We’re just over a week away to Thanksgiving and then we’re on to celebrate all the winter holidays – exciting! If you’re looking for great metallic and patina holiday decor ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Our Metal Effects and Metallic Paint Collection are perfect for holiday crafts large and small and better yet, take no time at all to create. Many of our creative customers and friends have been sharing their Modern Masters-inspired holiday projects and since caring is sharing, we thought we’d pay it forward. 🙂
The talented Susan of the This Makes That blog used the Metal Effects Rust Finish for a trio of patinated candleholders. So pretty!
Carmen Hand Crafts wowed us with these wooden steampunk snowflakes patinated with both the Rust and Verdigris oxidizing patinas from our Metal Effects line. They’ll look beautiful hanging from the tree!
Our friend Laura Kuhlmann of Pet Scribbles recently shared her recipe for DIY Mercury Glass Pumpkins on the Pink When blog. Using Hunter Green, Sage and Oyster Metallic Paint, she created the faux look by layering the paints onto one another. Click the link for the shimmery tutorial!
Pinecones get a touch of patina – and aren’t the results so pretty? Dana McGarry of Emporium 228 used the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and the Blue Patina Aging Solution to add the beautiful time-worn color to the pinecone edges.
Steph of Crafting in the Rain used her considerable talents in creating a gold painted noel cutout as her guest post for the Crafting Chicks blog. She used Olympic Gold Metallic Paint for the lustrous project on the lettering cutout.
Artist Bonnie Lecat of Bonnie Lecat Designs always creates and shares beautiful holiday design ideas – check out her Etsy shop! This is a paint and patina pumpkin mural with an owl face and rusty, metallic accents with our Metal Effects. Stunning!
We hope you’ve enjoyed these holiday decor accent ideas with Modern Masters! They are great ideas for your Thanksgiving table, mantel, holiday porch, Christmas tree and more. Pin these ideas to your boards for merry inspiration and be sure to send us your holiday projects to firstname.lastname@example.org! We’d love to see and share them!
We were recently scrolling through our Facebook shares and came upon an amazing ceiling by decorative artist Bryan King of Artifice, Inc. He used our Wildfire Luminescent Paints, which create dramatic visual effects, to paint a sky mural on a media room ceiling that changes as the ‘day’ passes along. Take a look!
Bryan worked with a designer, Gene Delgado, for this incredible project. The designer suggested a night sky for the media room and Bryan added upon the idea by suggesting using the Wildfire paints for a powerful overall effect.
Using the Invisible Flourescent Paint, Bryan painted a ceiling that could change from dusk to evening as the light changed. There are both incandescent lights and blacklights installed in the ceiling recesses to help control the visual effect. Bryan explains, “The room has a dimmer switch so that you can see the transition beautifully.”
Here is the night sky – isn’t it incredible? Bryan worked on the ceiling sky mural for two days, using the blacklight to guide him while working with Wildfire. “The effect really pops nicely and the client loved it,” Bryan shares. It was his first time using the Wildfire line and we think it was a beautiful success!
Wildfire Luminescent Paints are water base, easy to apply, color balanced and specifically formulated under UV blacklight for maximum brightness. We use proprietary, ultra-violet technologies to create them and they have been used for dramatic blacklight visual effects in film, television, theme parks, night clubs and entertainment venues. They’ve also been used by Walt Disney World and the Blue Man Group for their shows! Be sure to check out the entire Wildfire product line to find the best colors and paints for your next luminous project. They can easily be purchased online or found at a local retailer. Many thanks to artist Bryan King for sharing his radiant sky mural with us – be sure to visit his Artifice, Inc. website and become a fan of his Facebook fan page. Have an inspired day!
Artist Ali Kay of Positive Space is an incredible artist based out of Chattanooga, TN. We love seeing all her projects and have featured her work on our Modern Mastery series. We recently shared one of her Metal Effects decor accent projects for her own home on our Facebook fan page and our fans went crazy! She’s graciously agreed to share her Patina & Pattern on Letters How-to Recipe for us – so get your brushes ready for a seriously easy, fast and pretty tutorial!
STEP ONE. Find your favorite letters at any home improvement retailer, home design store, hobby store, vintage shop, smaller retail design stores and flea markets to name a few. You can do this process on surfaces such as wood, metal, plastic, paper, and more – just be sure to prime them properly for their individual surfaces and then start our process as indicated below.
STEP TWO. Prime each letter with Metal Effects Primer. This primer is specifically formulated to protect your base surface from the oxidizing patinas we’ll be using later.
STEP THREE. Once the Metal Effects Primer dries, use your favorite stencil to trowel textured plaster through it to create a beautiful raised pattern effect. Ali used used the Florentine Damask Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio and our Suede Metallic Plaster.
STEP FOUR. Once the textured pattern were fully dry, Ali based the letters with Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint to provide an even colored surface. She then followed that with a coat of Copper Reactive Metallic Paint to prepare for the patina, leaving some areas with the Blackened Bronze peeking through. Ali used the two separate colors for added interest but you could also just use the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint by itself using two full coats.
STEP FIVE. While the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint is still wet, spray the Green Patina Aging Solution randomly. The letters will activate over the next few hours and you are done. Notice that Ali’s letters have both the Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint and Copper Reactive Metallic Paint peeking through the patina for a good amount of color variation and interest.
Aren’t the results SO COOL?! Many thanks to Ali for sharing her process with us! Please be sure to become a fan of her Positive Space by Ali Kay Facebook fan page to keep up with all her artistic projects. If you love this tutorial, be sure to pin it so that you can try it on your own. Have an inspired day filled with paint, patina and pattern!