Tutorial on Flower Staining on Wood

3 Materials
20 Minutes

I did a TV stand made from a large dresser and had put stained flowers on it-

This is a tutorial of how to do the staining
These are the stains I used: minwax dark walnut, unicorn spit in white and black (plus a pallet for the unicorn spit)
You can use any brush you feel comfortable with, for larger images you would use need a larger brush but since I did this tutorial on a scap piece of wood I had to make the image smaller.
I printed a picture of my rose bud then just used regular tracing paper to trace the image onto the wood.
I did the minwax oil staining first on the image- I would brush it on and then use an old T-shirt piece to blend (the video will show how). After I did the minwax, I let it dry. Then I used the unicorn spit to make deeper shadows and lighter highlights so the flower would pop more.
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This is the video tutorial for the minwax staining
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This is the video tutorial using the unicorn spit
This is the nearly completed rose bud, it needs more work but since it was just a sample I didn't complete it. Once it is completed, you would use a spray oil-based clear spray to seal it since water based would activate the spit. Then, after it is sprayed and dry, you can use a water-based polyurethane over it to really enhance the stain and make the flower pop.
Here is the piece I mentioned at the beginning that uses this technique.
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Linda Sikut
    on Jan 12, 2018

    I'd like to get an idea of where you found your pattern. I'm assuming somewhere online, but could you help narrow it down with either a website or the search terms you used? Thanks in advance.
  • Denise Brooks
    on Mar 16, 2018

    where does one find a pattern to go by
    • DP
      on Mar 16, 2018

      I googled for a black and white rose to use as a pattern, I hope that helps

  • Ami Anton
    on Apr 2, 2018

    You did a beautiful job but I am not as talented in drawing. Is there an alternative way other than drawing it on the wood?

    • DP
      on Apr 2, 2018

      I didn't draw this I traced it using the image I had on paper, just put some tracing paper under it. The wood was light enough that I could easily see the lines.

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  • Marilyn Pat Jurman
    on Apr 28, 2018

    Tracing the rose is the easy part. But the techniques you use to make it so beautiful still makes you an artist. The depth of color, knowing when the outline is just right, and how to use and how much to use of the Unicorn spit, requires judgment and talent. I love the results you got.

    • Kat Rogers
      on Nov 22, 2018

      Absolutely Beautiful! Even if you simply traced it, your shading is Purrfect and makes you appear like a true artist. And I must mention that your woodwork is great~ You Disassembled A Dresser And Made A TV Stand?! Well, that's pretty freakish awesome, too!

      I can tell you all about glitter, but my one area of confusion as I have NO experience here: How does tracing paper get you to see lines on your work area? I've only known tracing paper to be extremely sheer paper for which to Trace ON. Is there something with like a carbon paper on the back, because I just thought I'd use carbon paper!

      Thank You for sharing such beauty.

  • Dl.5660408
    on Apr 28, 2018

    I really like the way the rose came out translucent, exceptional work!

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