with water and then blow all the colors around with the straw until I am happy with the results. You can keep adding color and water spray to get the movement and color placement to your satisfaction.

I also love doing little mini galaxies. The galaxies are achieved by doing a standard Stain Press technique (as described above) and then when the piece is dry, using a toothbrush to flick on “stars” before sealing.

Finished Pieces

As I previously mentioned, you can’t beat the ability of this product to create custom pieces of decor or fashion! The possibilities are endless.

Magnets with Unicorn SPiT™

Magnets with Unicorn SPiT™

By Shanda Wilson

*This post is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT™, but all statements and opinions are mine. **

I found a bag of Mosaic Glass Gems and thought how cool they’d be with Unicorn SPiT™ and turn them into magnets.  

ArtMinds Mosaic Glass Gems,  Ceramic magnets (50 ct), Unicorn SPiT™ (colors of your choice), E600 glue, white copy paper, clear nail polish & rubbing alcohol.

Wipe each glass gem clean with rubbing alcohol.  Then add a few lines or drops to the flat side but not to much.   

You can expect some of the SPiT™ to leak out.  

Let them dry for a few minutes, then add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back.  Let dry then a drop of E6000 Glue and a small magnet.  Let them dry completely or overnight.

Here I did used Unicorn SPiT™ on the tops (round part ) of the glass gems.  

I put a few small drops of Unicorn SPiT™ on a piece of plastic wrap and rolled the glass gem on top.  Once it was dry, it dries cloudy, I brushed on clean nail polish to seal it.  Once it was dry, I flipped it over and glued on a magnet.  

Now I have new pretty magnets that are 100% unique.

 

Materials I used for this project:

 

  • Clear Mosaic Glass Gems by ArtMinds®

  • E6000® Amazing Crafting Glues Multipack
  • ProMAG® Round Ceramic Magnets
  • Unicorn SPiT™
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Mod Podge

 

 

Unicorn SPiT™ Simple Salt n Pepper Shakers

Unicorn SPiT™ Simple Salt n Pepper Shakers

*This post is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT™, but all statements and opinions are mine.

This months project is a “back to the basics” Unicorn SPiT™ upgrade using just a few original colors! You can use any color combination you want for an awesome upgrade to your ordinary Salt and Pepper shakers. For this project I wanted to create an Ombré and taped off Diamond design to compliment and enhance this awesome color combination!

This set was an inexpensive clear glass set I bought for my demonstration but you could do this to any shakers, new and old of all textures and styles! The possibilities are endless with Unicorn SPiT™!

The materials I used were quite simple but helped to pack a punch in both color and design! I used four of the original Unicorn SPiT™ colors to include Blue Thunder, Zia Teal, White Ning, and Midnights Blackness.  I also used Rustoleum Silver Metallic spray paint, blue painters tape, scissors and various small paintbrushes and foam stencil dabbers. To top it off, I chose Rustoleum 2x Clear Glossy Spray Oil Based Finish.

 

I started this project by spray painting the salt-and-pepper shakers with two coats of the metallic silver spray paint.  Once dry, I cut thin strips of painters tape and aligned them in the design of my choosing.

 

I started at the bottom by applying the black and then mixing a little of the black-and-white to make gray. I then mixed a tiny bit of the gray with blue thunder and then applied the blue thunder above that. I continued with this Ombré Blending by mixing a little Blue Thunder with Zia Teal, and then blending the Zia up into the white. After that the plain white on up to the top. Once dry, I peeled the tape strips off and cleaned up any smudges with a moistened paint brush.

 

After I cleaned up all the edges, I took them outside and sprayed them with the 2x clear gloss spray for a nice shiny finish. I realized it might’ve been better to spray the poly before taking the tape strips off, so I painted another set to see which way would be better and I definitely liked spraying before removing the tape. If you spray the clear gloss before removing the tape, you need to make sure that your tape is well adhered so that the poly doesn’t stick your tape to the glass but I had no problem removing the tape with a nice clean result. Both ways work fine, it’s just a matter of preference. I definitely think next time I will do two coats of spit as well but I would imagine you could also do an even lighter coat for the Stained Glass effect.  Design possibilities are infinite with Unicorn SPiT™ and I love how you can take an ordinary household item and upgrade it to match an ever changing color scheme in your house.

This project was quick and easy yet gives the appearance of a custom high-end expensive salt-and-pepper shaker set! Definitely a great rainy day project or one that a group of people can get together and do for an awesome Unicorn SPiT™ party idea!

 

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Ready For The Beach

Ready For The Beach

By Cindi Carpenter / Sweet Spitunias

Time to Hit the Beach

*This post is sponsored by Unicorn SPiT™, but all statements and opinions are mine. **

             Since my old Beach bag has seen better days, it’s time for a new one. I figured that there has got to be a way to create my own, so off to Hobby Lobby I went. I found a nice size bag that would essentially hold all that I would need for a day in the sun, and it had this pretty pink trim. I thought it was a great start. Knowing that I wanted to customize it.  I took it home and got out my Unicorn SPiT™ Gel Stain & Glaze.

 

Choosing my Theme

                Wasn’t sure what to do at first but I knew I wanted it to be bright, colorful and beachy. I first taped it off where I didn’t want the SPiT™ to get on it. Then I diluted the SPiT™ about 50% and spray water onto the bag. I started at the bottom with Zia Teal and Blue Thunder. Squirting it up about half way. And using a lint free wet cloth I blended the colors to make sort of a watery image.

I wanted the top to be the colors of a sunset so I took Pixie Punk Pink and Phoenix Fire blending those together I then took White Ning and Lemon Kiss to make the Sun.

I loved the bright colors but me being me I wanted more for my bag. So I took a piece of chalk and drew out some beach designs and went over it with white craft acrylic paint.

After it had all dried I used Liquidtex Varnish to seal and enhance the colors…

Materials used for this project

  • Beach Bag  
  • Unicorn SPiT     
  • Liquidtex Varnish