"WOOD" You Like to Turn Any Design Into Stained Glass Inspired Art ?

by ZENGARA Designs
4 Materials
2 Hours
Not sure what to do with those wood scraps or that old table top ? Why not try your hand at turning any wood "canvas" into a stained glass inspired work of art with Unicorn SPiT ? It's a fun, creative way to add functional art to your home, or create unique gifts! No artistic experience necessary!
Select any image and print...OR use chalk to freehand your own design. Once you have selected your image, you will want to make sure it is a suitable size for your project. If you need to enlarge from home, use blockposter.com to create a poster sized image that prints in panels on regular printer paper !
I used transfer paper between my printed image and my wood canvas to trace the outline on to the work surface. Another hometalker just recommended saral paper in her video not too long ago. I haven't tried it yet, but I bet it would work well !
Once your image is transferred, you can freehand, or use a ruler to create your border for your stained glass inspired project. Here's another place, some chalk may come in handy, if a mistake is made, simply wipe away and start again. It also help with spacing.
I use Unicorn SPiT Midnight Blackness and a detail brush to darken my outline first.
Now we can begin filling in our individual "glass" pieces.  Colors can be blended, mixed, swirled and streaked together to simulate those beautiful "milky" glass pieces found in real stained glass ! Here, I swirled together Lemon Kiss and White Ning !
Some panels have been filled in with a simple straight forward color, while others have been textured with multiple colors in one panel. Don't worry about going over your black outlines; we can touch them up in just a bit !
When all your panels are sufficiently and creatively filled in with your desired colors and blends of Unicorn SPiT, simply take a few minutes to redefine those black outlines with Midnight Blackness and your detail brush ! The lines simulate the leading found around real stained glass pieces !
I highly recommend sealing with several coats of high gloss sealer such as polyurethane. Unicorn SPiT is a water based gel stain and must be sealed with an oil based sealer. However ....That is exactly the combination that gives even an old piece of plywood the illusion of stained glass ! Unicorn SPiT gel stain is rather translucent, and your polyurethane gives it so much shine ! Give it a try with your favorite images, and send me some pics !!
Suggested materials:
  • Unicorn SPiT   (www.unicornspit.com)
  • PLYWOOD pieces   (home depot)
  • Detail paint brushes   (amazon.com)
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  • Lydia Morales Lydia Morales on Nov 02, 2017

    We're can I buy the unicorn spit

  • Donna Donna on Nov 03, 2017

    Can you do this on a painted cabinet door?

  • Irum Irum on Jul 27, 2018

    Can this be done with any other paint?

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  • Scottie in New York Scottie in New York on Nov 14, 2017

    Beautiful job!! I was also thinking of using liquid lead or slick/puffy paint for the outlines - if the lines were raised it would give the impression that the colored panels were set in. I love it - thanks for your inspiration!!

  • Teri Blake Teri Blake on Mar 06, 2018

    Beautiful! I love stained glass. I really need to try this technique soon!