DIY How-to: Dog Leash Holder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Dog Leash Holder DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.

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DIY How-to: Fabric Lampshade Makeover

Take an ordinary lamp shade and make it extraordinary with stencils, tape and Metallic Paint! Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky shares her ‘bright’ idea on how-to dress up any plain-jane lamp with her DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover.

DIY Embellished Fabric Lampashade | Paint and Pattern a Lampshade with Metallic Paint and Stencils | DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • One new or gently-used lamp base and clean shade, plus an inspiration photo.
  • Satin Metallic Paint in Oyster, Smoke, Teal, and Rich Gold
  • Matte Metallic Paint in Champagne
  • Margarita Lace Furniture Stencil by Royal Design Studio
  • Primer, 2 widths of narrow painter’s tape (about 1/2″ and 1/8″), paint brushes, stencil brushes, pencil, ruler, and paper towels. We used the cardboard insert that came with the lamp and shade to prop the shade on while painting.
INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1 | Basecoat the Lampshade

Give a plain lampshade new life with Modern Masters Metallic Paints! DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Paint two coats of Oyster Metallic Paint. Let dry overnight.

STEP 2 | Measure and Apply the Taped Random Stripe Pattern (Lampshade Top)

Embellish a plain lampshade with paint and pattern | Modern Masters DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Dress up a plain white lampshade with a little tape, stencils and shimmer! Modern Masters DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky with Metallic Paints

Before you begin, hold the pattern of your chosen stencil over the depth of the shade to design the look you are going for. We decided to use two repeats of the floral design and added the center stripe below it. Put the stencil aside, then measure around the shade to mark the area for the 1/2″ tape and apply it. Then, add random stripes with the 1/8″ tape and burnish well.

STEP 3 | Paint the Random Stripe Pattern (Lampshade Top)

Modern Masters Metallic Paint helps enhance and embelish a fabric lampshade | DIY How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Update a plain lampshade for a pretty and custom decor accent | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Use a stencil brush to paint in 1-2 coats of Champagne Matte Metallic. This will give a nice contrast between the other Metallic Paints, which have a satin sheen. Let dry for several hours or overnight. Remove the 1/8″ tape areas. Our lampshade had a slight texture, which created a soft, watercolor-looking effect that we love.

STEP 4 | Stencil the Floral Pattern (Lampshade Bottom)

Paint it Pretty! DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover with Metallic Paints by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Royal Design Studio Stencil | Modern Masters Blog

Add a punch of metallic to any lampshade with Modern Masters Metallic Paints! | DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Tape the stencil in place, taking into account the seam on the shade. Use a stencil brush to paint in areas of Teal Metallic Paint. Let dry. Use a clean stencil brush to paint in areas of Rich Gold Metallic Paint. Remove the stencil. Let dry.

STEP 5 | Paint the Center Stripe

Creative DIY for Updating a Plain Fabric Lampshade | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Contemporary and Modern How-to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

On either side of the center stripe, which is still in place, add another row of ½” tape at the top and bottom. Burnish well, then remove the center tape. Use a small brush or stencil brush to add 1 or 2 coats of Smoke Metallic Paint. Let dry several hours. Remove the tape.

Add a bulb, assemble your lamp and enjoy your new creation. When you turn it on for the first time, you will be amazed at the different glow it will exude versus the look you get unlighted! You can customize this DIY to create a style that’s right for you, whether it be vintage, traditional, bohemian, or more modern and contemporary. Enjoy!

How to Makeover a Plain Lampshade with Metallic Paints | Modern Masters DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

DIY Fabric Lampshade Transformation with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Lampshade Makeover Ideas | How to Paint a Plain Lampshade Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

The DIY Metallic Fabric Lampshade How-to is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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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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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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INSTRUCTIONS

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

SUPPLIES
  • 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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INSTRUCTIONS

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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INSTRUCTIONS

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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