This week I decided to use Unicorn Spit (US) paint to try transforming an old ceramic pinkish colored swan into a peacock! Unfortunately, I didn’t take a ‘before’ pic, but the swan looked something like the picture below: Boring, right? That’s probably why no one wanted to pay 25 cents at last summer’s garage sale for it!!!
The first step to prepare the surface first, by washing it with soap and water. According to UnicornSpit Australia instructions, to apply US to ceramic or glass I had to first apply a thin coat of Modpodge, using a dollar store foam paint brush. The modpodge would give the US something to adhere to, as well as make the finished product more durable. Next, I let that dry for a day.
Then, for the fun part! I applied the US paint to the ceramic swan. I was trying to go for a marbled look, using my favorite colors, which also happen to be ‘peacock’ colors. I used Dragon’s Belly Green, Blue Thunder, White Ning, Purple Hill Majesty, & Zia Teal. I wanted to lighten up the colors with the white and teal, because my last project, the ‘tree ring pour’ painting, ended up being so dark.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures during the paint application, but it kinda looked how Mark Montano applied US to ceramic tiles in much the same colors… I watched his, ‘How to: Unicorn Spit Backsplash’ tutorial video for some pointers. So first, I lightly misted the surface with water, then I squirted small squiggly strips of US paint, mixing up the colors.
The trick was to keep the surface lightly misted so the paint would move and blend easily. Then, using my fingers, I spread out the paint and partially blended it together, to create the ‘marbled’ look. The beauty of US is that if you don’t like the look after you finished blending, you can wipe off the surface and start again!
Alternatively, if you blend too the US paint much or wipe too much paint away, you can continually apply more paint until you are happy with the look! Once the paint becomes a ‘dull’ matte color, you know it has dried!
After the US paint dries thoroughly (I waited about 3 days) a finishing coat can be applied. This is where the magic happens with US paint, because it brings out the colors and provides a 3D effect! I chose to apply a couple top coats using a oil based polyurethane spray.
Here is the finished product!
So… My next major project goal is to apply US to a small wooden object. I can’t wait to find out what US will look like as a wood stain!!!