DIY Holiday Decor Accent Ideas

DIY Holiday Decor Accent Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWe’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. 🙂

Metal Effects Rust Finish on Candleholders | Projects by This Makes That | Holiday DIY Decor Ideas on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogThe talented Susan of the This Makes That blog used the Metal Effects Rust Finish for a trio of patinated candleholders. So pretty!

Bronze Metallic Paint on Antlers | Holiday Design DIY | Project by Studio 184 | Modern Masters Cafe BlogStudio 184 used our Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint to add a bit of bling to antler tips. Gorgeous! For even more shimmer, add a little glitter to the metallic paint while still wet.

Steampunk Holiday Ornaments | Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust and Verdigris Finish | Project by Carmen Handcrafts | Holiday Decor InspirationCarmen 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!

Metallic Paint on Pumpkins | Project by Pet Scribbles | Holiday DIY Ideas & Inspiration on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogOur 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!

Patina Pinecones | Metal Effects by Modern Masters | Holiday Mantle Decor by Emporium 228 | Holiday Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogPinecones 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.

Noel Lettering with Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Project by Crafting in the Rain | Holiday Decorations DIY on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogSteph 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.

Patina Owl Pumpkin Mural by Artist Bonnie Lecat | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Feature on Holiday Decor IdeasArtist 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 projects@modernmasters.com! We’d love to see and share them!

Luminescent Wildfire on the Ceiling

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!

Ceiling with Modern Masters Wildfire | Artifice, Inc. Project Feature on the Cafe Blog 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.

Widfire on the Ceiling allows a Mural to change from Day to Night as the time progresses | Project by Bryan King of Artifice, Inc. | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureUsing 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.”

Ceiling Media Room Mural with Modern Masters Wildfire Paints | Project by Bryan King of Artifice, Inc. | Cafe Blog Project FeatureHere 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!

How-to: Letters with Pattern and Patina

Patina & Pattern on Letters Tutorial | How-to by Ali Kay featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtist 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!

Prepping Letters for Patina & Pattern | How-to by Ali Kay featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogSTEP 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.

Metal Effects Primer on Letter | Patina & Pattern How-to by Ali Katy | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSTEP 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.

Adding Texture and Pattern to Letters | Patinated & Patterned Letters Tutorial by Ali Kay on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogSTEP 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.

Patina & Pattern Letters How-to | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSTEP 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.

Patina & Pattern Letters Tutorial on the Cafe Blog | Project by Ali Kay of Positive SpaceSTEP 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.

Textured & Oxidized Letters Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Ali Kay of Positive SpaceDecor Accent Letters with Verdigris Patina and a Textured Stencil Pattern | Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Ali Kay of Positive SpaceAren’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!