Garden Decor How-to: DIY Geometric Metallic Concrete Blocks

For this project, I took plain concrete blocks and updated them with Modern Masters products! You can adjust the patterns and metallic colors to create a custom look that suits your garden. It’s a fall  ‘block’buster! – Mary Childs, Focal Points

DIY Metallic Blocks with a Painted Geometric Design | How to Paint Concrete Blocks | Garden Decor Ideas from Modern Masters

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INSTRUCTIONS

Painted Geometric and Metallic Concrete Blocks How-to | Modern Masters

Using SEAL-KRETE to prep concrete blocks for painting | Geometric Metallic Concrete Blocks DIY with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Clean all blocks with warm soapy water, rinse, and allow to dry completely. Once fully dry, roll or brush on two coats of SEAL-KRETE onto all surfaces of each block, including the interior. Allow to dry according to product instructions.

DIY Geometric Metallic Concrete Blocks How-to | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Creating a geometric pattern on concrete blocks and painting them with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | DIY Painted and Patterned Concrete Block How-to

How to Paint and Pattern Concrete Blocks for Your Garden | Modern Masters DIY

Create a two-color design pattern that suits your personality and style. Sketch the design onto each block with a pencil and tape off as needed.

Painting Concrete Blocks with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and a Geometric Pattern | DIY Tutorial on the Modern Masters Blog

DIY Metallic Geometric Concrete Blocks | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to Tutorial

Paint the main area of the design and one side of each block with two coats of Black Pearl Metallic Paint. Let dry 30 minutes.

Modern Masters Metallic Paints help transform plain concrete blocks into stunning garden decor | Step-by-step DIY Tutorial

Metallic Geometric Succulent Garden Planters from Plain Concrete Blocks | Modern Masters How-to

DIY Geometric Metallic Concrete Blocks | Transform plain blocks into beautiful outdoor succulent garden planters | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Next, tape off as needed for the second color. Paint your designated areas of each block with two coats of Copper Penny Metallic Paint. Let dry 30 minutes.

Creating gorgeous painted concrete blocks with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and a geometric pattern | DIY Succulent Planters How-to

For continued outdoor protection, apply two coats of MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat and let dry fully.

DIY Geometric Metallic Concrete Blocks | Garden Decor DIY with Modern Masters

Transform plain concrete blocks with Modern Masters Metallic Paints! How-to Tutorial.

Arrange the blocks in your preferred manner. I cut floral styrofoam to fit the square hole on on end, added small pebbles on top and arranged faux succulents on the pebbles spilling over the top of the concrete blocks. You can do the same or keep them as is. I hope you have fun personalizing this creative garden DIY by adding your own personal touches. The possibilities are endless!

From Plain to WOW! Concrete Blocks get an amazing transformation to gorgeous outdoor planters with Modern Masters products | DIY How-to

Geometric Metallic Concrete Blocks | DIY How-to Paint Concrete Blocks | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Succulent Planter Ideas

The Metallic Geometric Concrete Blocks 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.

DIY Event Decor: Stationery and Paper Elements

Hand-painted touches, watercolor effects, and printing with metallics are some of the hottest trends in invitations. Artisan techniques like letterpress and the ethereal quality of watercolor are making their way back into the forefront of the print industry, but with a contemporary vibe that combines the traditional artistry of old world methods with more modern, edgy design themes. Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint guides us through a Modern Masters DIY project that brings these chic trends right to your event.

DIY Wedding and Event Invites How-to | Enhance your paper elements with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

As a decorative artist who also designs stationery and ensembles for the wedding industry, I’m always looking for unique ways to merge my passion for paper and paint to create unique invitations for my clients that set the tone for their special events.

Some printing processes that incorporate metallic inks can get quite expensive, especially if only a small quantity is required. Using the Metallic Paint Collection, I created a few variations of an abstractly hand-painted invitation ensemble with a modern coastal-boho vibe that would be perfect for a small fall wedding, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, engagement party, and more.

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters Metallic Paint in the colors Sapphire, Copper Penny, and Pale Gold
  • Invitations, menus, and place cards printed on thick card stock. I used Avon Brilliant White card-stock by Neenah Classic Crest in 110 lb. cover. These invitations and paper elements were printed digitally (color laser), but inkjet printing works just as well, although you may have to go with a lighter card-stock such as a 65 lb. or 80 lb. cover. Check with your printer’s capabilities before running card-stock through
  • Accent card-stock in Lapiz Lazuli metallic blue by Stardream, along with assorted pocket-fold enclosures, envelopes, envelope liners, by Envelopments, and craft paper boxes
  • Plastic bowls or food storage containers for mixing paints. It’s best if the containers have a lid so you can custom mix the colors in a larger quantity and use them later for other items such as menus, place-cards, etc.
  • Assorted paint brushes (I prefer inexpensive nylon brushes available in sets at craft stores and a few 2” chip brushes)
  • Craft paper or a drop cloth for your work surface

INSTRUCTIONS

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles | How-to Tutorial by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Prep your work space with craft paper or a drop cloth. Design and print your invitation, menus, place-cards allowing enough space on the top/bottom or sides to paint. I chose a simple layout with a clean  san-serif font (Gill Sans) for all the main invitation wording, with a handwriting style font (Adelicia Script) to make the bride and groom’s names stand out. Set up the print with crop marks so you know how to trim the stock down after the paint has dried. I tried a few different sizes, shapes, and layouts: landscape/portrait/hexagon in sizes to fit standard envelope or enclosure sizes: 5” X 7”, 6” X 9” and 7” X 7”. The color scheme for this ensemble was rose gold, dark blue, off-white, with touches of copper, gold, and ivory.

DIY Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Metallic Paint | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

DIY Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Metallic Paint | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

Dilute a few tablespoons of Sapphire with water in the plastic container. The consistency should be watery and thin, like mixing watercolor pigments. You can experiment with the consistency and test out your brushing technique on the craft paper work surface before painting directly onto the invitation papers.

Go through and paint the Sapphire watercolor on all other cards and components, such as the menus, insert cards (reply card, map/directions card), and the place-cards (if you have the names of the guests attending). Allow the paint to dry completely. If you notice that the moisture of the paint makes the paper curl or warp, you can lay a heavy book or blocks over the stack of cards (once they’re close to dry) to flatten the cards out. You can also slip scrap paper, paper towels or craft paper in between each card to prevent the paint from transferring to the back of the other cards when stacked.

DIY Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Metallic Paint | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

DIY Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Metallic Paint | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

Using a 2” chip brush, dip it lightly into the Sapphire watercolor mixture and then drag the brush across the paper to create a brushstroke effect. The beauty of using Metallic Paint is that even though the effect looks like watercolor, you can see shimmer and sparkle in the areas with a higher saturation of the paint.  It makes each and every card that’s hand-painted uniquely one-of-a-kind.

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

DIY Event and Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

 

Mix equal parts Copper Penny with Pale Gold in a plastic container to create a custom mix shade of Rose Gold. Set up a production line and paint all the accents with the Rose Gold custom mix over the dried Sapphire watercolor. This should go very quickly since it’s just a quick, light brushstroke per card.  The goal is to make it look natural and gestural, and not overworked or contrived. These images show the different formats and sizes I tried out for the invitation cards, as well as the menus and place-cards.

Adding custom Metallic Paint touches to Event and Wedding Invites | DIY Paper Ensembles by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

Adding custom Metallic Paint touches to Event and Wedding Invites | DIY Paper Ensembles by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

While the invitation cards and other components are drying, you can work on the envelope liners and accent stock. Using the Sapphire paint (not diluted, just straight from the jar), lightly dry brush over the envelope liner paper. After it dries, dry brush the Rose Gold custom mix. Dry Brush the Rose Gold mix over the Lapiz metallic card stock. I also painted some craft boxes with the Rose Gold paint as an option for mailing the invitations. Once these are dry, the envelope liners can be used to line the mailing envelopes and the Lapiz card stock can be cut to use as an accent layer behind the invite card and response card.

DIY Boho Wedding and Event Invites and Paper Elements by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters

Create your own custom wedding and event invites, menus, envelopes, place cards and more with this Modern Masters Metallic Paint How-to by Love Paper Paint

Create your own custom wedding and event invites, menus, envelopes, place cards and more with this Modern Masters Metallic Paint How-to by Love Paper Paint

Fall Boho Wedding Invites and Paper Elements DIY | Stunningly Chic How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint - you won't believe it's a DIY! | Modern Masters

Create Your Own Wedding Invites and Paper Ensembles with this DIY Tutorial using Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Love Paper Paint shares her step-by-step process and you can customize it with your own wedding and event color scheme!

Once the papers are dry, trim according to crop marks and assemble for mailing.  The Modern Masters Metallic Paints are brilliant and shimmery, and are sure to grab attention when your guests unveil the invitation from the envelope or box.

Wedding and Event Table Decor with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | DIY by Love Paper Paint

DIY Table Decor with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

Once you start receiving responses and have a head count of attendees, you can use the Sapphire and Rose Gold mixture to embellish items for your table décor.  For instance, I drybrushed the Rose Gold metallic mixture on the wooden charger plates and brushed Sapphire Metallic Paint on the table napkins. Modern Masters Metallic Paints are fantastic to use for any event DIY!

The Event Invites and Paper Elements DIY is by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. She is a Southern California Decorative Painter, Muralist and Artist, who also designs gorgeous custom stationery and invitations. In addition to their foodie adventures, Katie’s family (including her creative husband and two artsy boys), are Star Wars & comic-book enthusiasts who dabble in cosplay, love to visit art museums and cultural events, as well as run races and explore San Diego’s many scenic trails and beaches.

DIY Event Decor: Hanging Metallic Picture Frames

There are many ways to add beautiful exterior decor accents when planning for an outdoor wedding. One idea is using Modern Masters products to customize hanging picture frames on the trees. They add interest, color, and serve well as an impromptu photo booth, too! Get the step by step DIY from pro decorative painter Mary Childs. 

Chic Hanging Wedding Frame DIY for Outdoor Wedding Decor | Modern Masters

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INSTRUCTIONS

Painting a Metallic Frame for DIY Wedding Decor | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics

DIY Wedding Frame Decor | Photobooth Project for an Outdoor Wedding | Modern Masters How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Dry brush two (2) coats of Smoke Metallic Paint over the surface of the large ornamental frame. Be sure to leave about 30 – 40% of the background color showing through. Let dry 30 minutes between layers.

DIY Outdoor Wedding Decor | Paint Picture Frames for Hanging on a Tree for a Chic and Fun Photo Opp for your Wedding Guests | Metallic Paint and Matte Metallics by Modern Masters | How-to Tutorial

Create Custom Matte Metallic Paint Colors for endless DIY Project Possibilities | How-to Wedding Frame Decor | Modern Masters

Mix 1/4 teaspoon Golden Sienna Glazing Cream Color and 1/4 teaspoon Magenta Glazing Cream Color into 8 ounces of Oyster Matte Metallic.

Painting a Thrift Store Picture Frame find into a stunning and oh-so-pretty Hanging Frame Decor for a Wedding | Modern Masters

Brush the custom mixed color over the raised areas of the ornamental frame. Repeat until desired color is achieved.

DIY Pictures Frames Painted with Matte Metallic and Metallic Paints by Modern Masters | How-to for Outdoor Wedding Decor | Pink and Grey Black Color Scheme | Outdoor Wedding Ideas | Hanging Tree Picture Frames

 

DIY Hanging Picture Frames for an Outdoor Wedding | Photo Booth Alternates for Weddings | Modern Masters Tutorial

I chose to coat the two smaller frames completely with the custom Metallic Paint color to create contrast between the frames. Let dry 30 minutes between layers.

DIY Event Decor | Create Super Easy, Fast and Beautiful Metallic Hanging Picture Frames for Outdoor Wedding Decor | Modern Masters Matte Metallics and Metallic Paints | How-to Tutorial

I added initials, a few flowers, and hanging crystals with a hot glue gun to add some interest to my frames. Hang your beautiful frames with your preferred ribbons and you are done! I hope you have fun personalizing this creative DIY Wedding project by adding your own personal touches. The possibilities are endless.

The Hanging Frames 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.

Fourth of July DIY: Metallic Faux Firework Sparklers

It’s time to fire up your Fourth of July with Stars & Stripes! Decorative Artist Mary Childs  shares a Modern Masters DIY Metallic Faux Sparklers with lots of Independence Day flair.

DIY Stars & Stripes Metallic Sparklers | Fourth of July Decor How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Oyster, Venetian Blue, Sashay Red, and Silver
  • 2″ PVC Plumbing tubes. My local hardware store cut my tubes into assorted sizes: 4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″.
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Primer Spray
  • 1″ and 2″ Brushes and a 1/2″ Stencil Brush
  • 1″ Blue Painters Tape
  • Star Stencil
  • Styrofoam
  • 1/2″ thick white rope
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Bang, Boom, and Pop sticky letters. Mine were created with a Cricut.
  • Clean Rags and Newspaper
INSTRUCTIONS

How to Create Metallic Faux Sparklers with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Fourth of July DIY by Focal Points, Inc.

Cover your working area with the newspaper. Lightly sand all tubes, including the ends. Wipe all tubes with a clean, damp rag to remove any sanding dust and let dry. Spray all the tubes with the primer and let dry overnight.

DIY Metallic Faux Sparklers for Independence Day Decor | How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Use the 2″ brush to paint each tube with 2 – 3 coats of Oyster Metallic Paint. Let dry 30 minutes between layers and allow to fully dry after the last opaque layer.

DIY How-to: Metallic Faux Sparklers for Fourth of July Events | Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters Blog

Modern Masters Venetian Blue Metallic Paint | DIY Metallic Faux Sparklers for Independence Day Decor | How-to by Focal Points, Inc.

Fourth of July DIY Decor | Faux Table Sparklers with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Step-by-Step from Focal Points, Inc.

Modern Masters Sashay Red Metallic Paint helps create Metallic Faux Sparklers for the 4th of July | How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

As you’re doing several of these, please feel free to vary up the patterns to taste! Tape off all areas to be painted Venetian Blue Metallic Paint or the Sashay Red Metallic Paint and be sure to burnish all taped edges so that no paint leaks through. Apply 2 – 3 coats of your first Metallic Paint color with the 1″ brush. Let dry 30 minutes between coats and allow the final opaque layer to dry at least 2 hours. Repeat this same process with the second Metallic Paint color of choice.

DIY Metallic Faux Firefork Sparklers for any Fourth of July Event | Independence Day How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. on the Modern Masters Blog

Stenciling Stars with Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Faux Firework Sparklers How-to by Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters Blog

Position the star stencil over the Venetian Blue Metallic Paint and tape in place. Stencil the design with the stencil brush and the Silver Metallic Paint. Repeat until desired pattern is achieved. Let dry 30 minutes.

How to Create Stars & Stripes Faux Firework Sparklers for the Fourth of July | Paint DIY by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

DIY Metallic Faux Fireworks Sparklers by Mary Childs | Modern Masters Blog

Fill one end of each tube with a piece of styrofoam and hot glue into place. Apply a piece of the rope to the center of the styrofoam and glue into place. (This will be your ‘fuse’!) Paint the fuse base the either with the Venetian Blue Metallic Paint or Sashay Red Metallic Paint. Take your Bang, Pop, and Boom letters and arrange them on your desired pieces. Artfully arrange your decor pieces for your Fourth of July event and enjoy!

Fourth of July DIY Decor How-to: Metallic Stars & Stripes Sparklers | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

The Metallic Faux Sparklers Independence Day 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.

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Fourth of July DIY: Starry Lights

There’s nothing like a sizzling Fourth of July, complete with fireworks and festive decorations to celebrate. This Independence Day project with Modern Masters Metallic Paints is easy, and especially fun to do with kids. You can even re-use your Christmas Lights! – Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

DIY Fourth of July Starry Lights Vase | Modern Masters Metallic Paints How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Sashay Red, Venetian Blue, and Pearl White
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces
  • 3 Inexpensive Glass Vases, like those from a dollar store
  • Lots of stick on stars. You can also make these on a Cricut.
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper or Plastic to protect your project area
  • Mini-light strands, preferably in white
  • Optional: Artificial flowers

INSTRUCTIONS

How to Create Starry Lighted Painted Vases for the Fourth of July | 4th of July DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Before you begin, remove any labels on the vases, then wash in soapy water and dry. Add star stickers to each vase, in any pleasing pattern. Make sure the edges are tight to the glass to prevent paint from seeping underneath.

Priming and Painting with Metallics on a Glass Vase | Fourth of July Holiday DIY Decor Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Paint 2 coats of the Zinsser primer on each vase. Let dry according to manufacturer’s instructions.

How to Paint Metallic Paint on Glass | Starry Lights Fourth of July Holiday DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Paint 2 – 3 coats of each the Sashay Red, Venetian Blue, and Pearl White Metallic Paint on the vases to achieve full coverage. Let dry completely between coats.

Creating Painted Starry Lights Vases with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How to DIY Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Carefully remove the stickers.

How to Create Starry Lights Vases for Independence Day | Modern Masters Blog | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Adult-only step. Artfully arrange the lights inside and outside the vases, along with the optional artificial flowers, to create a lovely vignette during the day with a shimmery glow at night as you wait for the Independence Day fireworks. We hope you enjoy this Fourth of July DIY!

Using Modern Masters Metallic Paints in Sashay Red, Venetian Blue, and Pearl White to create gorgeous Starry Lights Vases for Independence Day | Modern Masters DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Starry Lights Vases DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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DIY How-to: Non Fade Garden Markers

Who doesn’t arrive home from the farmer’s market, laden with fresh-smelling herbs and vegetables, only to realize after planting them that you can’t tell one from another? Here’s a simple way to label your garden that is even more fun to make with a group of fellow gardeners, or the neighborhood kiddos looking for something to do. – Debbie Hayes

Non Fade Garden Markers for Vegetables, Flowers, or Herbs | DIY Step by Step by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint in colors Energetic, Cheerful, Fortunate, and Natural, or your favorite colors from their palette. You can find smaller sizes at Hobby Lobby, too.
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces
  • Unpainted wooden spoons
  • Paint brushes in several small sizes
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspaper or plastic to protect your project area
  • Black Sharpie
  • String or embellishments, optional
INSTRUCTIONS

Prepping Wooden Spoons for a DIY Garden Marker Tutorial | Project by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

DIY Garden Markers How-to | Non Fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Paint a coat of primer on each spoon in the areas where you plan to add Front Door Paint colors. Let dry. Sand lightly if needed, then wipe off residue.

How to Create Non fading Garden Markers for your Vegetables, Flowers, or Herbs | DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Paint 1 or 2 coats of each Front Door Paint color on the spoons. Let dry.

Creating Fun and Bright (and Non Fading!) Herb, Flower, and Vegetable Markers for your Garden | Step by Step How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

Adding Handpainted Details to Your Garden Markers | Garden Accents DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

How to Create Non Fade Garden Markers for your Flowers, Vegetables, and Herbs | Easy Peasy DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Use a black Sharpie to hand-letter the names of each plant. Let dry for a few minutes. Add hand-painted designs on each plant with the Front Door Paint. Let dry. Add optional embellishments, like string that can later be used to tie plants like tomatoes on stakes as they grow.

Easy, Fun and Bright Garden Markers with non fade Front Door Paint | DIY by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

Your adorable custom garden markers are ready to “plant” alongside your flowers, herbs, or veggies. No sealer is required for the non fade Front Door Paint, so you can use them in the garden right away!

Colorful and Pretty Garden Marker Idea for your Herbs, Vegetables, and Flowers - plus, they'll never fade! | How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Easy and Colorful DIY Garden Markers with Non Fade Front Door Paint | Label your herbs, vegetablers, flowers, and more in your garden with super cute painted garden markers that will not fade in the sun! How to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

The Non Fade Garden Marker DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Garden Decor How-to: Patina Bluebirds

These sweet, happy little birds were a gift from a friend. They are perfect to use at Christmas in the tree, and all year ’round. Being paintable, I can give them a new look like this one on a whim. – Debbie Hays, My Patch of Blue Sky

Oxidized Patina Bluebirds with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Garden DIY by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

SUPPLIES
  • Metal Effects Blue Patina Kit
  • Paintable items, like the little birds
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspaper or plastic to protect your project area
  • Plastic cups to hold your item while painting, if required
  • Moss, feathers, and/or found objects from your yard for decorating
INSTRUCTIONS

How to create a blue verdigris patina on your garden decor accents | How to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Before painting, protect your area from spills and overspray and then arrange your materials. The Blue Patina Metal Effects Kit has all that you need for this project. Paint two coats of Metal Effects Primer and let dry. Allow half an hour between coats and two hours after the last coat to dry completely.

DIY Patina Bluebirds | Easy Step by Step Garden DIY by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Paint the primed surface with the first coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint. Let dry for half an hour.

Applying the Blue Patina Aging Solution to the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Metal Effects Garden Decor DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Ozidized Decor Bird Accents with Small Metal Effects Kit | How-to DIY by Debbie Hayes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Apply a second full coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and while it is still wet, spray on a light coating of the Blue Patina Aging Solution over the entire surface. As the activated surface dries, in about 30 – 40 minutes, a real blue patina finish will appear. No sealer or protection is required to use indoors or outdoors.

Patina Bluebirds for your garden with Metal Effects | DIY by Debbie Hayes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

I took my completed bird flock outdoors and found the perfect spot to display them: in an old water fountain. I added found objects from a tour around the yard and woods. Voila!

Oxidized Garden Accents How-to | Creating an easy blue verdigris patina with Modern Masters Metal Effects | How to by My Patch of Blue Sky

How to Add Patina to your Garden Decor Accents | Little Birds DIY Project by Debbie Hayes | Step by Step Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Patina Bluebirds Garden DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Garden Decor How-to: DIY Painted Vintage Window

Katie Gaines from Love Paper Paint says, “I’ve had an old glass paned window sitting in my studio for a few years, just collecting dust and spider webs. It needed a little love and a chance to shine again and I thought it would be fun to repurpose this lonely window into a colorful garden decoration. My style is a bit global-boho, so I imagined this window creating an uplifting vibe in a meditation garden or a lush, tropical backyard retreat. With this easy step-by-step DIY, I’ll show you a few tips and tricks for creating your own eye-catching painted window, suitable for hanging as wall art or set out in the garden.”

Garden Decor DIY | Painted Vintage Window How-to by Love Paper Paint | Non Fade Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • Glass-paned window or door (you can find them at antique stores, garage sales, Craigslist, junkyards, or an architectural salvage)
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces
  • Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint in assorted colors: Tranquil turquoise, Ambitious red, Playful plum, Calm blue, Fortunate green, Happy yellow, and Hopeful white. You can find smaller sizes at Hobby Lobby, too.
  • Assorted paint brushes (I prefer inexpensive nylon brushes available in sets at craft stores and a 2” chip brush)
  • Craft paper or a drop cloth
  • Paper towels or a clean rag
INSTRUCTIONS
How to Paint a Vintage Windo and Upstyle it into a Gorgeous Garden Decor Accent | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint using non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters
Creating a Gorgeous Garden Accent with a Vintage Window using non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | DIY by Love Paper Paint

Prep your work space with craft paper or a drop cloth. Using a slightly damp paper towel or rag, wipe down the old window to clean off any dirt, dust, spider webs. With a 2” chip brush, paint the clean, dry window frame with the Tranquil non fade Front Door Paint. It dries quickly so you can add a second coat fairly quickly. The turquoise color provides a pop of color that works well against all the green in a garden setting.

Use a smaller brush for the detail areas of the frame close to the glass. You can tape off the glass if you’d prefer to not cut in freehand. Otherwise, you can use a paper towel to quickly wipe off any paint that gets onto the glass, while the paint is still wet. Paint a second coat of the Tranquil Front Door Paint onto the frame after the first coat has dried.

Using a Mandala Pattern to Create a Painted Vintage Window for the Garden | Zen DIY by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Adjusting a Pattern to Create a Beautiful Patterned and Painted Vintage Window | Garden Decor DIY by Love Paper Paint using non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint

Next, find the design you’d like to paint on the glass panes and size it to fit each pane. I found floral mandala clipart online, enlarged the graphics, and scaled it to print for six separate 8.5” X 14” pages to fit my glass frame. Then I taped the pages to the back of each window pane. Be sure to scale your preferred art to your window pane size.

DIY Painted Vintage Window for a Garden Retreat DIY | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

How to Add Pattern and Paint to a Vintage Window and transform it into an upstyled and chic Garden Accent | Tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Using a small round nylon brush, “trace” the design onto the glass by painting on Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for all surfaces. Since this primer sticks to anything, including glass, it will give a strong, durable base for the Front Door Paint to adhere to.

Painting a Vintage Window for Rustic Decor | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint using non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint

After the primer has dried (I gave it a few hours), you can start “coloring” in the design. Pour a little bit of each color into a paint palette or little plastic cups, and paint over the primer to your heart’s desire…have fun with it! I tried to keep the three mandalas consistent by using the same color scheme for each element of all three graphics.

Highligting Colors for a painted and patterned vintage window | Turning an old window into a garden decor accent | Fun tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

You may need to go over some of the colors with a second coat of Front Door Paint, then you can start some detail work by highlighting with white. I mixed Front Door Paint in Hopeful with each Front Door Paint color to create a lighter shade.

Transform an old window into a colorful and patterned decor accent | DIY How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

After a couple of hours, the Front Door Paint is fully dry and ready to go! You can attach brackets to the back of the window for hanging the window as wall art, or prop the window against a wall (or fence or bricks) for a colorful display that you can move around anywhere in your garden.

Painted and Upcycled Vintage Window | DIY by Love Paper Paint for the Modern Masters Blog

Refreshing an old discarded window into a fresh and colorful decor accent for the garden, studio, and more | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Garden Decor DIY Idea with non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint and an old vintage Window | Step by Step Tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters blog

Stunning Painted and Patterned Vintage Windwo with non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Creative and Colorful Garden Decor Ideas and Inspiration

The Painted Vintage Window DIY is by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. She is a Southern California Decorative Painter, Muralist and Artist, who also designs gorgeous custom stationery and invitations. In addition to their foodie adventures, Katie’s family (including her creative husband and two artsy boys), are Star Wars & comic-book enthusiasts who dabble in cosplay, love to visit art museums and cultural events, as well as run races and explore San Diego’s many scenic hiking trails and beaches.

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Easter DIY: Patina and Gold Speckled Eggs

We love sharing unique Easter egg projects and this one is no different! The beautiful verdigris patinas and shimmery gold are sure to charm your guests and enhance your holiday decor year after year. The stunning project is by Mary Childs of Focal Points.

Patina and Gold Speckled Easter Eggs | Modern Masters Holiday DIY Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. | Metallic Paint and Metal Effects

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

Easter Egg How-to: Oxidized and Gold Speckled Eggs | Project by Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters Blog

Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits help create a gorgeous patina and gold-speckled Easter Egg | Project by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Prep your working area with newspaper or a dropcloth to ensure the products are contained to your work area. Open the Metal Effects Kits and lay out the supplies as everything needed to patinate the eggs is included. Apply two coats of Metal Effects Primer to your eggs with the 1″ brush. Let the Primer dry 30 minutes between coats and allow the second coat to dry overnight.

TIP: Use an old egg container to lay eggs on while they dry and then flip. If you don’t have an egg container, use an appropriately sized box, cut an X shape with the scissors and push down on the X to make a hole your eggs can sit in.

Using Metal Effects and Metallic Paint by Modern Masters to create super pretty patinated Easter eggs | DIY Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc.

Prepping foam eggs for an amazing patina and gold speckled Easter DIY Project | How-to by Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters blog

Using a 1″ brush, apply the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint onto all the eggs and let dry for 30 minutes. Once dry, we’re ready to continue to paint and patinate!

Using two Metal Effects Reactive Metallic Paints to create a gorgeous patina Easter egg | Holiday DIY by Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters blog

Working one egg at a time, cover the entire painted egg with a 50/50 combination of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and Copper Reactive Metallic Paint, giving each color their own unique areas. While WET, immediately spray the entire egg with equal amounts of Green Patina Aging Solution and Blue Patina Aging Solution.

Rotate the eggs several times during the drying process to create interesting oxidation effects. Repeat with each egg and let dry overnight. It will take several hours before the patina colors start to reveal themselves so be patient!

How to Create a Patina and Gold Speckled Easter Egg | DIY Tutorial by Mary Childs for the Modern Masters blog

Modern Masters Metal Effects and Gold Rush Metallic Paint create SUPER gorgeous patina and gold speckled eggs for Easter | DIY How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Place the fully dry patinated egg on a holder. Dip a 1″ brush into the Gold Rush Metallic Paint and dab the excess on a paper towel. Create the splatter pattern by gently tapping the 1″ brush against the handle of the 2″ brush until your desired pattern is achieved. I recommend testing the splatter patern on a piece of paper first. Rotate the egg for complete coverage. Once completely dry, you can arrange the eggs in a beautiful bowl or style them on faux moss or grass as well as using your existing Easter decor.

Stunning Gold Speckled Patina Eggs | How-to DIY by Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters blog

Oxidized Patina and Gold Speckled Easter Eggs with Metal Effects and Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Step by Step How to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters blog

DIY Easter Eggs with Green and Blue Patinas Speckled with Gold | Modern Masters Blog How-to Tutorial | Metal Effects and the Metallic Paint Collection

The Patina and Gold Speckled Easter Egg 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.

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Holiday DIY: A Scandinavian Easter

My hubby is from rural South Carolina where by family tradition, he and his siblings created an outdoor Easter “nest” the night before the Easter bunny would arrive, leaving delicious treats. The area he grew up in is very like the beach, with sand, soaring pine trees, pine cones, and many types of moss. All great for making a nest. This project can be made inside or outside – on a sideboard, coffee table or out on the patio. Scour your yard for twigs, stones, ferns, or anything earthy, similar to Scandinavian style. Natural and simple. ~ Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

A Scandinavian Easter | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

SUPPLIES
  • Black Pearl Metallic Paint
  • Pewter Matte Metallic
  • Oyster Matte Metallic
  • Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Water-Base Primer, or like
  • Large and Small plastic or wood Easter eggs
  • Paint brushes
  • Container to hold large eggs upright
  • Paper towels
  • String or jut
  • Small feathers
  • Moss or found objects from your yard
  • Glass cloche (optional)
  • Container (like the hand-carved wooden bowl used) to feature the large egg
INSTRUCTIONS

Prime the eggs using two coats of Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Water-Base Primer, or a like primer. You can use a large-mouth container to prop large eggs on while working. Let dry. Paint two coats of metallic colors on each egg, letting dry completely after each coat. I used both the Modern Masters Matte Metallics and Metallic Paint Collection to have both a natural satin and matte sheen. If the eggs are made of wood, you can choose to leave some unpainted as well.

Scandinavian Style Outdoor Easter Nest DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Matte Metallics and Metallic Paints by Modern Masters

How to Create a Scandinavian theme Easter | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Add feathers tied on with jute. Arrange a natural-looking outdoor scene that everyone, including the Easter bunny, will love.

Easter Eggs and Decor Accents with Scandinavian Style | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Create your own tradition. This is a perfect project for you and little ones to work on together each year.

Scandinavian Style Easter with Organic and Natural Materials as well as Matte and Satin Metallic Paints | Modern Masters Blog | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Using Metallics and Natural Materials to create a Scandinavian-themed Easter Design and Decor | Modern Masters Blog Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Outdoor Easter Nest DIY Tutorial | Scandinavian Style | Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

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