Fall Features for Modern Masters!

It’s always so exciting to see the projects our creative customers create with our Modern Masters products and it’s also exciting to see these projects featured in the media! We’ve discovered a few media features that usher us into the fall season perfectly with Metallic Paint, Metallic Plaster and our non-fade Front Door Paint. Let’s dig in!

Gorgeous Modern Masters Metallic Plaster Wall Treatment by San Francisco-based Caroline Lizarraga | Interior Design by Elena Calabrese | Traditional Home October 2016

Caroline Lizarraga and her team are incredible artists and it’s no surprise we find them in the pages of Traditional Home (October 2016 issue). The beautiful design is by Elena Calabrese. Caroline and team used our Metallic Plaster for a multi-hued organic wall treatment.

Feature on non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters on Green Craft Magazine

The Autumn 2016 issue of GreenCraft magazine shared a nice review and feature of our non fade Front Door Paint. Pick up your issue today – they share so much goodness on repurposing projects, ecologically-chic creations, and exploring today’s most stylish and sustainable projects. Love it!

Suggested Fall Color Swatches by the Wall Street Journal include Modern Masters Champagne Metallic Paint

The Wall Street Journal shares their 5 Fresh Paint Trends to Try for Fall and they feature our Champagne Metallic Paint (above, far right). New York Designer Adam Rolston says “Metallics are great for reflecting light into dark spaces.” Designer Kati Curtis further recommends a shimmering ceiling next to matte walls. Love the interior design tips!

Painting Your Front Door in a Day - and hello, Curb Appeal | Los Angeles Times | Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint Projects | This one is by A Spoonful of Imagination with the color Spiritual

The LA Times recent wrote the article, Painting Your Front Door a New Color Can Be Done in a Day – and Hello, Curb Appeal. They featured several projects with our non-fade Front Door Paint, including this fall front porch with the color Spiritual by A Spoonful of Imagination.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these color palettes and decor ideas for the Autumn season! We’ll be sure to continue sharing more ideas (and Holiday DIYs) very soon. Stay Creative!

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Paint Glamorous Halloween Pumpkins With Gorgeous Metallics!

Glamorous Pumpkins with Gorgeous Metallics DIY | Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

Boo! Can you believe it’s already time to think Halloween? Our girls are grown now, so October 31st just doesn’t have the allure like it did back in the day when we were choosing their costumes, decorating with spooky accessories, and trick-or-treating for the mother lode of candy.

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A quick and enjoyable project for me, sans kiddos, is decorating our mantel in the den for the season. A few props found exploring cupboards, some orange twinkly mini-lights, black gauze and a sparkly Boo sign from the dollar store, and I was done! Well, almost.

I needed a pile of pumpkins to pull the effect all together. Painted with the Metallic Paint Collection from Modern Masters fall colors to set the mood, of course.

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My daughter Mia and I drove from our home in central North Carolina, up to the rolling hills near Cana, Virginia to find real pumpkins, and do a little antique junkin’. We even enjoyed a touristy lunch in the quaint downtown of Mount Airy, NC. You know, the town near Mayberry, made famous by Andy Griffith, Opie, Aunt Bea, and Barney. It was a beautiful day and I was also excited to get home and create my holiday mantle.

PRODUCTS:

– Your favorite array of pumpkins
Pure White Chalk Paint®
Black Pearl Metallic Paint
Copper Metallic Paint
Snowflake Metallic Paint

Once home, I scrubbed and hosed everything down in preparation to prime and paint.

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Just like with any painting project, prep is key, whether you are using real pumpkins, or imitation ones. I painted on two coats of Pure White Chalk Paint®, then let it all dry.

Priming Pumpkins for Metallic Paint | DIY Glam Metallic Pumpkins by Modern Masters

Priming creates a necessary base coat to enhance the paint colors.

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Modern Masters offers such glorious color choices that normally would make me crazy, trying to select my faves:

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I decided to use Snowflake, Black Pearl, and Copper. The colors are semi-opaque and oh-so-buttery-soft to paint on.

Here you can see what one coat of coverage looks like. Two coats were all I needed to get good coverage.

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Then, yippee, it was time to finish decorating. Who knew that a gnarly, warty pumpkin could look so awesome.

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My weird grouping of clay masks, coupled with our raku cats, suddenly became apropos for Halloween, too.

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Even piles of 1873 dumpster-find encyclopedias worked perfectly for layering in this vignette.

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Aren’t the metallic colors stunning? They are warm, pearlescent, reflective, and amazingly, you can do oodles of projects with just one container.

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Are you drooling over the possibilities for painting your Halloween decorations? Shop for paint here!

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

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#ModernMasters Instagram Inspiration

We see so many great #modernmasters projects and finish inspirations on Instagram and love to share them on our Instagram account! We thought we’d share just a few of the beautiful projects here with you on the blog . Coincidentally, the five Modern Masters projects we’re featuring today all have calming blue, gold, pearl and silver hues. They’ve left us feeling blue – in a good way, of course!

Canvas Art painted by artist Brenda Allison with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Artist Brenda Allison is a versatile and prolific painter based in California. Her works have spread far and wide in both residential and commercial locations, including 150 paintings for The Venetian Las Vegas alone. Of this piece she says, “Pearl Raindots bring on rain in California and cooler weather” and it’s so lovely to see the ethereal way she used our Metallic Paints. Find her on Instagram: @brendaallisonart

Metal Effects Rust Finish on Furniture Hardware | Project by Junk'd Up

Our Metal Effects Rust Finish looks amazing on this hardware handle! Junk’d Up thought it would be the perfect accent for the chippy dresser they were working on and we agree! Find them on Instagram: @junkdup

Metallic Paint and High Gloss White to Contrast | Wall Stripes | Project by Guided Home Design

Of this office project, Guided Home Design says, “A bold stripe on the wall can transform a room! Here we used Modern Masters Metallic Paint and a high gloss white to contrast.” Looks like an inspiring space to work! Find them on Instagram: @guidedhomedesign

Metallic Plaster Wall Treatment on Wall by Bella House Faux | Modern Masters Blog

Bella House Faux shared this gorgeous bedroom wall treatment created with our Metallic Plaster. We love the movement they created with the color combinations! Find them on Instagram: @bellahousefaux

Metal Effects on Silver Leaf by artist Allison Cosmos | Modern Masters Blog

Artist Allison Cosmos creates amazing canvas art pieces and she’s been featured in publications such as Veranda, House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Here, she shares how Metal Effects patinas react on silver leaf – so beautiful. Find her on Instagram: @allisoncosmos

We’ll be sharing more of the incredible Modern Masters projects we come across on Instagram soon! If you’d like to share yours, be sure to use the #modernmasters hashtag and feel free to tag us on the pic. Have a creative day, everyone!

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NEW Modern Masters Website!

Modern Masters: New Experience, New Inspiration, NEW Website

New Experience, New Inspiration, NEW Website! Go ahead, click on Modern Masters. You’ll see a whole new experience with our new site and we’d love for you to experience it. Find product lines tailored to DIYers and Pros alike, new How-to’s and new Inspiration galleries. Our Resource Center has links to video tutorials and of, course, those needed technical and safety data sheets. There’s also a handy Retail Locator for a shop near you.

Our Cafe blog will also undergo a new look coming soon and be renamed The Hive. We’ll keep you abuzz of all the action!

Let us know what you think in the comments! We hope you love the new look – we’re ready to greet the holidays and new year in style!

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Modern Mastery: Heather Jozak

Heather Jozak’s beautiful artistry caught our eye on Instagram. She’s not only a proficient decorative painter, she’s also put together beautiful display windows for companies such as Bergdorf Goodman and Anthropologie. We’re excited to share some of her amazing Modern Masters projects with you!

Modern Mastery feature on the fab Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Masters Blog

Artist Heather Jozak as photographed by Richard Marko Photography

The eponymous Heather Jozak Studios has over 15 years of decorative painting experience working throughout the New York metro area as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. The studio’s finishes cover traditional and modern styles for walls, hand painted furniture, cabinetry and custom canvas paintings. Some of their beautiful surface treatments include Venetian Plasters, stone finishes, glazing, murals, metal leafing, stenciling, stripes, suede, faux marble and faux wood graining.They also help with styling of windows in New York City – in fact, take a look at some of their incredible retail window displays. We had the good fortune to have a chance to e-chat with Heather as she shares more on her studio, her favorite finish and her top decorative painting tip. Let’s get started!

Custom Canvas Art by Heather Jozak Studios | Interior Design by Eleanor Rivara of Nature's Window | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature

Heather worked with Interior Designer Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window for this project. She created the gorgeous custom canvas art with the help of our Metallic Paint Collection. Isn’t it perfect for the space?

Modern Masters Venetian Plaster enhances the foyer of a commercia space | Decorative Artistry by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery feature

A rich Venetian Plaster finish enhances the foyer of a commercial foyer. Love that color!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS FINISHES?

Recently, I have added many new modern samples to my portfolio. Many use my favorite Modern Masters products such as the Venetian Plaster. With the help of Modern Masters Venetian Plaster, I am able to go beyond the characteristic old world look and manipulate the plaster into more modern, cutting edge samples. Recently, I have created samples resembling the look and feel of a charcoal colored elephant ivory texture, one that mimics the look and feel of grasscloth, and one that will make your wall pop with embossed pattern. The Modern Master range and depth of color that can be easily achieved has had me loyal to this product for a good 15 years.

Stained and Glazed Cabinet Buffet by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Feature

The Tintable Glaze helped Heather complete this stained and glazed modern cabinet. Wow!

Gorgeous Foyer Walls and Ceiling by Heather Jozak Studios created with the help of Modern Masters Texture Effects | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Who wouldn’t love going up into this beautifully finished walls and ceiling? The treatment was created with the help of Texture Effects.

Incredible Patina Wall by Heather Jozak Studios | Beautiful Interior Design by Robert Jenny Design |Modern Masters Metal Effects | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

This is such an incredible patina wall finish with our Metal Effects! Heather worked with Robert Jenny Design for this collaborative design and decorative painting project.

HOW HAS MODERN MASTERS ENHANCED YOUR BUSINESS?

Modern Masters has enhanced my business through their vast palette of not only fabulous colors, but finishes that no other company has to offer. Metallic finishes are popular right now and being able to mix and match metallic colors to a client’s specific needs is crucial. Many times a client or interior designer will come to me with a fabric swatch or a corresponding wallpaper that needs to match or complement, and being able to customize the color so easily makes for a positive match every time. The Metallic Paint Collection’s colors are vivid and bright, unlike some competitor’s metallic, making them my absolute go-to products.

People constantly ask me about my patina and rust finishes, “How did you do this”?! I enjoy amazing my clients and showing them the possibilities in these products. They are great for commercial applications too, where putting in actual patina or rusted metal would be cost and structurally prohibitive. Knowing I have these incredible products on hand, I go into prospective job meetings confident and excited to show clients the possibilities they had no idea existed.

Textured Wall Finish with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Decorative Painting by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Feature

A textured wall treatment was finished with our Metallic Paints. So lovely and ethereal!

Stenciled Girls Room Focal Wall with Pearl Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Interior Design by Eleanor Rivara of Nature's Window | Decorative and Stencil Artistry by Heather Jozak Studios | Feature and Accent Wall Ideas | Modern Mastery Studio Series

Such a pretty color scheme, don’t you think? Heather used our Pearl Metallic Paint to stencil a modern geometric design on the feature wall of a girls room. The pattern is the Linked In Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio. She worked with Interior Designer of Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window for this project.

Restaurant Cellar 335 Hospitality Project by Decorative Painters Heather Jozak Studios | Doors and Moldings Aged with Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Cellar 335 has a rustic yet very chic vibe. For this hospitality project, our Tintable Glaze was used to help add character and age to the doors and moldings. Tribeca Grain did all the beautiful woodwork and Heather did the finishing.

Contemporary Stenciled Design with Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint | Guest Bath Wall Finish by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Feature

Silver Metallic on a dark background looks gorgeous paired with a contemporary chain link stencil design. The marble completes the look with a rich, luxe flair. The pattern was a custom stencil designed by Stencil Planet. The incredible interior design is by Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?

In order to have a great finish, you need to begin every project correctly. Each step in any finish, whether it be a set of dining room chairs or a foyer’s walls, need to be well executed and thought out. Finishes will not stand the test of time if not prepared correctly.

I spend a great deal of time making sure the proper foundation has been set. From experience, I will actually feel a surface and look closely at furniture or walls to calculate how much prep needs to be done. I am always extra cautious with projects and take extra steps to make a finish last such as: cleaning surfaces, sanding and then cleaning, sand off, using a high quality primer fit for the project, and of course, using the best painting products to finish. Prep, Prep, Prep – that is my best advice! When you finally get to the fun finishing part, it is so rewarding! It is also gratifying knowing your finish will last a long time.

Glazed Cabinet Doors and Molding by Heather Jozak Studios | Interior Design by Robert Jenny Design | Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Feature

These antique glazed doors and moldings have an elegant finished look and feel due to Heather’s talented artistry. We’re proud that our Tintable Glaze helped her achieve this finish! The lovely interiors are by Robert Jenny Design.

Beautiful Fishtank patina created with Modern Masters Metal Effects by decorative painter Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Projects Feature

We would absolutely stop in our tracks when seeing the patina on this large fish tank with our Metal Effects. Stunning result!

Incredibe Silver and Blue Patina Living Room Ceiling combining Metal Effects and Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Decorative Painting Project by Heather Jozak Studios |Interior Design by Maura Buckley of Millburn ETC | Modern Mastery Feature

This is a handsome silver and blue patina ceiling created in collaboration with designer Maura Buckley of Millburn ETC. Wonderful work with our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects! It was a pleasure following this project on Instagram as she shared the process.

We hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at the talented works of Heather Jozak and her studio. She has such a versatile range of talent and artistry on applied surfaces! Please take a look at her website, Heather Jozak Studios, to see more of her projects and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Pinterest, too. Many thanks to Heather for sharing her artistry with us. Have an inspired week!

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