Modern Masters Metal Effects Makes Rusty, Patinated Wall Art Magic

How to Mix Modern Masters Metal Effects PatinasOur Greensboro, North Carolina winter is blah! Dull, dark and dreary. But this week I experienced some creative excitement that beat the gloom for me while cooped up in the house. Packages from Modern Masters arrived on my doorstep, chock full of their Metal Effects products. My goal: to create something rusty and fabulous with gorgeous green patina like you find on ancient hardware and statuary.

And I thought Christmas was over.

I have spent over 15 years as a full time faux finisher, yet I never discovered these crazy fun, addictive products! I know you have seen stunning finishes on walls and furniture on Pinterest and in magazines and drooled over the look thinking they are impossible for a DIYer to achieve.

Oh, it’s so not so!

THE BEFORE PHOTO

Modern Masters Artwork Before

OK, put on your sweatshirt, woolen hat and mittens and trek to the attic or basement to unearth something to practice on. To get a more dramatic effect, choose something with pattern and depth like this metal wall art. Mine is like a section from a century old tin store ceiling and I’m betting you have something similar. Give it a good cleaning with soap and water and wipe dry.

Modern Masters Metal Effects products

It’s hard to believe that I got this amazing look using only a few products. But I did take ten minutes to watch the related Modern Masters Metal Effects videos, Metal Effects Patina Finishes and Metal Effects Rust Finishes, before I began my project. I created my finish a bit differently, so use my directions for this project.

SUPPLIES

PREP YOUR WORK AREA.

I worked on my studio table top covered with a heavy drop cloth with no kitties (or little ones) around. Be sure to carefully read the instructions on each label that include info like having proper ventilation. Be aware that the spray mist can travel and may stain, so cover anything precious.

BRUSH ON 2 COATS OF METAL EFFECTS PRIMER AND LET DRY OVERNIGHT.

Modern Masters Primer

BRUSH ON 2 COATS OF IRON REACTIVE PAINT AND LET DRY.

Modern Masters Iron Oxidizing Paint

I skipped some areas just to see what would happen. Here it is when dry.

Modern Masters Iron Oxidizing Paint

ROLL ON 2 COATS OF COPPER REACTIVE METALLIC PAINT, HITTING THE HIGH AREAS. Do not let the 2nd coat dry.

Modern Masters Copper Paint

ATTACH THE SPRITZER CAP TO THE GREEN PATINA AGING SOLUTION BOTTLE AND SPRAY LIBERALLY.

Modern Masters Green Patina

Wait. Wait a little more. Then watch the green patina finish evolve over a couple of hours. Depending upon your piece, you may need to spray the Rust Activator over the Iron Reactive Paint when the Green Patina Aging Solution is dry. I actually did not need it to get this look. Since the Green Patina Aging Solution acts as its own sealer, I did not need to seal it. If you wanted to seal after using the Rust Activator, use the Permacoat Xtreme sealer and topcoat as it was created specifically for an overall rust finish.

Modern Masters Rust and Green Patina

Modern Masters Rusty Patina Metal Wall Art

What do you think? How do you like my new crusty masterpiece hung on top of our silver leaf wall? Stay tuned as in February I will be posting my wall finish project using Modern Masters Metallic Plaster. Then I will reveal the final look in our master bedroom.

Let me guess. I think you are on the Modern Masters website now to find the retailer closest to you to get these products ASAP!

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

15 thoughts on “Modern Masters Metal Effects Makes Rusty, Patinated Wall Art Magic

  1. Beautiful piece of artwork. Congrats!

    I am in total agreement with you Debbie. I found Modern Masters a few ago and have been having a blast with their products ever since.

    I have run over to your blog. Great stuff. My Patch of Blue Sky

    Thanks for sharing. Lovely work.
    sk

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  4. This looks beautiful! I’ve been using MM for awhile and I love all their products. I’ve never combined the patina and rust though. What a great idea. I see where sime spots turned rusty but not a step where you used the rust activator. Did the patina rust the spots where the iron paint showed through or did I miss that step?

    • Hello, Carrie! On this particular project, the patina rusted naturally. Depending upon your piece, you may need to spray the Rust Activator over the Iron Reactive Paint when the Green Patina Aging Solution is dry. We hope this helps!

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  6. My rust packaging says that the primer needs to dry 30m between coats and 2 hours before coating worth 2 the iron paint. This tutorial says to let the primer dry overnight??? After waiting two hours, when brushing on the iron, the primer was gooping up – reminded me of what crackle medium does when you “overbrush” it. I now have big brush marks and glops of primer dried into the iron coats. What did I do wrong???

  7. I recently used the primer, copper oxidizing paint, and green patina solution on a large piece of sheet metal. The patina only worked on spots and not over the whole piece. Although it worked perfect on the piece of plastic I had the metal laying on where I over brushed and sprayed. Any idea what might of cause this?

    • Hi, Dillon. We do have some ideas. Did you paint the entire large surface with the second coat and then try to activate it? If it is large, it does need to be sectioned off so that it can be activated while it is wet. Also, applying a rust inhibitive acrylic primer prior to our primer can also prevent flash rusting.

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