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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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!

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: 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!