Modern Masters Instagram Inspiration

Have you discovered our Modern Masters Instagram? We love sharing projects and inspiration all the time. We are also thrilled at seeing the many #ModernMasters projects shared by you and are amazed by your creativity and artistic versatility! We wanted to share just a few recent Modern Masters projects.

Accent Wall Finish created with tinted Modern Masters Texture Effects | Beautiful project by Organic Finishes in Oklahoma | Photography by Heather Winchester Photography

We start things off with a gorgeous accent wall treatment for an office created with tinted layers of Texture Effects. The beautiful troweled finish was created by Oklahoma’s Organic Finishes and the image is by Heather Winchester Photography. Instagram: @organic.finishes

Hand cut and designed custom stencil pattern by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Arch and Wall Finish painted with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paints

This stunning patterned wall finish was created by Katie Gaines of San Diego’s Love Paper Paint with the help of our Metallic Paint Collection. She says, “This project was a labor of love with a custom designed, hand-cut stencil, all painted by hand. I couldn’t be happier with the results”. We love the results, too! Instagram: @lovepaperpaint

Stunning Metallic Alligator Skin on Ceiling by Long Island, NY artist Arlene McLoughlin | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

The stunning metallic alligator pattern on this groin ceiling is by the talented artist Arlene McLoughlin of Long Island, NY. She used our Metallic Paints to help create this beauty of a finish. Instagram: @arlenemurals

Large Mural by Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studios in Los Angeles, CA | Modern Masters Blog Feature | Platinum Series Glazing Cream Colors

Sneak peeks are always cool to see! This is a behind-the-scenes of a large mural in progress by Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studio in Los Angeles. We adore seeing her considerable art skills any time! She’s using our Platinum Series Glazing Cream Colors to help create the mural. Also, be sure not to miss her recent Modern Mastery feature. Instagram: @nicholeblackburnart

Gorgeous Stenciled Wall Inset with Modern Masters Metallic Paint by decorative artist Chistine Audiotric in Staten Island, NY | Classic Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Modern Masters Blog Feature

This is an absolutely lovely stenciled wall inset to compliment a neutral and timeless dining room design. Staten Island, NY decorative artist Christina Adiutoric of Brush Strokes created this finish with the Classic Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio and our Metallic Paints. So pretty! Instagram: @brushstrokess

We’ll be featuring more Modern Masters projects found on Instagram so keep sharing them. To purchase any of these products, head to our Store Locator page or click on over to our online shopping site. Have an inspired day!

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Modern Mastery: Elan Evans

The community of decorative painters is often a supportive one filled with great friendships. We received a note from muralist Shannon Geis (thank you, Shannon!) to take a look at the work of Elan Evans and we were blown away. It’s our pleasure to feature Elan’s beautiful talent along with some of her projects featuring Modern Masters!

Modern Mastery feature of the beautiful decorative painting and wall coverings by Elan Evans | Modern Masters Blog

Decorative Painter and Wallpaper Fabricator Elan Evans

Elan shares, “I began this journey in the theatre. As an aspiring actress, I started painting scenery for extra cash, and soon found that I was making a lot more money painting than acting. I also came to enjoy people phoning me, asking if I was available, instead of continually knocking on doors, hoping and hoping for an opportunity to practice my craft. While in New York, I found my way into interior decorative painting, and never looked back.

After several years of working for other talented and generous artists, I established my own Elan Evans Studio in Sonoma County in 2000. In those days it was all oil glaze, all the time. As tastes, and California environmental standards, have changed, my techniques have evolved. Although I will always have a tender (and toxic) spot in my heart for oil paints and glazes, I’ve really enjoyed learning to use the fabulous new and non- toxic products available to the decorative finisher in the 21st century.

The San Francisco bay area has embraced modernism in a big way, and part of the challenge for painters in our area has been creating finishes that are current and fresh, and convincing designers that painted finishes have a place in modern interiors. Since wallpaper has been making such inroads into the decorative painter’s world over the last 10 years, I became determined to create my own line of wallcoverings, and after two long years, I am ready to launch! STRATA layered wallcoverings are hand painted and die cut, my amazing die cutter becomes the ‘low cost worker’ that enables me to manufacture the entire line in Sonoma County. I chose the Metallic Paint Collection by Modern Masters for most of the colors, because of their beauty and consistency, and the response has been so good, so far!”

Agate Finish on Ceiling of Master Bath with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Elan Evans Studio | Interior design by Tineke Triggs | Phography by Eric Rorer | Modern Mastery Feature

Metallic Agate Finish Close-up | Decorative Painting and Ceiling Finishes | Beautiful Project by Elan Evans | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

A stunningly gorgeous agate finish was created by Elan on a master bath ceiling with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paints. Incredible space! The interior design was by Tineke Triggs and the photos are by Eric Rorer.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Metallics can be so tricky, and it used to create a lot of anxiety every time I proposed one. Back in the days when I was custom mixing all my colors, I often just didn’t want to fuss with metallics. Sometimes the metallic paints that were available, though reliable, were toxic. Or, if you mixed your own glazes with bronzing powders you struggled to recreate your formula from job to job, or scale up a formula from sample to job. Even a very small variation in the proportions of ingredients would affect the final look. I really value the consistency of the Metallic Paint line as I know exactly what I am getting every time, and now I don’t hesitate to offer metallic finishes to my clients.

Paper Mural in a Family Room at a Ronald McDonald House | Decorative Finishes with Metallic Paint | Project by Elan Evans | Design by Butler Armsden Architects and photography by Margot Hartford | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Papers were coated with custom mixes of Metallic Paints before being hand cut and applied to the walls of a family room at the Palo Alto, CA based Ronald McDonald House. Each artist dedicates their time to beautifying these rooms to help families feel a little more comfortable while they are facing difficult times. Wonderful philanthropic work, Elan! The design was by Butler Armsden Architects and the photo is by Margot Hartford.

Custom STRATA Wall Covering for a hall niche by Elan Evans | Modern Mastery Blog Feature | Photography by Margot Hartford

Beautiful and contemporary STRATA Wallcovering from Elan’s studio was used for a stunning hallway. Photography by Margot Hartford.

Geometric Ceiling with a STRATA Wallcovering Finish | Project and Papers by the Elan Evans Studio | Stunning Interior Design is by Candace Barnes and beautiful Photography by Christopher Stark Photo | Modern Masters Metallic Paint

A hand-applied and finished metallic STRATA Wallcovering for an entry ceiling compliments the light fixture and artworks perfectly. The incredible interior design is by Candace Barnes and the photography is by Christopher Stark Photo.

What is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?

Champagne Metallic Paint always seems to be just the right color. Not too cool, not too warm. It’s sophisticated and never garish.

Dead Flat Varnish is always on the shelf, not just for protecting painted finishes, but I also find it so useful for touch up and repair work. Dead Flat varnish, a little tint, and and an airbrush has made me a hero on several occasions.

Gorgeous Wallcovering detail of the STRATA Wall Coverings line by the Elan Evans Studio | Interior Design by Julie Rootes and Photography by Michelle Drewes | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

Cut paper overlays in Snowflake Metallic Paint over a swirled blend of Snowflake, Champagne, and Platinum Metallic Paint. This Napa Valley dining room with excellent taste was designed by Julie Rootes and photographed by Michelle Drewes.

Stenciled Lavender Wall with Pearl White Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Project by the Elan Evans Studio | Modern Mastery feature

Lovely and serene space by Elan with a beautiful pattern stenciled with Pearl White Metallic Paint over a lavender wall.

What is your dream finishing project?

I have always wanted to paint an entire room of faux tortoise shell inlay. And these days, instead of using imitation leaf as a background, I think I would use a sprayed coat of Pale Gold Metallic Paint as the basecoat.

Stuning Swirled Ceiling finish with Tequila Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters for a Wine Cellar | Interior design is by Jane Richardson Mack | Decorative Artistry by Elan Evans Studio | Modern Mastery Feature

Swirled Metallic Ceiling Treatment Finish by artist Elan Evans | Tequila Gold Metallic Paint | Interior Design of Wine Cellar by Jane Richardson Mack | Modern Masters Blog Feature

A stylish and upscale swirled ceiling finish was created by Elan for a refined wine cellar with Tequila Gold Metallic Paint. The interior design is by Jane Richardson Mack.

Metallic and Modern Decorative Paint Finish for a Floral Studio by artist Elan Evans | Interior Design by Gayle Nicoletti | Modern Masters | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

A chic decorative wall finish with Metallic Paints was created for a floral design studio. So creative and inspired! The interior design is by Gayle Nicoletti.

Such gorgeous modern and contemporary projects – each is even more innovating than the next! We hope you’ve enjoyed our Modern Mastery feature of the Elan Evans Studio. If you are looking for paintery yet elegant wallcoverings with incredible multiple layers, look no further than the STRATA Wall Coverings collection her studio creates by hand. Be sure to follow her studio’s work on her @elanevansdecorativepaint Instagram account, too! Thank you, Elan, for sharing your artistry with us!

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Modern Mastery: Heather Jozak

Heather Jozak’s beautiful artistry caught our eye on Instagram. She’s not only a proficient decorative painter, she’s also put together beautiful display windows for companies such as Bergdorf Goodman and Anthropologie. We’re excited to share some of her amazing Modern Masters projects with you!

Modern Mastery feature on the fab Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Masters Blog

Artist Heather Jozak as photographed by Richard Marko Photography

The eponymous Heather Jozak Studios has over 15 years of decorative painting experience working throughout the New York metro area as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. The studio’s finishes cover traditional and modern styles for walls, hand painted furniture, cabinetry and custom canvas paintings. Some of their beautiful surface treatments include Venetian Plasters, stone finishes, glazing, murals, metal leafing, stenciling, stripes, suede, faux marble and faux wood graining.They also help with styling of windows in New York City – in fact, take a look at some of their incredible retail window displays. We had the good fortune to have a chance to e-chat with Heather as she shares more on her studio, her favorite finish and her top decorative painting tip. Let’s get started!

Custom Canvas Art by Heather Jozak Studios | Interior Design by Eleanor Rivara of Nature's Window | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature

Heather worked with Interior Designer Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window for this project. She created the gorgeous custom canvas art with the help of our Metallic Paint Collection. Isn’t it perfect for the space?

Modern Masters Venetian Plaster enhances the foyer of a commercia space | Decorative Artistry by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery feature

A rich Venetian Plaster finish enhances the foyer of a commercial foyer. Love that color!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS FINISHES?

Recently, I have added many new modern samples to my portfolio. Many use my favorite Modern Masters products such as the Venetian Plaster. With the help of Modern Masters Venetian Plaster, I am able to go beyond the characteristic old world look and manipulate the plaster into more modern, cutting edge samples. Recently, I have created samples resembling the look and feel of a charcoal colored elephant ivory texture, one that mimics the look and feel of grasscloth, and one that will make your wall pop with embossed pattern. The Modern Master range and depth of color that can be easily achieved has had me loyal to this product for a good 15 years.

Stained and Glazed Cabinet Buffet by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Feature

The Tintable Glaze helped Heather complete this stained and glazed modern cabinet. Wow!

Gorgeous Foyer Walls and Ceiling by Heather Jozak Studios created with the help of Modern Masters Texture Effects | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Who wouldn’t love going up into this beautifully finished walls and ceiling? The treatment was created with the help of Texture Effects.

Incredible Patina Wall by Heather Jozak Studios | Beautiful Interior Design by Robert Jenny Design |Modern Masters Metal Effects | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

This is such an incredible patina wall finish with our Metal Effects! Heather worked with Robert Jenny Design for this collaborative design and decorative painting project.

HOW HAS MODERN MASTERS ENHANCED YOUR BUSINESS?

Modern Masters has enhanced my business through their vast palette of not only fabulous colors, but finishes that no other company has to offer. Metallic finishes are popular right now and being able to mix and match metallic colors to a client’s specific needs is crucial. Many times a client or interior designer will come to me with a fabric swatch or a corresponding wallpaper that needs to match or complement, and being able to customize the color so easily makes for a positive match every time. The Metallic Paint Collection’s colors are vivid and bright, unlike some competitor’s metallic, making them my absolute go-to products.

People constantly ask me about my patina and rust finishes, “How did you do this”?! I enjoy amazing my clients and showing them the possibilities in these products. They are great for commercial applications too, where putting in actual patina or rusted metal would be cost and structurally prohibitive. Knowing I have these incredible products on hand, I go into prospective job meetings confident and excited to show clients the possibilities they had no idea existed.

Textured Wall Finish with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Decorative Painting by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Feature

A textured wall treatment was finished with our Metallic Paints. So lovely and ethereal!

Stenciled Girls Room Focal Wall with Pearl Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Interior Design by Eleanor Rivara of Nature's Window | Decorative and Stencil Artistry by Heather Jozak Studios | Feature and Accent Wall Ideas | Modern Mastery Studio Series

Such a pretty color scheme, don’t you think? Heather used our Pearl Metallic Paint to stencil a modern geometric design on the feature wall of a girls room. The pattern is the Linked In Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio. She worked with Interior Designer of Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window for this project.

Restaurant Cellar 335 Hospitality Project by Decorative Painters Heather Jozak Studios | Doors and Moldings Aged with Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Cellar 335 has a rustic yet very chic vibe. For this hospitality project, our Tintable Glaze was used to help add character and age to the doors and moldings. Tribeca Grain did all the beautiful woodwork and Heather did the finishing.

Contemporary Stenciled Design with Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint | Guest Bath Wall Finish by Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Feature

Silver Metallic on a dark background looks gorgeous paired with a contemporary chain link stencil design. The marble completes the look with a rich, luxe flair. The pattern was a custom stencil designed by Stencil Planet. The incredible interior design is by Eleanor Rivara of Nature’s Window.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?

In order to have a great finish, you need to begin every project correctly. Each step in any finish, whether it be a set of dining room chairs or a foyer’s walls, need to be well executed and thought out. Finishes will not stand the test of time if not prepared correctly.

I spend a great deal of time making sure the proper foundation has been set. From experience, I will actually feel a surface and look closely at furniture or walls to calculate how much prep needs to be done. I am always extra cautious with projects and take extra steps to make a finish last such as: cleaning surfaces, sanding and then cleaning, sand off, using a high quality primer fit for the project, and of course, using the best painting products to finish. Prep, Prep, Prep – that is my best advice! When you finally get to the fun finishing part, it is so rewarding! It is also gratifying knowing your finish will last a long time.

Glazed Cabinet Doors and Molding by Heather Jozak Studios | Interior Design by Robert Jenny Design | Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Modern Mastery Feature

These antique glazed doors and moldings have an elegant finished look and feel due to Heather’s talented artistry. We’re proud that our Tintable Glaze helped her achieve this finish! The lovely interiors are by Robert Jenny Design.

Beautiful Fishtank patina created with Modern Masters Metal Effects by decorative painter Heather Jozak Studios | Modern Mastery Projects Feature

We would absolutely stop in our tracks when seeing the patina on this large fish tank with our Metal Effects. Stunning result!

Incredibe Silver and Blue Patina Living Room Ceiling combining Metal Effects and Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Decorative Painting Project by Heather Jozak Studios |Interior Design by Maura Buckley of Millburn ETC | Modern Mastery Feature

This is a handsome silver and blue patina ceiling created in collaboration with designer Maura Buckley of Millburn ETC. Wonderful work with our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects! It was a pleasure following this project on Instagram as she shared the process.

We hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at the talented works of Heather Jozak and her studio. She has such a versatile range of talent and artistry on applied surfaces! Please take a look at her website, Heather Jozak Studios, to see more of her projects and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Pinterest, too. Many thanks to Heather for sharing her artistry with us. Have an inspired week!

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Modern Mastery: Casey and Vince Murray of Belle Arti

The Central Kentucky decorative painting and design studio, Belle Arti, has been successful for over 20 years and owners Vince and Casey Murray frequently use Modern Masters products in their beautiful projects. In fact, our jaws dropped when we first saw their extraordinary artistry and we reached out to them for a blog feature. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to share their work and a few words of wisdom as a part of the latest feature in our Modern Mastery series.

Modern Mastery Series: Belle Artiky | Modern Masters Blog

Casey and Vince Murray of Belle Arti. Photographed by Andrew Miller Photography of Wicklow, Ireland.

“Our company name, Belle Arti, is Italian for ‘fine art’ and we are a design and finishes studio located in central Kentucky. As a husband and wife team, we have been working together for over twenty years, both bringing unique skills to the table,” Vince says. Casey and Vince have also, by extension, incorporated a home’s overall design into their studio offerings. “We’ve had clients that want us to put together the wall finishes, any mural or trompe l’oeil work, glazing of any casework and cabinetry, as well as fabrics, etc., and we are happy to oblige them by being their go-to designers and artists for the whole process,” Vince explains. “We both come from design backgrounds. I literally designed, drew the blueprints, and decorated homes for my father who was a building contractor from the time I was sixteen years old, while studying drafting and specialized art in high school. When I decided to pursue my art and design full time, I attended the Miller Wagner School in Chicago to receive the needed training and credentials. My wife also grew up around design, working with her mother who is a licensed interior designer, doing everything from painting, wallpapering, and sewing, to installation of window treatments. So when we married, it seemed only natural for us to pursue art and design as our profession.” It’s an upbringing and partnership that has led to incredible work and success for their studio. Their passion for their art shines through clearly! Now about their work…

Coffered Ceiling Accented with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Series | Decorative Artists: Belle Arti

Coffered ceiling the Belle Arti Studio created and installed. The ceiling is a dark glazed finish accentes with several colors from the Metallic Paint Collection: Antique Bronze, Statuary Bronze, Olympic Gold, and Pale Gold.

 

What is your top finishing tip?

We both agreed that it is this: Do not be afraid to experiment! When you see a finish, or a pattern, or a color that either you or your client likes, dissect it in your mind and figure out how to replicate it. Use unconventional methods  and applications, and most of the time you will end up surprising yourself. We did this once on a project where a designer for a restaurant wanted molding to be painted to exactly match the counters and tabletops that were a solid surface. It took several tries, but we eventually got it perfect, and the client was delighted.

Modern Masters Metallic Paints accent a Glamorous Bath | Project by Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Series Feature

Golden and Glam Master Bath | Decorative Painting Project by Belle Arti | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Metallic gold accents in a glam bathroom. The moldings, rosettes and ceiling are layered with Olympic Gold, Pale Gold and Iridescent Gold Metallic Paints.

 

Dining Room Before Mural - Click Link to see Amazing After! Project by Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Series Feature

Before (top) and After (bottom)

Lush and Beautiful Dining Room Wall Mural by Decorative Painting Firm Belle Arti | Modern Masters | Modern Mastery Series Feature

This dining room features a French Rococo style pastoral scene mural. It adds an incredible amount of interest, as you can see by the before pic. There is a strié effect on the wainscoting and the crown molding using Oyster Metallic Paint. “We love the fact that the metallics show the brush strokes, and often we use that to our advantage, as with this effect,” THEY BOTH share. The pearly metallic blends perfectly with the silk draperies and elevates the space. As to the mural? “We protect our murals with Dead Flat Varnish.”

Rococo Pastoral Mural | Wainscoting and Crown Molding are painted with Oyster Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Gorgeous Artristy by Belle Arti of Central Kentucky

Dining Room Mural by Belle Arti | Rococo Pastoral Scene | Wainscot, Trim and Crown Molding have Oyster Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Blog Feature

What is the most inspiring place or space you’ve visited?

We narrowed it down to two, but for different reasons. We really LOVE the Galerie d’Apollon in the Louvre because of all of the gilding and ornamentation combined with the stunning mural work. The cartouches and pediments over the doorways give inspiration that just goes on and on. The second place was a little shop in Florence, Italy on a small back street close to the Pitti palace. It was a studio that does exactly what we do right here in Kentucky! The shop was filled with gorgeous pieces of painted furniture and screens, as well as sample boards of wall finishes and frescoes. We both at that point realized what an awesome and time-honored profession we are engaged in, that definitely has a rich history attached to it.

Glam Accents in Bar with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Series Feature

Crown Molding and Architectural Details are accented by Metallic Paints by Modern Masters in the very capable hands of Kentucky decorative painting studio Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Studio Series

A gorgeous bar area painted for a client. All of the moldings and appliqués are painted with Olympic Gold, Pale Gold, and Iridescent Gold Metallic Paints.

 

Before Shot of incredible Theatre Room Makeover project by Belle Arti with Modern Masters products | Modern Mastery Series Blog Feature

Before (top) and After (bottom)

Theatre Room designed, created and painted by decorative painting firm Belle Arti out of Central Kentucky | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Metallic Paints and Glazes grace a faux Theatre Room Entrance | Project by Belle Arti from Central Kentucky | Modern Masters Studio Feature on Blog

The pics showcase the Before & After of a Theater Room entry. “Our studio fabricated and installed everything, including the lighted sign. All of the moldings as well as the ceiling are layered with Tequila Gold and Pale Gold Metallic Paints. The harlequin panels are glazed in Pale Gold as well. The theater sign is painted with Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint as well as having accents of the two golds.”

 

What is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?

We still are both totally enamored with your Metallic Paint Collection. We have, of course, come up with recipes to achieve looks we like. For example, to achieve to look of aged gold leaf that has worn over time, we start with a base of dark brown, then add a coat of Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint, then a layer of Tequila Gold Metallic Paint. On top of this, we do a sheer layer of Tequila Gold and Iridescent Gold with a 1:1 ratio. We finally gently dry-brush any raised details with a warm black. It truly does give the effect of a time-worn patina.

Croc Panels with Glazed Metallic Paints | Modern Masters | Project by Belle Arti

Gorgeous Paneled and Glazed Wall with a chic Crocodile Pattern | Beautiful decorative painting by Kentucky's Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Blog Series

The crocodile door panels are painted with Champagne Metallic Paint and the overall antiquing glaze is done with Tintable Glaze.

Such exceptional work, don’t you think? Vince and Casey have used Modern Masters products for years and have never been disappointed. “We love the metallics, and the clear coats for interior and exterior applications. Their durability is unsurpassed,” they say. “We both truly enjoy what we do, but we realize that it is fantastic products like the ones from Modern Masters that enable us to achieve those looks and finishes, which amaze our clients, and keeps them coming back for more.” We’d like to thank both Casey and Vince for their beautiful artisty with our products and the time they took to share their projects with us! Please make sure you head to their Belle Arti website for more and follow them on both the Belle Arti Houzz page and @belle_arti_studio on Instagram to keep on top of their decorative painting adventures. Until next time – stay inspired!

Modern Masters products can be found via local retailers across the US and the Modern Masters online shopping site.

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How to Create A Silvery, Rustic Aged Effect On A Metal Planter

How to Create a Silvery, Rustic Aged Effect on a Metal Planter | Modern Masters

Did you read my recent front door redo, using Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint? If so, you learned that we experienced a huge, damaging hail storm on May 2. Now, weeks later, we have a new roof, our flowers are finally blooming to the max, and hubby and I have worked tirelessly on our deck and front natural area. Dozens of new perennials, bags of mulch and pebbles later, we are almost done recuperating.

As always, we are still on the lookout for projects to incorporate into our fresh exterior décor. I spied this boring and bland empty planter just screaming, “paint me.” Since I have worked with Modern Masters for quite some time now, ideas quickly come to mind, and a fast look-see in my studio turned up the oh-so-versatile Texture Effects, Metal Effects, Metallic Paint, and a large stencil.

DIY Silvery, Rustic Aged Garden Planter How-to | Before Pic | Modern Masters Blog

Modern Masters recently introduced Metal Effects Kits in Rust, Green and Blue Patinas, available online at TheHomeDepot.com. I’m willing to bet you have been drooling over projects you have seen using the Metal Effects products, and now the ability to purchase a kit with everything you need at your fingertips makes jumping into a project super simple and easy.

I discovered that I could create a neutral-toned subtle look on a planter, or, jazz up the details with Silver Metallic paint. How cool is that?

Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Kit | Metal Planter DIY on Modern Masters Blog

I hope you are intrigued with my boring now beautiful planter, and you’re already looking around the house for an item to transform. Here’s the supply list, and you will quickly discover that many more projects can be done with these materials, in varying combinations.

SUPPLIES

Water Base Primer for your Surface (i.e., metal, plastic)

One Metal Effects Rust Kit

One Quart of Silver Metallic Paint

One Quart of Texture Effects

One 16 oz. Natural Brown Glazing Cream Color

One Large Stencil like the Royal Design Studio Indian Floral Wall Stencil that I used

Drop cloth, sea sponge, wet rag, painters tape, color shaper tool, paint brushes, scissors

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RUST PATINA KIT, to cover about 18 square feet:

8 ounces of Metal Effects Primer, 8 ounces of Iron Reactive Paint, 10 ounces of Rust Activator, 2 brushes, 2 stir sticks and complete instructions. The kit also includes the recommended Permacoat Xtreme Sealer.

Before you get started, prep the area with a drop cloth as needed. It’s a good idea not to invite kids and pets since you will be spraying. Make sure your area is well ventilated, too, or work outside in the shade like I did.

BRUSH ON PRIMERS

Using Metal Effects Rust Kit and Metallic Paints to Create a Rustic Planter | Modern Masters Blog How-to

First, clean and prep your surface with a good primer for your surface. I used a metal primer tinted gray and let dry. Using one of the brushes in the Metal Effects Kit, brush on a coat of Metal Effects Primer. Once dry, you can add the second coat. Let dry at least 12 hours or overnight.

TINT THE TEXTURE EFFECTS

Tinting Texture Effects | Silver & Rust Metal Planter DIY | Modern Masters Blog

Just in case my planter gets bumped or scratched while outside, I tinted the Texture Effects with Natural Brown Glazing Cream, so the pure white color would not show if chipped off. I used 1 pint of Texture Effects and 4 ounces of Natural Brown so that I could have enough to use on all four sides of the planter and not need to mix more. You can tint to taste on this step. It does turn out out I could have made less about half as much, so I can seal the leftovers up for another time.

STENCIL EMBOSSING

Creating a Raised Pattern on a Flat Surface | Rustic Garden Planter DIY by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

I am an enthusiastic painter and project-doer, but I am also frugal with my time. So, I selected this very large wall stencil that covers my planter entirely. That way, I did not have to wait for the pattern to dry, then move the stencil to fill in missing design areas. I cut the top of the stencil material off so that I could easily start the design right at the top. After taping, I applied the mixture using a color shaper tool.

Embossing a Stencil Pattern on a Metal Garden Planter | Silvery Rustic How-to Garden Vase on Modern Masters Blog | Project by My Patch of Blue Sky

Attempt to hold the stencil tight to the surface with one hand so the mix won’t bleed, but no worries if happens a bit. Perfection is not required.

Creating a 3 dimensional stencil pattern on a flat surface | Silvery Rustic DIY How-to on the Modern Masters Blog | Garden Decor Ideas

This looks weird, I admit, but I propped the lightweight planter up with a log to keep the planter from touching the step so I could do all sides at once. Let dry hard.

BRUSH ON SILVER METALLIC PAINT

Metal Effects Patinas + Metallic Paint for a Silvery, Rustic DIY Garden Planter | How-to by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

A wide craft brush worked great.

Using Metallic Paint on a DIY Rustic Contemporary Garden Planter | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

I was planning to do 2 or even 3 coats of the Silver Metallic Paint, but, magically, one coat was perfect. Let dry hard. I left it overnight.

TAP ON SOME IRON REACTIVE PAINT

Creating the Metal Effects Rust Finish on a Rustic Contemporary Garden Decor Piece | DIY on the Modern Masters Blog

Use the sea sponge, tapping it into the iron paint on a palette of tin foil, then onto the surface.

Modern Masters Metal Effects DIY with Metallic Paints | Modern Rustic Garden Planter How-to

Silvery, Rustic Garden Planter DIY | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky You can use the chip brush in the kit to add iron paint in recessed areas. You need two coats, so after the first one dries, add some more in approximately the same areas. Let dry well.

SPRAY THE RUST PATINA ACTIVATOR

Contemporary Rustic Garden Decor How-to | Modern Masters Blog

Spray one coat, beginning at the top. Wait five minutes, then spray again. About 20 minutes into the drying process, as the rust begins to form, I used the barely dampened clean sponge to pull off some areas until I liked the look. Then I let the rust process finish.

Metal Effects and Metallic Paints create a Rustic Modern Garden Planter | Step by Step DIY How to by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

You know that I am a rust, crust, and patina lover by now, I am sure. I don’t have too many items that belonged to my parents, who are now residing in a lovely garden somewhere in heaven.

DIY Rustic Planter with Metal Effects and Metallic Paint | How to by Debbie Hayes for the Modern Masters Blog

I do cherish this old concrete statue, painted lovingly by my Dad over 40 years ago to grace his fish pond. Damaged over the years, she has developed her own natural texture and color, and I love it paired with this rusty, stenciled metal planter now.

DIY Rustic & Metallic Garden Decor Planter | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

YOU CAN EVEN CHANGE YOUR MIND AND ADD MORE SILVER

Painting an Embossed Stencil Pattern with Metallic Paint | DIY Rustic Contemporary Garden Planter | How to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

Sometimes, I sleep on a project after it is completed, and decide to do just “one more thing.” So I am guessing you have done it before too, right? So I got out the Silver Metallic Paint, and a small, stiff artist brush and very quickly dry-brushed some paint on all of the raised leaves, flowers and stems. No kidding, this took about 15 minutes.

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Now this oversized, boring planter literally glows, even as the sun sets over our front courtyard. No matter which of the two looks you adore, you can achieve them with the same materials. After your piece dries, you can apply the Permacoat Xtreme sealer for additional weather resistance.

DIY Silvery Rustic Garden Planter | Modern Masters How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Are you jazzed and ready to do this? I have discovered that I could have done two of these planters with the materials on the supply list, and more! Have a blast, and as always, be sure to share your before and after photos with Modern Masters.

Modern Masters Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Modern Mastery: Patricia Presto

We discovered the amazing projects of Atlanta-based decorative artist Patricia Presto on Facebook and have been following her projects ever since! She has a beautiful eye for color and pairs gorgeous treatments with the right surface – and has the happy clients to prove it! We were thrilled when she agreed to be on our Modern Mastery series and are so happy to share some of her Modern Masters projects with you!

Modern Master Profile on Decorative Artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface | Modern Masters Blog

Decorative Artist Patricia Presto

Patricia Presto of Georgia’s On the Surface specializes in the decorative painting of furniture, cabinets, and the faux finishing of walls as well as architectural color consulting. She shares, “There is no way I could have imagined the places I would go, the people I would meet or the challenges I would face on my journey into this wonderfully creative business…every project is new, special, and always a creative challenge. My favorite projects are when I work with a passion-driven team to achieve one dream space. It is exhilarating and very rewarding!”

“Meeting the people I have met along the way is one of the best parts of my career”, she continues. “I can’t describe the joy I get out of doing my job well, but also creating my business around developing relationships with my clients. Many are actually sorry to see us go when a project is completed, as we are to leave! The people that are working for me are part of my joy and laughter is a big part of our days. My life is enriched by my job. I consider that an extreme blessing.” Her love for her art shows through and through – as you’ll see in her projects!

Silver Metallic Paint by Modern Masters enhances an ornamental bath sink. The project is by artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface and featured on the Modern Masters blog.

Bath Sink and Stand painted and embellished by artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

This vanity was pickled wood with really pretty carvings and Patricia’s client wanted it painted a deep eggplant-gray color to go with her new bathroom design. “I suggested we take it up a notch and really put emphasis on the carvings as they were getting lost.  She had brushed silver accents in her new bathroom so I went with Silver Metallic Paint straight from the pot to paint the carvings. We also added silver leaf, crackle and finished off with wax.” Patricia did the same finish on the mirror.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited? 

Nature, history, and the heart are my inspiration. I love rural landscapes and rustic things with all the colors of the ocean, mountains and imperfectly perfect color combinations.There are feelings that go along with these places that I have lived or experienced and it is expressed through my work. I want the project to be treasured for reasons beyond technical expertise.I have had people write to me about how my furniture pieces “gave honor to my grandmother’s memory” or “you created an heirloom from a give away” or “you made our house a home”…..Inspiration to me is a constant awareness between knowledge of how to “produce it” and how to make it “come alive” with my paints, brush strokes, and putting my heart into it.

Kitchen Range Hood created with the help of Modern Masters' Metallic Paint Collection | Artist: Patricia Presto of On the Surface | Modern Mastery Feature

Kitchen Cabinetry and Range Hood transformed with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paints by artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

Patricia’s client wanted a contemporary look that was coupled with her love of a warm, rustic kitchen. Patricia used our Metallic Paint Collection in bronze and copper colors to highlight the gorgeous kitchen cabinetry and range hood details. What a transformation! The beautiful images are by Mary Powell Photography.

Metal Effects Patinas on Garden Art | Modern Mastery Feature on Artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Metal Effects Patinas on Craft DIY Letters | Modern Mastery Blog Feature on Artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Decorative garden and decor accents created with the help of Metal Effects rust and verdigris patinas.

What is your top finishing tip? 

Be prepared! My assistant, Emily, always hears me say “bring the kitchen sink” because we never know what the job could require beyond our actual finish. Always make a board, no matter how much you think you “remember” and always mix enough material so half way through a job you don’t have to re-mix and find you are mixing colors for hours because the shade is off. Always ask for help if needed. Don’t be an island! There is a great community of creatives in this field! Such an amazing array of ideas!

Modern Masters Metallic Paints help enhance a chair makeover | Artist: Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Lounge Chair and Ottoman refinished with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Glazes | Modern Mastery Feature: Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Small accents, BIG impression! Patricia was faced with a Bergère chair set that was dark but needed a more European look. Modern Masters Metallic Paint was paired with Chalk Paint® and foils for the luxe treatment. Patricia concludes, “Modern Masters gave it the European feel and lift it needed.”

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?   

The Atlanta Symphony Showcase Home of 2015. This was a particular challenge as the designer, Robin Lamonte of Rooms Revamped, had to work with what was there – no major construction. She called on us to create a finish on the large kitchen hood to become the “showpiece” of her design. Talk about pressure! She was interested in a copper hood, but wasn’t sure what would work. I had Modern Masters knowledge, and presented her a board using a Metal Effects with our own secret recipe that created a worn copper, patina look – and she immediately said “that’s it”!! My assistant, Emily, and I were working around lots of dust, several contractors, and other painters in a very tight space with very limited time. We were amongst a few HGTV stars, which felt intimidating at first, but I soon realized we were all just regular people trying to create something magical together and it was working! The house had great synergy!

The only glitch was our copper finish looked so real that the designer asked if I would create a postcard to place on counter that said “This is NOT real copper”! No one believed it was paint!

Metal Effects Patinas transform a kitchen range hood into a showpiece! Decorative Artist: Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Faux Floorcloth created with Modern Masters' Metallic Paints and Royal Design Studio Stencils | Modern Mastery Feature of artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design

If you look closely above, not only can you see the ‘copper’ range hood she created for the Atlanta Symphony Showcase Home, but also the faux floorcloth painted right on the wood floor with the help of the Metallic Paint Collection as well. Gorgeous space! Gorgeous photography by Mary Powell.

We absolutely love all the surfaces that Patricia and her team can transform and are honored she uses our Metal Effects and Metallic Paint Collection lines to help create their masterpieces. Be sure to visit Patricia’s website, On the Surface, as well as become a fan of her Facebook fan page. She also shares her commissions frequently on her Instagram account. Are you feeling inspired? We hope so! Thank you, Patricia, for sharing your time and your projects with us!

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DIY How-to: Embellish A Tray with the Tone-On-Tone Metallic Tool Kit

DIY How-to: Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish on Tray | Modern Masters Blog

Fabulous warm weather is finally here, and the other day I decided to drag my huge, hot citrus-color rug down from the attic. Purchased on a Marrakech trip, I loved how the old rug coordinated with the huge wooden screen that I rusted and stenciled for another Modern Masters DIY blog post. But even with some new pillows, I still craved something simple but special on the plain coffee table.

So back up to the attic to forage for more forgotten treasure. Voila! This very heavy, very boring, very dusty, large tray.

Tone on Tone Metallic DIY Finish | Before Pic of Tray | Modern Masters Blog

This tray is the perfect flat item for using the Tone on Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit! It’s used with the Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics to create a super pretty shimmery and matte metallic paint treatment. The finish adds a lot of interest to the metallic treatment and yet it’s so easy to do.

Tone-on-Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit | DIY How-to: Metallic Finish on Tray by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Along with easy step-by-step instructions, you get the sea sponge roller, a smooth roller, a roller handle, and a paint tray.

Materials for a beautiful Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish | DIY Decor Accent How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters BlogSimply choose a Matte Metallic color for the base coat, and then choose the corresponding Metallic Paint to create this Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish. The Copper Matte Metallic I chose worked nicely with the Copper Metallic Paint, especially I since I am in a summery wild Boho color mood.

Before you start, don’t miss Modern Masters’ quick application video for the Tone-On-Tone Metallic Finish:

SUPPLIES

Copper Matte Metallic (or your chosen Matte Metallic color)

Copper Metallic Paint (or your chosen corresponding Metallic Paint color)

Tone-On-Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit

• Optional: Florence Chalk Paint®, or any water-based paint color

• Painters Tape, small flat paint brush, rags, 220-grit sandpaper

First, I lightly sanded the sheen on the tray with 220-grit sandpaper, then painted 2 coats of Florence Chalk Paint®, which needs no priming. After it was dry, I taped off the edges of the flat bottom area. Then I cut in the Copper Matte Metallic Paint around the edges. This color is a bit sheer, so I let the edges dry and cut in once more to build up the color.

Chalk Paint® and the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Tray Decor Accent DIY | Tone-on-tone Finish Tutorial | Modern Masters Blog

Then, simply slide the short nap roller onto the frame, and roll two coats of the Copper Matte Metallic color (or your chosen Matte Metallic) for the base coat. Let dry completely between coats.

Clean the tray and the flat nap roller, and switch to the sea sponge roller.

Modern Masters DIY Tone-on-Tone Metallic Paint Finish | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

Roll on the Copper Metallic Paint (or your desired Metallic Paint color). Be sure to leave open spaces, in order to get a two-tone effect. Blot any excess paint areas with the cloth, if necessary. Let dry.

Modern Masters DIY Tone-on-Tone-Metallic Finish on Tray | Before & After Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

It’s like magic in a couple of simple steps. The look of the two sheens of paint, combined with the perfect tools, brings the look all together. Wondering about sealer? Since this piece will not be handled, I opted to leave the flat Chalk Paint® as is. You could seal the metallic finish with Modern Masters’ MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat that is formulated to specifically protect the Metallic Paint Collection for items or areas that will receive lots of handling.

Tone on Tone Metallic Finish on Tray

But, around here, we just might have a kitty curl up in this pretty tray, and call it home.

Chalk Paint® and Metallic Tone on Tone Finish on Pretty Tray Decor Accent | Copper and Turquoise | Modern Masters Blog Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Last year I had a blast painting an accent wall tone-on-tone finish in our hall bathroom using both the Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics. I still enjoy the effect, and the fact that the metallics and tool kit can be used on walls and flat objects to get an expensive-looking finish.

Modern Masters Tone on Tone Metallic Paint Wall Project | DIY How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

Are you ready to paint? You’ll be so surprised at how quickly this project goes! Modern Masters and I would love to see your projects!

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

Modern Mastery: Kelly Peterson

We discovered the lovely work of decorative painter Kelly Peterson on Facebook. She was sharing several of her Modern Masters projects during a viral one-week showcase by decorative artists and we contacted her immediately to learn more. We’re happy to present her varied works with our products and talk about her studio, Layers of Color.

Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Modern Mastery Series Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogKelly Peterson was in the construction industry for over 20 years running projects and managing an aluminum frame manufacturing company before starting her decorative finish business. “When decorative painting was introduced to me many years ago, I knew I finally found my passion. I couldn’t wait to figure out how to do it and share it with others. In 2003, I was very fortunate to move to very art-inspired cultural area outside of Sacramento, California. It was the perfect time to start my decorative painting business. I was so fortunate to find IDAL and the talented people at Modern Masters.” She became a Platinum Training Center for Modern Masters and through the studio and product lines, was able to create amazing finishes for her clients. A love of teaching also led her to begin faux finish classes for a local junior college. She now teaches classes each semester and has an amazing team of decorative finishers that create almost all the finishes for her studio, Layers of Color.

Modern Masters Metallic Finish | Stenciling done with Metallic Paint | Project by Kelly Peterson and featured in the Modern Masters CafeThe wall finish has a lovely Plum Metallic Plaster base and the stenciling is done with our Pale Gold Metallic Paint. The pattern is the Fabric Damask Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Kitchen Cabinetry painted with Modern Masters Statuary Bronze Metallic Paints | Project by Kelly PetersonThese kitchen cabinets were transformed with Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint and topcoated for durability. Kelly did the laundry room with the same cabinet finish!

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

We love working with Metallic Plaster, the Metallic Paint Collection and the Glazing Cream Colors. They are so versatile and can be used in so many applications from walls to cabinetry to furniture. We also have lots of fun with the Metal Effects patina finishes.

Metallic Plaster by Modern Masters creates a contemporary concrete look for a fireplace | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Cafe Blog FeatureTungsten and Shimmered Moon Metallic Plaster create a contemporary concrete look for a 27′ tall fireplace.

A Shimmery Metallic Paint Base for a Chair | Glam Chair Transformation by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Cafe BlogWarm Silver Metallic Paint helped update a chair with a shimmery, glam makeover.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?

We created a number of finishes for an amazing castle project in the Los Altos Hills Community of California. It was a 8000 square foot renovation from the original castle built in 1924. It took several years to complete the project. The new owner was dedicated to restore as much of the original character as possible. We even got to stencil an entire carport concrete floor with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Modello Designs vinyl stencils! It was so much fun to work on until the day several of the other contractors told us the castle was haunted…We weren’t scared… We created finishes using the Metallic Plasters, Metallic Paints and Venetian Plaster.

Home Construction and Restoration Project by decorative artist Kelly Peterson with Modern Masters Projects | Studio Feature on the Cafe BlogA sampling of the decorative paint finishes during the construction and renovation of a modern castle project in California.

What is your dream finishing project?

Most of our client projects have been dream projects. Any time a new client hires us and allows us to create beautiful and unique decorative finishes just for them is a dream project! It’s what keeps us motivated for the next one!

Italian-Inspired Metallic Plaster Finish for a Tuscan Home | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogA Metallic Plaster wall finish graces the dining room walls of a Tuscan-inspired home.

Both Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Metallic Plaster create a unique finish for a bedroom wall and headboard | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureMetallic Paint and Metallic Plasters were combined to create a unique wall finish and focal point in a master bedroom.

We love how every new client is her ‘dream project’ – what a great appreciation for each of her commissions! Kelly has over 30 years of construction experience and a general contractor’s license in the state of California, as well as an experienced full service Interior Designer on staff at Layers of Color. Her expertise shows in her unique and beautiful finishes with our products. Be sure to visit her Facebook page and Instagram account as she shares many of her current projects frequently. Don’t forget to pin and share these lovely Modern Masters projects, too!

Metal Effects Rust Finish Shows Its Elegant Side On A Living Room Screen

How to Paint A Folding Screen Using Rust And Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

I love how the excitement for Modern Masters Metal Effects keeps growing. Every day I see more and more creative uses for the rust and patina products on social media and the Modern Masters Cafe Blog.

When I discovered this extremely heavy wooden folding screen at a shop that was closing, I could just visualize potential. At the time, I had no earthly idea what I would conjure up.

How to Paint A Folding Screen Using Rust And Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

Months later, here is my finished project.

I decided to create rust with Modern Masters Iron Paint and Rust Activator, then stencil an overall pattern with Platinum Metallic Paint.

This combination of the dull rust and the shiny metallic paint is just gorgeous to me. It catches light streaming in the front window, and reflects a warm glow near the table lamp. The color even looks dramatically different from panel to panel, but it truly is just the lighting in our living room.

Folding Screen with Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish and Platinum Metallic Paint

Earlier this year I posted about using Modern Masters Metallic Paints on outdoor garden accents, and on a tone-on-tone finish on a focus wall in our hall bathroom. I admit that I am now addicted to these creamy, full-bodied water-based paints that come in an amazing array of to-die-for colors.

Metallic Paint Collection Colors from Modern Masters

Are you ready to dive in and try your own project?

SUPPLIES

Modern Masters Metal Effects and Metallic Paint

Modern Masters Metal Effects rimer, Iron Reactive Paint, Rust Activator, Permacoat Xtreme

Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Platinum

Royal Design Studio Esperanza Lace Tile stencil

large stencil brush, painters tape, paper towels, containers and a palette

PRIME TWO COATS

Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer | Folding Screen Rust Finish Patina How-To

Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer on Folding Screen | How to Stenciled Rust Finish Tutorial on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Prep your work area with a drop cloth and good ventilation. After cleaning your piece, roll or brush on two coats of Metal Effects Primer, following drying times on the container. Let dry overnight.

PAINT TWO COATS OF OXIDIZING IRON PAINT

Modern Masters Iron Reactive Paint being added to a Folding Screen | Rust Patina Finish How-To on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Roll or brush on two coats of the Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint, according to dry times on the container.

BRUSH ON TWO COATS OF RUST ACTIVATOR

Modern Masters Rust Activator | Rust Finish DIY on Cafe Blog | Project by Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky

At this point, I added two layers of plastic under my piece and decided that I would brush on the Metal Effects Rust Activator, instead of spray it, since I was working in our kitchen.

Brushing on Modern Masters Rust Activator on the Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint - then the MAGIC happens! DIY Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Let dry a couple of hours, or until the rust quits changing. Here’s what it looks like after about an hour.

During Shot of Rust Patination Process | Metal Effects by Modern Masters How-To

STENCIL

Stenciling with Modern Masters Metallic Paints over the Metal Effects Patina | DIY Tutorial on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Use a large stencil brush. Dip the tips of the brush into the Platinum Metallic Paint, and offload any excess onto paper towels so it won’t run under the stencil.

I used a wall-size stencil, so to get started, I positioned the center of the stencil at the center of the top panel, then let the design go from there. Since I had not sealed the rust finish, I did need to change the tape often, because the rust stuck to the tape a bit.

Stenciling with Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Royal Design Studio Stencil | DIY Folding Screen Project on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The key to this project was timing. The Primer has an overnight drying time and the other products all require two coats, with re-coat times to pay attention to.

Basically, it is fairly easy, and quite stunning, don’t you think?

Stenciled Rust Patina Folding Screen | How to Stencil and How to Rust | DIY Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

My glass fish floats and copper star are the perfect accents.

Rust and Shimmer | Patina Folding Screen with Metallic Stenciling | DIY Project How-to via Modern Masters Cafe Blog

And I was especially surprised at how well the wall mirror and old columns pulled this little corner vignette together.

Rusted and Stenciled Folding Screen | Project How-to on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Now, at this point, for most projects, you will definitely want to seal using the Permacoat Xtreme topcoat, made specificically for the Rust Patina Finish. Since this screen is not going to be handled at all, I decided to leave it as is.

I can’t wait to see what you paint using rust and metallics!

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

The Modern Mastery of Caroline Lizarraga

Through the Modern Mastery series on the Cafe blog, we feature and profile the incredible works of artists who use our products in ever-innovative ways. One artist we’ve featured before is Caroline Lizarraga and her eponymous decorative arts studio is based in San Francisco. We’ve caught up with her again recently and are honored to share her most recent Modern Masters projects with you, as photographed by Catherine Nguyen.

Paris Freehand Drawings over Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarrage | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureLoose and organic freehand drawings of Paris are painted over our Venetian Plaster. The beautiful light fixture and interior design is by Alia Gaffney.

Stenciled Gray Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCaroline stencils a tone on tone pattern treatment over gray Venetian Plaster. The stencil design is the Indian Paisley Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Architectural Drawings over Modern Masters Plum Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga Decorative Artist | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArchitectural drawings are painted over a custom plum Venetian Plaster on bath walls.

Yellow Venetian Plaster with Embedded Family Mementos | Project by Decorative Artist Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureEmbedded Drawings and Designs in Venetian Plaster by artist Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCaroline’s clients wanted a beautiful way to preserve memories of their travels and important moments. She embedded drawings, postcards and other designs within a buttery, textured Venetian Plaster finish.

Stenciled Wall with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureCaroline used our Metallic Paints to stencil the African Plumes Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio on her client’s living room walls. Mixing gold and platinum toned metallic paints helped create a beautiful and versatile contemporary ‘wallpaper’ treatment.

White Elegant Raised Crocodile Wall Finish | Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Decorative Artist Caroline Lizarraga | Photographed by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA luxe, white crocodile finish is created by Caroline with our Venetian Plaster.

Modern Masters ShimmerStone with Raised Stencil Design | Artistry by Caroline Lizarraga Decorative Artist | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA raised design on ShimmerStone creates lustrous dining room walls that entice.

Venetian Plaster Focal Wall with Architectural Drawings | Decorative Artistry by Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtistic drawings look amazing over several colored layers of Venetian Plaster.

Black Venetian Plaster Ceiling in Masquerade Bath | Project by Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureA rich, black Venetian Plaster completes this unique masquerade bath perfectly.

So many inspired surfaces and spaces! We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Caroline’s extraordinary artistry. Please visit her website, Caroline Lizarraga, to see more of her talents. Many thanks to both Caroline and photographer Catherine Nguyen for the beautiful images to share with you. If you’d like to share your work with us for a possible feature, please send images to projects@modernmasters.com – we look forward to seeing them. Have an inspired day!