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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Rooms with a View

Rooms with a View is a high-end interior design show created by late Dean of American Design Albert Hadley, and currently chaired by designer Thom Filicia. Celebrating its 22nd year, the event occurred this past November in Connecticut and talented designers came together to create 12 one-of-a-kind interior design vignettes.

Cynthia Davis of Cynthia Designs – we’ve featured her before in our Modern Mastery series – used Modern Masters products to finish the vignette walls in collaboration with designer Stephanie Rapp of Stephanie Rapp Interiors. Ms. Rapp wanted a sexy, smokey room for her room vignette. After reviewing fabrics and discussing the mood Stephanie wanted to create, she and Cynthia selected a sleek, metallic finish for the walls.

Artist Cynthia Davis readies for a Metallic Plaster Wall Finish | Modern Masters Project Feature

Decorative and Stencil Artist Cynthia Davis of Cynthia Designs

The walls were first base coated in a matte black paint. Then, Black Panther Metallic Plaster was troweled on as a thin texturing layer. Using the Modern Masters trowel, they created small peaks and while wet, knocked the peaks down to a smooth finish allowing for some variation in texture.

Cynthia Davis of Cynthia Designs shares a beautiful Modern Masters Metallic Plaster project for Rooms with a View 2016 | Decorative Plaster Finish

A skim coat, using both Platinum Metallic Paint and Tungsten Metallic Plaster, was applied at the same time. The product was pulled tightly over the texturing layer, allowing the next products to get caught in the grooves.

 

Creating a Metallic Plaster Finish on Walls | Decorative Plaster Wall Finish by Cynthia Davis | Modern Masters Blog
Allowing some of the Black Panther Metallic Plaster base to peak through resulted in a spectacular snakeskin treatment that received incredibly positive feedback at the event.

 

Rooms with a View | Room Vignette designed by Stephanie Rapp Interiors | Modern Masters Metallic Plaster Wall Finish by Cynthia Davis of Cynthia Designs | Project Feature on the Modern Masters blogIsn’t the room gorgeous? In case you’d like a further peek at the Room with a View event, Connecticut in Style shared more. We hope you enjoyed this beautiful ‘view’ – and many thanks to Cynthia Davis of Cynthia Designs and Wallovers for sharing her project with us!

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Jyn Erso Cosplay DIY from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Are you as excited about Rogue One opening this week as we are? The one person possibly more excited than us is Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. She’s heading to an early screening dressed as Jyn Erso and there’s a bonus in it for you – she’s sharing her cosplay DIY! We’ll let her take it away…

Jyn Erso Cosplay DIY | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Costume How-to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for peppermint mochas, gingerbread houses, holiday decorating, sparkling lights and…

…THE NEW STAR WARS MOVIE!!! (I just may be more excited about that than anything else this holiday season!)

A friend invited our family to an exclusive (early) screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 15th. So we get to see the film hours earlier than anyone else. How cool is that?! My family is very excited!

Always looking for an excuse to dress up, I thought I’d throw together a quick costume to wear to the movie. But since this is a busy season for me, I don’t have a lot of time or money to spend on creating a costume…I found this photo of smuggler turned Rebel soldier, Jyn Erso, that seemed doable with limited time and resources.

Jyn Erso Cosplay DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Modern Masters Blog

Jyn Erso of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I gathered some materials I had around the house and in my garage:

  1. Old black hat
  2. Safety goggles (you can get these at home improvement stores for under $4)
  3. Flex tubing (under $4, this is used to organize electrical cords)
  4. Black spray paint/primer
  5. Dead batteries (AA size)
  6. Dust mask (these are cheap, you can get a pack of 5 for $6…a smooth plastic respirator would look better, but are considerably more expensive)
  7. My son’s toy blaster (which I had painted for his Halloween costume)
  8. Gaffer’s tape (available online or at music/theater/photography equipment supply stores…it’s not cheap, but it’s one of my favorite materials to use for costume fabrication because it’s versatile, flexible, removable, non-damaging to most surfaces, and can be painted to look like fabric or leather)
  9. Card stock and Fine Tip Black Sharpie
  10. Modern Masters Metallic Paints in Champagne, Statuary Bronze, Blackened Bronze, and Silver. I use Modern Masters paints for everything because of their quality, durability, ease of use and the variety of amazing colors.

Jyn Erso of Rogue One Cosplay DIY Materials | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to by Love Paper Paint

BLASTER: (I’m only showing for purposes of the cosplay idea, but won’t be bringing to the screening.) These are photos of the blaster I painted last year for my brother-in-law’s Boba Fett costume and my son’s “post apocalyptic warrior” costume from Halloween. The transformation is pretty awesome considering that the DIY is really very easy: simply spray paint the toy blaster with black primer, then dry brush a little bit of Modern Masters Silver and Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint. As with all Modern Masters products, a little bit goes a long way.

Boba Fett Cosplay DIY by Love Paper Paint with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Jyn Erso Rogue One Cosplay Blaster DIY | Modern Masters Tutorial by Love Paper Paint

Jyn Erso of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cosplay Ideas and Inspiration | Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint | DIY Tutorial by Love Paper Paint

Jyn Erso Blaster Cosplay How-to | DIY Project by Love Paper Paint with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

GAS MASK: For the “gas mask” apparatus, I sprayed the flex tubing and the dust mask black and then painted them with Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint. Since this will simply hang around my neck, I’ll attach the flex tubing to the mask and then to my clothes with Gaffer’s tape. I don’t want to have it wrap around my back as it’ll be uncomfortable to sit on in the theater, so I’ll cut the tubing and just have it hang in front of me, or tuck it into my belt.

Jyn Erso of Rogue One Cosplay DIY by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cosplay How-to | Jyn Erso Costume DIY by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

HAT and GOGGLES: I have a black hat that I use as a painter’s cap and it looks identical to the hat Jyn Erso is wearing in the photo.  Using a little bit of Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint, I lightly dry brushed the edges of the brim to give it a weathered look. I wrapped the safety googles in Gaffer’s tape because it takes paint really well and I wanted to modify the look of the edges. It’s not a perfect match to the smooth metallic frame of Jyn Erso’s goggles, but the tape is completely removable, so once I’m done with the cosplay, I can peel off the tape and use the goggles again for work. After wrapping the goggles, I painted over the Gaffer’s tape with Champagne Metallic Paint and used a Sharpie to draw in some details.

Jyn Erso Costume How-to | Cosplay DIY Project by Love Paper Paint with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Jyn Erso Costume Goggles with Gaffer Tape and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to Costume Project by Love Paper Paint | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story DIY

Jyn Erso character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Cosplay DIY | Step by Step Tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Jyn Erso Costume How-to | Rogue One: A Star Wars Storie | Cosplay DIY by Love Paper Paint on the Modern Masters Blog

BANDOLIER: For Jyn Erso’s bandolier or ammo belt, I wrapped strips of card stock with Gaffer’s tape to create a sash/belt that will be slung over one shoulder. Then I wrapped the dead AA batteries with Gaffer’s tape and adhered them to the bandolier. Using bits of folded and rolled card stock, covered with Gaffer’s tape, additional pockets and details were added. Again, with a quick dry brushing of Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint, the bandolier was given a battle-worn look.

Jyn Erso Costume with Hat, Goggles, Blaster and Bandolier Belt | DIY How-to by Love Paper Paint | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Modern Masters

Rogue One's Jyn Erso Costume Ideas and Inspiration | Cosplay DIY How-to by Love Paper Paint with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Jyn Erso Cosplay How-to | Project by Love Paper Paint for the Modern Masters Blog

Using Modern Masters Metallic Paint to add a weathered metallic look to Jyn Erso's Bandolier Belt | Costume Project by Love Paper Paint | Rogue One Cosplay

And that’s it! I’ve used these accessories to dress up a military style jacket, jeans, boots and a scarf that will pull together my look as Jyn Erso at the Rogue One screening. Be sure to check out my @LovePaperPaint Instagram feed for more on the full costume and movie event!

Rogue One Costume: Jyn Erso | Cosplay DIY by Love Paper Paint for the Modern Masters Blog

Jyn Erso Costume from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Cosplay DIY Project with Ideas and Inspiration by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint as Rogue One’s Jyn Erso

Happy Holidays and May the Force be with You!

The Rogue One Star Wars Cosplay DIY is by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. She is a Southern California Decorative Painter, Muralist and Artist, who also designs gorgeous custom stationery and invitations. In addition to their foodie adventures, Katie’s Star Wars-obsessed family (including her creative husband and two artsy boys), are cosplay enthusiasts and often fabricate group costumes together just for fun during Halloween, for parties, and to attend San Diego Comic-Con International.

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Christmas DIY: Winter Wonderland Placemat

Delight your guests by creating stenciled Winter Wonderland Placemats for your holiday table! A winterscape themed holiday gathering is easily at hand with this beautiful DIY project by Mary Childs of Focal Points.

Christmas DIY: Winter Wonderland Placemat | Holiday How-to by Focal Points, Inc.

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DIY Stenciled Winter Wonderland Placemat for a beautiful Holiday Table Setting | How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Winter Wonderland Placemat DIY | Christmas Holiday Table DIY How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

I would suggest planning out the stencil design placement (both the vinyl stencils and the mylar stencils) ahead of time. Once you have your design in mind, place the vinyl sticky snowflakes onto the placemat. (I used free holiday vector snowflake patterns found online and generated them on a Cricut.) Use a burnishing tool or old credit card to help seal the edges of the snowflakes. You can also apply a thin layer of clear acrylic to seal the edges and prevent any paint from leaking under the vinyl snowflakes. If you seal the snowflakes with the clear acrylic, let this dry before moving on to the next step.

DIY Winter Wonderland Snowflake Placemant | How-to Tutorial with Stencils and Modern Masters Metallic Paints by Focal Points, Inc.

Stenciled Snowflake Placemat Holiday How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters

Use the cigar roller to apply a thin layer of Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint to the entire surface of the placemat and let dry about one hour. Repeat with a second coat until the Shimmering Sky becomes opaque. Let dry and then remove the vinyl snowflake patterns, which will reflect the white Snowflake Metallic Paint nicely against the blue of the Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint.

Stenciled Metallic Snowflakes for a Winter Wonderland Placemat | Christmas DIY by Focal Points, Inc. | Create a Holiday Tablescape with the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

Winter Wonderland Placemat Christmas DIY | How-to Tutorial with Modern Masters Metallic Paints by Focal Points, Inc.

Snowflake Wonderland DIY Placemat for a Beautiful Holiday Tablescape | Christmas DIY How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters blog

Position the snowflake mylar stencils by Royal Design Studio to taste. You can overlap them like I did or keep them singular. Stencil the patterns with the Snowflake Metallic Paint and stencil brush, taking care to offload the material thoroughly from the stencil brush to ensure no leakage under the stencil. While the Snowflake Metallic Paint is still wet, remove the stencil and sprinkle black or white fine glitter to taste. Let dry and brush off the extra glitter.

Holiday Table Setting Ideas | tenciled Snowflake Placemat DIY Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Metallic Paint, Glitter, Cricut Stencils, and Royal Design Studio Stencils

The Winter Wonderland Placemat Christmas 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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Christmas DIY: Mason Jar Luminaries

A little bit of country and a little bit of glam surround the Mason Jar Luminaries created by Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky. This is an easy DIY that is sure to light up your Christmas holiday decor!

Christmas DIY: Mason Jar Luminaries | Modern Masters Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

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  • Snowflake Metallic Paint
  • Mason Jars
  • Tea Lights
  • Fill for Jars (we used small jingle bells)
  • Sticky vinyl holiday patterns
  • Paint Brushes
  • Decorative Ribbon
INSTRUCTIONS

Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries DIY by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metallic Paint

DIY Mason Jar Luminaries for the Christmas Holidays | How-to Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

Apply removable holiday patterns on the mason jars. I chose to center them but you could also apply them randomly around the entire jar. I used free holiday vector art patterns found online and generated them on a Cricut.

DIY Christmas Luminaries with Mason Jars and Modern Masters Metallic Paint | How-to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

After you have your designs on the jar, prime the jar with an acrylic glass primer – bonus points if it can closely match the tone of the Metallic Paint. Let dry. Then, brush on two coats of Snowflake Metallic Paint. Once dry, carefully remove the vinyl sticker patterns. Add your chosen fill inside the jar, tea lights, and decorative ribbon. Practice good fire safety rules when using the mason jar luminaries and enjoy your pretty project!

Christmas Luminaries DIY | How to by Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky using Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Mason Jar Holiday Luminaries | Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

The Mason Jar Luminaries Christmas DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Christmas DIY: Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin

Be THE Christmas House with the amazing and stylish holiday table decor! Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. can help with a DIY Painted Woodland Birch Napkin that shimmers with whimsy and hand-applied flair.

Christmas DIY: Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Modern Masters How-to by Focal Points, Inc.

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Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Using a 2″ brush or cigar roller, apply a thin, even coat of Snowflake Metallic Paint on the napkin. Let dry 30 minutes to an hour between coats. At the end of the project, there will be two blue borders and an area between the borders in Snowflake Metallic we just painted. Be sure to check out the end results so that you can visually see how all the steps are going to come together!

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

We are now creating and working on the borders. Apply the 1/4″ masking tape to the very top and bottom edges of the napkin. Starting on the TOP left side of the napkin, measure down 2 inches and make a small pencil dot. Repeat this on the right side, then flip the napkin and repeat on the bottom. Use the blue Painters Tape and tape from dot to dot horizontally, creating the borders.

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

I would suggest planning out the stencil design placement (both the vinyl stencils and the mylar stencils) ahead of time. Once you have your design in mind, place the vinyl sticky snowflakes onto the napkin, INSIDE the taped borders only. (I used free holiday vector snowflake patterns found online and generated them on a Cricut.) Burnish the tape edges and snowflakes to create a good solid seal as we’ll be painting over them. You can re-apply Snowflake Metallic Paint to help seal the edges, which I did. Let dry.

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Use the cigar roller to apply a thin layer of Shimmering Sky Metallic inside the taped border areas where the snowflakes are and let dry. Repeat until opaque and then let dry fully.

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Remove the sticky snowflake vinyl stencils and then position the snowflake mylar stencils by Royal Design Studio to taste. You can overlap them if you’d like! Stencil the patterns with the Snowflake Metallic Paint and stencil brush, taking care to offload the material thoroughly from the stencil brush to ensure no leakage under the stencil. While the Snowflake Metallic Paint is still wet, remove the stencil and sprinkle black or white fine glitter to taste. Let dry, brush off the extra glitter, and remove the tape. Your borders are done!

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas DIY How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Holikday Table Setting Decor Ideas

For the center area painted with Snowflake Metallic Paint, we will now be creating a birch tree pattern. Use a pencil to LIGHTLY draw in a few guidelines for the birch bark pattern, the looser the better. (You can Google birch tree images for reference.) Use the fine artist brush and loosely paint the random horizontal birch bark lines with Black Pearl Metallic Paint. Let dry. You are done with your holiday project!

Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin | Christmas Holiday Decor Ideas | Holiday Table Setting Inspiration | How-to Tutorial with Modern Masters Metallic Paint by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Holiday Table Setting with Painted Shimmery Birch Tree Napkin | Woodland Christmas DIY Project and Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Snowflake, Shimmeing Sky and Black Pearl etallic Paints

The Shimmery Woodland Birch Napkin Christmas 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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Christmas DIY: Stenciled Holiday Pillows

Such a cute idea for sharing your favorite holiday expressions! Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky creates super fast and easy stenciled throw pillows that add a little fa la la fun to your holiday decor! The best part is that you can use these techniques to create custom pillows for holidays year round.

Christmas DIY: Stenciled Pillows | How-to Holiday Decor Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky for the Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • Pale Gold Metallic Paint
  • Two (2) Blank Canvas Pillow Covers
  • Pillow Inserts
  • Polka Dot Stencil by Wallovers
  • Vinyl Lettering (ours was printed via Cricut with bold Helvetia Point size 65)
  • Stencil Brush
  • Paper Towels
INSTRUCTIONS FOR POLKA DOTS PILLOW

Stenciled Holiday Pillows DIY with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How-to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

DIY Stenciled Holiday Pillows | Christmas DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Lay the mylar stencil stencil over the blank pillow cover. Tape in position.

Pale Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters helps stencil a DIY Holiday Pillow | Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

How to Stencil a DIY Holiday Pillow | Project by My Patch of Blue Sky with Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint

Dip the tip of the stencil brush into the Pale Gold Metallic Paint and remove excess paint on paper towels. The stencil brush should seem almost dry. Using a swirling motion over each stencil with the metallic paint, ensuring that excess material is not seeping under the stencil. Let dry, then stencil another coat if needed. Let dry. Insert the pillow insert.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR 'BAH HUMBUG' LETTERED PILLOW

Stenciling a Lettered Pillow for the Christmas Holiday | DIY Bah Humbug Pillow Project by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint

DIY Chrristmas Holiday Pillows | Stenciling with Metallics | Pale Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | How-to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue sky

Apply and secure the Bah Humbug vinyl lettering stencil over their designated pillow cover. Tape in position. Repeat the stenciling process as outlined above. After stenciling, remove the vinyl lettering and let dry.

Bah Humbug Pillow and Polka Dots Pillow DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky with Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint

Stenciling with Metallic Paints | Stenciled Pillow DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

Stenciled Holiday Pillows Christmas DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Christmas DIY: Birch Tree Wine Glass

This Holiday DIY is as versatile as it is charming! Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky textures and paints a wine glass that adds an elegant twist to your stylish holiday table setting. Once the holidays are over, you can use the conversation piece again and again for gatherings large and small.

Christmas DIY: Birch Tree Wine Glass | How-to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters ShimmerStone

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How to Create a Birch Tree Wine Glass | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Shimmerstone

I recently visited the headquarters of Modern Masters and was inspired to create this holiday project by the beautiful birch trees around the property, with a winter twist. For the stem, use a small brush to add the simulated tree bark, using ShimmerStone. The ShimmerStone adheres to glass beautifully and gives a shimmery textured look and feel.

DIY Birch Tree Wine Glass | Winter Holiday DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky using Modern Masters Shimmerstone

Prepare the frosting bag with ShimmerStone. I kept it the original color here but if you wanted to, you could tint the ShimmerStone to taste using color concentrates. Use the frosting bag to create texture for birch bark and also add snowflakes and stars. Have your preferred image handy to guide your artwork, if needed.

Modern Masters Christmas DIY: Birch Tree Wine Glass | How-to Holiday Table Setting Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Once the Shimmerstone has dried, add a few lines of Black Pearl Metallic Paint (not shown) to further simulate the birch bark look. Let dry. Use for wine (wash by hand) or as a candleholder, with small tea lights. If using as a wine glass, we would recommend drinking out of the back area where there is no ShimmerStone. Of course, the beauty of this project is that you can customize the placement of your design from the top to suit your use of the project.

HOliday Table Decor Inspiration | Birch Tree Wine Glass created with Modern Masters Shimmerstone | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Birch Tree Wine Glass Christmas DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Christmas DIY: Holiday Door Frame

Greet your holiday guests with joyful Christmas style! The Holiday Door Frame from Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. adds a festive feel while you hang it with ease. This DIY project is versatile enough to use for other occasions too, like baby showers, birthday parties and weddings. Cheers to a custom twist on classic holiday curb appeal.

Christmas DIY Holiday Door Frame | How-to Tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

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DIY Holiday Front Door Picture Frame | Modern Masters How-to Christmas Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc.

DIY Holiday Frame with Modern Masters | Holiday How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Cover a 4′ x 4′ area with a dropcloth or old newspaper. Cover a larger area if you are using a bigger frame. Using a 2″ brush, paint the front side of the frame with a water base primer and let dry 1 – 2 hours. While drying, you can clean and dry the 2″ brush for use with the next step.

Painting a Wood Frame with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | DIY Christmas Holiday Door Frame by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Use the 2″ brush and paint the primed wood frame with Pale Gold Metallic Paint. Apply 2 – 3 coats or until a solid color is achieved. Let dry.

Using Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint for Exterior Holiday DIYs | Christmas Door Frame Project Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc.

Spattering Finish DIY on Picture Frame | Christmas Holiday Front Door Project and How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters | Curb Appeal for the Holidays

Spattering Finish on Holiday Door Frame | DIY Tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Dip the chip brush into the Ambitious Front Door Paint. Hold the brush over one side of the frame and LIGHTLY tap the brush against the stir stick. I suggest you test this a few times on a newspaper first until you achieve the desired results. Allow to completely dry.

DIY Holiday Door Frame | Modern Masters Tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Apply your collection of decorations to the back side of the frame with a hot glue gun. It is super easy to use any extra ribbon, ornaments, poinsettias, glitter, and more. I used a single ribbon wound on each side and glued them together at the top. In the alternate, you could also use a longer single ribbon and wind them down both sides, securing the ribbon in the back with the hot glue. My holiday ribbon holds the frame on the door hanger but you can also use the frame itself. Make sure you allow the glue to dry at least 24 hours before hanging!

Christmas Holiday Curb Appeal | Holiday Decor on Front Door Inspiration | Project and How-to by Focal Points, Inc. using various Modern Masters products

I see many variations of this project, such as for baby showers, birthday parties and weddings. Have fun with customizing your own decor or using our door frame as a guide!

Ribbon & Metallic Christmas Front Door Hanging Art Decor | Modern Masters Project and How-to by Focal Points, Inc.

The Holiday Door Frame Christmas 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: Melanie Kershner of Beaux-Arts

Melanie Kershner of Beaux-Arts Classic Products | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Melanie Kershner of Beaux-Arts Classic Products

Beaux-Arts Classic Products is a family-owned company that designs and manufactures gorgeous architectural products. We were excited to have a chance to speak to Melanie Kershner, one of the studio partners, and an artist and designer in her own right. Beaux-Arts Classic Products are created from historic master designs that are scanned and manipulated in 3D software. They are then cast in urethane resin and finished with our Metallic Paint Collection. The Beaux-Arts motto is ‘Classical Solutions for Modern Intrusions’ and it’s a lovely way to bring historic and classic design to contemporary spaces. They also work with many decorative painters and provide quite a few ingenious options for them, such as the versatile wall panel kits in various design styles for framing murals and hand painted canvas panels. We’ve seen their incredible work with our Metallic Paints and thought to showcase their beautiful products and artistry with you.

Paneled Walls using several Modern Masters Metallic Paint colors | Project and Ornamental Designs by Beaux-Artes Classic Products | Modern Mastery Feature

Melanie says, “Modern Masters is an integral part of our business; being used for product finishes, creating custom canvas panels and for our custom design services. We offer decorative painting services which often include both products.” One such project is this stunning space with their Louis XIV wall panels featuring a damask pattern within. Both the wall and panels use several of our Metallic Paint colors, including Pale Gold, Champagne, Teal, and Silver.

Lovely Ceiling Medallion finished with Modern Masters Olympic Gold and Pearl Metallic Paint | Beaux-Artes | Modern Mastery Feature

Their concierge design service for ornamentation is perfect for when creating elegant finishes for the ceiling ornamentation that they sell. This incredible hand painted closet has a lovely customized Shell Ceiling Medallion finished with Pearl White and Olympic Gold Metallic Paint. “Olympic Gold is my favorite go-to gold that works well with aging glazes and highlights. It makes a beautiful Platinum Gold when paired with Warm Silver as the highlight and is a perfect antique gold when aged with a raw umber glaze.”

Ornamentation of fireplace and built-in by Beaux-Artes Classic Products were all finished with Modern Masters Olympic Gold and an aging glaze | Modern Mastery Feature

Using Modern Masters Metallic Paints to paint and enhance ornamental details for cabinet doors, fireplaces, doors, windows and walls | Modern Mastery Feature: Beaux-Artes Classic Products

Cabinet doors, fireplaces, regular doors, and windows can also be graced with their ornamental designs. Here, the ornamentation was finished with Olympic Gold Metallic Paint and a raw umber aging glaze.

Wall Panels with Murals and Ornamental Designs | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature: Beaux-Artes Classic Products

Wow! Here, the Georgian Architectural Wall Panel has a Pale Gold Metallic Paint finish with a gray glaze. The hand painted panel background is an aged Pearl White Metallic Paint with the design also painted in the Pale Gold and Gray Glaze combo.

Girls Room | Walls sprayed with Modern Masters Champagne Metallic Paint to match the satin background of the fabric | Canvas Panels and Crown Molding have a Pearl Metallic Paint background with Pharaoh's Gold | Modern Mastery: Beaux-Artes

The French Renaissance Wall Panels are so beautiful in this room. The wall panel layout includes all the doors! The walls were sprayed with Champagne Metallic Paint to match the satin background of the fabric. The canvas panels have a Pearl White and Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint background. The same combination is used on the crown molding.

Powder Room with Faux Pietre Dure Panels with Venetian Plaster | Modern Masters | Project by Beaux-Artes Classic Products

This luxe and elegant powder room is the most memorable, challenging and rewarding project for Melanie. “We created pietra dura panels using Venetian Plaster to match the marble console for the sink,” she shares. “We also refinished the console with Olympic Gold Metallic Paint, which was used on all the molding as well.” Pietra dura is the art of using cut and fitted ornamental pieces to create images – you can see the images within the panels below the baseboard. It’s an incredible decorative art and they did it so well.

Aren’t their products and artistry incredible? Please be sure to look over the Beaux-Arts Classic Products website to see all the beautiful ornamental solutions they offer. One of our faves is their elegant and attractive decorative grilles. Keep up with Beaux-Arts on their Facebook fan page and Pinterest, too! Many, many thanks to Melanie Kershner for sharing her time with us for this feature. You can always catch her creative musings and design inspired posts on her blog, Classical Addiction. Have an inspired day!

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