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!

Create A Gorgeous, Easy Focus Wall Finish Using Modern Masters Metallic Plaster

How to Use Modern Masters Metallic Plaster | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHave you embraced the “paint everything white” phenomenon? I have somewhat. Having been in the faux finishing biz for years, white seemed a wonderful, soft new statement color. So, I painted our master bedroom a greyish white with a square silver leaf accent. It made the room so much brighter, which I liked. It also made the room very understated. Not my style.

I craved more of a warm hug environment. And I got it! Are you feeling it?

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster finish

It’s a result of Modern Masters Metallic Plaster. Oh my. After 15 years of creating complicated multi-layer wall finishes, this product provides a glamorous, 2-step plaster treatment for the professional finisher and DIYer. Magic I had to experience.

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster colorsThere is a plethora of gorgeous colors to choose from.

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster colors

I went directly to the color Eucalyptus because I wanted to coordinate with the bedding, pottery and other jewel tones in the room that I love.

Using Metallic Plaster for a Beautiful 2-Step Wall Finish | Modern Masters Cafe BlogDying to give it a try? Here’s how I achieved the look, including painting a green base coat over the white wall. You can skip this step if you choose a Metallic Plaster color close to your wall color.

SUPPLIES

Supplies for Applying Metallic Plasters by Modern Masters | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

  • Metallic Plaster in the color Eucalyptus. You can choose any color that works for you! Measure the total square footage of the area you need to cover to figure coverage, just like with paint.
  • 240MM Japanese Trowel
  • Natural Sea Sponge Mini Roller
  • Latex Paint base in color close to Metallic Plaster. I chose a vibrant green, which is not a close match to Eucalyptus, so you could easily see the process. Notice the plaster covered it easily. You can skip this if you choose a Metallic Plaster color close to your wall color.
  • Paint Supplies: Roller pan and liners, paint roller, medium nap roller, paint brush and paint stir sticks
  • Tape Supplies: Painters tape and low-tack tape
  • Additional Supplies: Rags, drop cloths and ladder
  • One kitty assistant to keep an eye on quality control

STEP ONE

Tape trim and wall

Use painters tape to tape off the wall, trim and baseboards. I used low tack tape to tape off my silver leaf square. Remove switch plate covers, draperies and hardware. Put down drop cloths.

STEP TWO

Tape and cut in basecoat

Cut in all edges.

Paint two coats of basecoat color

Roll on two coats. Let dry according to directions.

STEP THREE

Roll Metallic Plaster with 90% coverage

Put some Metallic Plaster in the roller pan. Use the sponge roller to roll on the plaster. This is completely different than rolling paint. The goal is to create random texture that is not flat or 100% filled in. Use short strokes about 8″ long, turning the roller with every stroke. Aim for about 90% coverage of the surface. Roll about 1 1/2 square feet at a time.

Knockdown Metallic Plaster

Use the trowel to knock down the peaks. Use very light pressure at a low angle. If you press hard, the plaster will fill in the voids. Use a damp rag to clean off the trowel every time you knock down the peaks.

Rolled Texture

You can get close to the corners of the wall and the trim. The next layer will fill in. Let dry 2 hours.

STEP FOUR

Butter trowel

“Butter” the trowel with some plaster using a stir stick. Press the trowel to the wall at a low angle and pull across the surface. Then, at a high angle, remove excess plaster. Don’t miss the How to Apply Metallic Plaster video on the Modern Masters YouTube channel before you begin your project as it shows this step perfectly.

Metallic Plaster Finish Closeup

This is a very flat finish, so pull the plaster tight to the surface. Clean the trowel often to avoid scratches. You will soon learn that you can use both edges.

Modern Masters Japanese Trowels

These amazing tools made in Japan practically do the work for you without having to put a lot of elbow grease into the strokes. One important secret to a pro-looking finish is the tools you choose. Investing in the best tools will not only yield a gorgeous look, it will last a lifetime if carefully maintained. Modern Masters sent me the larger 270mm Japanese Trowel also. If I were working on a big surface not broken up with small areas like my wall, I would have chosen the larger trowel. It’s so worth the cost to make the process go faster.

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster on an Accent Wall | How To Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Plaster by Modern Masters on Wall | How To Tutorial on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Lustre and Shimmer with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster | Step by Step How To Wall Finish Tutorial | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHave you noticed the patina artwork over the bed? I created it for Modern Masters last month using their Metal Effects products – so addictive!

I hope you’ll give Metallic Plaster a try. If you are new to plaster, it can give your home a classy new look that you’ve been drooling over on Pinterest and in magazines. Plus you can brag that you did it yourself!

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 Masters Metal Effects Makes Rusty, Patinated Wall Art Magic

How to Mix Modern Masters Metal Effects PatinasOur Greensboro, North Carolina winter is blah! Dull, dark and dreary. But this week I experienced some creative excitement that beat the gloom for me while cooped up in the house. Packages from Modern Masters arrived on my doorstep, chock full of their Metal Effects products. My goal: to create something rusty and fabulous with gorgeous green patina like you find on ancient hardware and statuary.

And I thought Christmas was over.

I have spent over 15 years as a full time faux finisher, yet I never discovered these crazy fun, addictive products! I know you have seen stunning finishes on walls and furniture on Pinterest and in magazines and drooled over the look thinking they are impossible for a DIYer to achieve.

Oh, it’s so not so!

THE BEFORE PHOTO

Modern Masters Artwork Before

OK, put on your sweatshirt, woolen hat and mittens and trek to the attic or basement to unearth something to practice on. To get a more dramatic effect, choose something with pattern and depth like this metal wall art. Mine is like a section from a century old tin store ceiling and I’m betting you have something similar. Give it a good cleaning with soap and water and wipe dry.

Modern Masters Metal Effects products

It’s hard to believe that I got this amazing look using only a few products. But I did take ten minutes to watch the related Modern Masters Metal Effects videos, Metal Effects Patina Finishes and Metal Effects Rust Finishes, before I began my project. I created my finish a bit differently, so use my directions for this project.

SUPPLIES

PREP YOUR WORK AREA.

I worked on my studio table top covered with a heavy drop cloth with no kitties (or little ones) around. Be sure to carefully read the instructions on each label that include info like having proper ventilation. Be aware that the spray mist can travel and may stain, so cover anything precious.

BRUSH ON 2 COATS OF METAL EFFECTS PRIMER AND LET DRY OVERNIGHT.

Modern Masters Primer

BRUSH ON 2 COATS OF IRON REACTIVE PAINT AND LET DRY.

Modern Masters Iron Oxidizing Paint

I skipped some areas just to see what would happen. Here it is when dry.

Modern Masters Iron Oxidizing Paint

ROLL ON 2 COATS OF COPPER REACTIVE METALLIC PAINT, HITTING THE HIGH AREAS. Do not let the 2nd coat dry.

Modern Masters Copper Paint

ATTACH THE SPRITZER CAP TO THE GREEN PATINA AGING SOLUTION BOTTLE AND SPRAY LIBERALLY.

Modern Masters Green Patina

Wait. Wait a little more. Then watch the green patina finish evolve over a couple of hours. Depending upon your piece, you may need to spray the Rust Activator over the Iron Reactive Paint when the Green Patina Aging Solution is dry. I actually did not need it to get this look. Since the Green Patina Aging Solution acts as its own sealer, I did not need to seal it. If you wanted to seal after using the Rust Activator, use the Permacoat Xtreme sealer and topcoat as it was created specifically for an overall rust finish.

Modern Masters Rust and Green Patina

Modern Masters Rusty Patina Metal Wall Art

What do you think? How do you like my new crusty masterpiece hung on top of our silver leaf wall? Stay tuned as in February I will be posting my wall finish project using Modern Masters Metallic Plaster. Then I will reveal the final look in our master bedroom.

Let me guess. I think you are on the Modern Masters website now to find the retailer closest to you to get these products ASAP!

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: Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio

Modern Mastery Feature of Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWe’re excited to introduce another wonderful artist, Rochester, NY-based Amie Freling, for our Modern Mastery blog series. Amie’s lifelong passion for design ultimately led to the opening of Meme Hill Studio in 1989. Meme Hill Studio was named after her grandparents, a woodworker and art teacher respectively, who influenced her as a child and strongly encouraged her creative development. Today, she proudly offers such professional services as interior design, color consultation, murals, custom faux finishes, furniture painting and more. “I love when the client gets excited,” says Amie, who studied illustration at Syracuse University and previously served as art director for a Washington D.C.-based magazine. ‘”I love creating happy, inviting niches in homes and businesses.” Part of creating these welcoming spaces including using Modern Masters, one of her favorite go-to product lines, and she shared a few of her favorite projects with us.

Harlequin Diamonds with Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Meme Hill StudioOur Metallic Paint Collection helped create this beautiful harlequin diamond finish on the dining room walls.

 

Painted and Glazed Furniture | Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Meme Hill Studio

Painted Furniture Glazed with our Tintable Scumble Glaze.

 

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

I was introduced to Modern Masters fifteen years ago when a fellow faux finisher (say that 5 times fast) asked me to help him with a large job faux finishing an entire 15,000 square foot home. We glazed a two and half story great room with the Tintable Scumble Glaze and I was hooked. The drying time was longer than any other glaze that I tried and there were absolutely no overlapping lines. I now use it on all my faux projects from large rooms to small accent pieces of furniture. Plus clients love that I custom tint, giving them a one-of-a kind project!

Horizontal Stripes with Metallic Paint on Foyer Walls | Modern Masters Project by Meme Hill StudioThin horizontal stripes with several Metallic Paint Collection colors add interest to foyer entry walls.

 

Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Glaze on Dining Room Ceiling and Walls | Meme Hill StudioPlatinum and Warm Silver Metallic Paints were crosshatched on the ceiling and a glaze made with Antique Bronze and Blackened Bronze create a gorgeous subtle finish on the dining room walls.

 

Mural Painted with Modern Masters Products | Meme Hill StudioAn Italian Mural by Amie is created with the help of our Tintable Scumble Glaze.

 

Handpainted Metallic Ornamental Scrolls | Artistry by Amie FrelingPretty ornamental vines climb up the walls and shimmer enticingly with our Metallic Paints.

 

What is your go-to Modern Masters product?

My favorite products other than the Tintable Scumble Glaze is the Metallic Paint Collection. My all time favorite color is the Champagne Metallic Paint. It works with whites, creams, silvers and gold. Its a warm metallic that screams richness. I love horizontal stripes in the metallics. I roll it on with a 6-inch roller and then use a course brush to create so many effects. The way both artificial and natural lights interfere and create interest is amazing.

Soft Painted Stripes on Nursery Ceiling | Modern Masters Project by Amie Freling of Meme Hill StudioA beautifully designed nursery by Amie features loose and soft metallic stripes on the ceiling and a subtle glaze on the dresser and changing table.

 

Metallic Stripes in Contemporary Office | Modern Masters Project by Meme Hill StudioA modern office receives a decidedly contemporary stripe treatment on the entryway and glazed walls in the main area.

 

What is your dream finishing project?

Any public space. My tag line is “Follow me paint the town. Literally!” and I love working in public spaces like restaurants, schools, hospitals and anyplace where art can be appreciated by those who might not be able to have my painting in their own homes. I feel everyone should be exposed to art. I’m always eager to volunteer my talents for charity events and fundraisers. My dream would be a part of a whole house makeover for a deserving family or child.

Painted Bench with Glazed Ornamental Scrolls by Amie FrelingA creative bench with handpainted ORNAMENTATION AND florals. Amie used our Tintable Scumble Glaze with her color palette to help with the flow OF BOTH painting AND AGING THE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS.

 

Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio enjoys a dedicated following as a designer and artist. She shares her signature blend of patterns and colors with both commercial and residential clients. Her line of decorative hardware is carried by True Value and her original line of home accessories has sold in retail stores nationwide including Nordstroms. Her works have been featured on HGTV and in national magazines and she is also a contributing design editor for her local newspaper. Be sure to keep up with her as she shares more on her Facebook fan page. Many thanks to Amie for spending some time with us and sharing her incredible Modern Masters projects!

See Other Modern Mastery Features

Beautiful Feature Walls with Metallic Paints!

Have you ever looked at a room with a desire to update it and give it a little something special? Feature walls are an excellent way to add visual interest to a space! Adding a decorative paint finish to an entire room is very pleasing but sometimes a little pop of color and shimmer is all you need. Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful & innovative ways some of our decorative painting friends have used accent walls and Modern Masters Metallic Paints to make a powerful statement.

 An elegant accent wall finished in Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Caroline Lizarraga Neutral and still so Wow! This elegant feature wall by artist Caroline Lizarraga incorporates our metallic paints for this striae effect, giving the look of luxurious silk. It looks a bit like a waterfall, doesn’t it? “Watery” effects in interior design will be BIG in 2014 so this is one finish to watch. Be sure not to miss more of Caroline’s incredible decorative painting projects.

 

A beautiful feature wall finished in Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Heather Dunn & Co.

Heather Dunn & Co. created this bold feature wall with seven of our metallic colors! The rich contrasting hues complement the lighter decor perfectly. Heather blended the metallic paint colors horizontally and vertically to create this one-of-a-kind contemporary wall treatment.

 

A shimmery dining room feature wall finished with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

This dining room feature wall was given a shimmery, layered effect with our metallic paints by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes! Dana Tucker has a home with a laid-back, warm feel — but she wanted to add a little glamour, too! She used the wall treatment to add a sophisticated edge that complimented her new light fixture as well. Lovely!

A beautiful paisley accent wall finished with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Carmen Illustrates

We think a little girl is happy! Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates created this spectacular Pucci-scarf inspired pattern for a budding teen fashionista. Gold and Silver Metallic Paint swirl playfully along with pinks, whites and fuschias to create a beautiful explosion of color and pattern!

 

Laundry room accent wall stenciled with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By My Sister & I

If you’d like to accent a small area of a feature wall, stenciling is the perfect way to go!  This lovely laundry room was stenciled by My Sister & I with both our Champagne and Warm Silver metallic paints! We think the scale and pattern are perfect for the space!

Whether you’re finishing an entire room or an ideal accent wall, Modern Masters Metallic Paints can help you create a special look that will set them apart from the rest! We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how you can achieve stunning results by creating your own feature wall! For more inspiration, please be sure to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards and “Like” us on our Facebook Fan Page! We look forward to seeing you there!

Modern Mastery: Taurie Goll

Modern Mastery Artist Profile: Taurie Goll of Beyond WhiteWe’re excited to bring you this week’s Modern Mastery Artist Profile on a wonderful decorative artist, Taurie Goll of Beyond White. We had a chance to catch up with her and find out a bit more about her love and passion for decorative finishing.

In 2003, Taurie left a career in marketing and advertising to submerse herself in the world of paint and color. Soon after she started Beyond White. Since then, her clothes, fingernails and hair have been in a constant state of paint mediums!  She has been very fortunate in that she started painting in the southwest and learned how to work with decorative finishes on textured walls and selecting colors and designs that are more indigent of a warm weather climate. Taurie has since moved east and learned to work on plastered and smooth walls with very different architecture, colors and decorative techniques that suit a four-season climate.

This line of work has also allowed her to go Beyond White in several cities across the globe and add her experience and creativity to her client’s walls. Let’s take a closer look at some of Taurie’s work.

Modern Masters Platinum Series Colorants and MasterClear® Supreme Matte Topcoat on stained signage | By Beyond White

The exterior sign for Café Muse was beautifully stained and smoked around the edges with tHE Platinum Series Colorants in Tobacco & Van Dyke Brown. MasterClear® Supreme in a matte finish was then used for protection.

 

What is your dream finishing project?

I have painted wonderful homes along with small businesses and each one is always special to me. However, I think that my dream finishing project would be to work on a set design for a television series or motion picture. When I watch them, my focus is usually on the background and what was applied to the walls. Odd? Not if you are a decorative painter, trying to create an atmosphere for a space. I am sure all of us in this field would agree!

Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish on walls of a restaurant | By Beyond White

For the interior walls of this restaurant, Taurie used Metal Effects Iron Reactive PRODUCTS to create a gorgeous rust finish for an accent space for her clients.

Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish on panels and Tequila Gold Metallic Paint on ceiling | By Beyond White

Taurie used both Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paints for the wall panels and Tequila Gold from our Metallic Paint Collection for the ceiling. Both finishes work nicely together in this dining room.

 

What is the most inspiring place you have visited?

I found that inspiration can come from anywhere. My favorite place that inspired me is the MONA in Hobart, Tasmania (Museum of Old and New Art). This funky, ingenious and beautiful museum houses true “outside of the box”, thought provoking and controversial art and exhibits. For me, it inspires the drive to paint left-of-center and attract clients who want their home or business “different”. I believe all artists need to be stimulated to create their own special niche and MONA does that for me. When I am unable to visit in person, I can always visit through the internet.

Modern Masters Metallic Paints used to create a block/tile finish using Olympic Gold, Tequila Gold, Antique Bronze, Statuary Bronze and Blackened Bronze | By Beyond White

The metallic blocks of this bath were created to match and enhance the rest of the room using a blend of Metallic Paint colors such as Olympic Gold, Tequila Gold, Antique Bronze, Statuary Bronze and Blackened Bronze.

Modern Masters Ebony Venetian Plaster on end tables | By Beyond White

To complement the contemporary style of another one of her clients, Taurie used Ebony Venetian Plaster tinted to about 75% for these built-in end tables. She then used our Venetian Plaster Topcoat for added durability and shine!

 

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

One of my favorite things about Modern Masters has always been their launching of new products and continual support of educating us through application tips, recipes and sharing our work with others in the decorative community. I also know when I use Modern Masters products, I can count on their beauty and durability.

Some of my more successful residential and commercial projects were finishes that included Modern Masters products, whether blending of the metallic paints with a latex paint, textured mediums using their Platinum Series or any of the Platinum colorants and protective sealers when I woodgrain a surface. My favorite finish has always been the reactive rust patina finish from the Metal Effects line and I love to apply it when I can. It is part of the Modern Masters ethos that helps fuel creativity, and thus allows me to take creative risks to help create my own style.

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We’d like to thank Taurie of Beyond White for sharing her beautiful artistry and love of art and decorative painting with us! We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring Beyond White with us! As always, feel free to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards for more inspiration and be sure to “Like” us on our Facebook Fan Page!

Modern Mastery: Tamra Alexander Cook

Tamra Alexander Cook | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWe’re proud to feature decorative artist Tamra Alexander Cook from the Central Coast of California for this week’s Artist Spotlight. We had a chance to catch up with Tamra and find out a bit about her artistry and how Modern Masters has impacted her creativity and career as a decorative artist.

Tamra Alexander Cook began a career in art about 7 years ago after needing a change of pace from the corporate field working in her family’s contract meter reading business. She knew that she wanted to do something creative since she spent most of her free time after work painting, sewing and decorating. Not knowing anything about decorative art, she just jumped right in and began learning some beautiful wall finishes and kept expanding from there. During these last two years she’s really discovered her true passion to be mirror and glass work with more emphasis on the fine arts.  “It’s been interesting to see how all the products I’ve used over the years for large projects like wall finishes and cabinetry work can be used in some way for both glass and fine art,” she says. Let’s take a look at some of her work!

Modern Masters Metallic Paints sealed with MasterClear® topcoat on the decorative flowers of an iron gate | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

Modern Masters Metallic Paints sealed with MasterClear® topcoat on the decorative flowers of an iron gate | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

Tamra used a custom mix of Modern Masters Metallic Paints for these brilliant decorative flowers on this iron gate. She then used the MasterClear® topcoat for for added UV protection!

Modern Masters Metallic Paints sealed with MasterClear® topcoat on the decorative flowers of an iron gate | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters Finishes?

My favorite Modern Masters finish would have to be the Reactive Metal finishes, especially the Rust finish. Right after I first started in the biz, I had a call from someone opening a new Salon in the area. I had only a very small rust sample on hand but she asked if I could do it on the large wall in the front of the salon. She needed it done within just a few days for the grand opening. I of course said “sure!” although I had never done it on anything larger than a couple of small furniture pieces. She originally asked for the just the front of the wall to be done but I convinced her that if we went all the way around, it would look more like a really large iron wall. She loved the idea and I knocked it out in two days. I’m still doing work in her beautiful Salon because of that wall. It’s definitely a high impact finish and people are impressed when they find out it’s the real deal, actually rusted iron.  I love the reaction I get every time someone ask how I do that.

Modern Masters Metal Effects on a large freestanding accent wall for a salon | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

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

My Modern Masters “go to” product is the Dead Flat Varnish. It’s amazing stuff!  I have used it on so many things because it produces such a nice truly dead flat finish and it holds up so well to everyday use.  I make sure to ALWAYS have some on hand because I’m always using it on something!

Modern Masters Metallic Bronze with reactive patina over silver foil | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

This Moroccan style chalkboard was created with Modern Masters Metallic Bronze and reactive patinas over silver foil.

Modern Masters Metal Effects on a set of shutters | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

These shutters were beautifully finished in the Modern Masters Metal Effects products.

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

I would have to say France and Ireland are the most inspiring places I’ve visited. So much of Europe is inspiring but the unbridled use of color in such unexpected ways is almost overwhelming. Paris, for me was nothing but pure eye candy! I love how you will have a somewhat monochromatic concrete or stone building with doors of unbelievable color and texture! The choice of color and beautiful, natural patinas everywhere you look, is awe inspiring!

Modern Masters Metallic Copper paint, furniture glaze and Metal Effects in Rust for the ornamentation detail of this fireplace mantel | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

Modern Masters Copper Metallic Paint, Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream and Metal Effects in Rust for the ornamentation detail of this fireplace mantel | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

We want to thank Tamra for taking the time to share her story and artistry with us this week. You can find more of her work on her Facebook & Pinterest pages as well! As always, feel free to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards for more inspiration and be sure to “Like” us on our Facebook Fan Page!