Galaxy is the New Orange!

4 Materials
2 Hours
Is it too early for Halloween? I love black, but in pumpkins, maybe that's a touch too boring for me. I am a wood stain artist and normally create hand stained art on wood. Occasionally, I get a wild hair and decide that I'd like to do a little craft project for a holiday or a gift. See how I spruce this simple black craft pumpkin up and turn it into a revolving galaxy with fabulous Unicorn SPiT Stain and Glaze in One!
This pumpkin needs work!
I purchased a 9" black craft pumpkin from Michael's. What a great start for a background, right? I'm lining up my supplies to get going... Some things you'll need to begin.
These are fabulous! Very light weight!
These drop cloths are super light and easy to use. They are a great way to protect your space as well as to create with the fabulous trademarked "Stain Press" technique developed by Michelle Nicole of Unicorn SPiT.
I am a recycler and found this old TV turntable for a little TV. It works great to spin my projects around without having to lift them.
Everything I create with is well loved!
You'll need a little spray mister with water.
Well loved and used Unicorn SPiT!
You'll definitely need several colors of Unicorn SPiT. These are a good start (although I have a *special* beta color in there that you can't get yet). I obviously added more colors as you'll see on the finished pumpkin. I don't know how I ever lived without this product. I have found my calling thanks to Michelle and Unicorn SPiT. And there's practically NOTHING that you can't SPiT on!! You'll also need an oil-based sealer to finish your art.
Wet the pumpkin!
First, I made sure I had my drop cloth down on my SPiT area and under my pumpkin to catch any drips. I cut enough of the plastic so I could bring it up the sides of the pumpkin. Then, I lightly sprayed the pumpkin with plain water using my little mister. I selected my favorite colors of Unicorn SPiT and drizzled them down the sides of the pumpkin - starting at the top. I also threw it in at the middle in some spots and let it drizzle down. The water I initially sprayed on helps the SPiT move. You can also dilute SPiT up to 60%! I didn't dilute it that much for this because I wanted a lot of vibrancy but note that it CAN be diluted! It's like getting 2 bottles for the price of 1!
Now for the magic! After I had all of the SPiT I wanted on and in the right places (use your own creativity here!), I brought the plastic up the sides of the pumpkin and pressed. I just slightly pressed and smoothed it out. Then I VERY CAREFULLY pulled the plastic back down to the table. This is where it gets a little tricky. I picked up the pumpkin, turned it and re-used the plastic that had SPiT on it to press again in various spots. I was rather random with it. But know that you can re-use it and re-create! Or grab another piece of small plastic, add a little more SPiT and re-press. Just DO IT!
Re use the plastic!
Here is what it looks like when you first pull the plastic down. If you don't like what you see, add more SPiT and keep goin'!
Galaxy Pumpkin is almost done!! I checked it out and made sure all of the SPiT I wanted on it was there... then it's time to seal 'er up!
ALWAYS oil based sealer!!
I love this product or the Rust-Oleum 2X Clear Gloss spray for a shiny, clear coat. They are fantastic for finishing and sealing your art!
Shiny Galaxy!
I sprayed the clear coat on, let it dry for 24 hours and then gave it another coat! So cool, right??
Added a canvas for more Galaxy fun!
I was so excited about this pumpkin that I had to create a little galaxy canvas too. This one is called "Across the Universe". I love creating with Unicorn SPiT on deep edge canvases as well as wood!
Well I just had to stick this right up on my mantle. I love how the little pumpkin went from plain to **Out of this World**! You can see all of my art on wood and canvas at my website... But whatever you do, always create SOMETHING to keep your spark goin'!

Suggested materials:

  • Unicorn SPiT Stain and Glaze in One   (
  • Rustoleum Clear Gloss Spray   (Menards)
  • Film Gard Plastic Drop Cloths   (Menards)
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Susi Schuele
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  • Tonya Tonya on Aug 27, 2016
    How do you know that the clear coat is for oil based paint/stain? Does it say it on the can?


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