DIY How-to: Non Fade Garden Markers

Who doesn’t arrive home from the farmer’s market, laden with fresh-smelling herbs and vegetables, only to realize after planting them that you can’t tell one from another? Here’s a simple way to label your garden that is even more fun to make with a group of fellow gardeners, or the neighborhood kiddos looking for something to do. – Debbie Hayes

Non Fade Garden Markers for Vegetables, Flowers, or Herbs | DIY Step by Step by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint in colors Energetic, Cheerful, Fortunate, and Natural, or your favorite colors from their palette. You can find smaller sizes at Hobby Lobby, too.
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces
  • Unpainted wooden spoons
  • Paint brushes in several small sizes
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspaper or plastic to protect your project area
  • Black Sharpie
  • String or embellishments, optional
INSTRUCTIONS

Prepping Wooden Spoons for a DIY Garden Marker Tutorial | Project by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

DIY Garden Markers How-to | Non Fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Paint a coat of primer on each spoon in the areas where you plan to add Front Door Paint colors. Let dry. Sand lightly if needed, then wipe off residue.

How to Create Non fading Garden Markers for your Vegetables, Flowers, or Herbs | DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Paint 1 or 2 coats of each Front Door Paint color on the spoons. Let dry.

Creating Fun and Bright (and Non Fading!) Herb, Flower, and Vegetable Markers for your Garden | Step by Step How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

Adding Handpainted Details to Your Garden Markers | Garden Accents DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

How to Create Non Fade Garden Markers for your Flowers, Vegetables, and Herbs | Easy Peasy DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Use a black Sharpie to hand-letter the names of each plant. Let dry for a few minutes. Add hand-painted designs on each plant with the Front Door Paint. Let dry. Add optional embellishments, like string that can later be used to tie plants like tomatoes on stakes as they grow.

Easy, Fun and Bright Garden Markers with non fade Front Door Paint | DIY by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

Your adorable custom garden markers are ready to “plant” alongside your flowers, herbs, or veggies. No sealer is required for the non fade Front Door Paint, so you can use them in the garden right away!

Colorful and Pretty Garden Marker Idea for your Herbs, Vegetables, and Flowers - plus, they'll never fade! | How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Easy and Colorful DIY Garden Markers with Non Fade Front Door Paint | Label your herbs, vegetablers, flowers, and more in your garden with super cute painted garden markers that will not fade in the sun! How to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

The Non Fade Garden Marker DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Garden Decor How-to: Patina Bluebirds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Garden Decor How-to: DIY Painted Vintage Window

If you love this project or just want to paint your front door, we’re offering our non fade Front Door Paint for 20% off with FREE shipping on our online shopping site that’s linked above. No min, no max. Use code FDPWOW on your purchase from April 28 – May 12, 2017. Please note this is an online offer only. Happy Shopping!


Katie Gaines from Love Paper Paint says, “I’ve had an old glass paned window sitting in my studio for a few years, just collecting dust and spider webs. It needed a little love and a chance to shine again and I thought it would be fun to repurpose this lonely window into a colorful garden decoration. My style is a bit global-boho, so I imagined this window creating an uplifting vibe in a meditation garden or a lush, tropical backyard retreat. With this easy step-by-step DIY, I’ll show you a few tips and tricks for creating your own eye-catching painted window, suitable for hanging as wall art or set out in the garden.”

Garden Decor DIY | Painted Vintage Window How-to by Love Paper Paint | Non Fade Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • Glass-paned window or door (you can find them at antique stores, garage sales, Craigslist, junkyards, or an architectural salvage)
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces
  • Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint in assorted colors: Tranquil turquoise, Ambitious red, Playful plum, Calm blue, Fortunate green, Happy yellow, and Hopeful white. You can find smaller sizes at Hobby Lobby, too.
  • Assorted paint brushes (I prefer inexpensive nylon brushes available in sets at craft stores and a 2” chip brush)
  • Craft paper or a drop cloth
  • Paper towels or a clean rag
If you love this project or just want to paint your front door, we’re offering our non fade Front Door Paint for 20% off with FREE shipping on our online shopping site that’s linked above. No min, no max. Use code FDPWOW on your purchase from April 28 – May 12, 2017. Please note this is an online offer only. Happy Shopping!

 

INSTRUCTIONS
How to Paint a Vintage Windo and Upstyle it into a Gorgeous Garden Decor Accent | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint using non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters
Creating a Gorgeous Garden Accent with a Vintage Window using non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | DIY by Love Paper Paint

Prep your work space with craft paper or a drop cloth. Using a slightly damp paper towel or rag, wipe down the old window to clean off any dirt, dust, spider webs. With a 2” chip brush, paint the clean, dry window frame with the Tranquil non fade Front Door Paint. It dries quickly so you can add a second coat fairly quickly. The turquoise color provides a pop of color that works well against all the green in a garden setting.

Use a smaller brush for the detail areas of the frame close to the glass. You can tape off the glass if you’d prefer to not cut in freehand. Otherwise, you can use a paper towel to quickly wipe off any paint that gets onto the glass, while the paint is still wet. Paint a second coat of the Tranquil Front Door Paint onto the frame after the first coat has dried.

Using a Mandala Pattern to Create a Painted Vintage Window for the Garden | Zen DIY by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Adjusting a Pattern to Create a Beautiful Patterned and Painted Vintage Window | Garden Decor DIY by Love Paper Paint using non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint

Next, find the design you’d like to paint on the glass panes and size it to fit each pane. I found floral mandala clipart online, enlarged the graphics, and scaled it to print for six separate 8.5” X 14” pages to fit my glass frame. Then I taped the pages to the back of each window pane. Be sure to scale your preferred art to your window pane size.

DIY Painted Vintage Window for a Garden Retreat DIY | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

How to Add Pattern and Paint to a Vintage Window and transform it into an upstyled and chic Garden Accent | Tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Using a small round nylon brush, “trace” the design onto the glass by painting on Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for all surfaces. Since this primer sticks to anything, including glass, it will give a strong, durable base for the Front Door Paint to adhere to.

Painting a Vintage Window for Rustic Decor | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint using non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint

After the primer has dried (I gave it a few hours), you can start “coloring” in the design. Pour a little bit of each color into a paint palette or little plastic cups, and paint over the primer to your heart’s desire…have fun with it! I tried to keep the three mandalas consistent by using the same color scheme for each element of all three graphics.

Highligting Colors for a painted and patterned vintage window | Turning an old window into a garden decor accent | Fun tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

You may need to go over some of the colors with a second coat of Front Door Paint, then you can start some detail work by highlighting with white. I mixed Front Door Paint in Hopeful with each Front Door Paint color to create a lighter shade.

Transform an old window into a colorful and patterned decor accent | DIY How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

After a couple of hours, the Front Door Paint is fully dry and ready to go! You can attach brackets to the back of the window for hanging the window as wall art, or prop the window against a wall (or fence or bricks) for a colorful display that you can move around anywhere in your garden.

BONUS! We hope you love this project and if you do (or just want to paint your front door), we’re offering our non fade Front Door Paint for 20% off with FREE shipping on our online shopping site. No min, no max. Use code FDPWOW on your purchase from April 28 – May 12, 2017. Please note this is an online offer only. Happy Shopping!

 

Painted and Upcycled Vintage Window | DIY by Love Paper Paint for the Modern Masters Blog

Refreshing an old discarded window into a fresh and colorful decor accent for the garden, studio, and more | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Garden Decor DIY Idea with non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint and an old vintage Window | Step by Step Tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters blog

Stunning Painted and Patterned Vintage Windwo with non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Creative and Colorful Garden Decor Ideas and Inspiration

The Painted Vintage Window 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 family (including her creative husband and two artsy boys), are Star Wars & comic-book enthusiasts who dabble in cosplay, love to visit art museums and cultural events, as well as run races and explore San Diego’s many scenic hiking trails and beaches.

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Easter DIY: Patina and Gold Speckled Eggs

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

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

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Holiday DIY: A Scandinavian Easter

My hubby is from rural South Carolina where by family tradition, he and his siblings created an outdoor Easter “nest” the night before the Easter bunny would arrive, leaving delicious treats. The area he grew up in is very like the beach, with sand, soaring pine trees, pine cones, and many types of moss. All great for making a nest. This project can be made inside or outside – on a sideboard, coffee table or out on the patio. Scour your yard for twigs, stones, ferns, or anything earthy, similar to Scandinavian style. Natural and simple. ~ Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

A Scandinavian Easter | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

SUPPLIES
  • Black Pearl Metallic Paint
  • Pewter Matte Metallic
  • Oyster Matte Metallic
  • Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Water-Base Primer, or like
  • Large and Small plastic or wood Easter eggs
  • Paint brushes
  • Container to hold large eggs upright
  • Paper towels
  • String or jut
  • Small feathers
  • Moss or found objects from your yard
  • Glass cloche (optional)
  • Container (like the hand-carved wooden bowl used) to feature the large egg
INSTRUCTIONS

Prime the eggs using two coats of Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Water-Base Primer, or a like primer. You can use a large-mouth container to prop large eggs on while working. Let dry. Paint two coats of metallic colors on each egg, letting dry completely after each coat. I used both the Modern Masters Matte Metallics and Metallic Paint Collection to have both a natural satin and matte sheen. If the eggs are made of wood, you can choose to leave some unpainted as well.

Scandinavian Style Outdoor Easter Nest DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Matte Metallics and Metallic Paints by Modern Masters

How to Create a Scandinavian theme Easter | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Add feathers tied on with jute. Arrange a natural-looking outdoor scene that everyone, including the Easter bunny, will love.

Easter Eggs and Decor Accents with Scandinavian Style | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Create your own tradition. This is a perfect project for you and little ones to work on together each year.

Scandinavian Style Easter with Organic and Natural Materials as well as Matte and Satin Metallic Paints | Modern Masters Blog | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Using Metallics and Natural Materials to create a Scandinavian-themed Easter Design and Decor | Modern Masters Blog Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Outdoor Easter Nest DIY Tutorial | Scandinavian Style | Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

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Holiday DIY: Embossed Easter Egg

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

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

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Embossed Easter Egg DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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DIY How-to: Dog Leash Holder

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

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

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

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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