As I look back over the past few years as a homeowner and blogger, I’ve noticed that each year it seems like my creative focus as been a different subject. This past year, it seems like it’s been my ‘Shading with Stain’ technique (using oil based stains and Unicorn Spit). The year before that it was Painting Backsplashes. The year before that it was the twins’ new room. And the year before that, it was our furniture makeovers.
I can already feel myself coming down from my Shading with Stain kick, but I still dabble in it just because I enjoy it so much and it keeps my creative juices flowing!.
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I stained this wooden wall art for my friend Dana (she loves moose …or is it mooses? Meese?) and I had been wanting to try a landscape-y design instead of my typical flower choices. And since she’s a friend, I knew she would love it even if it wasn’t THE best thing she’d ever seen.
Since I’m not really doing a tutorial (it just takes practice! And this beginners tutorial!), I was hesitant to share pics of this one… because I didn’t want to feel like I was just showing it off. But I am pretty proud of how it turned out. Plus, I wanted to show you how adding the white Unicorn Spit stain as a ‘highlight’ effect makes SUCH a difference. Those bright areas just make the whole thing come to life. (the brown ‘base’ stain is this stuff)
Those mountains got a little treacherous, and there were moments when I was pretty sure this one was going in the burn pile. But when I stood back and looked at it, I could really see it coming together! The white Unicorn spit totally MADE this piece.
And, to make this post more than just me bragging… I thought it would be fun to share some other projects done with Unicorn Spit from some other talented artists and creative entrepreneurs! This stuff is just so versatile, comes is so many gorgeous colors, and you can apply it in so many different ways… to so many different things!
Michelle @ Serendipity House
Amanda @ Birdies Reclaimed
Sarah @ The Orange Elephant
by Maria @ ML Furniture Décor
by Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage
by Michelle @ Unicorn Spit
by Michelle @ Unicorn Spit
Aren’t those pieces so fun and inspiring?! You can use it as a stain, glaze (where it just stays in the cracks and crevices of the furniture… I have a tutorial here), or even just paint with it! Sometimes I let the girls get their art on and create some masterpieces with this magic potion. I love that it’s water-based and non toxic so I can work with it in the house and without a mask. And, GET THIS… it smells like jasmine!
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