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

9 Projects to Pin this Summer

9 Beautiful Projects to Pin for the Summer | DIY Ideas and Inspiration | Modern Masters

It’s Summertime! To all of us at Modern Masters, that means sun, wind, sand…and the promise of new projects! We looked high and low for great summer ideas everywhere to share with you (including our own Pinterest!) and put them together in this handy list. Best of all, you can PIN them for now for later. Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Front Door Makeover by Ashley Harris Home | Non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color Playful | 9 Beautiful Projects to Pin this Summer

Ashley Harris Home created a warm and inviting entrance when she decided on a front door makeover project. She used our non fade Front Door Paint in the color Playful. Doesn’t it look incredible?

Gorgeous crackled dresser by Au Fait Farmhouse | Crackle for Latex Paint by Modern Masters | 9 Gorgeous Projects to Pin for the Summer

We swooned when we saw the gorgeous crackled dresser by Au Fait Farmhouse. They used our Crackle for Latex Paint in between paint layers to help create this finish. Be sure to check out their other beautiful furniture projects!

Antique store Pier Mirror find transformed with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | 9 Projects to Pin for the Summer

Edith & Evelyn Vintage found a forgotten vintage Pier mirror in a cramped antique store – what a find! They painted it with our Olympic Gold Metallic Paint and then aged it. Check out their blog for more on the mirror transformation.

DIY Rust Cans by Seeking Lavendar Lane | Modern Masters Metal Effects | 9 Creative Projects to Pin this Summer

Want an easy and beautiful Herb Garden DIY with patinas? You got it! Seeking Lavender Lane took ordinary vegetable cans and rusted them with our Metal Effects Rust Kit. So creative!

Stenciled Wall with Metallic Paints | Royal Design Studio Stencil and Silver Metallic Paint | Beautiful project by Sue Benyo | 9 Projects to Pin this Summer

Decorative Artist and Muralist Sue Benyo has a studio in Northport, NY. Using a Royal Design Studio Stencil and our Silver Metallic Paint, she created an amazing stenciled accent wall that is all glam and style.

Coastal Inspired Patinated Starfish | Verdigris and Rust Decor Accents by Decorative Artist Patricia Presto | 9 Projects to Pin this Summer

We’ve profiled Atlanta, GA artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design on our Modern Mastery series and we’re always so happy to see her beautiful projects. Even though she tackles large decorative paint projects, she’s also extremely adept at the smaller ones, including these coastal inspired starfish decor accents created with our Metal Effects. It’s the perfect way to remember all the fun and sun in the beach this summer!

Seashell Tile Coasters DIY with Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas | Coastal Decor Ideas | 9 Projects to Pin this Summer

Table and Hearth took tile, seashell patterned cork, and our Metal Effects Green Patina Kit to create these chic and beach inspired tile coasters. A fast, easy and oh-so-pretty DIY table decor that’ll delight your guests!

Non fade pretty garden markers for your flowers, herb garden, vegetables and more | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | 9 Projects to Pin this Summer

Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky created super pretty, brightly colored and non fade garden markers with our Front Door Paint for her vegetable garden – though you could easily adapt this idea for your herbs, flowers, and more.

Non Fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters in the color Happy | Yellow Front Door | Project by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. | 9 Projects to Pin this Summer

Summer is all about the warm and happy vibes! This vibrant yellow front door makes for a welcoming entrance during the warmer months while adding a dose of sunshine during the colder months. Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. picked the color Happy from our non fade Front Door Paint line for this beautiful front door update.

Aren’t these  great summer project ideas? Go ahead and pin away – and be sure to follow us on Pinterest, too! We’ll be sure to keep sharing more amazing Modern Masters ideas and inspiration with you so stay tuned!

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8 Cool Furniture Projects with Metal Effects Patinas

8 Cool Furniture Project Ideas with Metal Effects | Modern Masters blog

Metal Effects creates the distinctive and timeless look of bronze and copper patina or the weathered appearance of rusted iron. In a matter of minutes, you can achieve these finishes on any paintable surface. One of the most popular painted surface to use the patinas on is furniture. We found eight cool projects to share with you to showcase the versatility of Metal Effects.

Stunning retail and workshop storage piece created by The Painted Bench | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Patina Furniture Ideas

The Painted Bench Hamilton created a stunning storage unit for their retail and workshop studio with the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and both the Blue Patina Aging Solution and Green Patina Aging Solution. They are located in Hamilton, Ontario.

Gorgeous patinated croc design on dresser drawer by 3 Oaks Studio | Inspiring Furniture Ideas with Modern Masters Metal Effects

3 Oaks Studio in Clovis, CA is having fun with the Metal Effects Rust, Chalk Paint® and a beautiful crocodile texture together on a four-drawer dresser.

Stunning Metal Effects Patina on Sideboard by Marcotte's Design | Beautiful Furniture Projects with Oxidation

The Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution look amazing together in this sideboard buffet. The gorgeous patina project is by Marcotte’s Design in Largo, Fl.

Chalk Paint® and Metal Effects patinas help create a stunning patina finish on this vanity dresser for Re.invent.ed | Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Pretty Furniture Patina Projects

Beautiful combo of Metal Effects patinas and Chalk Paint®! The creative project is by Allison Sayers of re.invent.ed in Luthersburg, Pa. We spy the Timberland Stencil from the Bonnie Christine Collection by Royal Design Studio, too.

Gorgeous wood bench with a rust patina by Kelly Klein Interiors | Gorgeous Funiture Projects with Modern Masters Metal Effects

Alburquerque, New Mexico studio Kelly Klein Interiors creates and sells unique Metal Effects Rust and wood benches. Each is one of a kind and stunning!

Verdigris and White mix gorgeously together! Me & Mrs. Jones hand patinated this furniture piece with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Cool Patina Furniture Projects Feature

Me & Mrs. Jones in Germantown and Memphis, TN, are big patina fans and created this pretty little dresser with a mix of Metal Effects and Old White Chalk Paint®. They used the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Iron Reactive paint along with the Green Patina Aging Solution, Blue Patina Aging Solution, and Rust Activator. If you’re interested in seeing their process, head on over to their oxidized and patinated furniture post now.

Textured Metal Effects patina on table top by Wanderlust Vintage Market in Minnesota | Stunning Patina Furniture Projects

We recently featured the Minnesota-based Wanderlust Vintage Market and showcased their traveling retail shop. They also create lovely patinas on many decor and furniture pieces, such as this inspired tabletop, to sell in their retail shop. We believe they used the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution along with the Metal Effects Rust.

Rust and Verdigris Patina on Hardware by artist SK Sartell | Modern Masters Metal Effects Furniture Projects Feature

Furniture hardware also gets in on the action! Artist SK Sartell of Oregon treated each ornamental knob with the Metal Effects Rust, which is the Iron Reactive Paint patinated with the Rust Activator. After the patination process was complete, she coated them with the Permacoat Xtreme, which is specifically made to protect the Metal Effects Rust Finish. She also used the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution to add a verdigris finish in the corners and crevasses. See more on this unique armoire.

If you live near any of the shops (or even if you don’t!) and would love to take a Metal Effects workshop, contact them directly as many of them offer patina classes regularly. We hope you enjoyed seeing these furniture projects and are inspired to try a unique piece of your own. If you’d like to see more creative projects and ideas, head over to Pinterest and see both our Furniture board and Metal Effects board.

Cover image patina created by Debbie Hayes and featured in the Drippy Abstract Canvas Art Tutorial.

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Garden Decor How-to: Patina Bluebirds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Easter DIY: Patina and Gold Speckled Eggs

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

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

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Patina and Gold Speckled Easter Egg DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.

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Get on the Bus with Metal Effects

The story behind the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Blog

We receive many projects shares via our projects@modernmasters.com email, and we love them all! Recently, a gorgeous project with our Metal Effects was sent to us. In fact, here’s the initial e-mail:

I wanted to share photos of the bus conversion we did using the copper Metal Effects paint — green patina on the outside and pure copper on the inside. Our bus is used as a traveling vintage shop, and we get so many great compliments on the paint!

The email from Lindsay of Wanderlust Vintage Market in Minnesota intrigued us and when we saw the images, we knew we had to share it with you! Interested? We’ll let Lindsay share her story.

Metal Effects Verdigris Patinas and Faux Woodgrain on the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Blog Feature

My business partner, Aaron, and I were both in the publishing industry. After learning that we were being laid off from our jobs due to an acquisition, we started brainstorming ideas for a new business. We wanted to do something fun and different that would take advantage of our shared interest in vintage and hand-crafted items. After researching the industry, we decided to do a spin on a traditional antique shop by running it out of a converted school bus and offering high quality antique furniture at affordable prices. Since we both enjoy painting, refinishing, and creating, we would rehab anything that needed a facelift in bold and interesting ways and supplement the furniture with our own, unique home decor items.

THE BUS

The Story of the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Traveling Retail Bus | Modern Masters Blog Feature

The first order of business to get up and running was to figure out how we wanted the bus to look. We knew this would be extremely important to our brand and to generating interest in our shop. Our first thought was to cover the ceiling of the bus in stamped tin, but in an effort to keep costs low, we started looking around for paint that would help us achieve a similar effect without as big an investment. Once we discovered Modern Masters products, the entire vision for the bus came together: wood grain on the sides, copper with green patina on the roof and outer fixtures, straight copper on the inside. The fact that the Metal Effects had actual copper in it that would oxidize when exposed to the elements was a huge plus for us. We wanted the outside of the bus to continue to develop a natural patina over time.

THE PROCESS

Removing bus seats for a traveling retail caravan | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Bus Interior Cleared and Cleaned | Details from the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan project | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Blog Feature on the Traveling Retail Bus

We bought a bus from an ad on Craigslist and removed all of the seats (not fun or easy), removed all the decals, and took off the stop sign.

The Woodgrained Exterior of the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Project Feature

We used a half-empty can of $8 stain and a wood-graining tool to create the wood effect on the sides of the bus.

Metal Effects Patina Process on the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Project Feature

We then primed the roof of the bus, the metal strips on the sides, the hood, bumper, grill, and other fixtures with the Metal Effects Primer. Honestly, the process of applying the primer to all of the necessary areas seemed never-ending, but in reality took about 12 hours and three people. The whole time we were applying the primer, we were just dying to see the copper. Delivery of the Metal Effects Reactive Copper Metallic Paint happened to be behind the Metal Effects Primer by a day or so. We had started applying primer to the interior of the bus when the copper showed up. We literally dropped what we were doing to break out the oxidizing copper paint and get it on the roof. It was a very hot day in the summer, and the first coat dried really quickly. We applied the second coat with Aaron rolling it out while I followed behind with a spray bottle of the Green Patina Aging Solution. We achieved a light patina on the roof, partly because of rapid drying due to the heat and partly due to my lack of ability to maneuver around on a hot metal roof 13 feet in the air.

Metal Effects Patina Details on the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Modern Masters Traveling Bus Project Feature on the Blog

Faux Bois and Verdigris Patinas on the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Project and Process on the Traveling Retail Bus on the Modern Masters Blog | Metal Effects

When we got to the hood of the bus and the bumpers, we decided to really soak them with the patina solution. This resulted in an awesome drippy effect, which was perfect for us, since we wanted it to look like it had naturally oxidized due to rain. Comparing the during and after photos of the front of the bus, you can even see how the patina has continued to develop after a couple months of exposure.

The Interior of the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Mastery Project Feature on the Traveling Retail Shop

The Exterior of the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | The Modern Masters Blog shares the Project and Process of Creating the Traveling Retail Bus Shop from Minneapolis, MN on their Blog | Woodgrain and Patina Finishes

We are very happy with how the bus turned out. It’s the perfect complement to our vintage shop on wheels, and we hear nothing but fantastic things from all of our customers. All told, we completely transformed the bus over about eight 12-hour days in June.

Metal Effects Patina and Finish on Tabletop | Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan in Minneapolis, MN | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Gorgeous Metal Effects Patina on Dresser Drawer Fronts | Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan in Mineappolis, MN | Traveling Retail Bus Shop Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Lindsay and Aaron have used leftover Metal Effects, as well as other patinas, for some of their retail pieces, too. Seriously – doesn’t this traveling shop look and sound AMAZING? Such a brilliant idea. We’d visit every day! Wanderlust Vintage Market has also opened up a physical location that doubles as an additional retail space and workshop studio at 349 13th Avenue NE, in Minneapolis, MN. To keep up with all their adventures, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Many thanks to both Lindsay and Aaron for sharing their beautiful bus project with us. We hope you’ve enjoyed it immensely as well!

Many of the gorgeous PROJECT images, where noted, were used with permission from Jennifer Liv Photography.

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Improba Putti Sculpture at Burning Man

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. This is how Burning Man describes their extraordinary annual community. One of the founders, Marion Goodell, says the ultimate goal is to encourage the culture of creativity.

Improba Putti Sculpture at Burning Man 2016 | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Incredible project by Vulfie Munson

With this creativity in mind, the theme for Burning Man 2016 was DaVinci’s Workshop. Vulfie Munson of Olde World Artisans was among a select group of artists from around the world chosen to create a sculpture for the piazza that would symbolize the theme. He had eight months to create his sculpture, which he named “Improba Putti”. The sculpture was to sit atop a plinth box with four bas-relief sculptures on each side. The sculptures could be created out of any materials the artist deemed appropriate.

Vulfie shares that “I wanted to make sculptures with an Italian renaissance flair, showing the evolution of the dark ages into a new age of enlightenment. These sculptures portray mythological beings interacting in a playful (or not so playful way). The sculpture will be a Centauress mischievously taunted by winged putti. The bas-reliefs on the plinth will be of underground scenes depicting caves, stalactites, as well as salamanders and bats.”

He decided it would be best to build the sculpture out of paper mâché using a metal framework as the main reinforcement. He would then paint it to look like a bronze patina sculpture since the cost involved to make it out of bronze itself was out of the question. He started on the bas-relief sculptures first to get a feel for how the paper mâché was going to work in addition to patinating them with Metal Effects patinas.
Bas Relief Scultpure by artist Vulfie Munson with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Burning Man 2016

One of the bas-relief sculptures with Metal Effects patinas.

He then moved onto the big sculpture.

 

Creating a Sculpture for Burning Man 2016 | Improba Putti by artist Vulfie Munson | Modern Masters Blog Feature
Creating a Papier Mache sculpture framework for Burning Man 2016 | Artist: Vulfie Munson | Modern Masters Blog
Papier Mache Sculpture Process by artist Vulfie Munson for Burning Man 2016 | Modern Masters
Papier Mache Sculpture with Bronze Patina with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Incredible project by Vulfie Munson for Burning Man 2016 | Modern Masters Blog Feature
He was able to work on it everyday, which enabled him to meet his deadline. Transporting such a large piece was an adventure in itself but in the end, the beautiful sculpture had its time in the fiery spotlight of Burning Man.

 

Improba Putti Papier-mâché Sculpture patinated bronze with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Artist Vulfie Munson created this temporary masterpiece for Burning Man 2016 | Modern Masters Blog Feature
Plinth Close-up of the Improba Putti Papier-mâché Sculpture patinated bronze with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Artist Vulfie Munson created this temporary masterpiece for Burning Man 2016 | Modern Masters Blog Feature
Improba Putti Papier-mâché Sculpture patinated bronze with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Artist Vulfie Munson created this temporary masterpiece for Burning Man 2016 | DaVinci's Workshop Theme | Modern Masters Blog Feature
Here is a part of the piazza. In the center stands the man who represents science and technology and the further you venture away, the closer to the realm of the mythological you are.
Improba Putti Papier-mâché Sculpture patinated bronze with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Artist Vulfie Munson of Olde World Artisans created this masterpiece for Burning Man 2016 | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Vulfie Munson and J. Paloma Glass of Olde World Artisans

 Many thanks to both J. Paloma Glass and Vulfie Munson, partners at Olde World Artisans, for sharing this incredible Metal Effects project with us. It is an extraordinary work of art and we’re honored to share it. In fact, if you’d like to read more about their project (and the installation almost-catastrophe!), head to their Improba Putti Burning Man Sculpture blog post. While at their site, be sure to look around to see more of their work. We’d love to know what you think of the sculpture, so leave a note in the comments!

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Modern Mastery: Dan Buttery

Modern Mastery: Dan Buttery of DB Designs | Modern Masters Blog Feature on Studios with incredible Modern Masters projects

We discovered the beautiful projects of Dan Buttery of Black Lab Metal Fab via his shares on Instagram. Dan owns a welding, woodworking and metal art company in Lewiston, NY, and his custom metal work can be found throughout the United States and Canada, including projects for Hard Rock USA. His work with our Metal Effects is inspiring and we wanted to share his projects with you.

Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Mastery Series on the Modern Masters Blog

Metal Artist Dan Buttery

“I learned a lot from my father,” Dan shares. “My dad was a jack of all trades with wood, metal, and cars. I started doing restorations with vehicles with my father when I was 16. My passion for older cars started when I first saw a car. Working with metal and paint on cars got me involved with what I do today with my metal work. After my father passed from a motorcycle accident, I got more involved with the metal art and picked up a PlasmaCam CNC table. My company is named after my black lab, Chevelle, and we are about doing custom metal or wood work that the customer can’t find anywhere else. I like doing one-off pieces that are personal to the customer and challenge myself to make images come to life out of metal or wood. The studio has done small signs to custom furniture to a custom bar for a brewery.  I’ve been working with metal and wood for over 20 years now. With the various finishes I use beside automotive paint, Modern Masters makes my metal art unique and they last a long time. I’ve used other methods of “rusting” but it doesn’t compare to the uniqueness that Modern Masters offers.

Gallo Restaurant with Entrance Sconces patinated with Metal Effects | Project by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters Studio feature

Gallo Restaurant with Metal Effects Patinas on the Exterior Sconces | Project by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Dan did several exterior lighting commissions for the Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen restaurant with Metal Effects.

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

My most memorable project was making a fireplace surround for an electric fireplace for a doctor’s office. I built it from scratch and all I had was a rendering and measurements. To make it unique and movable, I made it in two pieces so it was easy to transport. After building the frame, it was then covered with metal. I used the Modern Masters Rust Patina to give it a high quality finish. I added burned and hot rolled metal to give it more of a medieval look.

Custom built fireplace with Metal Effects Rust Patina by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters

What is your top finishing tip?

My top finishing tip is to be unique. There are so many ways to use Modern Masters products to make your work stand out. It’s all about trial and error. But with Modern Masters, it comes out great. I use the Rust Patina product to make the work of art look like an old piece of metal. I dab the Iron Reactive Paint on with a brush to chunk up the look so the new piece of metal looks like a 60 year old piece of metal. With their Copper Reactive Metallic Paint, I like to keep some of the copper paint exposed, so it looks like a piece of copper aging, and not have the whole work be aged.

Pizza Restaurant Sign with Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint | Patina Process on the Modern Masters Blog | Project by Dan Butter of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab

Pizza Restaurant Sign after Metal Effects Patinas | Project by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Mastery Blog Series

Metal Effects Patina Close-up. So realistic! Gorgeous work by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters Blog

Process of patinating a Pizza restaurant sign with Metal Effects. Incredible!

A metal buffalo head is being rusted with Metal Effects patinas by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Rusted Metal Buffalo Head for a Doctor's Office Exterior | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Incredible rust patina on a custom 5′ metal buffalo head for the exterior of a doctor’s office.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Modern Masters has more than enhanced my business. It made me more creative and capable of offering different finishes for my metal work. I have used the products in my home, creating a rust wall in my living room that I would never thought I could have done until I was introduced to Metal Effects. I used Metallic Plaster to give my bedroom a look I always wanted after seeing it in a bathroom on the Modern Masters website. I have introduced many of my friends to the products and now they are using them to enhance their businesses. I can’t wait to try out more!

Beautiful patinas by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab for a House Address Sign | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

We hope you’ve enjoyed Dan’s incredible artistry with both metals and patinas! Thank you so much, Dan, for sharing your Modern Masters projects with us and showcasing your incredible finishes. Please head on over to the Black Lab Metal Fab website to see more of his company’s gallery of work and keep up with him on Facebook, too. Of course, catch all his project updates on his fantastic @blacklabmetalfab Instagram account as well. Stay inspired!

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