Modern Mastery: Carmen Benoit

We first featured the work of Arizona-based Carmen Benoit while doing a feature on children’s rooms and have avidly followed her creative work since then. We’re very excited to feature her artistry in our Modern Mastery series for you to enjoy.

Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates | Modern Mastery feature on the Modern Masters blog

Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates

Carmen has been painting since she was a child, winning numerous awards along the way. She furthered her education by receiving a Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University. She started creating textile patterns and art for the clothing industry after graduation. And running into Carmen’s designs happened frequently. Whether it was seeing women buying her dresses at Lord & Taylor to watching Renee Zellweger sport another design as she’s romancing Tom Cruise in the film Jerry Maguire or even on the beach in Hawaii, seeing a couple laying on towels she had designed for the Disney Cruise Lines private label collection.

 

As exciting as the textile industry proved to be, Carmen felt she could do more. So in 1998, she decided to create her own business, Carmen Illustrates, that would allow her to work with people on a more personal level to create custom living and working environments. She specializes in creative environments for home decor, children’s rooms and commercial spaces. Her design options range from wall finishing and texturing to thematic murals, trompe l’oeil, and three-dimensional artwork. Absolutely any hand-painted technique can be incorporated, from loose and whimsical to fine art detail and photo-realism.

 

Modern Masters Shimmerstone, Venetian Plaster, and Metallic Paints combine to help create an incredible raised ceiling design by artist Carmen Benoit | Modern Mastery feature
Modern Masters Shimmerstone, Venetian Plaster, and Metallic Paints combine to help create an incredible raised ceiling design by artist Carmen Benoit | Modern Mastery feature
 ShimmerStone, Venetian Plaster, and Metallic Paints were combined with a V-Mask vinyl stencil to help create an incredible embossed ceiling design. The outer perimeter was also patterned and troweled with Antique Lace Metallic Plaster.

 

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
I was first drawn to the Modern Masters line through the rich colors offered in the Metallic Paint Collection and then slowly started incorporating their other products. Their Venetian Plaster is a staple product that I go to often for the traditional finish. . .its thick body works great for dimensional stencil effects and when thinned with about 15 – 20% water and brushed on furniture, it creates a really nice chalky refined finish. I also love using the Venetian Plaster as a base for mural work or fine painting as the acrylic pigment soaks so beautifully into the plaster as opposed to sitting on the surface giving it a nice authentic feel to the artwork. The other product I find using on a regular basis is their Wall Glazing Cream. It has a wonderful consistency and is not sticky at all which I have experienced with other glaze mediums and has a nice open time. I use it on walls finishes, for thinning my metallic colors, furniture, or anything I just want to build with nice, thin layers.

 

The cabinet was first sanded primed. A custom colored gray Venetian Plasters was thinned with water and brushed on vertically, giving a nice chalky finish. Diluted versions of Warm Silver and Champagne Metallic Paints were then used as a wash. The Wall Glazing Cream mixed with a little umber slight aged the piece and Silver/Platinum Matte Metallic was lightly added in the insets. Finally, moire like elements were painted in front of the cabinet in Champagne Metallic Paint. | Modern Masters | Painted Cabinet Artist: Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates
 The cabinet was first sanded primed.  A custom colored gray Venetian Plasters was thinned with water about 15 – 20% and brushed on vertically, giving a nice chalky finish.  Diluted versions of Warm Silver and Champagne Metallic Paints were then used as a wash. The Wall Glazing Cream mixed with a little umber slight aged the piece and Platinum/Silver Matte Metallic was lightly added in the insets. Finally, moire like elements were painted in front of the cabinet in Champagne Metallic Paint.

 

Multiple colors of Modern Masters Front Door Paint create a unique front door | Modern Mastery: Carmen Benoit
Custom mixes of several Front Door Paint colors, including Motivated and Fortunate, helped Carmen create an inviting entrance for her own front door.

 

What is your dream art project?
If I were to put on my jammies and dream out loud it would definitely involve some travel to an exotic far off place. Europe for its history and wealth of knowledge, Morocco for its abundance of marvelous pattern and textures , and San Miquelle de Allende Mexico for its color and vigor, to name a few…working on perhaps a boutique hotel or destination space. I also love collaborating with other creatives, exploring new ways of approaching the creative process.

 

A custom mix of silver toned Modern Masters Metallic Paints add a geometric flair to a home gym. | Artist: Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates
 A custom mix of silver toned Modern Masters Metallic Paints add a geometric flair to a home gym.

 

What was your most memorable, challenging, and/or rewarding project?
A project that I did with Kim Harvey Creamer Interiors to create an interactive and sensory rich garden-themed bedroom quarters for a mentally and physically disabled special needs adult. The wheelchair access and durability of the walls were paramount. Every square inch was painted and had to have a purpose to either educate or to stimulate.

Extensive planning was done to take into account imagery, colors, fabrics, and sheen levels. Interactive sound and light elements that were built into the wall to coordinate with mural elements. The main walls were done in a soft white with silver flecks that ombre down to deeper tones of grey, achieved with my fave Wall Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colors. The murals consisted of the family dog ready to go for a walk, a bird that would make sounds when activated by a button and a balloon that lit up when the sound of being filled with hot air.

Garden murals flanked either side of the bed with real tree limbs that was painted and fastened to the wall with birds and ribbons. A huge garden house constructed on site around the specialty bed was painted with black and white shingles, stripes and polka dots accented with splashes of color. The room had to function in so many ways but mostly as a positive uplifting space made to inspire and to make life a little more beautiful and easier for its occupant. It was truly magical and even more exciting to see my client’s face when she saw it for the first time.

Garden Themed Room and Wall Mural for a Special Needs Client | Artist: Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates | Modern Masters Blog
Garden Themed Room and Wall Mural for a Special Needs Client | Artist: Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates | Modern Masters Blog
Garden Themed Room and Wall Mural for a Special Needs Client | Artist: Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates | Modern Masters Blog
Garden Themed Room and Wall Mural for a Special Needs Client | Artist: Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates | Modern Masters Blog
Isn’t her work incredible? Thank you, Carmen, for sharing your extraordinary work with us! We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the heart and art of Carmen Benoit and be sure to visit her company website, Carmen Illustrates, for more. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. Stay inspired!

 

Beautiful Range Hoods with Modern Masters

When remodeling a kitchen, updating the range hood (or vent hood) is usually one of the top priorities. Many creative customers choose one of our Modern Masters products to freshen their range hoods, and not only can a custom finish be achieved, it’s usually much less expensive than replacing the hood.

Modern Masters Texture Effects used to help finish an elegantly rustic range hood | Project by Bella House Faux | Range Hood Finishes with Modern Masters

An elegantly rustic and smoothly textured finish was achieved with the help of our Texture Effects by the decorative paint firm Bella House Faux.

Metal Effects Patinas enhance a Kitchen Range Hood | Project by Patricia Presto of On the Surface Designs | Range and Vent Hood Painted Finishes

Decorative Painter Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design creates incredible projects with our Metal Effects. This stunning patina finish in a traditional kitchen is no exception. Be sure to take a peek at the before pic in Patricia’s Modern Mastery feature.

Metallic Plaster by Modern Masters on Range Hood | Project by Craig Getting Painting | Vent and Range Hood Finish Ideas

Layers of Metallic Plaster helped Craig Getty Decorative Painting create a rich, warm look for a traditional farmhouse style kitchen.

Range Hood Finishes with Modern Masters | Project: Decorative & Faux Finishes with the Metallic Paint Collection

This sleek modern kitchen was updated by the decorative paint firm Decorative & Faux Finishes, which we’ve featured before in our Modern Mastery series. The vent hood was transformed with the help of Silver, Platinum, and Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paints. The gorgeous interiors were designed by Missy Stewart Designs.

Light and Bright Kitchen and Shimmery Range Hood | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Beautiful Project by Artistic Finishes | Photography by Cristina Danielle Photo

Layered and glazed shades of the Metallic Paint Collection allowed Artistic Finishes to create a showstopping aged pewter finish. It looks incredible with the light bright cabinetry and modern design. The image is by Cristina Danielle Photography.

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the variety of custom finishes and looks you can create on a kitchen range and vent hood with our products. If you’d like even more Modern Masters inspiration, head on over to our Pinterest to see many creative product ideas. Stay inspired!

The Versatility of Texture Effects

Plasters lends texture, depth, and dimension to any room, and the feel of plaster adds a natural, organic touch to its surfaces. The creation of both classic and modern decorative finishes is easy with Texture Effects from our Decorative Painter’s product line. The water base plaster is tintable, readily sandable when dry, and endlessly versatile. Let’s take a look at a few beautiful projects!

An age old and alluringly aged plaster treatment was created on a kitchen range hood by Bella House Faux with Modern Masters Texture Effects | Texture Effects projects

A rustic and elegant farmhouse style aged plaster finish was textured onto a kitchen range hood by decorative artisans Bella House Faux. The matte, mottled finish gives a seamless timeworn appearance.

Industrial style home office with a faux brick focal wall created with the help of Texture Effects and Dead Flat Varnish from Modern Masters | Project by Organic Finishes

Industrial Style Faux Brick and Lettering on Home Office Focal Wall | Modern Masters Texture Effects | Project: Organic Finishes

Using Texture Effects to create a faux grey brick finish, Shawn Reeder of Organic Finishes brought the perfect treatment to an industrial style home office loft. Our Dead Flat Varnish help give a final matte finish to the large lettering and brickwork. Amazing!

Unique garden decor created with Modern Masters Texture Effects and Metal Effects | Artist: Allyce Lees

A bowling ball makes quite the starting point for this intriguing garden accent! Artist Allyce Lees used both Texture Effects to create the raised relief stenciling and finished with the Metal Effects Rust Patina. Mother Nature takes care to keep evolving its look!

Multi-color plaster wall finish in greys, beiges, and off-whites. Stunning troweled treatment by Organic Finishes with the Modern Masters Texture Effects.

Shawn Reeder of Organic Finishes custom tinted Texture Effects in various shades of khaki, brown, green, and grey to create a multi-hued smooth and abstract plaster finish. One tip he shares is to thin the Texture Effects with water for a more subtle coat during the troweled layers. Shawn shares that the finish proved a show-stopper and he still receives compliments on it to this day.

Plain pots elevated with tinted Texture Effects | Garden planter project by Finding Silver Pennies

A little interest is added to plain terracotta pots with lightly tinted Texture Effects sponged onto to the surface. Let dry and voila! The charmingly rustic project is by Danielle of Finding Silver Pennies.

DIY Art Canvas with a love quote created with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Texture Effects | Project by Debbie Hayes

Embossed lettering is also possible with the Texture Effects and helped create a DIY Keepsake Lettered Canvas by Debbie Hayes. Our Pearl Metallic Paint was used to paint the canvas first and then the Texture Effects was troweled with a palette knife over a custom vinyl stencil printed with the chosen quote. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Are you buzzing with ideas with Texture Effects? Texture Effects can also be used to fill existing textures (orange peel and knock-down) and correct wall imperfections without shrinking or cracking during the drying process. It is self-priming and tintable, eliminating extra steps in the finish. It is also self-sealing, so once dry, it can be over-glazed without the worry of it absorbing the glaze. Head over to our Modern Masters website to find your local retailer and use Texture Effects for projects large and small. Be sure to pin these project ideas and share yours with us on social media using the #ModernMasters hashtag!

 

Modern Masters Instagram Inspiration

Have you discovered our Modern Masters Instagram? We love sharing projects and inspiration all the time. We are also thrilled at seeing the many #ModernMasters projects shared by you and are amazed by your creativity and artistic versatility! We wanted to share just a few recent Modern Masters projects.

Accent Wall Finish created with tinted Modern Masters Texture Effects | Beautiful project by Organic Finishes in Oklahoma | Photography by Heather Winchester Photography

We start things off with a gorgeous accent wall treatment for an office created with tinted layers of Texture Effects. The beautiful troweled finish was created by Oklahoma’s Organic Finishes and the image is by Heather Winchester Photography. Instagram: @organic.finishes

Hand cut and designed custom stencil pattern by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Arch and Wall Finish painted with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paints

This stunning patterned wall finish was created by Katie Gaines of San Diego’s Love Paper Paint with the help of our Metallic Paint Collection. She says, “This project was a labor of love with a custom designed, hand-cut stencil, all painted by hand. I couldn’t be happier with the results”. We love the results, too! Instagram: @lovepaperpaint

Stunning Metallic Alligator Skin on Ceiling by Long Island, NY artist Arlene McLoughlin | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

The stunning metallic alligator pattern on this groin ceiling is by the talented artist Arlene McLoughlin of Long Island, NY. She used our Metallic Paints to help create this beauty of a finish. Instagram: @arlenemurals

Large Mural by Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studios in Los Angeles, CA | Modern Masters Blog Feature | Platinum Series Glazing Cream Colors

Sneak peeks are always cool to see! This is a behind-the-scenes of a large mural in progress by Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studio in Los Angeles. We adore seeing her considerable art skills any time! She’s using our Platinum Series Glazing Cream Colors to help create the mural. Also, be sure not to miss her recent Modern Mastery feature. Instagram: @nicholeblackburnart

Gorgeous Stenciled Wall Inset with Modern Masters Metallic Paint by decorative artist Chistine Audiotric in Staten Island, NY | Classic Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Modern Masters Blog Feature

This is an absolutely lovely stenciled wall inset to compliment a neutral and timeless dining room design. Staten Island, NY decorative artist Christina Adiutoric of Brush Strokes created this finish with the Classic Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio and our Metallic Paints. So pretty! Instagram: @brushstrokess

We’ll be featuring more Modern Masters projects found on Instagram so keep sharing them. To purchase any of these products, head to our Store Locator page or click on over to our online shopping site. Have an inspired day!

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Valentine’s Day DIY: Lettered Canvas Art

There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and one is to create a custom canvas art with a sweet sentiment that will be treasured forever. Snap up this DIY with heart from paintress extraordinaire, Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky.

Lettered Love Canvas DIY | Valentine's Day Project Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters Pearl White Metallic Paint
  • Modern Masters Texture Effects
  • One Gallery-wrapped style canvas, any size, pre-primed
  • One Romantic Valentine’s Day phrase like ours, “If I had to live my life again, I’d find you sooner.” An online search reveals lots of options, or write your own.
  • Painter’s Tape, Paint Brush, Small Trowel or Palette Knife, Container, and Sandpaper
INSTRUCTIONS

How to Create a Lettered Custom Canvas | Modern Masters DIY by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Love Quote Canvas

I created my quote on a Cricut, using a heavy, sticky-backed material, then cut and pasted them to fit my canvas. You can also use a mylar or vinyl stencil. Arrange the wording on top of the canvas, then tape into place. Cut if necessary to get the look you look you like. Burnish the words so they fit tight to the canvas to prevent leakage underneath. An old credit card will work.

Creating a Raised and Embossed Lettered Canvas with Modern Masters Texture Effects and Metallic Paint | DIY How to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Use a palette knife to gently smooth a thick, even coat of Texture Effects over the words. Make sure that all the words are covered evenly. While drying, gently remove the lettering and tape. You may need to use a toothpick or something sharp to remove the centers of letters like “o”.

How to Create a Lettered Quote Canvas | Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Once completely dry, lightly sand the letters evenly. Paint two coats of Pearl White Metallic Paint over the letters and the canvas as well. The Texture Effects is self-priming so this is easy to do over the raised lettering. Let dry completely. Display on a mantle, bookshelf, or anywhere where a bit of dramatic lighting shows off the sentiment to your loved one.

DIY Quote Canvas Art by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Holiday Tutorial

Lettered Love Quote Canvas Art | Valentine's Day DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog Tutorial

Lettered Love Canvas DIY | Valentine's Day Project Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

The Lettered Love Canvas DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Halloween DIY: Witch Potion Bottles + Blue Patina Stand

In the dead of night the witch cauldrons boil – and they’ll need all the right poisons for their hocus pocus fun! Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. created a bewitching DIY with her Witch Potion Bottles project. You will definitely be saying “My little pretties!” with these…

DIY Halloween Witch Potion Bottles and Blue Patina Stand | Modern Masters How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

How to Create Witch Potion Bottles from Plain Glass Bottles | Modern Masters Halloween DIY by Focal Points, Inc.

Witch Potion Bottles DIY | Halloween Decor DIY by Focal Points, Inc. for Modern Masters

Brush on an appropriate acrylic bonding primer for the glass vials and let dry. One tip trick is to paint the bottoms, let dry, and then tackle the tops.

Using Texture Effects on Primed Glass to Create Halloween Witch Potion Bottles | DIY How-to Tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

Using the 2″ chip brush, pounce and dab the Texture Effects on the surface to create your desired texture. Let dry overnight.

Adding Raised Letters to Halloween Witchy Potion Bottles | Modern Masters DIY by Focal Points, Inc.

Using a pencil, write the potion names on the bottles. This will help guide you as you write out the names with the cake decorating bag. Use the cake decorating bag and follow the penciled copy to write the raised potion names. Let dry overnight.

Witch Potion Bottle How-to | Aging and Texturing Glass Bottles for Halloween Decor | Modern Masters DIY Tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Aging and Colorwashing DIY Halloween Potion Bottles | Halloween Witch Decor Ideas and Inspiration | How-to by Focal Points, Inc for the Modern Masters Blog

Witch Potion Bottles for Halloween DIY | Modern Masters How-to by Focal Points, Inc | Poison Bottles Halloween Decor DIY | Modern Masters Blog

Mix 1 part Coffee Bean Glazing Cream Color to 3 Parts Water and brush onto random areas of the surface. Spray the surface with water and let it drip and run, leaving some areas darker and lighter. You can manipulate the depth of color with the brush and the water – have fun with this! When you like your colorwash finish on the bottles, let dry to touch and continue with the next step.

How to Create Witch Potion Bottles from Glass to Texture to Aging | Halloween DIY Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

Use another small brush to drip the Farmhouse Red Chalked Paint onto a few areas of your chosen bottles to simulate blood. It’s helpful to use the potion bottles this would make the most sense on. Let dry completely.

Create Witchy Poison Bottles for your Halloween Decor with this DIY from Modern Masters! Tutorial by Mary Childs with Aging and Texturing

Hemlock, Eye of Newt, Bat's Blood and Poison Witch Potion Bottles | Halloween DIY Decor Tutorial by Mary Childs on the Modern Masters Blog | Step-by-Step How-to includes the Metal Effects Blue Patina Stand

Dip a small artist brush into the Platinum Metallic Paint and lightly brush over the raised letters. Let dry. You are ready to style your Halloween mantle!

Halloween DIY and Decor | Witchy Potion Bottles and Patina Stand | Modern Masters How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc.

BONUS! METAL EFFECTS BLUE PATINA STAND

Create the Blue Patina Stand for your Witch Potion Bottles, too!

SUPPLIES AND INSTRUCTIONS
  • Cake Stand
  • Metal Effects Blue Patina Kit
  • 2″ Brush or Roller and Tray
  • Newspaper or Dropcloth

Metal Effects Blue Patina Project by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters

Apply two layers of Metal Effects Primer to the cake stand using a brush or roller. Let the second layer dry for at least 12 hours.

Blue Patina Project with Metal Effects | DIY by Focal Points, Inc. for Modern Masters

Applying the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint for the Metal Effects Blue Patina | Project by Focal Points, Inc | Modern Masters DIY How-to

Apply the first coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and let it dry for half an hour.

Spraying the Metal Effects Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with the Blue Patina Aging Solution | DIY Project by Focal Points, Inc.

Within 5 minutes of applying the second coat and while it is still wet, spray the entire surface with the Blue Patina Aging Solution, being careful that it doesn’t pool. Please protect any surrounding areas with newspaper, craft paper or dropcloths prior to the spraying.

Metal Effects Blue Patina Project by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters DIY

Let the patina dry overnight to reveal its beautiful colors. Please not that this cake stand is for decorative purposes only as it is not food safe.

Witch Potion Bottles Halloween DIY by Focal Points, Inc | Halloween Decor and Vignette Ideas | Modern Masters Blog

The Witch Potion Bottles and Blue Patina Stand Halloween DIYs are 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: Heather Jozak

Heather Jozak’s beautiful artistry caught our eye on Instagram. She’s not only a proficient decorative painter, she’s also put together beautiful display windows for companies such as Bergdorf Goodman and Anthropologie. We’re excited to share some of her amazing Modern Masters projects with you!

Modern Mastery feature on the fab Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Masters Blog

Artist Heather Jozak as photographed by Richard Marko Photography

The eponymous Heather Jozak Studios has over 15 years of decorative painting experience working throughout the New York metro area as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. The studio’s finishes cover traditional and modern styles for walls, hand painted furniture, cabinetry and custom canvas paintings. Some of their beautiful surface treatments include Venetian Plasters, stone finishes, glazing, murals, metal leafing, stenciling, stripes, suede, faux marble and faux wood graining.They also help with styling of windows in New York City – in fact, take a look at some of their incredible retail window displays. We had the good fortune to have a chance to e-chat with Heather as she shares more on her studio, her favorite finish and her top decorative painting tip. Let’s get started!

Custom Canvas Art by Heather Jozak Studios | Interior Design by Eleanor Rivara of Nature's Window | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature

Heather worked with Interior Designer Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window for this project. She created the gorgeous custom canvas art with the help of our Metallic Paint Collection. Isn’t it perfect for the space?

Modern Masters Venetian Plaster enhances the foyer of a commercia space | Decorative Artistry by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery feature

A rich Venetian Plaster finish enhances the foyer of a commercial foyer. Love that color!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS FINISHES?

Recently, I have added many new modern samples to my portfolio. Many use my favorite Modern Masters products such as the Venetian Plaster. With the help of Modern Masters Venetian Plaster, I am able to go beyond the characteristic old world look and manipulate the plaster into more modern, cutting edge samples. Recently, I have created samples resembling the look and feel of a charcoal colored elephant ivory texture, one that mimics the look and feel of grasscloth, and one that will make your wall pop with embossed pattern. The Modern Master range and depth of color that can be easily achieved has had me loyal to this product for a good 15 years.

Stained and Glazed Cabinet Buffet by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Feature

The Tintable Glaze helped Heather complete this stained and glazed modern cabinet. Wow!

Gorgeous Foyer Walls and Ceiling by Heather Jozak Studios created with the help of Modern Masters Texture Effects | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Who wouldn’t love going up into this beautifully finished walls and ceiling? The treatment was created with the help of Texture Effects.

Incredible Patina Wall by Heather Jozak Studios | Beautiful Interior Design by Robert Jenny Design |Modern Masters Metal Effects | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

This is such an incredible patina wall finish with our Metal Effects! Heather worked with Robert Jenny Design for this collaborative design and decorative painting project.

HOW HAS MODERN MASTERS ENHANCED YOUR BUSINESS?

Modern Masters has enhanced my business through their vast palette of not only fabulous colors, but finishes that no other company has to offer. Metallic finishes are popular right now and being able to mix and match metallic colors to a client’s specific needs is crucial. Many times a client or interior designer will come to me with a fabric swatch or a corresponding wallpaper that needs to match or complement, and being able to customize the color so easily makes for a positive match every time. The Metallic Paint Collection’s colors are vivid and bright, unlike some competitor’s metallic, making them my absolute go-to products.

People constantly ask me about my patina and rust finishes, “How did you do this”?! I enjoy amazing my clients and showing them the possibilities in these products. They are great for commercial applications too, where putting in actual patina or rusted metal would be cost and structurally prohibitive. Knowing I have these incredible products on hand, I go into prospective job meetings confident and excited to show clients the possibilities they had no idea existed.

Textured Wall Finish with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Decorative Painting by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Feature

A textured wall treatment was finished with our Metallic Paints. So lovely and ethereal!

Stenciled Girls Room Focal Wall with Pearl Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Interior Design by Eleanor Rivara of Nature's Window | Decorative and Stencil Artistry by Heather Jozak Studios | Feature and Accent Wall Ideas | Modern Mastery Studio Series

Such a pretty color scheme, don’t you think? Heather used our Pearl Metallic Paint to stencil a modern geometric design on the feature wall of a girls room. The pattern is the Linked In Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio. She worked with Interior Designer of Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window for this project.

Restaurant Cellar 335 Hospitality Project by Decorative Painters Heather Jozak Studios | Doors and Moldings Aged with Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Cellar 335 has a rustic yet very chic vibe. For this hospitality project, our Tintable Glaze was used to help add character and age to the doors and moldings. Tribeca Grain did all the beautiful woodwork and Heather did the finishing.

Contemporary Stenciled Design with Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint | Guest Bath Wall Finish by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Feature

Silver Metallic on a dark background looks gorgeous paired with a contemporary chain link stencil design. The marble completes the look with a rich, luxe flair. The pattern was a custom stencil designed by Stencil Planet. The incredible interior design is by Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?

In order to have a great finish, you need to begin every project correctly. Each step in any finish, whether it be a set of dining room chairs or a foyer’s walls, need to be well executed and thought out. Finishes will not stand the test of time if not prepared correctly.

I spend a great deal of time making sure the proper foundation has been set. From experience, I will actually feel a surface and look closely at furniture or walls to calculate how much prep needs to be done. I am always extra cautious with projects and take extra steps to make a finish last such as: cleaning surfaces, sanding and then cleaning, sand off, using a high quality primer fit for the project, and of course, using the best painting products to finish. Prep, Prep, Prep – that is my best advice! When you finally get to the fun finishing part, it is so rewarding! It is also gratifying knowing your finish will last a long time.

Glazed Cabinet Doors and Molding by Heather Jozak Studios | Interior Design by Robert Jenny Design | Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Feature

These antique glazed doors and moldings have an elegant finished look and feel due to Heather’s talented artistry. We’re proud that our Tintable Glaze helped her achieve this finish! The lovely interiors are by Robert Jenny Design.

Beautiful Fishtank patina created with Modern Masters Metal Effects by decorative painter Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Projects Feature

We would absolutely stop in our tracks when seeing the patina on this large fish tank with our Metal Effects. Stunning result!

Incredibe Silver and Blue Patina Living Room Ceiling combining Metal Effects and Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Decorative Painting Project by Heather Jozak Studios |Interior Design by Maura Buckley of Millburn ETC | Modern Mastery Feature

This is a handsome silver and blue patina ceiling created in collaboration with designer Maura Buckley of Millburn ETC. Wonderful work with our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects! It was a pleasure following this project on Instagram as she shared the process.

We hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at the talented works of Heather Jozak and her studio. She has such a versatile range of talent and artistry on applied surfaces! Please take a look at her website, Heather Jozak Studios, to see more of her projects and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Pinterest, too. Many thanks to Heather for sharing her artistry with us. Have an inspired week!

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How to Create A Silvery, Rustic Aged Effect On A Metal Planter

How to Create a Silvery, Rustic Aged Effect on a Metal Planter | Modern Masters

Did you read my recent front door redo, using Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint? If so, you learned that we experienced a huge, damaging hail storm on May 2. Now, weeks later, we have a new roof, our flowers are finally blooming to the max, and hubby and I have worked tirelessly on our deck and front natural area. Dozens of new perennials, bags of mulch and pebbles later, we are almost done recuperating.

As always, we are still on the lookout for projects to incorporate into our fresh exterior décor. I spied this boring and bland empty planter just screaming, “paint me.” Since I have worked with Modern Masters for quite some time now, ideas quickly come to mind, and a fast look-see in my studio turned up the oh-so-versatile Texture Effects, Metal Effects, Metallic Paint, and a large stencil.

DIY Silvery, Rustic Aged Garden Planter How-to | Before Pic | Modern Masters Blog

Modern Masters recently introduced Metal Effects Kits in Rust, Green and Blue Patinas, available online at TheHomeDepot.com. I’m willing to bet you have been drooling over projects you have seen using the Metal Effects products, and now the ability to purchase a kit with everything you need at your fingertips makes jumping into a project super simple and easy.

I discovered that I could create a neutral-toned subtle look on a planter, or, jazz up the details with Silver Metallic paint. How cool is that?

Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Kit | Metal Planter DIY on Modern Masters Blog

I hope you are intrigued with my boring now beautiful planter, and you’re already looking around the house for an item to transform. Here’s the supply list, and you will quickly discover that many more projects can be done with these materials, in varying combinations.

SUPPLIES

Water Base Primer for your Surface (i.e., metal, plastic)

One Metal Effects Rust Kit

One Quart of Silver Metallic Paint

One Quart of Texture Effects

One 16 oz. Natural Brown Glazing Cream Color

One Large Stencil like the Royal Design Studio Indian Floral Wall Stencil that I used

Drop cloth, sea sponge, wet rag, painters tape, color shaper tool, paint brushes, scissors

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RUST PATINA KIT, to cover about 18 square feet:

8 ounces of Metal Effects Primer, 8 ounces of Iron Reactive Paint, 10 ounces of Rust Activator, 2 brushes, 2 stir sticks and complete instructions. The kit also includes the recommended Permacoat Xtreme Sealer.

Before you get started, prep the area with a drop cloth as needed. It’s a good idea not to invite kids and pets since you will be spraying. Make sure your area is well ventilated, too, or work outside in the shade like I did.

BRUSH ON PRIMERS

Using Metal Effects Rust Kit and Metallic Paints to Create a Rustic Planter | Modern Masters Blog How-to

First, clean and prep your surface with a good primer for your surface. I used a metal primer tinted gray and let dry. Using one of the brushes in the Metal Effects Kit, brush on a coat of Metal Effects Primer. Once dry, you can add the second coat. Let dry at least 12 hours or overnight.

TINT THE TEXTURE EFFECTS

Tinting Texture Effects | Silver & Rust Metal Planter DIY | Modern Masters Blog

Just in case my planter gets bumped or scratched while outside, I tinted the Texture Effects with Natural Brown Glazing Cream, so the pure white color would not show if chipped off. I used 1 pint of Texture Effects and 4 ounces of Natural Brown so that I could have enough to use on all four sides of the planter and not need to mix more. You can tint to taste on this step. It does turn out out I could have made less about half as much, so I can seal the leftovers up for another time.

STENCIL EMBOSSING

Creating a Raised Pattern on a Flat Surface | Rustic Garden Planter DIY by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

I am an enthusiastic painter and project-doer, but I am also frugal with my time. So, I selected this very large wall stencil that covers my planter entirely. That way, I did not have to wait for the pattern to dry, then move the stencil to fill in missing design areas. I cut the top of the stencil material off so that I could easily start the design right at the top. After taping, I applied the mixture using a color shaper tool.

Embossing a Stencil Pattern on a Metal Garden Planter | Silvery Rustic How-to Garden Vase on Modern Masters Blog | Project by My Patch of Blue Sky

Attempt to hold the stencil tight to the surface with one hand so the mix won’t bleed, but no worries if happens a bit. Perfection is not required.

Creating a 3 dimensional stencil pattern on a flat surface | Silvery Rustic DIY How-to on the Modern Masters Blog | Garden Decor Ideas

This looks weird, I admit, but I propped the lightweight planter up with a log to keep the planter from touching the step so I could do all sides at once. Let dry hard.

BRUSH ON SILVER METALLIC PAINT

Metal Effects Patinas + Metallic Paint for a Silvery, Rustic DIY Garden Planter | How-to by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

A wide craft brush worked great.

Using Metallic Paint on a DIY Rustic Contemporary Garden Planter | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

I was planning to do 2 or even 3 coats of the Silver Metallic Paint, but, magically, one coat was perfect. Let dry hard. I left it overnight.

TAP ON SOME IRON REACTIVE PAINT

Creating the Metal Effects Rust Finish on a Rustic Contemporary Garden Decor Piece | DIY on the Modern Masters Blog

Use the sea sponge, tapping it into the iron paint on a palette of tin foil, then onto the surface.

Modern Masters Metal Effects DIY with Metallic Paints | Modern Rustic Garden Planter How-to

Silvery, Rustic Garden Planter DIY | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky You can use the chip brush in the kit to add iron paint in recessed areas. You need two coats, so after the first one dries, add some more in approximately the same areas. Let dry well.

SPRAY THE RUST PATINA ACTIVATOR

Contemporary Rustic Garden Decor How-to | Modern Masters Blog

Spray one coat, beginning at the top. Wait five minutes, then spray again. About 20 minutes into the drying process, as the rust begins to form, I used the barely dampened clean sponge to pull off some areas until I liked the look. Then I let the rust process finish.

Metal Effects and Metallic Paints create a Rustic Modern Garden Planter | Step by Step DIY How to by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

You know that I am a rust, crust, and patina lover by now, I am sure. I don’t have too many items that belonged to my parents, who are now residing in a lovely garden somewhere in heaven.

DIY Rustic Planter with Metal Effects and Metallic Paint | How to by Debbie Hayes for the Modern Masters Blog

I do cherish this old concrete statue, painted lovingly by my Dad over 40 years ago to grace his fish pond. Damaged over the years, she has developed her own natural texture and color, and I love it paired with this rusty, stenciled metal planter now.

DIY Rustic & Metallic Garden Decor Planter | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

YOU CAN EVEN CHANGE YOUR MIND AND ADD MORE SILVER

Painting an Embossed Stencil Pattern with Metallic Paint | DIY Rustic Contemporary Garden Planter | How to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

Sometimes, I sleep on a project after it is completed, and decide to do just “one more thing.” So I am guessing you have done it before too, right? So I got out the Silver Metallic Paint, and a small, stiff artist brush and very quickly dry-brushed some paint on all of the raised leaves, flowers and stems. No kidding, this took about 15 minutes.

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Now this oversized, boring planter literally glows, even as the sun sets over our front courtyard. No matter which of the two looks you adore, you can achieve them with the same materials. After your piece dries, you can apply the Permacoat Xtreme sealer for additional weather resistance.

DIY Silvery Rustic Garden Planter | Modern Masters How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Are you jazzed and ready to do this? I have discovered that I could have done two of these planters with the materials on the supply list, and more! Have a blast, and as always, be sure to share your before and after photos with Modern Masters.

Modern Masters Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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A Mix of Metals

Projects Mixing Metallic Paints by Modern MastersUsing our Metallic Paint Collection on your furniture, wall, trim and ceiling projects provides a touch of luxe shimmer to your surface — the bonus is that you have a seemingly endless variety of metallic paint color options to fit your style.  While many create gorgeous results with one metallic color, we found a few projects by our friends that used multiple metallic paints on different surfaces with great success. Read on!

FURNITURE

Modern Masters Metallic Paint on Furniture | Project by Stiltskin StudiosStiltskin Studios used a mix of several metallic paint colors to achieve a richly colored bedroom set.  Black Pearl, Copper and Smoke Metallic Paints were used on the body, tops and hardware.

Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Table Project by Artsy Chicks RuleNancy of Artsy Chicks Rule is a pro at amazing DIY transformations.  She used Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint to do a table makeover and even added a handpainted compass.  Visit her metallic paint on furniture blog post for more details on this project!

WALLS

Textured Wall with Multiple Metallic Paint Colors | Modern Masters | Project by Tracy WadeDecorative artist Tracy Wade created a beautiful decorative wall finish with our Texture Effects applied as a strie horizontal base pattern with Silver, Warm Silver and Pale Gold Metallic Paint mixed and blended on top. Zen Gorgeous-ness!

Metallic Paint Wall Finish by Unfauxgettable Interiors | Modern Masters Cafe BlogUsing several colors, including Copper and English Brown Metallic Paint, decorative artist Leslie Redshaw of Canada’s Unfauxgettable Interiors finished a bath with a stunning, shimmery wall treatment.

DESIGN ACCENTS

Stenciling with Metallic Paints | Project by Heather Sanders | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHeather Sanders from 5th Wall Surface Design created an incredible focal point for a client. Using our Antique Bronze and Ivy Metallic Paint, she stenciled a beautiful Modello® Designs pattern onto the side arched walls of a niche. Striking!

Using Matte Metallics on Crown Molding | Modern Masters Project by designer Cynthia WeberDesigner Cynthia Weber pulled all her design elements together by giving it all a crowning touch: metallic paint on the crown molding! Using our Matte Metallics, she blended Champagne, Brass and Warm Silver at the same time to create a unique metallic trim finish.  Such a warm, luxe look!

CEILINGS

Blended Metallic Paints on Dome Ceiling | Modern Masters | Project by Andrea Blair MurrillDecorative artist Andrea Blair Murrill has done several amazing projects with our products, including this 15′ wide dome. It was based with Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint and then glazed with a blend of Pale Gold, Antique Copper, Statuary Bronze and Copper Metallic Paints. Be sure to stop by our Modern Mastery feature of her Broads with Brushes studio.

Ornamental Ceiling Painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Meme Hill StudioAnother frequent user of our products is Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio.  She’s done several creative projects and one of our favorites is this unique 12′ tray ceiling she based and glazed with several of our gold and bronze metallic paints as well as handpainted the ornamental design. Beautiful!

Are you now mulling over a mix of metals?  There are so many great ways to mix and blend our Metallic Paint Collection on many surfaces and we’d love to see how you do it!  Have an inspired day!

Shimmer On! More Metallic Paint Projects…

Country Living with Modern Masters

Country Living Magazine Cover May 2014 | Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil ProjectSpringtime is here and now our focus is to get OUTSIDE! Enjoying the sun and caring for our gardens and exteriors are in our minds and there’s no question that painting and stenciling is one of the great ways to help transform our spaces quickly and creatively. Country Living magazine had just that thought as they took on updating plain concrete pavers with the Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil.  We have an entire Modern Masters Designer Stencil Collection available through Royal Design Studios and we couldn’t be more pleased to see them walking away (ha!) with a magazine feature.

Exterior Garden Pavers Stenciled with the Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil | Country Living MagazineThe DIY Patio Garden Pavers project is in the May 2014 issue of Country Living along with other great project ideas.  For this one, they suggest centering the stencil before you start to ensure the pattern is balanced nicely on all sides and then using a stencil brush to add your preferred color (they used Greek Blue Chalk Paint®).  What a great idea to enhance your curb appeal! Plus, it’s a fast weekend project – what could be better?

Different Colorways for the Endless Circles Modern Masters StencilThe Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil is super versatile and you can see the different colorways above that you can use it with as well. Since stencils can be used time and again, you can use any chosen pattern for your pavers and then use it again to stencil your patio pillows or a throw rug, alternating the colors with your design scheme. We also have a great stenciled wall treatment recipe (above lower right) with the stencil and our Texture Effects and Metallic Plaster.  What are you inspired to create with Modern Masters?

More Haute off the Press Ideas!