On P.A.C.E. with Modern Masters!

Modern Masters had an opportunity to work with decorative artist Ellie Ellis, owner of Platinum Training Center Elite Artistry, and the Cascadian Artisans Guild on a deserving school philanthropic project. We recently chatted with Ellie about the program and the resulting artistry by the group, who all volunteered their time and efforts.  We hope you enjoy the whimsical and colorful artistry that brought joy to both students and staff!

Decorative Artist Ellie Ellis in front of a Metallic Plaster Wall Mural

Decorative Artist Ellie Ellis

P.A.C.E. is a program of the North Clackamas School District in Oregon that provides teen moms a high school education, parenting skills and an opportunity to further their education and training for a career while at the same time, offering onsite childcare for their infants and toddlers. Without the P.A.C.E. (Parenting, Academics, Careers and Employment) program, many of these mothers and their children would be condemned to a cycle of poverty.

Oregon's Cascadian Artist Guild

Cascadian Artisans Guild

Decorative artist Ellie Ellis, who had a personal connection to the program via her daughter Talitha, was struck with the facility’s plain white and grey walls as well as their lack of beauty and stimulation.  She says, “Being an artist, I want to create beauty around me, and it is important for these moms and children to have beauty around them. I thought, What if our guild took this on as a philanthropic project and we bring our combined talents to beautify the school for the teen moms, their children and the dedicated staff that work at P.A.C.E.?”. The guild wholeheartedly agreed to donate their time and talents and with the help of a few donations, including products from Modern Masters, they converged on the facility while it was closed for spring break.

Cloud Sky Mural in NurseryWall Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colors were used by artists Kasey Shantz and Carolyn Johnson Bell to achieve a beautiful cloud mural in the nursery room. Kasey wanted a cool blue color that would emulate evening without being too dark and also set upon painting several ‘benevolent moons’ so that the children would feel comfortable and relaxed.

Hallway Kids Mural with Sun done with Modern Masters Metallic PaintsArtist Melissa Barrett wanted a bright entry spot after spying the dreary area. The walls were repainted a cheery yellow and she then used Glazing Cream Colors and Metallic Paints for her joyful mural which included a happy sun with rainbow eyes set against a plaid background with the school’s colors.

Metallic Plaster Mural by Ellie Ellis | Modern MastersMural with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster by Ellie EllisOne of the various areas Ellie tackled herself was the breastfeeding room for the young mothers. She used a mix of Metallic Paint, Wall Glazing Cream and Metallic Plaster for the beautiful wall finish and starry skyline mural. The silhouettes include New York, Portland and Rome amongst beautiful ocean blue evening colors.  An inspiring quote was stenciled along the top wall areas of the room.

Tree Mural with Modern Masters Metallic Paints by Terry Leibenguth

A Gustav Klimt-inspired tree was painted by artist Terry Hansen Leibenguth.  She used metallic paints in blue and yellow to reflect the school’s colors.  Each young mother will be able to put her and her child’s name on a foam flower to hang from the branches in order to give them a sense of belonging.

Toddler Room Mural | Modern Masters Project by Ellie EllisThe toddler room received an incredible mural makeover! Artist Kathryn Owens used the Glazing Cream Colors for her wraparound cottage mural which included an expanded faux doorway, a playful dog and a roofline with various birds and butterflies. A bus was also handpainted underneath the coat hooks and the children’s photos will be placed inside the windows of the bus.  Kathryn had never used the Glazing Cream Colors before this project but says, “They are the best paints that I have ever used!”.

Monochromatic Blue Mural by Ellie Ellis with Modern Masters ProductsAbove, Ellie is working on a monochromatic blue mural for the girls bathroom with Wall Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colors. She also incorporated several Modern Masters Stencils. At the school entry below, Ellie used Venetian Blue Metallic Paint to add an inspiring quote for the staff, students and children.

Lettering Mural with Modern Masters Venetian Blue Metallic Paint | Ellie EllisWhen the students and staff came back on the Monday after spring break, they found an entirely different school waiting for them. One staff person said, with tears rolling down her cheeks, “What we feel in our hearts for the children and moms is now expressed on our walls”.  We are so proud to have been involved in such a worthy project – many thanks to Ellie Ellis for sharing her story, images and project with us!

P.A.C.E. Group


Amazing Theme Paint Projects!

Who are some of the most discerning and demanding audiences when it comes to color and durability? If you said ‘Theme Parks’, you are spot on! Theme Parks need not only precise colors for branding and realistic effects, but also be confident that the paints they invest in will be extremely durable throughout the years. We developed Theme Paint™ to this end and since then, scenic artists, decorative painters and designers alike have also used them for hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, retail shops, sports complexes and more. The highly specialized water base and color saturated paint line is both interior and exterior rated and is available in flat, satin and semi-gloss sheens. They resist the damaging effects of the sun’s ultra-violet rays and the results are a highly fade resistant paint. Let’s take a look at a few projects!

Theme Paints on the Rock Formations | Aulani Disney Resort HawaiiTheme Paint and Dead Flat Varnish | Aulani Disney Resort HawaiiThe Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii celebrates Hawaii and their resort features their culture, traditions and landscapes. The rock formations that dot the property were painted with Theme Paint™ and topcoated with our Dead Flat Varnish for an authentic look and feel.

Theme Paints on Despicable Me Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood | Modern MastersDespicable Me Minion Mayhem Attraction painted with Modern Masters Theme Paints | Universal StudiosTheme Paint™ expertly brought Gru’s lair to life at the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Modern Masters Theme Paint used in the Asian Elephant Exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens have a beautiful Elephants of Asia exhibit that thrills visitors year after year. Theme Paint™ was used to help enhance the habitat.

Modern Masters Theme Paints used for Schools, Sports Complexes, Commercial Office Building and Retail Shop ExteriorsBeyond theme parks, Theme Paint™ has helped preserve the exteriors of schools, office and commercial buildings as well as retail shops.

Theme Paint and Metallic Paint | Disneyland It's a Small World ExhibitModern Masters Theme Paints | DisneylandTheme Paints on Rock Formations in Cars Land | DisneylandDisneyland has quite a few Theme Paint™ projects including the It’s a Small World attraction and the desert landscapes of the Cars Land ride.  Our Metallic Paint Collection is also used quite extensively. In fact, for their 50th anniversary in 2005, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was painted with a combination of custom metallic colors and protected with our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat.

If you like Disney’s Cars Land rock formations and are curious as to how color washes and painted finishes came about, take a look at this fascinating How to Use Theme Paint™ video from our Modern Masters YouTube channel:

Create a lasting impression is key for many hospitality, entertainment and commercial projects – it’s a promise of what to expect of the goods and services provided inside!  Theme Paint™ was created to meet this need and has since stood the test of time.

See more amazing Theme Paint™ Projects!



A Modern Masters Haven!

Modern Masters at the 2014 Haven ConferenceAre you heading to the Haven Conference? So is Modern Masters – and we have a LOT of great events and prizes just for you!  Ready?  Here we go!

  • Come by our booth – we’ll have everything ready for you to come away inspired with projects for your whole home.  We’ll also have gorgeous lookbooks, decor accents and takeaway gifts galore!
  • Do YOU have The Golden Ticket?  While you are at our booth, make sure you take our special Modern Masters envelope containing information about all our products. One very lucky winner will have a golden ticket within the envelope that wins you an over $400 prize package.
  • On Friday, July 11th at 12:30 pm, come on by our one-hour Painting with Modern Masters workshop hosted by painting expert Joe Saenz of Modern Masters.  He will teach tips and tricks for creating amazing DIY projects with our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects.
  • Enter our Instagram contest and #expressyourself at our booth!  The 24 colors of our new Front Door Paint were based on the Emotional Color Wheel and each swag bag will have a special ’emotion’ stone.  We’ll have a special photo area set-up for you to take a pic of yourself and share your ’emotion’ stone with everyone! Be sure to follow us/mention our @ModernMastersInc account and use the hashtag #expressyourself – one random winner from all the entries will be chosen to receive a grand prize package worth over $400!

So, are you ready?  We are – and we can’t wait to meet you!  Be sure to tell ’em the Cafe blog sent ya! 😉

Sizzling Summer Project Ideas with Modern Masters!

Summer is the perfect time to tackle those long overdue DIY projects! The warm sun and blue skies make for happy days spent creating and transforming your home.  We have a few bright and fast summer project ideas to share with you so let’s dig in!

Summer Project Inspirations from Modern Masters


We spend a lot of time outside in our patio, backyards and gardens – not to mention entertaining our friends and family.  Two of our blog friends share their Metal Effects projects with us…

Garden Planters with Metal Effects PatinaLaura from Pet Scribbles upgraded her planters with the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Green Patina Aging Solution back during the winter time.  In the meantime, she recently wrote a post on the durability of her Metal Effects garden planters. “These planters were subjected to snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice cold temps…and the paint has no chips or cracks. No signs that they have been outdoors for 4+ months. They look like the day I painted them!”  Thanks, Laura – and we think they look great in your garden!

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patina on a Backyard Garden Patio BenchTara from Suburble also used Metal Effects but chose the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and the Blue Patina Aging Solution for her patio bench. The patio bench re-do looks amazing and oh-so inviting!


Is there anything better than driving up to a well-tended home?  Here are some great small project ideas with big impact!

Copper Metallic Paint on Exterior Home Lights | Modern MastersTransforming Exterior Lights with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Living Rich on LessSusan from Living Rich on Less had drab exterior lights.  Our Copper Metallic Paint and MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat changed all that during her light fixture makeover.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Serene | Blue Front DoorCreative customer Diana Heath chose the color Serene from our Front Door Paint Collection.  It’s a rich, deep color that welcomes you and will never fade!


Design and color changes on walls and ceilings make a fantastic change but two bloggers also made strides with tackling simple trimwork and furniture!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint on FurnitureDana from Made with Love had a metallic dresser makeover that now makes her feel “like a princess” when she gets ready in the morning!  She mixed our Steel Gray and Snowflake from our Metallic Paint Collection to get to her perfect color.

Matte Metallic Paint on Crown MoldingMatte Metallic Paints on Trim for a Luxe yet Traditional Look | Modern Masters Project by Cynthia WeberCanadian designer Cynthia Weber wanted to surprise her parents with a living room and dining room re-do for their 50th wedding anniversary. Using a blend of Warm Silver and Champagne colors from our Matte Metallics to paint the crown molding, she added a little bit of luxe to their beautiful, traditional home. We love it!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these hot Summer project ideas! Let us know if you have any of your own projects lined up with Modern Masters!

But wait – there’s MORE!