Modern Mastery: KenT Youngstrom

Canvas Art by artist kenT Youngstrom for CB2 | Modern Masters Copper Metallic Paint | Blog Feature

Artist kenT Youngstrom lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and wakes up at 5am most mornings. He then works out, whirls the kids off to school, plants himself in the center of (at least) ten half-covered canvases, and rarely stops moving ‘til nightfall. We first saw the striking works he creates on his colorful Instagram feed and were taken with the organic use of text, hues, patinas and shapes. He counts CB2, Gilt and other companies as fans and they have added his art to their collections for their customers. It was exciting to learn that he frequently incorporates our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects into his works. He graciously agreed to a feature and we are pleased to share his Modern Masters works with you.

Artist kenT Youngstrom | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Artist kenT Youngstrom

“I started painting several years ago, in design school, without any big plans or ambitions. It was hard, unpredictable, time-consuming — and the best thing ever,” kenT shares. “By the end of day one, I was hooked. One gallery show led to another, and before long I was selling paintings to friends, family and a handful of local fans.”

He adds, “Local sales turned into national sales. National sales turned into licensing deals. Bulk orders from CB2 came knocking, along with flash sales at fab.com, pop-ups in People magazine — and flattering attention from a couple of those ‘home makeover’ reality tv shows. One day, I woke up and realized, “huh … guess I’m a full-time artist, now.” I grinned and then put brush to canvas again. My studio is a warehouse facility which contains an office, a gallery and a working studio. I have rolling work tables and large walls to stretch canvas. There is room for 20 people for painting parties and hundreds have walked through for gallery openings, holiday and corporate event parties. I am grateful.”

Stripes Canvas Art for CB2 | Artist kenT Youngstrom | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Modern Mastery Artist Feature

Artwork by kenT Youngstrom | Copper Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Artist Feature on Modern Masters Blog

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

I discovered the Modern Masters Iron Reactive Paint + Rust Activator nearly nine years ago. I used it to cover up a mistake. It worked. It worked so well it lead to others asking me to do the same for them. I started using it on canvas.

A few years later my rust on canvas caught the attention of retailer CB2 and I collaborated with them to paint 300 “love” paintings, which sold out in seven weeks online and in their stores. It was a mountainous climb to finish those pieces, package them and make sure they arrived safely for someone who may not have painted that many pieces in a year or so all together, let alone a few months time. I have since painted over two thousand original paintings with CB2 and am still working with them on art and other aspects of design today.

So, I like the rust paint. I use it a lot. It helped me grow myself and my business into what it is today.

Canvas Art by kenT Youngtrom | Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

LOVE Canvas Art by artist kenT Youngstrom for CB2 incorporating Modern Masters Metal Effects | Modern Mastery Artist Feature

What is your top tip for artists?

Wake up. Get out of bed. Work your backside off. Show up on time. Surprise somebody.

Metal Effects Rust Finish and Acrylics | Chandelier Artwork by kenT Youngstrom | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

Iron Reactive Paint with Rust Activator on just about anything.

Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with Blue or Green Patina Aging Solution on anything I didn’t use the Iron Reactive Paint on.

Metallics. Metallics. And more Metallics. Currently my go to product and ride or die.

Canvas Art by kenT Youngstrom | Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

What is your dream studio project?

The next one.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the artistry and philosophy of kenT Youngstrom – so uplifting! Be sure to watch the video above to see more of his process. Follow along his artistic adventure via his website, Twitter and Facebook fan page – and of course, on Instagram as well. kenT will soon add ‘Author’ to his list of achievements as he releases an inspirational guide book for artists and those who want to create something for a living on April 18, 2016. We will absolutely keep you posted on it! Thank you, kenT, for sharing your time with us and we hope your work continues on to even more success!

Modern Mastery: Hoity Toity Peacock

ased out of Brenham, Texas, Hoity Toity Peacock has been creating, producing andteaching incredible reactive and oxidized works with our Metal Effects patinas for years. We’ve been following their studio and projects on social media for quite some time and are very proud to feature their artistry on our Modern Mastery series.

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas on Buffet Table | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Series Feature on the Cafe BlogForty-two years ago, Melody Peacock Brooks started helping her mother, Beverly Coet, after school, weekends and during the summer on painting and wallpaper jobs. By the time she was twelve years old, Melody’s daughter, Meghan Martin Munson, could mimic her mother’s hand in Italian Plastering and it has since developed into three generations of artisans that create, teach and share their talents.

In 2012, they created Hoity Toity Peacock to combine their talents and focus on teaching Painting and Decorative Finish techniques. There was a high demand for painted furniture classes, but the three generations wanted something that would stand out from other workshops. When they discovered the Modern Masters Metal Effects line, it was love at first sight and there was no turning back! Melody began to experiment and create different techniques that would provide the rich, vibrant colors that the Metal Effects products can achieve. She soon began incorporating the patinas into the furniture they were painting and each piece proved so striking, they sold immediately. Their Metal Effects classes are also so popular that they have become one of the primary focuses at their studio.

Stenciled Patinas on Furniture Dresser | Modern Masters Metal Effects Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Studio Series FeatureWhat is your top finishing tip?
Never be afraid to experiment and try new things. If you make a mistake, you can always try again. In fact over the years, we have had so many “pleasant mistakes” turn out to be our best finishes! Most important, never skimp on the product! If you do, your results will be disappointing.

Oxidized Textured Anaglypta Wallpaper on Bookcase Back | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockPatina and Pattern on Letter Art | Metal Effects by Modern Masters | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockOxidation and Patina on Mirror Frame | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock with Modern Masters Metal EffectsHow has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
The Metal Effects Patina class has become one of our most popular classes that we offer at our studio at Hoity Toity Peacock in Brenham, TX. It can be used on walls, floors, furniture, art, and just about any object you are wanting that extra unique look. The possibilities are endless! We have also been traveling around the United States and Canada, teaching others these techniques. We feel Modern Masters has taken Hoity Toity Peacock to a new level with this amazing product.

Kitchen Vent with the Metal Effects Rust Finish | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Studio FeatureOxidized and Patinated Trunk | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWhat is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?
Without a doubt, the whole line of the Modern Masters Metal Effects is our favorite. We used to think the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint was our favorite, but then we started using the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and the Iron Reactive Paint for different techniques. They have all become favorites, for one reason or another. It’s like choosing who is your favorite child…you love them all, just in different ways!

Rust Patina Finish on Textured Table Insets | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock with Modern Masters Metal EffectsPanel Bird Art with Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas | Project by Hoity Toity Peacok | Modern Mastery Studio Series Feature on Cafe BlogVerdigris and Rust Patinas on Rustic Table Top | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockIsn’t their work extraordinary? Hoity Toity Peacock provides classes on these Metal Effects techniques as well as run the Brenham, Texas shop where they sell home decor goods and the pieces created with the beautiful reactive patina finishes. The newest project they are working on is a retreat center, with students staying on site 3 – 5 days while learning their incredible techniques, eating gourmet meals and getting pampered. Sounds amazing! Please contact Hoity Toity Peacock on their Facebook page if you are interested in a custom piece and/or taking one of their classes. We hope you’ve enjoyed their Modern Mastery!

Modern Mastery: Melinda and Marc Bender

We discovered decorative artists Melinda and Marc Bender on Instagram via their #ModernMastersInc project shares using our specialty paint products. Their firm, M&M Bender Designer Wall Finishes, was founded in 1998 and is a powerhouse studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are so happy to share their projects with you today as a part of our Modern Mastery series.

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Stenciled on Ceiling by M&M Bender | Roundabout Stencil by Wallovers | Modern Mastery Feature on Cafe Blog This gorgeous ceiling was created with the Roundabout Stencil by Wallovers using both our Pale Gold and Steel Gray from our Metallic Paint Collection to stencil the pattern.

Laguna Blue Metallic PlasterFinish with Glass Beads  by M&M Bender | Modern Mastery SeriesThe beautiful powder bath walls feature our Metallic Plaster in the Laguna Blue color with glass beads along the top. Gorgeous and shimmery.

If giving advice, what would be your top decorative finishing tip?

Every finish looks better with a final glaze. It just “sets in” the colors, enhances the metallics, and evens out the final sheen. Its also a great way to make any little color adjustments when you need to make the finish perfect for the room’s specific lighting and feel.

Gorgeous Powder Room Wall Finish | Metallic Plasters with Glazing Cream by Modern Masters | Cafe BlogA troweled Metallic Plaster finish in various colors is overglazed using our Wall Glazing Cream. Beautiful!

What is your go-to Modern Masters product?

Our go to product is Metallic Plaster. We use it in a large number of our projects. We love the body that it has, enabling us to use tools to create textures with the plaster that some other metallic plasters cannot hold up to. We also love it just on its own. Its shimmer and movement is a client favorite. We have completed dozens of ceilings using it.

Stunning Ornamental Ceiling by M&M Bender | Aged Gold Metallic Plaster with the Pattern in Silver Fox Metallic Plaster | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThis stunning ceiling has a Metallic Plaster treatment. The base finish is troweled with Aged Gold and the contemporary flower pattern was detailed with Silver Fox.

What is your dream finishing project?

We joke about this! It would be our house, of course. Our “imaginary” dream house, the one on the lake in the mountains, where the weather is always perfect, after we have won the lottery! We would finally get to do all of our favorite finishes in our favorite colors…The hardest part would be deciding! Every time we learn something new in a class or through experimenting and creating our own new finishes, we find another favorite. Its always fun to dream!

Striking Faux Decorative Paint Finish on Foyer Walls by M&M Bender | Modern Masters Metal Effects and Metallic Plaster | Cafe BlogBoth Metal Effects and Metallic Plaster were used to create this incredible wall finish. M&M Bender used the Rust Patina Finish as the base and troweled the stencil design with the Black Panther Metallic Plaster.

We’d like to thank both Marc and Melinda for sharing their studio’s beautiful work with us – what a pleasure to see our products in their artistic hands! What do you think of their work? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to also visit the M&M Bender Instagram account as they share their custom designer wall and ceiling finishes, plasters and hand-painted mural projects. We hope you are inspired to create your own one-of-a-kind projects!

Modern Mastery: Kelly Peterson

We discovered the lovely work of decorative painter Kelly Peterson on Facebook. She was sharing several of her Modern Masters projects during a viral one-week showcase by decorative artists and we contacted her immediately to learn more. We’re happy to present her varied works with our products and talk about her studio, Layers of Color.

Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Modern Mastery Series Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogKelly Peterson was in the construction industry for over 20 years running projects and managing an aluminum frame manufacturing company before starting her decorative finish business. “When decorative painting was introduced to me many years ago, I knew I finally found my passion. I couldn’t wait to figure out how to do it and share it with others. In 2003, I was very fortunate to move to very art-inspired cultural area outside of Sacramento, California. It was the perfect time to start my decorative painting business. I was so fortunate to find IDAL and the talented people at Modern Masters.” She became a Platinum Training Center for Modern Masters and through the studio and product lines, was able to create amazing finishes for her clients. A love of teaching also led her to begin faux finish classes for a local junior college. She now teaches classes each semester and has an amazing team of decorative finishers that create almost all the finishes for her studio, Layers of Color.

Modern Masters Metallic Finish | Stenciling done with Metallic Paint | Project by Kelly Peterson and featured in the Modern Masters CafeThe wall finish has a lovely Plum Metallic Plaster base and the stenciling is done with our Pale Gold Metallic Paint. The pattern is the Fabric Damask Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Kitchen Cabinetry painted with Modern Masters Statuary Bronze Metallic Paints | Project by Kelly PetersonThese kitchen cabinets were transformed with Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint and topcoated for durability. Kelly did the laundry room with the same cabinet finish!

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

We love working with Metallic Plaster, the Metallic Paint Collection and the Glazing Cream Colors. They are so versatile and can be used in so many applications from walls to cabinetry to furniture. We also have lots of fun with the Metal Effects patina finishes.

Metallic Plaster by Modern Masters creates a contemporary concrete look for a fireplace | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Cafe Blog FeatureTungsten and Shimmered Moon Metallic Plaster create a contemporary concrete look for a 27′ tall fireplace.

A Shimmery Metallic Paint Base for a Chair | Glam Chair Transformation by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Cafe BlogWarm Silver Metallic Paint helped update a chair with a shimmery, glam makeover.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?

We created a number of finishes for an amazing castle project in the Los Altos Hills Community of California. It was a 8000 square foot renovation from the original castle built in 1924. It took several years to complete the project. The new owner was dedicated to restore as much of the original character as possible. We even got to stencil an entire carport concrete floor with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Modello Designs vinyl stencils! It was so much fun to work on until the day several of the other contractors told us the castle was haunted…We weren’t scared… We created finishes using the Metallic Plasters, Metallic Paints and Venetian Plaster.

Home Construction and Restoration Project by decorative artist Kelly Peterson with Modern Masters Projects | Studio Feature on the Cafe BlogA sampling of the decorative paint finishes during the construction and renovation of a modern castle project in California.

What is your dream finishing project?

Most of our client projects have been dream projects. Any time a new client hires us and allows us to create beautiful and unique decorative finishes just for them is a dream project! It’s what keeps us motivated for the next one!

Italian-Inspired Metallic Plaster Finish for a Tuscan Home | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogA Metallic Plaster wall finish graces the dining room walls of a Tuscan-inspired home.

Both Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Metallic Plaster create a unique finish for a bedroom wall and headboard | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureMetallic Paint and Metallic Plasters were combined to create a unique wall finish and focal point in a master bedroom.

We love how every new client is her ‘dream project’ – what a great appreciation for each of her commissions! Kelly has over 30 years of construction experience and a general contractor’s license in the state of California, as well as an experienced full service Interior Designer on staff at Layers of Color. Her expertise shows in her unique and beautiful finishes with our products. Be sure to visit her Facebook page and Instagram account as she shares many of her current projects frequently. Don’t forget to pin and share these lovely Modern Masters projects, too!

Modern Mastery: Levi Ponce

During a recent philanthropic effort, we came across the grand artistic murals and work of artist Levi Ponce. Recently, MSN named him as one of the “Top 10 Latinos to Watch” in the United States. He masterfully uses the JWR Artist’s Acrylics and Theme Paint lines from our Modern Masters products collection and we are so excited to showcase his artistry for you as well as his efforts to beautify and inspire communities.

Modern Mastery Series: Artist Levi Ponce | Modern Masters Cafe BlogBorn in Los Angeles to a sign painter and seamstress, Levi has been studying arts and crafts since childhood. Initial influences include his father, urban artists, and Renaissance painters. He began painting with his father, Hector Ponce, in the 1990’s and since then has worked in a variety of creative fields including visual effects, film miniatures, and restoration. As a visual artist, he has exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida and the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum.

After graduating from California State University, Northridge, Levi began painting and organizing the creation of murals along Van Nuys Blvd in his childhood neighborhood of Pacoima. His murals are community projects that bring together artists, business owners, and local youth. Together they transform defaced city walls into works of art for both locals and visitors to enjoy. His efforts, along with that of other artists, have led to the re-discovery of the area now known as Mural Mile. Levi continues to paint community murals while running a full-time crew of artists that handle commercial work across the country.

Einstein Mural by Levi Ponce | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Einstein mural entitled “Logic and Creativity” at the Magnolia Science Academy.

Large Mural by Levi Ponce | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | JWR Artist's AcrylicsTribute mural for the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

My most memorable and challenging project was the North Hollywood mural. It was commissioned by the NoHo Neighborhood Council and Councilman Paul Krekorian of CD2. The community had a lot of energy and we had hundreds of volunteers for three weekends in a row. I organized the order, delivery and distribution of supplies and once on site, good times! After the volunteers, I finished the mural with the help of my crew and we were able to finish it in 12 workdays.

North Hollywood Mural by Levi PonceNorth Hollywood Mural. It’s not flat – it’s a retaining wall at 30 degrees off grade.

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

When working in the studio for the film industry we often need metallic finishes. Nothing beats the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection. After buffing, the finish is the best you can get with paint. Fast and relatively cheap, it’s the way to go!

Exterior Mural of Dutch painter Rembrandt at Continental Art Supplies | Modern Mastery Series: Levi Ponce | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMosaic Mural of Dutch painter Rembrandt at Continental Art Supplies.

Large Mural in Venice, California by Levi Ponce | Art Meets Pantheism | Modern Masters Cafe BlogPantheism Meets Art mural in Venice, California.

What is the first work of art you remember creating?

The first work of art I remember creating was in pre-school. The teacher said that my drawings were far more detailed than the rest of the class. My stick figures had poses and hair! It’s been fun ever since.

Modern Mastery Series: Artist Levi Ponce | Levi working as a child with his artist father | Modern Masters Cafe BlogLevi working with his artist father as a young boy.

Many of Levi’s murals have become city landmarks and have been featured on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, Fox 11’s Good Day LA, CNN Latino, BBC Mundo, Univision, Telemundo, the Huffington Post, and various other publications.

Mural Tribute to Hendrix | Artist: Levi Ponce | Modern Mastery Series on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogPart of a series of murals highlighting various art forms. The Jimi Hendrix mural is a tribute to music and is 120′ long and 24′ high.

Girl with a Hoop Earring by artist Levi Ponce using JWR Artist's Acrylics | California | Modern Mastery Series on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogLevi with an homage to Vermeer entitled “Girl with the Hoop Earring”.

Philanthropic Mural with Modern Masters Theme Paints by artist Levi Ponce | Cafe BlogExterior mural by Levi in the Foothill area of California. Several organizations and leaders came together to overhaul the landscaping at the LAPD’s Foothill Police Station. Modern Masters donated the Theme Paint for this great community cause.

Walking tours of the Mural Mile (with over 30 art works) are offered through the Museum of the San Fernando Valley and The Public Art Initiative. As he creates his murals, Levi is well-known for getting the community involved, encouraging creativity and helping fellow artists. “I allow everyone to participate — children walking by, delinquent kids, adults, the homeless,” Ponce says. “Everybody comes together to make this happen and I think that’s my biggest accomplishment, being able to rally the troops.” As for the products for these murals, Levi shares, “I use Modern Masters. No tints. No glazing. Just layering of acrylic paints.” Amazing! Click on over to the Levi Ponce website and Facebook page to see more of his works — and if you’ve enjoyed his artistry and philosophy, be sure to share and pin his story!

Modern Mastery: Linda Gale Boyles

Are you on Instagram? We are! Come follow us as we share inspiring projects and creative ideas for decorative finishes on all manner of surfaces. You can also share your #ModernMasters projects with us, which is how we discovered the beautiful Modern Mastery of Southern Inspirations.

Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogLinda Gale Boyles is the Creative Director and Owner of Southern Inspirations. It’s the studio she founded in her home in 1993 as a way of following her dreams and pursuing her artistic leanings. Her business benefited from a Business Communications degree from Georgetown College, and she soon moved into a beautiful studio. Creating her own signature finishes after taking art and finishing classes around the world, she began focusing on furniture design and surface treatments as well as the pursuit of cutting edge products and techniques. We’re thrilled to showcase her versatile Modern Masters projects, encompassing walls, ceilings and her signature furniture treatments.

Painted and Stenciled Furniture with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Southern Inspirations and featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Paint and Pattern on Dresser Interior | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspiration | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCombining both a Royal Design Studio stencil and our Metallic Paint Collection, Linda designed and painted a unique dresser with handblown knobs and killer legs. Do you like the sneak peek inside the drawers, too?

 

Contemporary Metallic Plaster Wall Finish | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations | Modern Masters Cafe BlogVENETIAN Plaster creates a contemporary wall finish in Linda’s hands. Beautiful design and floor to complement!

 

What is the most inspiring place you have visited?
The Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Artistically, I don’t think there is any other place on earth where there is more art in one place. It is so awe-inspiring and the beauty is unspeakable.

Luscious Green Venetian Plaster Finish on Walls with a Silver Metallic Paint Finish on Ceiling | Modern Mastery Feature on Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Masters Cafe BlogVenetian Plaster in a fresh yet calm green color scheme graces the dining room walls while a Glazed Silver Metallic Paint finish on the ceiling complements it beautifully. Wonderful palette and design!

 

Stencils and Stripes on Wall with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern InspirationsOur Metallic Paint was used to create the chic striped wall treatment as well as stencil the patterns within the stripes. Gorgeous! Linda also created and designed the striking mirror.

 

What is your favorite Modern Masters finish?
It is a finish that I created called Old World Metallic. We cross hatch 2 colors of Metallic Paint and let it dry. Then we glaze and pit or watermark it. We do this on furniture and ceilings and clients love it! It looks like beaten or aged metal.

Copper Metallic Paint Finish on Range Hood | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspiration | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Paint Crosshatch Finish on Range Hood | Modern Masters | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern InspirationsVarious Copper and Gold Metallic Paints mix to create a stunning range hood finish.

 

Crosshatched and Glazed Metallic Paint Ceiling | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations | Modern Masters Cafe BlogLinda’s Old World Metallic Finish with our Metallic Paint Collection graces a bedroom ceiling. What do you think of the whimsical headboard she designed?

 

What is your dream finishing project?
I have many! I have designed many pieces of furniture and am in the process of looking for a manufacturer. Also, I would love to create furniture finishes for a furniture company. There is nothing like transforming a furniture piece into something a client could only dream of. I think furniture is useful sculpture.

Multi-Color Venetian Plaster Finish with Modern Masters Metallic Paints on Walls | Modern Mastery Feature of Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Linda designed and finished this multi-color wall treatment with our VENETIAN PLASTER. It’s chic and the colors add incredible interest to the space.

 

Linda certainly has an eye for beautiful color combinations with a creative twist. We love her fresh take on mixing patterns and finishes on all surfaces! Her studio is able to accommodate custom orders and designs for virtually any furniture project so please be sure to visit her Southern Inspirations website if you’d like to learn more. Don’t forget to also pin and share these amazing Modern Masters projects. Many thanks to Linda for sharing them with us!

Modern Mastery: Mario Stanley Morales

Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Mario Stanley Morales

We’re happy to introduce another exciting artist for our Modern Mastery series! Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group founded his company in 1985 and has been creating and designing custom finish concepts for over 30 years. He first came to our attention when he shared many of his unique projects with us on our Modern Masters Facebook fan page. His team has created a diverse portfolio of private and public commissions for projects such as governmental agencies, schools, retail stores, restaurants, religious facilities and residences. Based in Texas, his company straddles interior and exterior projects in both Mexico and the United States. The studio specializes in treatments such as Venetian Plasters, Faux Finishes, Murals, Gilding, Reactive Metal Patinas, Decorative Concrete, Stenciling as well as being well-versed in Feng Shui concepts and Color Therapy. Mario has kindly shared some of his favorite Modern Masters projects with us.

Historic Project with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Theme Paints | Artistry by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMario used both Theme Paint and our Metallic Paint Collection to reinvigorate exterior accents of the Historic Brownsville Museum.

Black Venetian Plaster Wall Finish by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogBlack Venetian Plaster enhances the walls of a contemporary space. We particularly admire the plaster seamlessly finished over the jib door.

Metal Effects Iron Rust Finish on Wall | Project by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMario used the Iron Reactive Paint and Rust Activator from the Metal Effects line to create an elegant Rust Finish Patina on his client’s walls.

Metal Effects Faux Verdigris Finish on Coffered Ceiling | Project by Artesanos Design Group and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogFor a coffered ceiling, the Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution were used to create a stunning patinated finish on the insets. The beams received the Metal Effect Rust Patina Finish.

Metal Effects Patinas on Truck | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe Blog“Our client has trucking company and bought a truck he wanted us to further antique and weather as a showstopping ‘art’ piece outside of his business. We added the Metal Effects Rust Patina finish to certain areas and rusted more on others. Even some newly chromed areas got rusted!” Mario explains. What a fun project!

Retail Project by Artesanos Design Group using Metal Effects, JWR Acrylics and Theme Paints by Modern Masters | Modern Mastery Feature on Cafe BlogRetail Mural with Theme Paints and JWR Acrylics by Modern Masters | Project by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogFor the upscale Nombe sneaker shop, Mario and his team created several murals with both Theme Paint and JWR Artist’s Acrylics. For the retail shop columns, they used Platinum Metallic Paint for the base and aged it with a glaze created with the Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint, keeping the shimmer intact. Finally, the patinated the corrugated metal running along the store with Metal Effects. Incredible!

Showcase Box painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Decoupage | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design GroupPapier Mache Calaveras created with JWR Acrylics and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Artistry by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design GroupSmall art pieces are also created at the Artesanos Design Group studio. The Metallic Paint Collection and JWR Artist’s Acrylics are frequently used by Mario to create one-of-a-kind collectibles that include showcase boxes and papier-mâché calaveras (skulls) that honor the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Mario handpaints and designs all the artistic ornamental touches.

Repurposed Chair Painted and Aged with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of the Artesanos Design GroupSilver Metallic Paint and a Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint overglaze helps create a stunning repurposed chair.

Stenciled Restaurant Bath with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature: Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtesanos has transformed not only the main areas of several restaurants but also their bars, exteriors, private rooms and public baths. In this bath, Flash Blue Metallic Paint is used as a base while both Blackened Bronze and Black Cherry Metallic Paint are combined for the beautiful graphic pattern. Wouldn’t you love to step in this space?

We hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful and unique artistry of Mario Stanley Morales! Please be sure to visit the Artesanos Design Group website for more and follow their Facebook page to keep on top of their latest projects. Many thanks to Mario for sharing his incredible work with us. If you’d like to share your Modern Masters projects, we’d love for you to contact us. Don’t forget to pin these projects and share this post!

The Modern Mastery of Caroline Lizarraga

Through the Modern Mastery series on the Cafe blog, we feature and profile the incredible works of artists who use our products in ever-innovative ways. One artist we’ve featured before is Caroline Lizarraga and her eponymous decorative arts studio is based in San Francisco. We’ve caught up with her again recently and are honored to share her most recent Modern Masters projects with you, as photographed by Catherine Nguyen.

Paris Freehand Drawings over Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarrage | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureLoose and organic freehand drawings of Paris are painted over our Venetian Plaster. The beautiful light fixture and interior design is by Alia Gaffney.

Stenciled Gray Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCaroline stencils a tone on tone pattern treatment over gray Venetian Plaster. The stencil design is the Indian Paisley Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Architectural Drawings over Modern Masters Plum Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga Decorative Artist | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArchitectural drawings are painted over a custom plum Venetian Plaster on bath walls.

Yellow Venetian Plaster with Embedded Family Mementos | Project by Decorative Artist Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureEmbedded Drawings and Designs in Venetian Plaster by artist Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCaroline’s clients wanted a beautiful way to preserve memories of their travels and important moments. She embedded drawings, postcards and other designs within a buttery, textured Venetian Plaster finish.

Stenciled Wall with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureCaroline used our Metallic Paints to stencil the African Plumes Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio on her client’s living room walls. Mixing gold and platinum toned metallic paints helped create a beautiful and versatile contemporary ‘wallpaper’ treatment.

White Elegant Raised Crocodile Wall Finish | Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Decorative Artist Caroline Lizarraga | Photographed by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA luxe, white crocodile finish is created by Caroline with our Venetian Plaster.

Modern Masters ShimmerStone with Raised Stencil Design | Artistry by Caroline Lizarraga Decorative Artist | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA raised design on ShimmerStone creates lustrous dining room walls that entice.

Venetian Plaster Focal Wall with Architectural Drawings | Decorative Artistry by Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtistic drawings look amazing over several colored layers of Venetian Plaster.

Black Venetian Plaster Ceiling in Masquerade Bath | Project by Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureA rich, black Venetian Plaster completes this unique masquerade bath perfectly.

So many inspired surfaces and spaces! We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Caroline’s extraordinary artistry. Please visit her website, Caroline Lizarraga, to see more of her talents. Many thanks to both Caroline and photographer Catherine Nguyen for the beautiful images to share with you. If you’d like to share your work with us for a possible feature, please send images to projects@modernmasters.com – we look forward to seeing them. Have an inspired day!

Modern Mastery: Cindy Howard & Dana DeBuck

We love keeping up with the decorative artists who use our products and Decorative & Faux Finishes, based out of Texas, are no exception. Owners Cindy Howard and Dana DeBuck and their team have a keen talent for pairing finishes, patterns and color. Their awe-inspiring decorative painting projects always have gorgeous details and an elegant, finished touch. They are passionate Modern Masters fans and we’re so proud to showcase their artistry for you today.

Artistic Profile of Decorative Artists Cindy Howard and Dana DeBuck | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Dana DeBuck and Cindy Howard

Decorative & Faux Finishes has been in business since 1998. They create custom faux finishes and murals for homeowners, business owners, designers and architects in the greater Houston area. Dana, Cindy and their team provide their considerable talent and experience to their clients and manage to create something special and unique for each one.

Aged Metallic Paint on the Barrel Ceiling with Glazed Walls | Project by Deocorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Featurefor the barrel ceiling, Cindy and Dana used iridescent gold, Olympic gold, statuary bronze and blackened bronze from our Metallic Paint Collection as well as our glass bead gel for the accent strie and english brown metallic paint with a glaze for the final aged effect. the troweled stone walls have statuary bronze and blackened bronze as a glaze to give a touch of richness to the elegant rustic feel of the home.

 

Scalloped Metallic Pattern on Ceiling | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesOur Metallic Paint Collection strikes again for this gold and silver toned scalloped ceiling treatment. The unique design complements the light fixture perfectly!

 

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

It had to our first “real” commissioned job outside of friends or family. Seventeen years ago we jumped right into a multi-million dollar home! The family insisted to their builder that they wanted us to do all their decorative finishes in the home. It kicked off our career and changed our future. We tackled cabinets, a lot of glazing, high scaffold work on huge walls & ceilings, three-layer stenciling, stone finishes, ironwork, glazed walls, and an entire room of bright stripes. Our local paint store stocked Modern Masters products, so we purchased a lot of metallic paints and went to work. We were then hooked and never dreamed of the possibilities that we would have over the years with Modern Masters products.

Foiled Walls with Metallic Overglaze | Metallic Paint on Trim and Ceiling | Modern Masters Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesA glaze made with a mix of champagne and warm Silver Metallic Paint overglazes a foil finish on the walls. You can also spy the same metallic mix on the crown molding, trim and all the cabinets. the cabinets were topcoated for protection.

 

Modern Masters Pewter Metallic Paint Stenciled on Dining Room Walls | Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesPewter Metallic Paint was used to stencil an oversized damask pattern on deep eggplant walls. So lovely!

 

Metallic Paint on Ceiling Inset and Stencil Pattern | Decorative Painting by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Various shades of Brass and Bronze Metallic Paints not only grace the border design but also serve to fill in and ground the inset ceiling beautifully.

 

What is your dream finishing project?

Our dream job is finishing our own homes! We never have the time!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Highlights on Column Capital | Artistry by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Feature on Modern Masters Cafe BlogDecorative & Faux Finishes also use the Metallic Paint Collection to highlight and add a luxe shimmer to architectural details, such as the column capitals for both of these projects.

 

Linear Metallic Plaster Finish on Ceiling Dome | Modern Masters Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesCindy, Dana and their team used various colors of our Metallic Plaster in four layers to create a beautiful linear finish on an entry dome ceiling. perfect technique! They also finished the dome trim & windows to coordinate with the handrails ont he stairs.

 

Glazed and Finished Walls | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Profile of Decorative & Faux Finishescustom tinted metallic plasters brushed vertically and horizontally create a sophisticated decorative wall finish for a chic, globally-inspired ladies sitting room.

 

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

Our favorite Modern Masters finish that we do involves several colors of Metallic Plasters that we trowel on vertically and then trowel a tinted glaze over it. Depending on the colors used, it can give the effect of tree bark or mother of pearl achieving a masculine or feminine look.

Glazed Metallic Plaster Texture Effects | Project by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Mastery Feature on Modern Masters Cafe BlogA glam powder bath with beautiful lines is completed with their favorite finish, a glazed Metallic Plaster Finish on the walls. The groin ceiling also has a Metallic Paint overglaze and a stencil pattern stippled with espresso metallic plaster.

 

Metallic Paint on Stenciled Entry Ceiling | Gorgeous Project by Decorative & Faux Finishes and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogSeveral colors from our Metallic Paint Collection help tie in a beautiful stenciled foyer ceiling with the hanging chandelier. The stencil pattern is from Modello® Designs. Gorgeous!

 Ornamental Ceiling with Modern Masters Metallic Plasters | Decorative & Faux Finishes Isn’t this ceiling a beauty? The Modello® ornamental stencil pattern is enhanced BY A VENETIAN PLASTER FINISH along with gold rush Metallic Paint mixed with a transparent troweling gel. the plaster trim is painted with pale gold metallic paint, then antiqued.

 

Cindy and Dana share many of their latest projects on their Facebook fan page and Houzz account – be sure to follow both to keep up with their incredible projects and artistry! They have an incredible team of artisans that consistently create amazing finishes. Of course, please always visit their Decorative & Faux Finishes website to see more of their portfolio and range of services. Many thanks to both Cindy and Dana for taking the time to share their beautiful work with us – we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you! Have an inspired day!

Modern Mastery: Igor Turovskiy

We enjoy the Modern Masters projects that our very creative customers share with us daily via e-mail or on our social sites. We discovered artist Igor Turovskiy’s work on Facebook when he shared one of his incredible patina and metallic artworks with us and we had to learn more!  He graciously agreed to chat with us and share some of his insights as we feature some of his Modern Mastery.

Canvas Artwork by Igor Turovskiy using Modern Masters Metal EffectsArtist Igor Turovskiy | Modern Masters CafeIgor Turovskiy grew up in Belarus, immersed in its natural and architectural beauty. The surroundings influenced his artistic interests and sparked his career as a graphic artist. In 1992, he moved to America and opened a graphic design studio. Several years later, he found his niche in the world of abstract art and opened his second studio, Igor Fine Art. He conveys emotions in his pieces through nuanced layers created with a mixture of metallic mica pigments, metallic paints, metal patinas and fluid acrylics. Let’s take a look.

Canvas Art by Igor Turovskiy | MOdern Masters Metal Effects

Contemporary Abstract Patina Art by Igor Turovskiy | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Igor works with most clients on commissioned pieces, with many clients seeing his art online and ordering a specific size or color.  Each piece normally takes 2 to 3 days to create, sometimes longer.  He started using Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects when they gave him the opportunity to create unique one of a kind art pieces. He explains, “I was painting with metallics for a while, using them for faux paint projects. I do art all the time, so it was natural to use the products and develop my own techniques.”

Metallic and Patina Canvas Art | Art by Igor Turovskiy | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Igor has an art studio in Virginia Beach, VA, where he not only paints but also teaches art classes.  It is here that he creates his commissioned art for private collectors as well as larger projects for restaurants, hotels and other hospitality and commercial clients.

Modern Masters Metal Effects | Wall Finishes by Igor Turovskiy

After years of decorative painting commissions and his current work with abstract art, Igor consistently finds inspiration in many areas but one is close to his roots.  “The most inspiring place I’ve visited is St. Petersburg, Russia.  It’s an old historical town full of beautiful architecture and galleries.” You can see his love for both the modern and the historic in his patina art pieces.

Equestrian Horse Canvas Art by Igor Turovskiy | Modern Masters Metal Effects

Abstract Canvas Art | Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Metal Effects | Art by Igor Turovskiy

Aren’t his artworks incredible? We hope you’ve found his amazing creativity and talent awe-inspiring. Many thanks to Igor for sharing his artistry with our products. Please be sure to visit his fine art website, Igor Turovskiy, to see more of his commissioned works. If you’ve enjoyed this article, be sure to share or pin it!