Holiday DIY: Embossed Easter Egg

Painting pretty and colorful Easter eggs can be so much fun! Debbie Hayes from My Patch of Blue Sky shares a unique and elegant idea for creating an embossed ornamental scroll pattern on an Easter egg that can be customized to taste. This egg can easily become the centerpiece of your spring and holiday decor. Gather some friends together to create your own versions!

Elegant Easter Egg Ideas | How to Add an Embossed Scroll Pattern to an Easter Egg | Modern Masters DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

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Prime the egg using two coats of Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Water-Base Primer. Let dry. You can use a large-mouth container to prop it on while working.

How to Create an Embossed Allover Pattern on an Easter Egg | Unique and Glam Easter Egg DIY Ideas | Modern Masters Step by Step Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Use a pencil to create free-form designs on the egg. Use your imagination, or find inspiration online and in books.

Using Venetian Plaster to create an elegant raised design on an Easter Egg | Modern Masters How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Open the Venetian Plaster. Follow the cake decorator assembly instructions. Open up the bag and prop it in a clean container. Use a stir stick to add Venetian Plaster to the bag. Put enough in the bag so you can grab it easily in your hand. Close and twist the bag until the plaster is about to squirt out of the tip.

DIY Metallic Easter Eggs with a Beautiful Raised Scroll Pattern Design | Modern Masters How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

On another surface, like an old piece of cardboard, practice squeezing the bag while applying some plaster in a swirling motion. I found it easier to keep the tip about 1/16″ above the surface instead of dragging it.

Starting at the top of the egg, slowly apply the Venetian Plaster to the surface. Watch where you put your fingers while you hold the egg, so that you don’t smear the pattern. Carefully place the egg onto a container to dry, which can take hours or overnight. Add more pattern when it’s dry if you like. Let dry completely.

Creating a Custom Matte Metallic Paint color for a Pearlized and Metallic Easter Egg | Incredible How-to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Blue Pearlized Easter Egg with a Pretty Scroll Design | How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky using Modern Masters products

You can use a standard Matte Metallic or do as I did, create a custom metallic matte blue color mix of Modern Masters products. Depending upon how many eggs you are painting, this recipe will paint two coats on several eggs:

  • 8 ounces of Oyster Matte Metallic
  • 1/2 TBSP Emerald Green Platinum Series Glazing Cream Color
  • 1/2 TBSP Custom Blue Platinum Series Glazing Cream Color

Use a brush to paint 2 coats of the color mix and let dry completely after each coat.

Stunning Easter Egg Ideas | Spring DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky with Metallics and Plaster | Modern Masters Blog

How to Create a Beautiful and Elegant Easter Egg with a Raised Scroll Design | Modern Masters Metallic DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Find or create a natural-looking nest for your Easter masterpiece to make it the center of attention in your home. This project can be created in multiples in several colors to feature in Easter baskets, or place in an oversized bowl with greenery and natural elements from your yard as a spectacular centerpiece.

The Embossed Easter Egg 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: Dog Leash Holder

It’s a doggy dog world and we just live in it! If you love your pups as much as we do, you’ll adore this paw-some DIY Dog Leash Holder by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. A little transfer paper, a little Matte Metallic, some inspired hook ‘tails’ and you’ll have a paw-tastic dog organizer made with love.

DIY Doggy Leash Holder | Dog How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

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Doggie Leash Holder DIY by Focal Points, Inc. for Modern Masters

Cover a 4’x4′ area with old newspaper or craft paper. Using a 2″ brush, paint the front side of the plaque with a good quality primer and let dry 1 – 2 hours.

DIY Dog Leash Holder with Modern Masters products | How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Using the 2″ brush, paint the primed surface with Pale Gold Matte Metallic. I used a swirling motion while applying the Matte Metallic to create some interest. Apply 2 – 3 coats or until a solid color is achieved and let dry completely. Gather your tape measure, graphite transfer paper, doggy image, and pencil for the next step.

Creating a Dog Leash Organizer for the Home | DIY How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

Tracing an Image with Graphite Transfer Paper | Dog Leash Holder How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters DIY Tutorial

How to Create a Dog Leash Holder | Modern Masters DIY Step-by-Step Tutorial

Use the tape measure to mark off the placement of the doggy image and the word PLAY. Place the graphite transfer paper side down onto the plaque and position the dog image on top. Using moderate pressure, trace the image with a pencil and then repeat the same process for the second dog image.

Dog Leash Organizer DIY by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters products | Easy Step by Step How-to Tutorial

Creating a Super Cute Dog Leash Holder with a Doggy Transfer Image and Shimmery Metallic Paints | Modern Masters

Use a small artist brush to paint in the dog images with the Statuary Bronze Matte Metallic. Apply 2 – 3 coats until a solid color is achieved and let dry. If you have a trim area, consider painting that with the Statuary Bronze as a nice compliment, as we did here. Feel free to erase any pencil lines that haven’t been painted over completely.

Adorable and Easy Dog Leash Holder Organizer How-to | Modern Masters DIY | Doggy Decor Ideas

Mix one part Tobacco Brown with two parts Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream. Apply the mix to the entire plaque with the 2″ brush. Dab off excess with a clean dry rag and let dry completely. This ages the Matte Metallic for a beautiful finish.

Fun and Sweet Easy DIY Dog Leash Holder with Hook 'Tails'! | Modern Masters How-to

Apply the PLAY adhesive letters between the two doggy images. Next, center the hooks on the dogs where the tails should be (super cute, right?) and secure with a screw driver and screws. Attach your fave hanging tool to the back (i.e., 3M or Velcro hanging tabs, hanging hooks), place in your chosen area and now you have one adorable dog leash holder at your fingertips! Share your DIY projects with us anywhere with the hashtag #ModernMasters!

Easy and Cute Dog Plaque to Hold Leashes | Modern Masters DIY by Focal Points, Inc.

How to Create an Doggy Leash Holder for your Pup | Custom Dog Decor DIY Ideas | Modern Masters Step-by-Step Tutorial

The Dog Leash Holder 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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Modern Mastery: Nichole Blackburn

Modern Mastery feature on artist Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studio and Big Sky Countries | Decorative Painting and Mural Projects | Modern Masters Blog

We’ve followed Nichole Blackburn’s artistry throughout the years. She’s a gifted artist who not only works on incredible commissions for her Celadon Studio but also donates her time and efforts to philanthropic efforts throughout the world via her non profit organization, Big Sky Countries. We’re honored to showcase her Modern Masters projects with you.

Artist Nichole Blackburn | Modern Masters Blog Feature on her Celadon Studio Projects

Born in Redondo Beach, California, Nichole Blackburn received her B.A. in Fine Art and Design from San Diego State University and after graduation, she went head first into her art career, and is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Celadon Studio and Fine Art, a Los Angeles-based business whose main focus is large-scale murals and decorative painting.

Always maintaining a creative edge, she continually trains all over the world with the top muralists and decorative painters in the industry. Most recently, Nichole moved abroad to Paris, France (2014-2015) to study with world-renowned decorative painter Jean Sable at his atelier in Versailles. Prior to that, Nichole spent a month on the East Coast studying under William Cochran, one of the country’s leading trompe l’oeil muralists. During this time she joined a select team of six artists who worked on a five-story public mural project called “The Dreaming”. Nichole has brought her unique style and artwork to numerous Los Angeles hot spots, celebrity homes and landmark hotels. Working with some of the best architects, interior designers and ateliers in the industry, Nichole has built a solid reputation and a name you can trust.

Custom Canvas Art with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Metallic Plaster by artist Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studio | Modern Mastery Series

Custom Canvas created by Nichole for a gorgeous contemporary residence using the Metallic Paint Collection and Metallic Plaster.

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

I absolutely love to travel. By the time I was in my 20s I had visited over 40 countries and was by no means slowing down. I would say the last country I visit is usually the most inspiring and influential in my art. I had the pleasure of spending the last year studying with Jean Sable at his decorative painting school in Versailles, France, which is located across the street from the Palace of Versailles. Jean Sable is a joy to study under, a true craftsman that honors the traditions and style of French decorative painting. Under Jean’s tutelage, I painted everything from classical marbles and wood grain techniques, to large-scale panoramic murals, as well as trompe l’oeil and chinoiserie. I was the only American in an all-French class, and with that came the challenge of all lessons taught in French, lectures about pigments and products only available in Europe, and executing painting techniques that relied on the skills and working knowledge applied from each demonstration. Studying with Jean Sable has been one of the most inspiring painting experiences I have had, and it continues to influence my painting in a big way.

Newport Clouds Sky Mural on Walls and Ceiling by Nichole Blackburn | Modern Masters Glazes | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Sky Cloud Mural created with Tintable Glaze.

Crown Mural by California artist Nichole Blackburn using Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Glaze | Modern Mastery Blog Series Feature

A luxe shimmer was added to a princess crown mural with Metallic Paint.

What is your most memorable, challenging, or rewarding project?

My most rewarding work has been with my nonprofit, Big Sky Countries. Big Sky Countries is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 whose main focus is donating large-scale murals to children’s facilities around the world. Murals have been painted in Thailand, Ireland, the Philippines, Bolivia, New Orleans, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Atlanta, New Jersey, and all over the Los Angeles area. These children’s facilities include elementary schools, orphanages, children’s hospitals, teen shelters, libraries and youth centers. All children, faculty members, and well, everyone is encouraged to paint!

Large Underwater Mural with Whales and Ocean Life by Nichole Blackburn for Big Sky Countries Non-Profit Art Endeavors | Modern Masters Blog Feature

I started Big Sky Countries when I was in my 20s, after realizing that making loads of money was surprisingly not the key to happiness. For me, creative freedom paired with traveling, as well as painting with children was far more satisfying. I grew up an art brat in high school, always ditching my other classes to go to the art studio, and I would stay up all night drawing in my sketchbooks. I wasn’t always the best student, but when it came to art I was totally confident and free. In schools where art programs have been taken away, especially for kids that are not academically inclined, I want to show that art can be a huge success, both mentally and as a career choice. Some of the most brilliant children I have painted with were also the most withdrawn, anti-social and considered misfits. Funny enough, I relate and paint the best with these kids.

Philanthropic Under the Blue Sea Large Exterior Wall Mural by Big Sky Countries | Modern Mastery Art Feature on Nichole Blackburn

Under the Sea Mural for Big Sky Countries created with the help of various Modern Masters products.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

I love the Modern Masters products. Modern Masters have a great reputation and it’s not hard to see why. I have used Modern Masters paints for years, particularly the Metallic Paints, as well as the Glazing Cream Colorants in the earth tones/browns. The consistency and quality of the products is wonderful. I love the Modern Masters Metallic Plasters, as well. By layering them in different consistencies I am able to achieve a wide range of effects, giving me the chance to really push my finishes and samples. The Metallic Paints are a go-to for me, especially the gold’s, which come in a variety of colors that fit perfectly with my Clients’ discerning needs.

Gold Rush Penny Mural commemorating California's Diamond Jubilee | Modern Masters Metallic Paints, Glazing Cremes and Colorants | Project by Artist Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studios | Blog Feature

California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar created with Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colorants in dark brown hues.

Children's Tree Mural in Reading Corner of the Trenton, NJ Library | Artistry by Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studio | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Children’s Enchanted Forest and Tree Mural in a reading corner nook at the Trenton, NJ Library. Nichole used Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colorants to help paint the inspired 200 foot wall painting. Nichole donated the mural, valued at about $25,000, through her Big Sky Countries non-profit.

Four Panel Coffered Ceiling that was painted and woodgrained with Modern Masters Metallic Paints by California artist Nichole Blackburn | Scrollwork Pattern Design: Modello Stencils | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

Four panel coffered dining room ceiling reflects a soft metallic glow. Nichole used our Metallic Paints for both the scrollwork and the faux woodgrain.

We hope you’ve  enjoyed Nichole’s extraordinary artistry – and her big sky country heart! To learn more about her private commissions, please visit her Celadon Studio site. Head to Big Sky Countries to see more of the donated murals she’s painted, learn more about her mission, and to help support giving the gift of art. Thank you, Nichole, for sharing your time and incredible projects with us!

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