Modern Masters Hot List: Finishes in Review 2017

Modern Masters Hot List: Finishes in Review 2017

2017 has been a banner year with decorative finish projects from both professionals and DIYers alike! It started in January when designer Young Huh wrote Why You Should Reconsider Faux Finishes in Architectural Digest to more recently faux finishes being ‘In’ by Country Living. We’ve seen decorative plaster finishes featured more in online articles and on magazine covers, too. Modern Masters products have been used for many beautiful decorative paint projects this year and we’d like to share some of the hottest social shares with you.

FRONT DOOR PAINT

Front Door Makeover with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Ultimate Fade Resistance | Color: Playful | Project by Ashley Harris Home

Ashley Harris Home painted a stunning front door makeover with our Front Door Paint in the color Playful purple. It’s an unexpected and yet oh-so-welcoming color. The bonus is the ultimate fade resistance our Front Door Paint offers. It’ll look fantastic for years!

Turquoise Aqua Front Door Entrance with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Color: Tranquil blue | 2017 Hottest Finishes

Bright colors such as Happy yellow and Tranquil blue (pictured) were popular this year for front doors – and we love it! They make for a fun and inviting entrance for homeowners and guests alike.

METALLIC PLASTER + VENETIAN PLASTER

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster in color Tungsten over pewter foil followed by a Modern Masters Black Pearl glaze | Master Bedroom Wall Finishes | Beautiful project by decorative artist Tracy Wade Design

Decorative artist Tracy Wade Design used our Metallic Plaster in the color Tungsten over pewter foil, followed by a Black Pearl Metallic Paint glaze, for this truly unique master bedroom wall finish. Many of our fans and followers were completely taken with the contemporary finish!

Dining Room decorative plaster wall finish by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations | Product: Custom tinted Modern Masters Venetian Plaster hues troweled over bronze foil that was already applied to the wall. It was then glazed with a dark brown. | Designer: Amy Wagner

A dining room decorative plaster wall finish by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations was a hit with many of you! She used three custom tinted Venetian Plaster hues troweled over a bronze foil that was already applied to the wall. It was then glazed with a dark brown. Linda worked with Interior Designer Amy Wagner for this project.

METALLIC PAINT COLLECTION

The Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection was painted on the dome ceiling and also used for the stenciled ceiling surround! The decorative painting is by VKMSL and the gorgeous interior design and photography is by Toni Crockett.

Interior Designer Toni Crockett designed a chic and sophisticated ceiling for her client, which was painted and stenciled by VKMSL using our Metallic Paint Collection. So important to never forget the fifth wall – the ceiling!

 Stunning Metallic Paint and and Leaf Finish by Leslie Albritton of LA Custom Art | 2017 Hot Finishes

Everyone loved this finish when shared on Instagram! It was created with the help of multiple Metallic Paint Collection colors, such as Silver, Pearl White, and Pale Gold, by decorative artist Leslie Albritton of LA Custom Art.

METAL EFFECTS

Stunning sideboard patinated with Modern Masters Metal Effects by Marcotte's Design in Largo, Florida

Metal Effects was very popular this year for multiple surfaces like walls, ceilings, decor accents, and of course, furniture. This was one of the most popular project shares and it featured the Green Patina finish by Marcotte’s Design in Largo, FL.

Incredible Metal Effects Patina Wall by Heather Jozak Studios | Interior Design by Robert Jenny Design | Modern Masters Hot Finishes 2017

Decorative artist Heather Jozak was featured in our Modern Mastery series and shared this stunning Metal Effects wall finish using all three patinas. Many fans and followers continue to be charmed by the project collaboration with interior designer Robert Jenny.

Were some of your faves this year included? Did you discover new ones? We hope you’ve been inspired by the truly creative artists who have shared their projects with us. We are also honored to see the endlessly inventive ways both professionals and homeowners alike use our Modern Masters products and can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2018!

Beautiful Furniture Projects with Metallic Paint

The secret to a glamorous painted furniture piece is Metallic Paint. Whether using the understated beauty of Oyster or Pearl White Metallic Paints or the stunning beauty of Sapphire Metallic Paint, each color in our Metallic Paint Collection adds a jewel-like quality to the finished result. Read on to see a few creative projects we’ve spied – and don’t forget to pin these inspired furniture pieces!

Beautiful sideboard painted with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Oyster and Pearl White | Gorgeous project by Do Dodson Designs | Metallic Paint on Furniture Feature

Talented furniture painter Do Dodson Designs used our Oyster and Pearl White to create a shimmery yet elegant finish for a client’s sideboard. Beautiful styling, too.

Blues and Sapphire Metallic Paints on a stunning buffet by Pat Rios of The Wood Spa | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

Pat Rios of The Wood Spa is a fan of our Metallic Paint Collection and used several colors, including Sapphire, Pewter, and Black Pearl, to enhance the design details of a Jacobean buffet. She also used the Silver Metallic Paint to update the hardware. What a stunning piece.

Beautiful metallic desk by Reclaim and Relove for the Jade Wedding Events studio | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Metallic Paint on Furniture feature

This beautiful metallic desk was painted by Reclaim and Relove for the Jade Wedding Events studio in Boise, Idaho. We love the seamless look our Metallic Paints provide!

4 - Geometric Metallic Pattern on Furniture

Design & DIY ninja Leigh Ann Allaire of Canada’s Cityline TV shares this stunning piece that was inspired by fashion! The projects for the Homeshow Toronto “Upcycle Challenge” had to be fashion inspired and she was excited to flex some haute couture DIY muscle. She selected a metallic geometric catwalk look and totally transformed a sticker covered dresser into a chic, stylish beauty with the help of our Metallic Paints.

Add a touch of gold to any painted furniture piece with Modern Masters Metallic Paint! This beautiful project is by Rehab to Fab.

Stephanie Coon loves rehabbing furniture pieces and her studio’s name, Rehab to Fab, reflects that. Here she used our Pale Gold Metallic Paint to add beautiful distressed details to an ornate jewelry armoire. If you’d like to see more pics, head over to her Facebook page.

Feature on Painted Metallic Furniture pieces | This beauty is by Pamela Field and features the Gold Rush Metallic Paint by Modern Masters drybrushed over the ornate details of the sideboard

A navy blue buffet sideboard has the embossed scroll pattern highlighted by our Gold Rush Metallic Paint. Lovely! The painted furntiure project is by creative customer Pamela Field.

Beautiful painted buffet with Champagne Metallic Paint by Modern Masters. The gorgeous project is by Gray Gardens Design.

This beauty was painted with our Champagne Metallic Paint and exudes a charming sophistication. The project is by the talented Gray Gardens Designs.

A beautiful black and Copper Metallic Paint combination by Reinvintaged by Jo | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Feature on Metallic Painted Furniture

Reinvintaged by Jo uses our Metallic Paints quite a bit in all her projects and we love seeing them! This coffee table has our Copper Metallic Paint painted on the hammered metal insets. So lovely and striking against the black!

Softly distressed dresser with various custom shades of Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Beautiful project by Revive in Style | Feature on beautiful painted furniture pieces with Metallic Paints

This softly distressed dresser is by Alicia of Revive in Style. Alicia used several custom colored metallic shades to add lush, shimmery details along the tops and bottom of the piece as well as drybrushing over the ornate details.

It’s easy to incorporate these sophisticated details with both our Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics. Whether you prefer golds, coppers, silvers, or other hues, the metallic shimmer will give a polished look to all your projects. Each Metallic Paint color can be used as an overall coat, an accent color, and also be used to highlight ornamental details and hardware. We look forward to seeing how YOU use our Metallic Paints!

Holiday DIY Decor Ideas with Modern Masters!

‘Tis the season for handmade holiday gifts and decor! Here at Modern Masters, we love seeing seasonal projects and wanted to share some of our favorite ideas with you!

Holiday Mason Jars with Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Holiday Decor Ideas | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

This is a quick and super easy project with glass jars, our Metallic Paint Collection, and vinyl holiday stickers. The Mason Jar Luminaries are by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky.

Stenciled Holiday Pillows with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Beautiful and Easy Holiday Decor Ideas to Make | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

This fun Stenciled Pillow DIY was created with our Metallic Paint Collection. We used polka dots and let loose our inner Scrooge but since the project is so versatile, you can easily feature your own favorite patterns and holiday quotes, too!

Painted Holiday Christmas Village with Matte Metallics by Modern Masters | Project by Centsational Style | Round-up of beautiful, quick, and easy holiday decor projects

Our Matte Metallics light up a hand painted winter village with a subtle glow. The Matte Metallics work well on wood and look beautiful during the day and in the evening glow as well. The lovely project is by Centsational Style.

Jolly Christmas Door Frame Wreath | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Project by Mary Childs of Focal Points | Gorgeous Holiday Decor Ideas for your Home

Welcome your guests in style with this stunning Holiday Door Frame Wreath that’s simple to make with craft or thrift store finds and both our Front Door Paint and Metallic Paint Collection.

Decorative Birch Tree Wine Glass | Modern Masters ShimmerStone project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Christmas Home Decor Ideas

This decorative DIY Birch Tree Glass for your holiday decor is sure to charm your guests! Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky created the winter wonderland on glass with our ShimmerStone plaster and Black Pearl Metallic Paint.

Handpainted Stockists with Modern Masters Matte Metallic Paint | Holiday Project by Centsational Style | Beautiful Christmas DIY Ideas

Kate of Centsational Style used our Matte Metallics to create a brushstroke pattern on her DIY Handpainted Staircase Stockings. Such a warm and beautiful look!

Are you inspired by these holiday decor ideas with Modern Masters? We are – and are looking forward to seeing yours! Use the #ModernMasters hashtag or tag us to share your projects with us. To find your nearest local retailer, head to the Where to Buy section on our website. Happy Holidays!

Modern Mastery: Britt Hallowell

Artists use many Modern Masters products to create extraordinary works of art. One artist we began seeing beautiful work from is Britt Hallowell of Britt Hallowell Studios. She uses our Metal Effects patinas to create a timeworn look for her modern-day canvases.We’re pleased to feature her for our Modern Mastery series.

Artist Britt Hallowell

Britt Hallowell shares that art was always her true passion – she just had to find it! “I was destined to be an artist. My childhood revolved around art and crafts of every nature, but I’m a very practical person and I didn’t think that being “an artist” would afford me being able to pay the bills,” she explains. “So I went to college for deaf studies and worked in different fields, but art was always there for me.” Then fate came calling. “One year I asked for paint supplies for Christmas and that started me down a whirlwind path I never would have expected. I started out just painting for friends and family, then opened an Etsy shop and started selling a few paintings online, then I made the big leap of doing an art festival, and it was there that I was hooked! That first show I sold 18 originals, won Best of Show, and was selected by the owners of the Melting Pot at Easton Town Center to put 24 more originals in their restaurant. Now I’m blessed to do my passion as my sole career. For the past 7 years, I have traveled the country participating in art shows and selling my original paintings to collectors around the world.”

'Revering Tembo' Canvas Art by Britt Hallowell | Modern Masters Rust Finish | Modern Mastery feature

Revering Tembo with a background of the Metal Effects Rust Patina

What is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?
Ever since I found the Metal Effects by Modern Masters, I use them and the Rust Activator/Green Patina in pretty much every painting I create!

'Classics and Literature' Art Canvas created with various Metal Effects patinas | Beautiful artistry by Britt Hallowell Studios

Canvas tiger art by Britt Hallowell Art with Modern Masters Metal Effects patina | Rust Art | Modern Mastery feature

Triptych entitled 'Waiting for Spring' with the Metal Effects Copper, Bronze, and Rust Patinas | Modern Mastery feature on artist Britt Hallowell

Britt produces singular and triptych pieces in custom sizes.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
The Metal Effects opened up a whole new world for my paintings. I love seeing how the reactive paints will rust and patina. It’s actually rather addictive watching the paintings change before my very eyes – literally the only time it’s fun to watch paint dry. It also presents a challenge as I never know what I’ll get, and that is exciting to stretch the confines of what you are given. There is something so beautiful about taking rust – something that most people try to prevent – and turning it into a work of art that people want to look at every day. Another interesting aspect is that nothing can ever really be duplicated. Everything from humidity, temperature and the shape of my boards will impact one painting from the next. I love knowing the every single painting is absolutely a one of a kind.

Canvas horse art piece entitled An Untameable Heart painted and created by Britt Hallowell Art with the Metal Effects Rust Finish by Modern Masters | Equestrian Art Canvas | Modern Mastery feature

An Untameable Heart with the Metal Effects Rust Finish

Canvas entitled 'In a World' | Background created with Metal Effects Green Patina and the Words are created with the Metal Effects Rust Patina | Modern Masters | Modern Mastery feature on artist Britt Hallowell

I have recently published my first children’s book called What Makes You Special?. It’s a story, written and illustrated by myself, to encourage kids that it’s ok to be unique. We don’t all fit the same mold, and it’s our differences that make us who we are. I am first and foremost a Mom. My daughter and my art define me. I was inspired to create this story after I painted my original painting titled Wishing on Stars: The Unicorn of the Seas, featuring Little Narwhal, the hero of the story. Being a bit of an “ugly duckling” as a kid and having a daughter of my own now, I am increasingly concerned with the amount of bullying children are enduring and how harsh society can be to those who do not conform to its standards. If even one child reads this book and feels encouraged that he or she does not need to change who they are, then the book has been a success. I’m currently working on a second book that will teach kids to explore their own unique talents and do what they love. The illustrations in this book will feature Modern Masters Metal Effects.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?
Definitely Kenya. I don’t think it’s possible to go to Africa without leaving part of your heart there. That’s why I think so many of my paintings reflect African animals. I’ve also been to Ireland and Alaska. Next on the bucket list is Thailand, China, Peru and hopefully Antarctica one day.

Rust and Acrylic Canvas entitled 'Serengeti Rockstar' painted and created by artist Britt Hallowell with the help of Metal Effects Reactive Finishes by Modern Masters | Modern Mastery feature

Serengeti Rockstar with the Metal Effects Rust Patina

Isn’t her artistry incredible? We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing her stunning works. Be sure to view more on her Britt Hallowell Studios website and, of course, keep up with her on Facebook and Instagram. Many thanks to Britt for sharing her art, knowledge, and love of Modern Masters with us. Stay inspired, everyone!

The Allure of Copper

Copper is having a moment and looks to still be a strong color in design for 2018. It’s no wonder, of course, as the metallic hue is both warm and alluring. The soft and reflective glow of Copper is also one that is easily adaptable into any decor scheme and works well with organic elements, such as wood and marble, and colors such as blush and gray. We’ve spied a few beautiful Modern Masters projects evoking this luxe metallic shade and thought to share them with you.

Beautiful Faux Copper Hood created by Atlanta, GA decorative artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Designs | Metallic Paint Collection by Modern Masters | Photography by Mary Powell

This beautiful faux copper range hood was created by Atlanta, GA based decorative artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design. She used our Metallic Paint Collection to help create the stunning finish in this showhouse kitchen. Photography by Mary Powell.

Vibrant and colorful space designed by Bailey Li Interiors | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Stunning Copper Inspired Spaces

New York City-based Interior decorator Bailey Li incorporated several shades of golds and coppers in this funky, vibrant, and colorful space for a fashionably bohemian client.

Special Event Table decorated with several pieces painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint

Paint and paper artist Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint used Copper Penny Metallic Paint to enhance the mason jars, chargers, table runner, and even the menu of this beautiful wedding event table. Gorgeous!

Gorgeous dining room in coppers and golds designed by Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl | The beautiful plaster finish on the ceiling was created with Modern Masters Venetian Plaster

Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl in Charlotte, NC, used a coppers, golds, and burnt orange color scheme to create a ‘wow’ dining room space for a client. The client was particularly enamored of Venetian Plaster and she says, “We sourced an awesome product from Modern Masters and it turned out to be beautiful”. See more of the beautiful dining room on Cheryl’s blog.

Oxidized Garden Trough Planters with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Beautiful patina project by Joy of The Aspiring Home blog

Joy of The Aspiring Home blog has always loved gardening and wanted beautiful, aged copper horse trough planters for her garden. By using the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Green Patina Aging Solution from our Metal Effects line, she was able to create the high-end look for less.

Copper and Patina Wood Pallet Heart by Vintage Rejuvenations | Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas

Vintage Rejuvenations creates hanging wall art pieces with pallet and reclaimed woods and this 12″ heart has a little patina courtesy of our Metal Effects. Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest impact.

Coppery rust pumpkins created by Table & Hearth | Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish

Emily is the talented blogger at Table & Hearth and she created these coppery rust pumpkins with the help of our Metal Effects. See her Simple Rusty Fall Pumpkins tutorial post for more beautiful pics and all the how-to details.

Stunningly pretty geometric Copper and Black concrete blocks for your garden | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

These super pretty geometric metallic concrete blocks were created with the help of both our Black Pearl and Copper Penny Metallic Paints. They are simple and affordable to make! See the DIY Metallic Concrete Blocks tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points.

Warm and Alluring Copper Ceiling by Ev & Brooks | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Copper Inspired Spaces

This beautiful ceiling is painted with the help of our Metallic Paint Collection by the talented decorative painting firm of Ev & Brooks Designs. Imagine the beautiful glow when the light fixture is lit up!

What do you thing of these copper inspired spaces and surfaces? If you are looking to incorporate this enticing hue into your projects, there are some beautiful copper colorations to consider with the Modern Masters product lines. Both our Matte Metallics and our Metallic Paint Collection boasts Copper, Copper Penny, and Antique Copper. The Rust Finish of our Metal Effects is a patina but is also a close cousin to this beautiful hue. Try Bronze from our Metallic Plasters as it the shade casts a beautiful warm glow of copper mixed with bronze. Of course, we’d love to see your beautiful Modern Masters projects so share them with us via projects@modernmasters.com or use the #modernmasters hashtag on social!

Holiday Windows with Metal Effects!

We recently featured the incredible decorative artist Heather Jozak in our Modern Mastery series. She works in the New York metro area as well as New Jersey and Connecticut and shared a huge project her company completed for Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

Bergdorf Goodman holidays windows with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Stunning project by Heather Jozak Studios

Her company was hired to decorative paint an entire holiday window for Bergdorf Goodman’s famous windows during the last winter season. She used our Metal Effects in both blue and green patinas.

Artist Heather Jozak working on creating the holiday windows for Bergdorf Goodman with the help of Modern Masters Metal Effects patinas | Modern Masters blog feature

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas | Project: Bergdorf Goodman Christmas Windows by Heather Jozak Studios

It turned out spectacular, don’t you think? Be sure to keep up with her company, Heather Jozak Studios, on both Instagram and Facebook for more of her incredible work. Thank you for sharing your project, Heather, and bringing us more holiday spirit!

Holiday Window at Bergdorf Goodman | Incredible project by Heather Jozak Studios in NYC with the help of Modern Masters Metal Effects

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

SUPPLIES
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.

Stunning Silver Hued Wall Finishes

Our Metallic Paint Collection helps cast a beautiful glow and decorative painters have used many of the elegant colors in our palette to enhance their decorative finishes. Silver is a timeless classic and we’ve recently spied a few wall treatments using and inspired by this alluring hue.
Beautiful linear wall finish by Ariana Hoffman Artisans | Stunning Silver-Toned Wall Finishes | Modern Masters Metallic Paint

The decorative artisans of Ariana Hoffman & Co. are always creating gorgeous, modern finishes. This linear beauty is no exception and was created with the help of both the Silver Metallic Paint and the Tintable Glaze.

A soft silver metallic wall finish makes a beautiful background for a dining room | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Gorgeous project by Faux Houston | Stunning Silvery Wall Finishes

The versatile Faux Houston firm tackles all manner of projects and frequently use our products, including our Metallic Paint. Here, soft silver tones make for a neutral and elegant background for a dining room.

Stenciling and Cabinet Painting & Glazing with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Beautiful bath wall and cabinetry project by Janells Designs | Silver Wall Treatments

What a sophisticated bath! The work is by Janells Designs and she used our Metallic Paints to stencil the wall finish and also to add a little luster to the bath cabinetry.

Chic Paris-isnpired Girls Room by Jess Kollar of Kollar Creations | Eiffel Tower and Metallics | Stunning Silvery Wall Treatments featured in the Modern Masters Blog

Artist Jessica Kollar of Kollar Creations created a Paris-inspired girls room that any girl would love to have! She used both our Pewter and Platinum Metallic Paint to help create the  Eiffel Tower over a Pearl White Metallic Paint glaze background finish. A little glitter added another dose of dazzling shimmer. Très chic!

Beautiful Leaf and Metallic Wall Finish by Leslie Albritton of LA Custom Art | Stunning Silver Inspired Wall Finishes Feature by Modern Masters

Wow! This show-stopping finish was created by Leslie Albritton of LA Custom Art. She shares that she used both silver and gold leaf along with our Silver, Pearl White, and Pale Gold Metallic Paint to help create this gorgeous treatment.

Trompe L'oeil Pyramid Squares with soft metallic glazes enhance a bedroom | Creative finish by NYC artist Ramona Schatzer | Stunning Silver Hued Wall Finishes feature by Modern Masters

Artist Ramona Schatzer shared this amazing room on Instagram and we were floored by the intricate trompe l’oeil pyramid pattern she created with the help of our Metallic Paints. Incroyable!

We hope you enjoyed these beautiful rooms with finishes that shine with our Metallic Paint. Each of the talented artists created unforgettable spaces and we love them all! Have you thought of incorporating precious metals into your home?

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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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.