Product Spotlight: Dead Flat Varnish

If you’ve ever searched for a matte flat topcoat for your projects or a sealer to prevent flashing on your decorative paint finishes, our Dead Flat Varnish is the choice for you! The premium quality, water base, non-yellowing Dead Flat Varnish is a water base clear finish coat formulated to have the optimum level of clarity with the least amount of sheen. We’re sharing a few project ideas for you to pin, share, use and be inspired by!

Using Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish on Walls and Ceilings to Prevent Sheen Flashing | Projects by Ali Kay | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtist Ali Kay of Positive Space is a master at murals and beautiful decorative finishes. She uses our Dead Flat Varnish over her techniques to remove undesirable variations in sheen on both wall and ceiling surfaces.

Dead Flat Varnish by Modern Masters provides a beautiful flat, matte sheen for furniture | Project by Postcards on the Ridge | Modern Masters Cafe BlogYou won’t believe this great idea and project! A few years ago, Postcards from the Ridge transformed her dining room buffet into a bath vanity cabinet. Doesn’t it look wonderful? After painting and staining, she sealed the entire piece with Dead Flat Varnish and years later, one of their favorite cabinetry projects still looks amazing.

Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish on Table Top | Project by IMeeshu | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMany DIYers and artists share their Modern Masters projects with us on Instagram. The Imeeshu Blog did so with a Duncan Phyfe style dining room table that was painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and sealed with Dead Flat Varnish. She says of the varnish, “It’s amazingly smooth and holds up so well to everything.”.

Painted and Finished Range Hood Sealed with Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Me & Mrs. JonesStephanie Jones of Me & Mrs. Jones is no stranger to beautiful decorative finishes and in fact, has even written a book about it, Upstyle Your Furniture. After a hand plastered technique, she used our Dead Flat Varnish to seal the range hood to give it both a matte sheen and also make the cleaning of it easy. Win-win!

Farmhouse Blues uses Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish for a Matte Look on Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Of Dead Flat Varnish, Ann of Farmhouse Blues Interiors gushes, “This stuff is awesome! It goes on very easily, gives a completely matte finish, doesn’t yellow, and leaves no brush strokes.” She used it to seal a recent china cabinet makeover that was lightened and updated with a gray Country Chic color wash first. Beautiful!

Dead Flat Varnish Project Ideas and Inspiration | Modern Masters Cafe BlogDead Flat Varnish is water base and is available for both interior and exterior surfaces. It’s great for walls, ceilings, furniture, floors, cabinetry, decor accents and more! It allows a surface to maintain its aged effect and can help erase unsightly sheen spots for a perfectly matte finish. Are you using Dead Flat Varnish? We’d love to see your projects! Send them in to us at Projects@ModernMasters.com and you may just find your artistry shared on this blog and/or our social sites. Have an inspired day!

Metal Effects Rust Finish Shows Its Elegant Side On A Living Room Screen

How to Paint A Folding Screen Using Rust And Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

I love how the excitement for Modern Masters Metal Effects keeps growing. Every day I see more and more creative uses for the rust and patina products on social media and the Modern Masters Cafe Blog.

When I discovered this extremely heavy wooden folding screen at a shop that was closing, I could just visualize potential. At the time, I had no earthly idea what I would conjure up.

How to Paint A Folding Screen Using Rust And Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

Months later, here is my finished project.

I decided to create rust with Modern Masters Iron Paint and Rust Activator, then stencil an overall pattern with Platinum Metallic Paint.

This combination of the dull rust and the shiny metallic paint is just gorgeous to me. It catches light streaming in the front window, and reflects a warm glow near the table lamp. The color even looks dramatically different from panel to panel, but it truly is just the lighting in our living room.

Folding Screen with Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish and Platinum Metallic Paint

Earlier this year I posted about using Modern Masters Metallic Paints on outdoor garden accents, and on a tone-on-tone finish on a focus wall in our hall bathroom. I admit that I am now addicted to these creamy, full-bodied water-based paints that come in an amazing array of to-die-for colors.

Metallic Paint Collection Colors from Modern Masters

Are you ready to dive in and try your own project?

SUPPLIES

Modern Masters Metal Effects and Metallic Paint

Modern Masters Metal Effects rimer, Iron Reactive Paint, Rust Activator, Permacoat Xtreme

Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Platinum

Royal Design Studio Esperanza Lace Tile stencil

large stencil brush, painters tape, paper towels, containers and a palette

PRIME TWO COATS

Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer | Folding Screen Rust Finish Patina How-To

Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer on Folding Screen | How to Stenciled Rust Finish Tutorial on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Prep your work area with a drop cloth and good ventilation. After cleaning your piece, roll or brush on two coats of Metal Effects Primer, following drying times on the container. Let dry overnight.

PAINT TWO COATS OF OXIDIZING IRON PAINT

Modern Masters Iron Reactive Paint being added to a Folding Screen | Rust Patina Finish How-To on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Roll or brush on two coats of the Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint, according to dry times on the container.

BRUSH ON TWO COATS OF RUST ACTIVATOR

Modern Masters Rust Activator | Rust Finish DIY on Cafe Blog | Project by Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky

At this point, I added two layers of plastic under my piece and decided that I would brush on the Metal Effects Rust Activator, instead of spray it, since I was working in our kitchen.

Brushing on Modern Masters Rust Activator on the Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint - then the MAGIC happens! DIY Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Let dry a couple of hours, or until the rust quits changing. Here’s what it looks like after about an hour.

During Shot of Rust Patination Process | Metal Effects by Modern Masters How-To

STENCIL

Stenciling with Modern Masters Metallic Paints over the Metal Effects Patina | DIY Tutorial on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Use a large stencil brush. Dip the tips of the brush into the Platinum Metallic Paint, and offload any excess onto paper towels so it won’t run under the stencil.

I used a wall-size stencil, so to get started, I positioned the center of the stencil at the center of the top panel, then let the design go from there. Since I had not sealed the rust finish, I did need to change the tape often, because the rust stuck to the tape a bit.

Stenciling with Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Royal Design Studio Stencil | DIY Folding Screen Project on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The key to this project was timing. The Primer has an overnight drying time and the other products all require two coats, with re-coat times to pay attention to.

Basically, it is fairly easy, and quite stunning, don’t you think?

Stenciled Rust Patina Folding Screen | How to Stencil and How to Rust | DIY Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

My glass fish floats and copper star are the perfect accents.

Rust and Shimmer | Patina Folding Screen with Metallic Stenciling | DIY Project How-to via Modern Masters Cafe Blog

And I was especially surprised at how well the wall mirror and old columns pulled this little corner vignette together.

Rusted and Stenciled Folding Screen | Project How-to on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Now, at this point, for most projects, you will definitely want to seal using the Permacoat Xtreme topcoat, made specificically for the Rust Patina Finish. Since this screen is not going to be handled at all, I decided to leave it as is.

I can’t wait to see what you paint using rust and metallics!

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

Stylish & Elegant Black Front Door Makeovers

Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint in the color Elegant black | Black Front Door Projects | Modern Masters CafeBlack is an extremely versatile hue that works with everything – especially on a front door! It’s a polished, dramatic color that will complement most any architecture as well as greet your guests in style. Meet Elegant – the rich, deep ebony color that’s timeless and classic and one of the 24 colors available in our non fade Front Door Paint line. Each color was based on global design trends and the Emotional Color Wheel. Today we showcase five black front door project ideas that are sure to inspire!

Elegant Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | Black Front Door Makeover Ideas | Cafe BlogFront Door Redo by Sew a Fine Seam | Color: Elegant Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | Black Front Door IdeasJill from Sew a Fine Seam built and painted her way to a stunning front door makeover. Updated trim, a new postal box and a fresh color scheme significantly increased her curb appeal. She also loved the fast drying capabilities of Front Door Paint, sharing, “I LOVED this paint. Truly. This paint was way better to use than any latex wall paint I’ve ever used.”

Black Front Door | DIY Beautify uses Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color Elegant black | Black Front Door Makeover ProjectsCindy from DIY Beautify had a dilemma. “Trying to find the best paint that will stand up to the weather, not knowing how long till it fades and you have to repaint again can keep even the most die-hard DIYer from wanting to paint their door.” When she found Front Door Paint, she was ecstatic! The Elegant black on the front door pairs extremely well with her white trim and red brick exterior, don’t you think? Visit her blog for all her front door redo details.

Front Door Transformation with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Color: Elegant | Black Front Door Ideas and Inspiration | Cafe BlogUsing the color black for a front door | Golden Boys & Me Project using Modern Masters Front Door PaintFor a cohesive exterior facade, Courtney from Golden Boys & Me paired her Elegant black front door with black shutters for a beautiful dose of drama against a light, buttery yellow.

Classic and Timeless Black Front Door | Project by Crafty Texas Girls | Front Door Paint Ideas Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls loved Front Door Paint’s satin finish and attributes. “Rich, shiny front door paint makes such a difference and improves curb appeal! Modern Masters is especially easy to work with because it dries quickly, so you can paint and close your door on the same day.” Samantha carefully chose fixtures, decor accents and landscaping to create a stylish entry.

Two Tone Front Door | Black Front Door with a pop of Red | Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color Elegant black and Ambitious red | Project by 11 Magnolia LaneChic black with a pop of color! Amy from 11 Magnolia Lane transformed her front door with both black and red. Using the Elegant black as the main color, she also used our Ambitious red to give an added dose of personality. She explains, “Since I had to be conservative with the paint colors on the outside, I wanted something fun on the inside. It’s just the right bit of the unexpected when you open the door.”

What an incredible first impression each front door makes! If you’d like to see if Elegant black is the color for you, be sure to use our free Front Door Paint app available for both iPhone and Android. Snap a pic of your door and scroll through all 24 Front Door Paint colors to see which ones look best! As for painting, in case your door requires priming, we do recommend using a deep color based primer prior to using Elegant Front Door Paint. No topcoat is needed as the paint is weather and fade resistant. We hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas to enhance your curb appeal and create a welcoming entrance!

Front Door Paint is available at selected Lowe’s and local retailers as well as online via Amazon, HomeDepot.com and the Modern Masters online shop.

Sweet & Charming Metallic Paint Furniture Projects

Charming and Sweet Furniture Projects with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThere’s nothing like the thrill of transforming a piece of furniture – especially with the shimmer of Modern Masters Metallic Paints! While techniques and styles vary, we’ve spotted a few pieces recently that exude a certain sweetness and charm. They’d be perfect in a girl’s room, a darling country cottage, or a space with a decidedly feminine style. Let’s take a look…

Copper Metallic Paint and Copper Schaibin on Furniture | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Souther InspirationsDecorative artist Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations is a master at mixing techniques, finishes and patterns with her unique furniture pieces. Here she pairs copper leaf schaibin with Copper Metallic Paint for a standout stenciled metallic end table.

Lily Pulitzer-inspired Pink Floral Dresser by Simple Southern Charm | Iridescent Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters Dorrie from the Simple Southern Charm blog is no stranger to pro decorative finishes. Here, she combines her considerable talents in creating a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired pink floral dresser with pretty paper, latex paint and our Iridescent Gold Metallic Paint.

Warm Silver Metallic Paint by Modern Masters on Dresser and Mirror | Project by Iris AbbeyWarm Silver is a popular metallic paint color as it’s a silver with the warm glow of gold. Iris Abbey used it to paint a beautiful metallic dresser and mirror frame that might be just perfect for a vintage, romantic bed and breakfast.

Modern Masters Metallic Paints on a Sweet and Charming Table for a Girl | Project by My So Called Crafty LifeThe delightful Ashlee from the My So Called Crafty Life blog used vintage wallpaper along with Pink Pearl, Shimmering Sky, Olympic Gold and Snowflake from our Metallic Paint Collection to create a very fetching painterly side table.

Hymns and Verses used Silver Metallic Paint to transform a Dresser | Modern Masters Cafe BlogOf course, you can always pair furniture that has decidedly feminine lines with a beautiful coat of metallic paint for a warm yet sleek look. Hymns & Verses did just that on a French nightstand painted with Silver Metallic Paint, which they then gently aged.

Pale Gold Metallic Paint Highlight a Beautiful Vanity Redo | Project by Vintage Rejuvenations | Modern Masters Cafe BlogPale Gold Metallic Paint highlights the exterior and interior of a stately vanity, which now sports a huge dose of personality! The creative work is by Vintage Rejuvenations.

We hope these inspired furniture pieces with our Metallic Paint Collection will have you bringing a ‘once upon a charm’ feel to your projects! If you have a few lovely furniture transformations of your own, share them with us at projects@modernmasters.com – we’d love to see them. Don’t forget to pin these ideas for ready inspiration and let us know what you think of these sweet furniture transformation ideas in the comments!

Modern Mastery: Levi Ponce

During a recent philanthropic effort, we came across the grand artistic murals and work of artist Levi Ponce. Recently, MSN named him as one of the “Top 10 Latinos to Watch” in the United States. He masterfully uses the JWR Artist’s Acrylics and Theme Paint lines from our Modern Masters products collection and we are so excited to showcase his artistry for you as well as his efforts to beautify and inspire communities.

Modern Mastery Series: Artist Levi Ponce | Modern Masters Cafe BlogBorn in Los Angeles to a sign painter and seamstress, Levi has been studying arts and crafts since childhood. Initial influences include his father, urban artists, and Renaissance painters. He began painting with his father, Hector Ponce, in the 1990′s and since then has worked in a variety of creative fields including visual effects, film miniatures, and restoration. As a visual artist, he has exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida and the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum.

After graduating from California State University, Northridge, Levi began painting and organizing the creation of murals along Van Nuys Blvd in his childhood neighborhood of Pacoima. His murals are community projects that bring together artists, business owners, and local youth. Together they transform defaced city walls into works of art for both locals and visitors to enjoy. His efforts, along with that of other artists, have led to the re-discovery of the area now known as Mural Mile. Levi continues to paint community murals while running a full-time crew of artists that handle commercial work across the country.

Einstein Mural by Levi Ponce | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Einstein mural entitled “Logic and Creativity” at the Magnolia Science Academy.

Large Mural by Levi Ponce | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | JWR Artist's AcrylicsTribute mural for the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

My most memorable and challenging project was the North Hollywood mural. It was commissioned by the NoHo Neighborhood Council and Councilman Paul Krekorian of CD2. The community had a lot of energy and we had hundreds of volunteers for three weekends in a row. I organized the order, delivery and distribution of supplies and once on site, good times! After the volunteers, I finished the mural with the help of my crew and we were able to finish it in 12 workdays.

North Hollywood Mural by Levi PonceNorth Hollywood Mural. It’s not flat – it’s a retaining wall at 30 degrees off grade.

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

When working in the studio for the film industry we often need metallic finishes. Nothing beats the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection. After buffing, the finish is the best you can get with paint. Fast and relatively cheap, it’s the way to go!

Exterior Mural of Dutch painter Rembrandt at Continental Art Supplies | Modern Mastery Series: Levi Ponce | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMosaic Mural of Dutch painter Rembrandt at Continental Art Supplies.

Large Mural in Venice, California by Levi Ponce | Art Meets Pantheism | Modern Masters Cafe BlogPantheism Meets Art mural in Venice, California.

What is the first work of art you remember creating?

The first work of art I remember creating was in pre-school. The teacher said that my drawings were far more detailed than the rest of the class. My stick figures had poses and hair! It’s been fun ever since.

Modern Mastery Series: Artist Levi Ponce | Levi working as a child with his artist father | Modern Masters Cafe BlogLevi working with his artist father as a young boy.

Many of Levi’s murals have become city landmarks and have been featured on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, Fox 11′s Good Day LA, CNN Latino, BBC Mundo, Univision, Telemundo, the Huffington Post, and various other publications.

Mural Tribute to Hendrix | Artist: Levi Ponce | Modern Mastery Series on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogPart of a series of murals highlighting various art forms. The Jimi Hendrix mural is a tribute to music and is 120′ long and 24′ high.

Girl with a Hoop Earring by artist Levi Ponce using JWR Artist's Acrylics | California | Modern Mastery Series on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogLevi with an homage to Vermeer entitled “Girl with the Hoop Earring”.

Philanthropic Mural with Modern Masters Theme Paints by artist Levi Ponce | Cafe BlogExterior mural by Levi in the Foothill area of California. Several organizations and leaders came together to overhaul the landscaping at the LAPD’s Foothill Police Station. Modern Masters donated the Theme Paint for this great community cause.

Walking tours of the Mural Mile (with over 30 art works) are offered through the Museum of the San Fernando Valley and The Public Art Initiative. As he creates his murals, Levi is well-known for getting the community involved, encouraging creativity and helping fellow artists. “I allow everyone to participate — children walking by, delinquent kids, adults, the homeless,” Ponce says. “Everybody comes together to make this happen and I think that’s my biggest accomplishment, being able to rally the troops.” As for the products for these murals, Levi shares, “I use Modern Masters. No tints. No glazing. Just layering of acrylic paints.” Amazing! Click on over to the Levi Ponce website and Facebook page to see more of his works — and if you’ve enjoyed his artistry and philosophy, be sure to share and pin his story!

Glam Garden Accents Using Metallic Paint

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

We are blessed and cursed with a long, narrow back yard featuring towering poplar trees and a huge party deck that my hubby built years ago. Left untended, the yard can resemble a jungle, with ivy crawling up the trees and ferns taking over everywhere. With so much shade and green, green, green, I do try to break it up with a few treasured garden accents here and there.

How about you? Are there a few items in your yard or garage that could use some revitalization, using your favorite color scheme?

I did a happy dance recently when I discovered a big box of Modern Masters paint goodness on my doorstep! They sent several Metallic Paint Collection colors that I selected, some glazes to play with, and a top coat for outdoor protection that keeps metallic paint glowing.

Check out this color palette of the Metallic Paints. I love that you can purchase small containers, and one bottle goes a really long way.

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Colors |Modern Masters Cafe Blog

I rooted around in our yard to find a couple of items that needed a re-do. Though small, this little metal artichoke snugs in nicely among plants in large pots. She’s cute, but the finish is so expected, right?

The before. Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

I also remembered our very heavy cast iron piece that we mounted on the brick wall on the deck. How sad is this? We have tried to grow pretty plants in this great planter for years and years. This is what it always ends up like. So. Now I am calling the plants quits and converting it to a birdbath. We always have little babies born in spring nests just to the left, in our pergola covered in akebia vines.

I DO know how to fill it with water, LOL.

The before. Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Time to get creative! I gave both pieces a good hose-down and scrub outside, then primed them with a water-based primer recommended for use with Modern Masters products.

First, let’s revive the artichoke.

SUPPLIES

 

PAINT ON ONE COAT OF PRIMER.

Painting primer. Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

PAINT THE TIP AND BASE USING GREEN GOLD METALLIC PAINT.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The Metallic Paint colors are considered Semi-Opaque or Opaque, so over the white primer you may need more than one coat. The Green Gold was sheer enough that I used two coats to get it to the soft color I was going for.

PAINT APPLE GREEN.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

PAINT SAPPHIRE.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Since this is an outdoor item, I didn’t get crazy about perfection. After painting the Sapphire, paint Teal on the leaves just above it. Let dry.

MAKE A SHEER WASH WITH GREEN GOLD METALLIC PAINT AND PAINT ALL OVER THE ARTICHOKE.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Mix the Green Gold Metallic with just a bit of water to create a loose wash. I really just used one thick, runny layer to dirty up the bright colors. I like some drips on pieces like this. Let dry.

BRUSH ON A COAT OF SATIN MASTERCLEAR BEFORE LEAVING OUTDOORS.

Modern Masters metallic and indoor/outdoor protection. | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Now let’s do the birdbath.

SUPPLIES

 

PRIME ALL OVER WITH LATEX PRIMER. LET DRY.
Priming. Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog
This piece was painted with water-based paint, so one coat of latex primer is perfect. Let dry.

 

BRUSH ON 2 COATS OF BLACKENED BRONZE METALLIC PAINT. LET DRY.
Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog
Painting metallics on top of this white primer does show brush marks, so I just avoided ugly ones as much as possible.

 

BRUSH ON NATURAL BROWN GLAZING CREAM MIXED WITH FURNITURE & CABINET GLAZING CREAM.
Modern Masters Metallic paints and Glazing Cream glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog
In a container, add about 2 tablespoons of Furniture & Cabinet Glazing Cream with just about a teaspoon of Natural Brown Glazing Cream Color. Mix well. Brush on some glaze and work in sections.

 

USE A DRY RAG TO TAP THE GLAZE AND SOFTEN THE LOOK.

Modern Masters Metallic paints and Glazing Cream glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog
Turn your hand in all different directions to soften the glaze. Wipe a clean spot of the rag across the raised decoration to expose the color underneath to highlight it. Adding the glaze will tone down the metallic paint and add patina. It will take longer because of the glaze mix but let dry completely.

 

Brush on a coat of Satin MasterClear® Topcoat for protection. (Since this is going to be a bird bath, I only painted and sealed areas just to the water line.)

 

Now it’s time to take these beauties outside. I moved the artichoke around to find my favorite spots.

 

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

I decided I liked to “discover” it in this giant hosta, since the pretty metallic colors jump right out.

 

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

The birdbath is nestled right up against this massive tree, near our little babbling pond. It’s perfectly positioned to awaiting all of the cardinals, owls, and squirrels that pass through. Wonder how long it will be before the raccoons will knock it over. Note to self: now thinking anchoring versus propping is a good thing.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

Or, our entry courtyard is calling too. Do you prefer it atop this old, rusty chair?

 

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

The electric metallic green and blues of the artichoke love it here too. The colors seem to jump right out of the shadows. So many possibilities!

 

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

Colorful Garden Ideas with Paints and Patinas

Spring is here, Summer is around the corner and garden ideas are blooming! Color enlivens gardens and exteriors — and it’s not just the landscaping! Many of our products can be used to paint, patinate and protect garden decor to brighten your exterior and we’ve brought together some of our fave ideas to inspire you.

Modern Masters Texture Effects and Metal Effects help transform a bowling ball into garden decor | Garden Ideas on the Cafe BlogPatinas work perfectly in a garden and many everyday objects can be created to help color your garden. Can you believe this started as a bowling ball? Decorative Artist Allyce Lees textured the embossed swirl design with our Texture Effects and used the Iron Reactive Paint and the Rust Activator from our Metal Effects line to patinate it.

Metal Effects on Iron Garden Seating | Adding Patina to Your Garden | Cafe BlogTara from the Suburble blog patinated an iron garden bench with our Metal Effects line, too! She used the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Blue Patina Aging Solution for this stunning transformation.

Garden Pots textured with Modern Masters Texture Effects | Project by Finding Silver Pennies Texture Effects was used to add character to traditional terracotta pots. Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies textured and painted the small garden planters and filled them with artificial plants for an evergreen look.

Front Door Paint on Exterior Back Door | Project by Dwell by Cheryl Transform your Garden Shutters | Front Door Paint in color Mysterious | Paint & Patina Garden IdeasFront Door Paint can help do wonders for your garden! Blogger Dwell by Cheryl used the Cheerful color to paint the exterior back door leading to her garden while decorative painter Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky used the color Mysterious to paint and enhance the window shutters by her landscaping.

Stencil Your Garden Steps | Modern Masters Stencil Collection Country Living magazine featured our Modern Masters Designer Stencil Collection when they painted and transformed plain concrete patio stone. What a great idea!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint on Garden Sculpture Statue | Project by Just Paint ItAn outdoor garden fountain came in a solid black though it was called ‘bronze’. Blogger Colleen Jorgensen from Just Paint It dry brushed the statue with Antique Bronze from our Metallic Paint Collection for a much improved finish! If your metallic paint project needs protection, we recommend our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat which is made specifically to protect and maintain the metallic sheen.

Metal Effects on Garden Planter Pots | Project by Pet Scribbles | Paint & Patina Garden Ideas on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogOur friend and blogger Laura from Pet Scribbles used Metal Effects to update her old wooden planters in the middle of winter. They are still holding up beautifully!

We hope you enjoyed these garden paint ideas on boosting your backyard and landscapes with metallics, patinas and more! Keep an eye on our Garden & Exteriors Pinterest board as we’re constantly adding outdoor projects that may inspire you further. We’ll also have more gardening DIYs coming up in a few weeks so stay tuned!

Creating Unique Art with Modern Masters

An empty wall just cries for attention, don’t you think? While many of our creative customers beautifully finish the wall surface itself with many of our products, some also create custom art that complements a space perfectly. Browse our gallery wall of ideas in this post for creating great art for your home or finding an artist that can paint the perfect focal point for you.

Artist Ali Kay with a Flower Patina Canvas | Modern Masters Canvas ProjectsFlower Canvas Art with Metal Effects Rust Finish | Artist Ali KayArtist Ali Kay is an extraordinary decorative painter who also happens to be a prolific canvas artist. For one of her art series, she uses Metal Effects patinas along with artist acrylics to add depth and interest to her canvas works.

Rust Finish by Metal Effects | Canvas Waterfall Patina Art by artist Leslie RedshawHarley Davidson Canvas Art | Father's Day Ideas | Modern Masters Art Projects InspirationMany artists also prefer using Metal Effects as the focal product when creating their hanging art pieces. Canadian decorative artist Leslie Redshaw of Unfauxgettable Interiors used the Rust Patina finish in a waterfall effect for a client while decorative painter Paige Sisk of Beyond Finished used Harley-Davidson as an themed ornamental inspiration for the art she created for her husband. Both are wonderful!

Colorful Canvas Art by artist Sticky Shaw with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Canvas Art Projects on the Cafe BlogArtist Robert ‘Sticky’ Shaw uses lots of color and our Metallic Paints to create his fantastical, eye-catching and nature-inspired works of art. Follow him on Instagram to keep up with his works.

Hanging Art created entirely with Venetian Plaster | Artist Jane Head | Modern Masters Cafe BlogItalian-Inspired Canvas Art with Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Artist: Daniel QuigleyOur Venetian Plaster is another medium that many artists use to create their incredible works of art. Artist Jane Head uses it along with gilding materials for her paintings inspired by a local nature reserve while artist Daniel Quigley creates portraits that take quite a bit of time and finesse. Both are ‘painted’ entirely in plaster with not one drop of paint. Incredible!

Herringbone DIY Canvas Art by Kristi's Paintbrush | Modern Masters Olympic Gold Metallic Paint Stenciled Wood Art with Rich Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters and DecoArt Chalky Finish Paints | Cafe BlogDIY pros also love to create their own art! Using Olympic Gold Metallic Paint, Kristi from Kristi’s Paintbrush painted a herringbone art canvas while Steph from The Silly Pearl used Rich Gold Metallic Paint on a stenciled metallic wood art piece. Both are very cool, fun and easy to make. You can also customize these ideas using your preferred color scheme.

Artist Igor Turovskiy with Metal Effects CanvasMetal Effects Canvas Art by Igor Turovskiy | Canvas Art InspirationArtist Igor Turovskiy creates masterpieces with our Metal Effects patina products and he also teaches the art in his studio, Igor Fine Art. Exquisite work.

Aren’t these artist works fantastic? If you’d like a few tips on incorporating artwork that you’ve created yourself or purchased from an artist, the Houzz article 10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers will get you started. For further inspiration, we share many more beautiful art projects with our products in our Modern Masters Canvas Art Pinterest Board and continually pin ideas to the board as well. Send us an e-mail if you’d like to share your canvas works with Modern Masters products with us – we love to see them!

Modern Masters at Snap!

Modern Masters at the Snap Conference 2015The Snap Conference is almost here and we are so excited to see old friends and meet new ones during the three days of the event in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attendees to the event are some of the best bloggers representing modern handmade, contemporary craft and DIY. It’s a community where creative bloggers come together, learn and walk away invigorated.

This year, Modern Masters will be at Booth 11 and we have so many great things planned, starting off with a gift in everyone’s goodie bag! But we don’t stop there – bring by your gift to our booth for even more special gifts! There will also be photo contests and many, many giveaways on everything from Starbucks gift certificates to product kits to a Grand Prize worth almost $500. Our team will be there to answer questions, talk about partnership opportunities and share information on our super secret new products that are in the works. It’ll be a fun-tastic time so come by and see us!