Modern Mastery: Tracy Wade

We discovered Tracy Wade’s stunning decorative painting through Facebook. She shared many of her projects with us and we thought her artistry with our Modern Masters products was incredible. We’re very happy to share the work of her studio, Tracy Wade Design, as part of our ongoing Modern Mastery series.

Tracy Wade of Tracy Wade Designs | Modern Mastery feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Incredible Decorative Painting Projects and Wall and Ceiling Finishes

Tracy Wade started her decorative painting business, Tracy Wade Design, in 1992. She took her first stencil cutting class 1988 and had not even touched a stencil prior to that! She says, “I have always been a very creative person, happiest when I am making things with my hands, from sewing and artwork to cooking and gardening.”

She soon started hiring employees as she found that a team made it much more fun to do all the work! She learned quite a bit running a crew and team recommendations became invaluable whenever they hit a snag in a project. She explains, “Most of this information is still used by us almost every day. I teach my team everything we have learned along the way, from the basics of a work station, the importance of prep work, and application to tear down, clean up and pack up. We have been called a very efficient group, like wheels in the cog. Only thing is our cog comes with fluff!”.

Stenciled Decorative Wall Treatment with Modern Masters Venetian Plaster and Metallic Plaster | Artist: Tracy Wade Designs | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Tracy custom cut her own stencil and mixed both Venetian Plaster and Metallic Plaster over metallic foils to create this amazing linear patterned wall treatment.

Modern Silver, Grey, and Black Bedroom Wall Finish with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster | Project by Tracy Wade Designs | Modern Mastery Project Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

This Metallic Plaster project was one of the hottest shares for Modern Masters in 2017. The mottled plaster bedroom wall finish was created with the color Tungsten over pewter foil, followed by a Black Pearl Metallic Paint glaze. Stunning!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS FINISHES?

I love working with the Metallic Plasters and the Metallic Paint Collection. Statuary Bronze is one of my favorite colors, which I have in my own home. I use rollers for texture along with wall paper brushes, cut trowels, and many other fun tools. Adding foils and the Glass Bead Gel, which I often add glitter into, can turn any room into a show stopping space to experience.

Rich and Lush Bedroom Interior Design with Decorative Wall and Ceiling Finishes | Modern Masters Metallic Plaster, Metallic Paint Collection, and Glass Bead Gel | Artistry by Tracy Wade and Photo by Jen Brooks | Modern Mastery Project Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Bedroom Focal Wall Finish with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster | Decorative Painting and Plaster by Tracy Wade

An award-winning project, this gorgeous bedroom features our Metallic Plaster and Metallic Paint Collection on the wall, trim, and molding finishes, and both our Glass Bead Gel and Metallic Plaster on that shimmering, eye-catching dome ceiling.

HOW HAS MODERN MASTERS ENHANCED YOUR BUSINESS?

I took two separate week-long Modern Masters training workshops, which really helped to spiral my business to new heights. There is always more to learn and I keep myself involved with continuing education in this art field.

Walls and Ceiling Finish created with the help of Modern Masters Glass Bead Gel and the Metallic Paint Collection | Modern Mastery Feature on Tracy Wade Design Projects on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Glass Bead Gel and Statuary Bronze from the Metallic Paint Collection enhance both the walls and ceiling of a lavish powder room.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO MODERN MASTERS PRODUCT?

The Metallic Paint Collection is the best that I have worked with. The colors are amazing and the product is so easy to use. I’m either using it full strength, blending the colors together to create a new color, adding it into glazes.

Various custom ShimmerStone colors were used by artist Tracy Wade to replicate a morning sunrise. The mural is in a Boeing 787 showroom lobby. | Modern Mastery Project feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog.

Custom tinted ShimmerStone colors were used in a mural to replicate a morning sunrise in a Boeing 787 showroom lobby.

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster over patterned foil | Creative Wall Finish by Tracy Wade | Modern Mastery feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Metallic Plaster was troweled over a patterned metallic foil for a stunning and creative wall finish.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the bold and beautiful decorative wall finishes by Tracy Wade Design using several of our Modern Masters product lines. It’s a pleasure to see her work using the glitz of our Glass Bead Gel, the shimmer of the Metallic Paint Collection, and the versatility of our ShimmerStone and both our Metallic and Venetian Plaster. Keep a look out for our next entry in our Modern Mastery series as we share more extraordinary decorative painting artists and projects with you!

Modern Mastery: Aliya Riaz

We discovered Aliya Riaz’ gorgeous decorative painting through Instagram. She shared many of her #ModernMasters projects with us and we were charmed with her artistry. We’re very happy to share the work of her studio, Portfauxlio, Inc., here today as part of our ongoing Modern Mastery series.

Modern Mastery: Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio | Decorative Painting Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Artist: Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio

Artist Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio in Chatham, NJ, Is in love with the decorative arts. Every day and every project brings something new to get her creative juices flowing. She especially enjoys solving design dilemmas either as part of a design team or with the client directly to bring an abstract idea to life. When not busy with projects, she has a line of painted Anaglypta wallpaper that can be custom ordered or made from existing samples.

Aliya also finds great joy in teaching decorative finish workshops. She shares, “I never know who learns more – my students or I. Whether it is individual instruction or a group, I love helping students with decorative finishes, gilding, découpage and, more recently, working with foils. Having taught so many, a lot of my students stay in touch long after class. It’s interesting to track how they run with the knowledge and take it in different directions to suit their own personal endeavors.”

Custom Anaglypta Wallpaper is sold by the roll by artist Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Decorative Painting Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

A view of the custom anaglypta rolls that Aliya Riaz paints and sells. She frequently uses our Metallic Paint Collection to help create them.

Modern Masters Venetian Plaster on ceiling with a beautiful Bronze Metal Leaf pattern | Project by Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio

This ceiling was rendered in a dusky blue color using a base of our Venetian Plaster. It was waxed and polished after the design was put in place using bronze metal leaf.

Gorgeous Metallic Ceiling with a Raised Ornamental Pattern by artist Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio | Decorative Painting Modern Mastery Feature | Interior Designer: Rachel Kapner | Modern Masters Blog

Over a field of Platinum Metallic Paint, Ms. Riaz cut a stencil based on the design of the window fabric. The stencil was painted using Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint and Glass Bead Gel. The interior designer on the project was Rachel Kapner of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors. Beautiful!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS PRODUCT OR COLOR?

I would be hard pressed to say which Modern Masters Product is my favorite and it would be even harder to come up with the best color – though I do tend to use a lot of Warm Silver Metallic Paint. From the Dead Flat Varnish to the Metallic Plaster, my decorative finishes are enhanced in every way by the entire Modern Masters product line.

A mix of Metallic Plaster and Metallic Paint was employed to match the cap of this lovely light fixture | Project by Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio | Modern Masters Blog Feature

A mix of Metallic Plaster and Metallic Paint was employed to match the cap of this lovely light fixture.

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster over Metal Leaf Wall Finish | Beautiful Decorative Paint Treatment by Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio | Modern Mastery Series

This light and beautiful bath wall treatment has our Metallic Plaster over metal leaf.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING PROJECT?

My clients fell in love with the ceiling of a suite they stayed at in The Four Seasons Hotel, Milan – most of which is a 15th century converted convent. Armed with no pictures, they wanted me to recreate the ceiling of that suite in their New Jersey dining room. One challenge was that instead of 14′ high ceilings, we had only 9′ to work with, so the details had to be more delicate.

After a great many discussions, I drew up the plans. We started with a flat white ceiling. Aided by gifted woodworker Robert Bittner, I put into place each piece of applied compo molding (painted and gilded) using a palette of colors my clients loved. It was a labor of love and took well over a month to complete, along with the lime plaster walls, gold leaf gilding and using Modern Masters Metallic Paints on parts of the ceiling. It will remain one of my favorite projects not just because of how it all came together but because of the belief and trust placed in me by my clients.

Ornamental Ceiling Designed and Painted by Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Modern Mastery Series

Ornamental Ceiling by Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Decorative Painting and Finishing Feature for the Modern Mastery Series

Gorgeous close-up of an ornamental ceiling designed and created by artist Aliya Riaz of New Jersey studio, Portfauxlio | Part of a feature of the Modern Mastery Series showcasing incredible decorative finishing projects and surfaces | Modern Masters Blog

WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?

Paying it forward helps us all. If Plan A doesn’t work out, you still have plans B through Z to work on! We decorative artists are known for thinking on our feet and in most cases come up with ingenious ideas and solutions. I find our community is amazingly supportive and have learned to reach out for help when needed.

Gorgeous Modern Masters ShimmerStone finish on Walls | Project by Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio | Interior Design by Mary LaVecchia | Modern Mastery Series

Stunning Coffered Ceiling with Metallics and Gilding and ShimmerStone Plaster Wall Finish | Decorative Painting by Aliya Riaz of Portfauxlio in New Jersey | Interior Design by Mary LaVecchia |Modern Masters Blog Feature

This project was done in a private residence in New Jersey. The walls were plastered using ShimmerStone. The beautiful plaster finish provided the perfect shimmery neutral backdrop to the vaulted coffered ceiling, which is about 25 feet high. The interior designer on the project was Mary LaVecchia of Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors.

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the beautiful decorative painting work of Aliya Riaz! She is truly quite versatile, as is her finishing work. If you’d like to keep up with her studio, be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Houzz, as well as her Portfauxlio website. Many thanks to Ms. Riaz for sharing her exquisite Modern Masters projects with us. We look forward to seeing many more and keeping up with your amazing studio!

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