From our Modern Masters family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
From our Modern Masters family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
Create a joyful display of thankfulness and appreciation with the Fall Gratitude Sign – but it will work as a wonderful reminder of ‘giving thanks’ all year round. The sweet sign was created by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.
Brush a layer of acrylic bonding primer onto the wood and let dry. Brush on 2 – 3 layers of Copper Metallic Paint until fully opaque, allowing each layer to dry.
Tape the transfer paper (dark side down) to the wood cut. Place the Give Thanks image (face up) on top of the transfer paper and tape to the wood cut. The gorgeous lettering template is from the Jenna Sue Design Co.
Use a pencil to trace the lettering and remove both when you are done tracing. Use the Black Glazing Cream Color and a small 1/8″ artist brush to paint in the letters and details. You can also use a wide tip black marker to draw in the letters to make it easier.
Decide on the best arrangement of your feathers and floral spray on the back of the woodcut. Attach these to the back with the hot glue gun, ensuring they are attached well. Let dry thoroughly.
The Fall Gratitude Sign 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.
Set a stylish Thanksgiving table this year with the help of our Metallic Paints! Debbie Hayes shows you how to create a light, bright and lustrous table design that will delight your holiday guests.
Paint a variety of pumpkins and antlers with several colors of Metallic Paints, using 2 to 3 coats. Let dry.
On the stem of chosen pumpkins, brush on one heavy coat of Antique Bronze Matte Metallic and do not let it dry. Sprinkle on a generous dusting of glitter. Let dry.
Style your table with objects from your home and garden, like imitation hydrangeas, fresh flowers, tea lights, and candlesticks.
One great reason to love the fall season are the beautiful colors of the trees and foliage. Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. takes Autumn’s best view and creates a super easy fall garland with leaves that shimmer and glitter.
Brush a layer of acrylic primer on your chosen leaves.
Select one of the Metallic Paint colors and paint several coats on 2 – 3 leaves. Let the Metallic Paint dry between each layer as you reach a fully opaque finish. Repeat this process with each of the metallic colors.
While the final metallic layer is still wet, sprinkle your chosen glitter over the surface of the leaf. Use glitter that matches the Metallic Paint color or that complements it nicely. Add some variety by glittering only a few leaves, not every one.
When the leaves are dry, use the punch hole to add a hole to the top of each leaf. Cut the ribbon into various lengths and string through the leaves, leaving a space between each leaf. Hang each strand onto the branch.
The Shimmery Fall Garland Thanksgiving 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.
Add a fresh glow that shimmers on your Thanksgiving mantel with these beautiful metallic and lettered mason jars that embrace the love of family. The ‘hearthwarming’ Thanksgiving project is from the creative mind of Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky.
Decide which word or lettering you’d prefer on your jars and design that amount of mason jars to paint. On the glass jars, brush on a suitable acrylic bonding primer to prep the glass mason jars.
Since choosing the word ‘Family’, there were six jars to paint. Pick your favorite Metallic Paint colors and brush on 2 – 3 coats, letting each layer dry fully. I used Sapphire Metallic Paint for the F, Copper Metallic Paint for the A, Teal Metallic Paint for the M, Olympic Gold for the I, Antique Copper for the L, and Hunter Green Metallic Paint for the Y.
While the Metallic Paint coats are drying, create a page of letters to finish the front areas of your mason jars. I used the CopperPlate Bold at 151 and printed the letters from a Cricut. You can also purchase ready-made letters from your local craft store.
Using a piece of double stick tape, adhere a letter to each jar. Add pretty flowers and line the jars up on a mantle or shelf.
A very frightfully spooky and Happy Halloween to you from all of us at Modern Masters!
We discovered Aliya Riaz’ gorgeous decorative painting through Instagram. She shared many of her #ModernMasters projects with us and we were charmed with her artistry. We’re very happy to share the work of her studio, Portfauxlio, Inc., here today as part of our ongoing Modern Mastery series.
Artist Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio in Chatham, NJ, Is in love with the decorative arts. Every day and every project brings something new to get her creative juices flowing. She especially enjoys solving design dilemmas either as part of a design team or with the client directly to bring an abstract idea to life. When not busy with projects, she has a line of painted Anaglypta wallpaper that can be custom ordered or made from existing samples.
Aliya also finds great joy in teaching decorative finish workshops. She shares, “I never know who learns more – my students or I. Whether it is individual instruction or a group, I love helping students with decorative finishes, gilding, découpage and, more recently, working with foils. Having taught so many, a lot of my students stay in touch long after class. It’s interesting to track how they run with the knowledge and take it in different directions to suit their own personal endeavors.”
A view of the custom anaglypta rolls that Aliya Riaz paints and sells. She frequently uses our Metallic Paint Collection to help create them.
This ceiling was rendered in a dusky blue color using a base of our Venetian Plaster. It was waxed and polished after the design was put in place using bronze metal leaf.
Over a field of Platinum Metallic Paint, Ms. Riaz cut a stencil based on the design of the window fabric. The stencil was painted using Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint and Glass Bead Gel. The interior designer on the project was Rachel Kapner of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors. Beautiful!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS PRODUCT OR COLOR?
I would be hard pressed to say which Modern Masters Product is my favorite and it would be even harder to come up with the best color – though I do tend to use a lot of Warm Silver Metallic Paint. From the Dead Flat Varnish to the Metallic Plaster, my decorative finishes are enhanced in every way by the entire Modern Masters product line.
A mix of Metallic Plaster and Metallic Paint was employed to match the cap of this lovely light fixture.
This light and beautiful bath wall treatment has our Metallic Plaster over metal leaf.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING PROJECT?
My clients fell in love with the ceiling of a suite they stayed at in The Four Seasons Hotel, Milan – most of which is a 15th century converted convent. Armed with no pictures, they wanted me to recreate the ceiling of that suite in their New Jersey dining room. One challenge was that instead of 14′ high ceilings, we had only 9′ to work with, so the details had to be more delicate.
After a great many discussions, I drew up the plans. We started with a flat white ceiling. Aided by gifted woodworker Robert Bittner, I put into place each piece of applied compo molding (painted and gilded) using a palette of colors my clients loved. It was a labor of love and took well over a month to complete, along with the lime plaster walls, gold leaf gilding and using Modern Masters Metallic Paints on parts of the ceiling. It will remain one of my favorite projects not just because of how it all came together but because of the belief and trust placed in me by my clients.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?
Paying it forward helps us all. If Plan A doesn’t work out, you still have plans B through Z to work on! We decorative artists are known for thinking on our feet and in most cases come up with ingenious ideas and solutions. I find our community is amazingly supportive and have learned to reach out for help when needed.
This project was done in a private residence in New Jersey. The walls were plastered using ShimmerStone. The beautiful plaster finish provided the perfect shimmery neutral backdrop to the vaulted coffered ceiling, which is about 25 feet high. The interior designer on the project was Mary LaVecchia of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors.
We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the beautiful decorative painting work of Aliya Riaz! She is truly quite versatile, as is her finishing work. If you’d like to keep up with her studio, be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Houzz, as well as her Portfauxlio website. Many thanks to Ms. Riaz for sharing her exquisite Modern Masters projects with us. We look forward to seeing many more and keeping up with your amazing studio!
We love seeing your artistry, knowing about your studios, and spotting the projects you share with us. This holiday season, we wanted to send a huge THANK YOU by giving you a little something shimmery back!
Starting in November and through the end of the year, visit your local participating Modern Masters retailer and when you buy one quart of our Metallic Paint, you receive one quart of our Matte Metallic Paint for FREE. Isn’t that amazing?! There is no limit, either! You can buy one for your project, one for yourself, one as a gift, and keep the metallic love going!
This Buy One, Get One Free offer is good from November through December 31, 2016, and is only available in-store at participating retailers in the contiguous US. To find your local retailer, please click on the store locator page on our website. We would recommend calling ahead to ensure they are participating in the promotion. If you don’t have a local participating retailer near you, please call the following shops to place your order as they will honor the promotion and ship to you:
We appreciate you for bringing a lot of shimmer into your life and ours – we hope this makes for an even more wonderful holiday season! Be sure to share those Metallic Paint and Matte Metallics projects with us using the #ModernMasters hashtag or by tagging us. If you’d like to see project ideas and application videos for our Metallic Paint and Matte Metallics – or any of our product lines – be sure to visit our website, Modern Masters.com. Stay inspired!
In the dead of night the witch cauldrons boil – and they’ll need all the right poisons for their hocus pocus fun! Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. created a bewitching DIY with her Witch Potion Bottles project. You will definitely be saying “My little pretties!” with these…
Brush on an appropriate acrylic bonding primer for the glass vials and let dry. One tip trick is to paint the bottoms, let dry, and then tackle the tops.
Using the 2″ chip brush, pounce and dab the Texture Effects on the surface to create your desired texture. Let dry overnight.
Using a pencil, write the potion names on the bottles. This will help guide you as you write out the names with the cake decorating bag. Use the cake decorating bag and follow the penciled copy to write the raised potion names. Let dry overnight.
Mix 1 part Coffee Bean Glazing Cream Color to 3 Parts Water and brush onto random areas of the surface. Spray the surface with water and let it drip and run, leaving some areas darker and lighter. You can manipulate the depth of color with the brush and the water – have fun with this! When you like your colorwash finish on the bottles, let dry to touch and continue with the next step.
Use another small brush to drip the Emperor’s Red Chalk Paint® onto a few areas of your chosen bottles to simulate blood. It’s helpful to use the potion bottles this would make the most sense on. Let dry completely.
Dip a small artist brush into the Platinum Metallic Paint and lightly brush over the raised letters. Let dry. You are ready to style your Halloween mantle!
BONUS! METAL EFFECTS BLUE PATINA STAND
Create the Blue Patina Stand for your Witch Potion Bottles, too!
SUPPLIES AND INSTRUCTIONS
Apply two layers of Metal Effects Primer to the cake stand using a brush or roller. Let the second layer dry for at least 12 hours.
Apply the first coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and let it dry for half an hour.
Within 5 minutes of applying the second coat and while it is still wet, spray the entire surface with the Blue Patina Aging Solution, being careful that it doesn’t pool. Please protect any surrounding areas with newspaper, craft paper or dropcloths prior to the spraying.
Let the patina dry overnight to reveal its beautiful colors. Please not that this cake stand is for decorative purposes only as it is not food safe.
The Witch Potion Bottles and Blue Patina Stand Halloween DIYs are by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.