Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
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.
STEP 1 | Basecoat the Lampshade
Paint two coats of Oyster Metallic Paint. Let dry overnight.
STEP 2 | Measure and Apply the Taped Random Stripe Pattern (Lampshade Top)
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)
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)
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
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!
We discovered the beautiful projects of Dan Buttery of Black Lab Metal Fab via his shares on Instagram. Dan owns a welding, woodworking and metal art company in Lewiston, NY, and his custom metal work can be found throughout the United States and Canada, including projects for Hard Rock USA. His work with our Metal Effects is inspiring and we wanted to share his projects with you.
“I learned a lot from my father,” Dan shares. “My dad was a jack of all trades with wood, metal, and cars. I started doing restorations with vehicles with my father when I was 16. My passion for older cars started when I first saw a car. Working with metal and paint on cars got me involved with what I do today with my metal work. After my father passed from a motorcycle accident, I got more involved with the metal art and picked up a PlasmaCam CNC table. My company is named after my black lab, Chevelle, and we are about doing custom metal or wood work that the customer can’t find anywhere else. I like doing one-off pieces that are personal to the customer and challenge myself to make images come to life out of metal or wood. The studio has done small signs to custom furniture to a custom bar for a brewery. I’ve been working with metal and wood for over 20 years now. With the various finishes I use beside automotive paint, Modern Masters makes my metal art unique and they last a long time. I’ve used other methods of “rusting” but it doesn’t compare to the uniqueness that Modern Masters offers.
Dan did several exterior lighting commissions for the Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen restaurant with Metal Effects.
What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?
My most memorable project was making a fireplace surround for an electric fireplace for a doctor’s office. I built it from scratch and all I had was a rendering and measurements. To make it unique and movable, I made it in two pieces so it was easy to transport. After building the frame, it was then covered with metal. I used the Modern Masters Rust Patina to give it a high quality finish. I added burned and hot rolled metal to give it more of a medieval look.
What is your top finishing tip?
My top finishing tip is to be unique. There are so many ways to use Modern Masters products to make your work stand out. It’s all about trial and error. But with Modern Masters, it comes out great. I use the Rust Patina product to make the work of art look like an old piece of metal. I dab the Iron Reactive Paint on with a brush to chunk up the look so the new piece of metal looks like a 60 year old piece of metal. With their Copper Reactive Metallic Paint, I like to keep some of the copper paint exposed, so it looks like a piece of copper aging, and not have the whole work be aged.
Process of patinating a Pizza restaurant sign with Metal Effects. Incredible!
Incredible rust patina on a custom 5′ metal buffalo head for the exterior of a doctor’s office.
How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
Modern Masters has more than enhanced my business. It made me more creative and capable of offering different finishes for my metal work. I have used the products in my home, creating a rust wall in my living room that I would never thought I could have done until I was introduced to Metal Effects. I used Metallic Plaster to give my bedroom a look I always wanted after seeing it in a bathroom on the Modern Masters website. I have introduced many of my friends to the products and now they are using them to enhance their businesses. I can’t wait to try out more!
We hope you’ve enjoyed Dan’s incredible artistry with both metals and patinas! Thank you so much, Dan, for sharing your Modern Masters projects with us and showcasing your incredible finishes. Please head on over to the Black Lab Metal Fab website to see more of his company’s gallery of work and keep up with him on Facebook, too. Of course, catch all his project updates on his fantastic @blacklabmetalfab Instagram account as well. Stay inspired!
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Our Matte Metallics line showcases 15 gorgeous colors with a subtle glow – a perfect companion to our shimmery Metallic Paint Collection. Many of our creative customers have been using the Matte Metallics by painting them straight on, stenciling and creating decorative finishes with them, and also using them as highlights for furniture and decor accents. We’ve found a few recent projects for you that showcase the beautiful versatility of our Matte Metallics.
Matte Metallics can be used for an overall look on a piece of furniture or simply just to highlight beautiful details. Kate from Centsational Girl used Gold Rush Matte Metallic on a contemporary dresser to add a little oomph with a sedate shimmer. See her gold trim on furniture details project for more!
Love this space designed by Elizabeth Benedict of Elizabeth Home Decor! It’s beautiful to see our Matte Metallics on the coffered ceiling – what a perfect complement to the metallic wallpaper and the dining room space.
Krista from The Happy Housie recently used our Gold Rush and Platinum/Silver Matte Metallic Paints to help create an elegant mirror frame makeover – it’s a piece that is part of her gorgeous One Room Challenge master bedroom. If you peek in the mirror, you can see a stool that was also done with our Warm Silver Matte Metallic. So many possibilities for decor accents as well! Head to her Faux Aged Matte Metallic Paint Finish blog tutorial
for the how-to.
Fresh and modern wall treatments are also possible. Rayan Turner of The Design Confidential used the Warm Silver Matte Metallic to draw in a contemporary finish – see all the project details in her boys room makeover project post.
Aren’t these projects inspiring? All 15 Matte Metallic colors are available in 6 oz. sizes for small projects and quarts and gallons for larger ones. If you have any projects with our Matte Metallics, send them to email@example.com as we’d love to see them, too! Have an inspired day!
We’ve followed Nichole Blackburn’s artistry throughout the years. She’s a gifted artist who not only works on incredible commissions for her Celadon Studio but also donates her time and efforts to philanthropic efforts throughout the world via her non profit organization, Big Sky Countries. We’re honored to showcase her Modern Masters projects with you.
Born in Redondo Beach, California, Nichole Blackburn received her B.A. in Fine Art and Design from San Diego State University and after graduation, she went head first into her art career, and is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Celadon Studio and Fine Art, a Los Angeles-based business whose main focus is large-scale murals and decorative painting.
Always maintaining a creative edge, she continually trains all over the world with the top muralists and decorative painters in the industry. Most recently, Nichole moved abroad to Paris, France (2014-2015) to study with world-renowned decorative painter Jean Sable at his atelier in Versailles. Prior to that, Nichole spent a month on the East Coast studying under William Cochran, one of the country’s leading trompe l’oeil muralists. During this time she joined a select team of six artists who worked on a five-story public mural project called “The Dreaming”. Nichole has brought her unique style and artwork to numerous Los Angeles hot spots, celebrity homes and landmark hotels. Working with some of the best architects, interior designers and ateliers in the industry, Nichole has built a solid reputation and a name you can trust.
What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?
I absolutely love to travel. By the time I was in my 20s I had visited over 40 countries and was by no means slowing down. I would say the last country I visit is usually the most inspiring and influential in my art. I had the pleasure of spending the last year studying with Jean Sable at his decorative painting school in Versailles, France, which is located across the street from the Palace of Versailles. Jean Sable is a joy to study under, a true craftsman that honors the traditions and style of French decorative painting. Under Jean’s tutelage, I painted everything from classical marbles and wood grain techniques, to large-scale panoramic murals, as well as trompe l’oeil and chinoiserie. I was the only American in an all-French class, and with that came the challenge of all lessons taught in French, lectures about pigments and products only available in Europe, and executing painting techniques that relied on the skills and working knowledge applied from each demonstration. Studying with Jean Sable has been one of the most inspiring painting experiences I have had, and it continues to influence my painting in a big way.
Sky Cloud Mural created with Tintable Glaze.
A luxe shimmer was added to a princess crown mural with Metallic Paint.
What is your most memorable, challenging, or rewarding project?
My most rewarding work has been with my nonprofit, Big Sky Countries. Big Sky Countries is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 whose main focus is donating large-scale murals to children’s facilities around the world. Murals have been painted in Thailand, Ireland, the Philippines, Bolivia, New Orleans, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Atlanta, New Jersey, and all over the Los Angeles area. These children’s facilities include elementary schools, orphanages, children’s hospitals, teen shelters, libraries and youth centers. All children, faculty members, and well, everyone is encouraged to paint!
I started Big Sky Countries when I was in my 20s, after realizing that making loads of money was surprisingly not the key to happiness. For me, creative freedom paired with traveling, as well as painting with children was far more satisfying. I grew up an art brat in high school, always ditching my other classes to go to the art studio, and I would stay up all night drawing in my sketchbooks. I wasn’t always the best student, but when it came to art I was totally confident and free. In schools where art programs have been taken away, especially for kids that are not academically inclined, I want to show that art can be a huge success, both mentally and as a career choice. Some of the most brilliant children I have painted with were also the most withdrawn, anti-social and considered misfits. Funny enough, I relate and paint the best with these kids.
Under the Sea Mural for Big Sky Countries created with the help of various Modern Masters products.
How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
I love the Modern Masters products. Modern Masters have a great reputation and it’s not hard to see why. I have used Modern Masters paints for years, particularly the Metallic Paints, as well as the Glazing Cream Colorants in the earth tones/browns. The consistency and quality of the products is wonderful. I love the Modern Masters Metallic Plasters, as well. By layering them in different consistencies I am able to achieve a wide range of effects, giving me the chance to really push my finishes and samples. The Metallic Paints are a go-to for me, especially the gold’s, which come in a variety of colors that fit perfectly with my Clients’ discerning needs.
California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar created with Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colorants in dark brown hues.
Children’s Enchanted Forest and Tree Mural in a reading corner nook at the Trenton, NJ Library. Nichole used Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colorants to help paint the inspired 200 foot wall painting. Nichole donated the mural, valued at about $25,000, through her Big Sky Countries non-profit.
Four panel coffered dining room ceiling reflects a soft metallic glow. Nichole used our Metallic Paints for both the scrollwork and the faux woodgrain.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Nichole’s extraordinary artistry – and her big sky country heart! To learn more about her private commissions, please visit her Celadon Studio site. Head to Big Sky Countries to see more of the donated murals she’s painted, learn more about her mission, and to help support giving the gift of art. Thank you, Nichole, for sharing your time and incredible projects with us!
We’re so excited to share that our non fade Front Door Paint is featured in the February 2017 issue of Better Homes & Gardens! Their Punch List article series showcases great products that help you easily update your home. Front Door Paint has 25 gorgeous, weather-resistant colors to choose from and they dry fast and clean up easily. Quarts are perfect for single or double entrance doors and can be purchased from our online Modern Masters shop, Home Depot online, Amazon, and selected local retailers.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Modern Masters! We hope your holidays will be filled with good food, joy, and laughter.
Rooms with a View is a high-end interior design show created by late Dean of American Design Albert Hadley, and currently chaired by designer Thom Filicia. Celebrating its 22nd year, the event occurred this past November in Connecticut and talented designers came together to create 12 one-of-a-kind interior design vignettes.
Cynthia Davis of Cynthia Designs – we’ve featured her before in our Modern Mastery series – used Modern Masters products to finish the vignette walls in collaboration with designer Stephanie Rapp of Stephanie Rapp Interiors. Ms. Rapp wanted a sexy, smokey room for her room vignette. After reviewing fabrics and discussing the mood Stephanie wanted to create, she and Cynthia selected a sleek, metallic finish for the walls.
The walls were first base coated in a matte black paint. Then, Black Panther Metallic Plaster was troweled on as a thin texturing layer. Using the Modern Masters trowel, they created small peaks and while wet, knocked the peaks down to a smooth finish allowing for some variation in texture.
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…
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.
I gathered some materials I had around the house and in my garage:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.