A very frightfully spooky and Happy Halloween to you from all of us at Modern Masters!
A very frightfully spooky and Happy Halloween to you from all of us at Modern Masters!
We discovered Aliya Riaz’ gorgeous decorative painting through Instagram. She shared many of her #ModernMasters projects with us and we were charmed with her artistry. We’re very happy to share the work of her studio, Portfauxlio, Inc., here today as part of our ongoing Modern Mastery series.
Artist Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio in Chatham, NJ, Is in love with the decorative arts. Every day and every project brings something new to get her creative juices flowing. She especially enjoys solving design dilemmas either as part of a design team or with the client directly to bring an abstract idea to life. When not busy with projects, she has a line of painted Anaglypta wallpaper that can be custom ordered or made from existing samples.
Aliya also finds great joy in teaching decorative finish workshops. She shares, “I never know who learns more – my students or I. Whether it is individual instruction or a group, I love helping students with decorative finishes, gilding, découpage and, more recently, working with foils. Having taught so many, a lot of my students stay in touch long after class. It’s interesting to track how they run with the knowledge and take it in different directions to suit their own personal endeavors.”
A view of the custom anaglypta rolls that Aliya Riaz paints and sells. She frequently uses our Metallic Paint Collection to help create them.
This ceiling was rendered in a dusky blue color using a base of our Venetian Plaster. It was waxed and polished after the design was put in place using bronze metal leaf.
Over a field of Platinum Metallic Paint, Ms. Riaz cut a stencil based on the design of the window fabric. The stencil was painted using Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint and Glass Bead Gel. The interior designer on the project was Rachel Kapner of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors. Beautiful!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS PRODUCT OR COLOR?
I would be hard pressed to say which Modern Masters Product is my favorite and it would be even harder to come up with the best color – though I do tend to use a lot of Warm Silver Metallic Paint. From the Dead Flat Varnish to the Metallic Plaster, my decorative finishes are enhanced in every way by the entire Modern Masters product line.
A mix of Metallic Plaster and Metallic Paint was employed to match the cap of this lovely light fixture.
This light and beautiful bath wall treatment has our Metallic Plaster over metal leaf.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING PROJECT?
My clients fell in love with the ceiling of a suite they stayed at in The Four Seasons Hotel, Milan – most of which is a 15th century converted convent. Armed with no pictures, they wanted me to recreate the ceiling of that suite in their New Jersey dining room. One challenge was that instead of 14′ high ceilings, we had only 9′ to work with, so the details had to be more delicate.
After a great many discussions, I drew up the plans. We started with a flat white ceiling. Aided by gifted woodworker Robert Bittner, I put into place each piece of applied compo molding (painted and gilded) using a palette of colors my clients loved. It was a labor of love and took well over a month to complete, along with the lime plaster walls, gold leaf gilding and using Modern Masters Metallic Paints on parts of the ceiling. It will remain one of my favorite projects not just because of how it all came together but because of the belief and trust placed in me by my clients.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?
Paying it forward helps us all. If Plan A doesn’t work out, you still have plans B through Z to work on! We decorative artists are known for thinking on our feet and in most cases come up with ingenious ideas and solutions. I find our community is amazingly supportive and have learned to reach out for help when needed.
This project was done in a private residence in New Jersey. The walls were plastered using ShimmerStone. The beautiful plaster finish provided the perfect shimmery neutral backdrop to the vaulted coffered ceiling, which is about 25 feet high. The interior designer on the project was Mary LaVecchia of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors.
We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the beautiful decorative painting work of Aliya Riaz! She is truly quite versatile, as is her finishing work. If you’d like to keep up with her studio, be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Houzz, as well as her Portfauxlio website. Many thanks to Ms. Riaz for sharing her exquisite Modern Masters projects with us. We look forward to seeing many more and keeping up with your amazing studio!
We love seeing your artistry, knowing about your studios, and spotting the projects you share with us. This holiday season, we wanted to send a huge THANK YOU by giving you a little something shimmery back!
Starting in November and through the end of the year, visit your local participating Modern Masters retailer and when you buy one quart of our Metallic Paint, you receive one quart of our Matte Metallic Paint for FREE. Isn’t that amazing?! There is no limit, either! You can buy one for your project, one for yourself, one as a gift, and keep the metallic love going!
This Buy One, Get One Free offer is good from November through December 31, 2016, and is only available in-store at participating retailers in the contiguous US. To find your local retailer, please click on the store locator page on our website. We would recommend calling ahead to ensure they are participating in the promotion. If you don’t have a local participating retailer near you, please call the following shops to place your order as they will honor the promotion and ship to you:
We appreciate you for bringing a lot of shimmer into your life and ours – we hope this makes for an even more wonderful holiday season! Be sure to share those Metallic Paint and Matte Metallics projects with us using the #ModernMasters hashtag or by tagging us. If you’d like to see project ideas and application videos for our Metallic Paint and Matte Metallics – or any of our product lines – be sure to visit our website, Modern Masters.com. Stay inspired!
In the dead of night the witch cauldrons boil – and they’ll need all the right poisons for their hocus pocus fun! Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. created a bewitching DIY with her Witch Potion Bottles project. You will definitely be saying “My little pretties!” with these…
Brush on an appropriate acrylic bonding primer for the glass vials and let dry. One tip trick is to paint the bottoms, let dry, and then tackle the tops.
Using the 2″ chip brush, pounce and dab the Texture Effects on the surface to create your desired texture. Let dry overnight.
Using a pencil, write the potion names on the bottles. This will help guide you as you write out the names with the cake decorating bag. Use the cake decorating bag and follow the penciled copy to write the raised potion names. Let dry overnight.
Mix 1 part Coffee Bean Glazing Cream Color to 3 Parts Water and brush onto random areas of the surface. Spray the surface with water and let it drip and run, leaving some areas darker and lighter. You can manipulate the depth of color with the brush and the water – have fun with this! When you like your colorwash finish on the bottles, let dry to touch and continue with the next step.
Use another small brush to drip the Emperor’s Red Chalk Paint® onto a few areas of your chosen bottles to simulate blood. It’s helpful to use the potion bottles this would make the most sense on. Let dry completely.
Dip a small artist brush into the Platinum Metallic Paint and lightly brush over the raised letters. Let dry. You are ready to style your Halloween mantle!
BONUS! METAL EFFECTS BLUE PATINA STAND
Create the Blue Patina Stand for your Witch Potion Bottles, too!
SUPPLIES AND INSTRUCTIONS
Apply two layers of Metal Effects Primer to the cake stand using a brush or roller. Let the second layer dry for at least 12 hours.
Apply the first coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and let it dry for half an hour.
Within 5 minutes of applying the second coat and while it is still wet, spray the entire surface with the Blue Patina Aging Solution, being careful that it doesn’t pool. Please protect any surrounding areas with newspaper, craft paper or dropcloths prior to the spraying.
Let the patina dry overnight to reveal its beautiful colors. Please not that this cake stand is for decorative purposes only as it is not food safe.
The Witch Potion Bottles and Blue Patina Stand Halloween DIYs are by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.
Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. crafted three pumpkins with distinct style just for you. This pumpkin has some serious ghoulish shimmer – with a little snap of the chains to keep restless spirits in line. It’s an easy DIY that’s so much fun, it’s scary.
Prime the faux pumpkin with a suitable bonding acrylic primer. Let dry.
Use a 2″ brush to paint every other pumpkin section with two coats of Apple Green Metallic Paint. Let dry completely.
Repeat the process on the primed sections of the pumpkin with the Hunter Green Metallic Paint. Let dry. Repeat the process until both sections of Metallic Paint are fully opaque.
Measure the pumpkin from the stem base to the bottom. Using this measurement, cut the decorative chain into sections. Using the hot glue gun, place a small bead of glue at the stem base and apply one end of the chain to the area while the glue is hot. Repeat all the way around the top of the pumpkin. Do this again for the bottom section of the pumpkin.
The Chained Pumpkin Halloween DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.
Darkness approaches…and the sharp eyes of the creatures of the night will be watching your every move! Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. created a creepy DIY with a little bit of artsy black magic for an eye-popping feast.
Dixie cups are perfect as they can hold the eyeballs as you work on them and they also make a great drying stand. Paint all the balls you’d like to work on with the Ultra Spec Super White and use the Dixie cups to help you.
Once dry, decide which balls will be the cat’s eyes and which will be zombie eyes and follow the individual instructions below.
Use a pencil to LIGHTLY draw a cat-shaped eye onto the surface, the looser the better. Google ‘cat eyes’ and search in the Images section. You will see many different types of cat eyes come up. Use your favorite images as a guide for your watchful eyes.
Use the Black Glazing Cream Color to paint the pupil and background of the eyeball.
Letting each layer dry fully, paint two coats of the Apple Green Metallic Paint in the iris, the colored part of the eye. Let dry and add any finishing details you see in your preferred images with a black marker.
Use a pencil to LIGHTLY draw a zombie eye onto the surface, the looser the better. Use your favorite images as a guide. Google ‘zombie eyes’ and search in the Images section. You will see many different types of zombie eyes come up. Use your favorite images as a guide for your watchful eyes.
Brush a mixture of 1 part Tobacco Brown Glazing Cream Color with 3 parts Water onto the back part of the eyeball using a random motion. Let this dry thoroughly. Use a black marker if you’d like to outline some of the separate areas to help guide your colors. Paint the Platinum Metallic Paint in the iris, the colored part of the eye.
Once you are satisfied with the depth of your colors, use a black marker to add finishing details and fill in the pupil. Use your preferred zombie eye images as a guide to add colors and/or design to taste.
The Watchful Eyes Halloween DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.
Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky dreamed up a Halloween DIY to die for! This Spooky Skull will be a fright on your mantle’s ghoulish gallery. The eerie bonus? It’ll thrill your wicked guests…right down to the bone.
Brush on an appropriate acrylic bonding primer for your skull’s surface and let dry. Brush on two coats of Snowflake Metallic Paint for opaque coverage. Let dry.
Use small brushes to add outline areas of Black Pearl Metallic Paint.
Use a pencil to mark where you’d want the textured dots to appear, creating any pattern you’d like. Fill a frosting bag with Shimmerstone, close it up tight and then create small raised dots over your pencil patterns. Let dry overnight.
Mix a custom glaze of approximately 1:1 Cofee Bean Glazing Cream Color to Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream. Brush on and then dab off with a rag until you like the look.
Use a small brush with 100% Coffee Bean to add accents and drips. Let dry overnight.
Brush another coat of Black Pearl Metallic Paint inside the eyes and nose area – do not let dry. Sprinkle black glitter on these areas and let them dry.
Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. crafted three pumpkins with distinct styles just for you. This second pumpkin has a whimsical metallic harlequin design that casts a hauntingly fun spell. We think it’s boo-tiful!
Using a 2″ brush, prime the pumpkin completely with a bonding acrylic primer. Once dry, paint the pumpkin and the stem with several coats of Black Pearl Metallic Paint until you have opaque coverage. Let dry.
Position the stencil on the pumpkin in a pleasing fashion. Use delicate painters tape to attach the bottom and top of the stencil to the pumpkin. Dip the stencil brush in the Sashay Red Metallic Paint and dab onto a paper towel to remove excess paint. The stencil brush should be mostly dry with no dripping paint on it as this will keep the Sashay Red Metallic Paint from seeping under the stencil. Next, stencil on the Sashay Red using a pouncing or stippling motion, pressing the stencil against the surface as you move down the surface. Let dry. Be sure to paint the stem the same Sashay Red for a punch of contrast!
Using the hot glue gun and glue sticks, place a small bead of glue (about the size of a pencil eraser) in the recess of the pumpkin. Apply the bead while the glue is still hot and hold until it holds itself. Continue the process within every recess until complete. Voilá!
The Studded Harlequin Pumpkin Halloween DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.
Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. crafted three pumpkins with distinct style just for you. This first pumpkin is created full of crackles and fissures with an elegant, shimmery spin. Don’t let this DIY slip through the cracks!
Using a damp sea sponge that has wrung out, dab on two medium to heavy layers of Crackle for Latex Paint onto the black pumpkin, leaving some of the recessed areas of the pumpkin untouched. Start first with the top half and do the bottom next. Let dry 30 minutes between layers.
When the second layer is dry, apply a heavy layer of the Platinum/Silver Matte Metallic Paint to the bottom half of the surface where the Crackle for Latex Paint has been applied. Let completely dry, about 2 hours.
Repeat the previous step on the top half of the pumpkin, meeting and blending in at the middle point. Wait a few hours to see the final crackle and you are done!
The Metallic Crackle Pumpkin Halloween DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.
Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky had a Halloween DIY idea – a crazy cool mad laboratory project that requires the alchemic knowledge of turning glass into rust! Ready for the spooker-ific tutorial that’ll leave your frightful guests spellbound? Read on!
Prime the glass bottles with a primer suitable for glass. Once dry, brush on two coats of the Metal Effects primer. Allow to dry 12 hours.
Brush on two coats of the Iron Reactive Paint, allowing 30 minutes to dry in between coats. Let dry.
Spray the Rust Activator on the piece. You may prefer to wear gloves for this step. After 5 minutes, spray a second coat of the Rust Activator. Let the rust happen!
Once rusted, tape the stencil lightly to the surface or hold with one hand. Using the small stencil brush, apply the Pewter Metallic Paint. Dip the tips of the stencil brush into the paint and offload any excess paint onto the paper towels. Use a swirling motion to stencil.
Affix a candle to the top and light it for a while to allow creepy cool drips to occur. Voilá!