Modern Mastery: Dan Buttery

Modern Mastery: Dan Buttery of DB Designs | Modern Masters Blog Feature on Studios with incredible Modern Masters projects

We discovered the beautiful projects of Dan Buttery of Black Lab Metal Fab via his shares on Instagram. Dan owns a welding, woodworking and metal art company in Lewiston, NY, and his custom metal work can be found throughout the United States and Canada, including projects for Hard Rock USA. His work with our Metal Effects is inspiring and we wanted to share his projects with you.

Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Mastery Series on the Modern Masters Blog

Metal Artist Dan Buttery

“I learned a lot from my father,” Dan shares. “My dad was a jack of all trades with wood, metal, and cars. I started doing restorations with vehicles with my father when I was 16. My passion for older cars started when I first saw a car. Working with metal and paint on cars got me involved with what I do today with my metal work. After my father passed from a motorcycle accident, I got more involved with the metal art and picked up a PlasmaCam CNC table. My company is named after my black lab, Chevelle, and we are about doing custom metal or wood work that the customer can’t find anywhere else. I like doing one-off pieces that are personal to the customer and challenge myself to make images come to life out of metal or wood. The studio has done small signs to custom furniture to a custom bar for a brewery.  I’ve been working with metal and wood for over 20 years now. With the various finishes I use beside automotive paint, Modern Masters makes my metal art unique and they last a long time. I’ve used other methods of “rusting” but it doesn’t compare to the uniqueness that Modern Masters offers.

Gallo Restaurant with Entrance Sconces patinated with Metal Effects | Project by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters Studio feature

Gallo Restaurant with Metal Effects Patinas on the Exterior Sconces | Project by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Dan did several exterior lighting commissions for the Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen restaurant with Metal Effects.

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

My most memorable project was making a fireplace surround for an electric fireplace for a doctor’s office. I built it from scratch and all I had was a rendering and measurements. To make it unique and movable, I made it in two pieces so it was easy to transport. After building the frame, it was then covered with metal. I used the Modern Masters Rust Patina to give it a high quality finish. I added burned and hot rolled metal to give it more of a medieval look.

Custom built fireplace with Metal Effects Rust Patina by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters

What is your top finishing tip?

My top finishing tip is to be unique. There are so many ways to use Modern Masters products to make your work stand out. It’s all about trial and error. But with Modern Masters, it comes out great. I use the Rust Patina product to make the work of art look like an old piece of metal. I dab the Iron Reactive Paint on with a brush to chunk up the look so the new piece of metal looks like a 60 year old piece of metal. With their Copper Reactive Metallic Paint, I like to keep some of the copper paint exposed, so it looks like a piece of copper aging, and not have the whole work be aged.

Pizza Restaurant Sign with Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint | Patina Process on the Modern Masters Blog | Project by Dan Butter of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab

Pizza Restaurant Sign after Metal Effects Patinas | Project by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Mastery Blog Series

Metal Effects Patina Close-up. So realistic! Gorgeous work by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters Blog

Process of patinating a Pizza restaurant sign with Metal Effects. Incredible!

A metal buffalo head is being rusted with Metal Effects patinas by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Rusted Metal Buffalo Head for a Doctor's Office Exterior | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

Incredible rust patina on a custom 5′ metal buffalo head for the exterior of a doctor’s office.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Modern Masters has more than enhanced my business. It made me more creative and capable of offering different finishes for my metal work. I have used the products in my home, creating a rust wall in my living room that I would never thought I could have done until I was introduced to Metal Effects. I used Metallic Plaster to give my bedroom a look I always wanted after seeing it in a bathroom on the Modern Masters website. I have introduced many of my friends to the products and now they are using them to enhance their businesses. I can’t wait to try out more!

Beautiful patinas by Dan Buttery of DB Designs and Black Lab Metal Fab for a House Address Sign | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Modern Mastery Studio Feature

We hope you’ve enjoyed Dan’s incredible artistry with both metals and patinas! Thank you so much, Dan, for sharing your Modern Masters projects with us and showcasing your incredible finishes. Please head on over to the Black Lab Metal Fab website to see more of his company’s gallery of work and keep up with him on Facebook, too. Of course, catch all his project updates on his fantastic @blacklabmetalfab Instagram account as well. Stay inspired!

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Halloween DIY: Rusted Glass Candles

Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky had a Halloween DIY idea – a crazy cool mad laboratory project that requires the alchemic knowledge of turning glass into rust! Ready for the spooker-ific tutorial that’ll leave your frightful guests spellbound? Read on!

Rusted Glass Candles DIY | Halloween How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

Rusted Glass Candles Halloween DIY | Before | Modern Masters How-to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Halloween DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metal Effects | How-to Tutorial

Prime the glass bottles with a primer suitable for glass. Once dry, brush on two coats of the Metal Effects primer. Allow to dry 12 hours.

Rusted Glass Candles Halloween DIY | Brushing on the Iron Reactive Paint | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Brush on two coats of the Iron Reactive Paint, allowing 30 minutes to dry in between coats. Let dry.

Halloween Rusted Glass Candles DIY | How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metal Effects

Halloween Rusted Glass Candles DIY | The Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Patina Activating | How-to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Spray the Rust Activator on the piece. You may prefer to wear gloves for this step. After 5 minutes, spray a second coat of the Rust Activator. Let the rust happen!

Rusted and Stenciled Glass Candles | Halloween Decor Ideas and Inspiration | How-to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Royal Design Studio Stencils

Stencilng the Rust Glass Candles | Spooky Halloween Ideas | Modern Masters Metal Effects | How to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Once rusted, tape the stencil lightly to the surface or hold with one hand. Using the small stencil brush, apply the Pewter Metallic Paint. Dip the tips of the stencil brush into the paint and offload any excess paint onto the paper towels. Use a swirling motion to stencil.

Halloween Decor Ideas | Rusted Candles with Modern Masters Metal Effects | How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Halloween Rusted Candles How-to | Modern Masters DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Spooky Halloween Decor Ideas

Affix a candle to the top and light it for a while to allow creepy cool drips to occur. Voilá!

The Modern Masters Rusted Candles Halloween DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Metal Effects Rust Patina Wall by Creative Collaborations

Do you love the industrial design look? We do – and recently came across a gorgeous Metal Effects project in a restaurant with an incredible rustic vibe. The owner of the restaurant, Bistro Z in in Sussex, WI, had a set vision for its design. He approached talented decorative artist, Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations, to work on several areas, one of which was the focal wall behind the bar.

After doing research online, Lisa decided a rust finish would fit his organic, industrial vision and would also be fun and unique for the patrons to enjoy. After creating a sample board, the owner gave the go-ahead and the process began.

Starting the Metal Effects Process with Metal Effects Primer and Iron Reactive Paint | Project Feature: Bistro Z | Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Blog

Metal Effects Rust Patina Process | Bistro Z Restaurant Project by Decorative Artist Lisa Dane | Modern Masters BlogLisa taped off 5′ x 5′ sections and used Texture Effects to create the raised panels. After priming the wall with Metal Effects Primer and basing it all with the Iron Reactive Paint, the Rust Activator was sprayed on to begin the rust process. Lisa had a great team working with her, including fellow decorative artist Mindy Leitner.

Metal Effects Rust Patina Process | Restaurant Project by Decorative Painter Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Blog

Rust Patina by Metal Effects | Bistro Z Restaurant Project Feature | Decorative Artist: Lisa Dane of Creative Collaboriations | Modern Masters Blog

Both the owner and the contractors on site enjoyed seeing the rust come alive. The were astonished that the Metal Effects line has real metal particles in the paint that were being ozidized. After the tape was pulled, the raised rust sections became prominent and eye-catching.

Bistro Z Restaurant | Metal Effects Rust Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

There are many organic design elements that were added after the decorative painting was done to pull it all together.

Metal Effects Rust Patina Wall in Bistro Z Restaurant | Project Feature on the Modern Masters Blog | Artist: Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations

If you’ll note the dark pipes behind the bar, the original idea was to replace them and hang heavy iron pipes. That was proving costly and so Lisa worked her magic yet again. After texturing the joints of regular white PVC pipes with Texture Effects, she painted them with two Metallic Paint colors, Black Pearl and English Brown. Voila! They were attached to the wall and look amazing.

Bistro Z Restaurant in Sussex, Wisconsin | Metal Effects Patina Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Project Feature

We hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into a fantastic hospitality project created with the help of Modern Masters products! Isn’t Lisa’s work incredible? Let us know what you think in the comments! Please be sure to visit her Creative Collaborations website and become a fan of her page on Facebook. We look forward to sharing many more extraordinary decorative painting projects with you!

Modern Masters products can be found at many retailers across the US. We recommend calling the retailers ahead of time to ensure product is in stock. Any Modern Masters retailer can order in your desired products. You can also visit the Modern Masters Online Shop which is fully stocked.

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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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Use All Three Metal Effects Kits To Create Drippy Abstract Canvas Art

Create Your Own Patina Art | How to DIY Tutorial on the Modern Masters Blog | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Effortless artsy, rusty, crusty effects are all the rage right now, thanks to Modern Masters and their fabulous Metal Effects line. They’ve also recently introduced Metal Effects Kits in Rust, Green and Blue Patinas, available online at TheHomeDepot.com. If you love crusty stuff, like old cars, metal accessories, and even artwork, we are kindred spirits. For years I have been scavenging in the local junkyard for years to grab gorgeous scraps of real copper and rust, made by nature, to incorporate into custom metal artwork for clients.

Effortless artsy, rusty, crusty effects are all the rage right now, thanks to Modern Masters and their fabulous new Paint Oxidizing Finish Kits that come in Rust, Green, and Blue. If you love crusty stuff, like old cars, metal accessories, and even artwork, we are kindred spirits. For years I have been scavenging in the local junkyard for years to grab gorgeous scraps of real copper and rust, made by nature, to incorporate into custom metal artwork for clients.

Now that Modern Masters has debuted these three kits, perfect for one or two smaller projects, I make way fewer trips to the scrap heap. Rust and patina are right at my fingertips, and even though I was a faux finisher for many years, no special skills are required to make most any object look aged.

Everything you need is included in the Metal Effects Kits so you can jump right into creating your masterpiece. Find something cool to paint – a lamp base, a small tabletop, or a garden statue – about any paintable surface will work, like metal, wood, drywall, plaster, or plastic.

I decided to use an 18″ square canvas from Michaels for my quick project. Who doesn’t need another great piece of art to hang, prop on a shelf, or give as a gift, right?

You can do a great project using any one of the kits, but I always love to experiment, so I am using all three of the kits: Rust, Green Patina and Blue Patina. (Modern Masters features great, quick videos using each of the products individually on their YouTube Channel.)

Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits available online at TheHomeDepot.comHERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED IN EACH KIT, to cover about 18 square feet:

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

Before you get started, prep the area with a drop cloth and plastic 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.

USE THE RUST KIT FIRST

Using the Modern Masters Rust kit, paint two coats of Primer.

Some surfaces, such as metal or plastic, may need a bonding primer prior to starting your Metal Effects project. This will ensure your surface is properly prepared. I did not need to use a special primer for my canvas project. Now, brush your first coat of Metal Effects Primer. Let dry and add one more coat. Let dry.

Brush on two coats of iron paint. Let dry.

Brush on a coat of Iron Reactive Paint. Let dry. Brush on another coat and let dry.

Spray the rust activator once, wait 5 minutes and spray again.

In order to allow the activating and patina solutions to drip, I found a basket to prop the canvas on, and added some terry towels to catch the excess drips.

Use the Rust Activator, and spray at the top, about 1/4 of the way down. Wait five minutes, and spray again.

The rust step complete.

Let dry until the magic is complete. Actual oxidation occurs, and If you spray too much, the whole area could turn black, so go easy. Some of my background turned black, which I like, after only one application. You could opt to stop right now and apply the sealer, according to the directions.

USE THE GREEN AND BLUE PATINA KITS TO ADD INTEREST

Use Modern Masters paint oxidizing kits to create artwork on canvas. Tutorial.

FIRST, USE THE GREEN PATINA FINISH, WITH COPPER PAINT

Brush on copper paint, the spray green patina.

About 1/3 of the way down from the top, brush on some Copper Reactive Metallic Paint. I used sort of a zigzag pattern, but anything goes.

Spray the green patina solution.

Spray the Green Patina Aging Solution only over the copper paint area while it is still wet. You can use the mist option, or the stream, or both. Let dry until the green appears.

Switch to the Blue Patina Kit. Down below the green patina, paint a zigzag pattern with the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint color. While wet, mist or use the stream option of the Blue Patina Aging Solution. Let the patina magic happen.

I worked on this canvas all during the day, while I was running around doing other things. That way, I could let the patina happen, add more of the copper or bronze and solution, until I felt like I was done.

Normally at this point I would follow the proper procedure of adding the Permacoat Xtreme sealer to protect the rust, and keep it from coming on on your fingers and clothes. But for art, I like to leave off the sealer and let nature reign.

Use Modern Masters Oxidizing Metal Effects Paints on Canvas | DIY Abstract Art | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Metal Effects Canvas Art | How to on the Modern Masters Blog by Debbie Hayes

Knowing when to quit is the most difficult part of using the Metal Effects Kits! All three kits are available online at TheHomeDepot.com and now that you have the know-how, it’s time to try your own! Have a blast, and be sure to share your pieces 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.

 

 

 

Modern Mastery: Hoity Toity Peacock

Based out of Brenham, Texas, Hoity Toity Peacock has been creating, producing and teaching incredible reactive and oxidized works with our Metal Effects patinas for years. We’ve been following their studio and projects on social media for quite some time and are very proud to feature their artistry on our Modern Mastery series.

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas on Buffet Table | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Series Feature on the Cafe BlogForty-two years ago, Melody Peacock Brooks started helping her mother, Beverly Coet, after school, weekends and during the summer on painting and wallpaper jobs. By the time she was twelve years old, Melody’s daughter, Meghan Martin Munson, could mimic her mother’s hand in Italian Plastering and it has since developed into three generations of artisans that create, teach and share their talents.

In 2012, they created Hoity Toity Peacock to combine their talents and focus on teaching Painting and Decorative Finish techniques. There was a high demand for painted furniture classes, but the three generations wanted something that would stand out from other workshops. When they discovered the Modern Masters Metal Effects line, it was love at first sight and there was no turning back! Melody began to experiment and create different techniques that would provide the rich, vibrant colors that the Metal Effects products can achieve. She soon began incorporating the patinas into the furniture they were painting and each piece proved so striking, they sold immediately. Their Metal Effects classes are also so popular that they have become one of the primary focuses at their studio.

Stenciled Patinas on Furniture Dresser | Modern Masters Metal Effects Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Studio Series FeatureWhat is your top finishing tip?
Never be afraid to experiment and try new things. If you make a mistake, you can always try again. In fact over the years, we have had so many “pleasant mistakes” turn out to be our best finishes! Most important, never skimp on the product! If you do, your results will be disappointing.

Oxidized Textured Anaglypta Wallpaper on Bookcase Back | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockPatina and Pattern on Letter Art | Metal Effects by Modern Masters | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockOxidation and Patina on Mirror Frame | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock with Modern Masters Metal EffectsHow has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
The Metal Effects Patina class has become one of our most popular classes that we offer at our studio at Hoity Toity Peacock in Brenham, TX. It can be used on walls, floors, furniture, art, and just about any object you are wanting that extra unique look. The possibilities are endless! We have also been traveling around the United States and Canada, teaching others these techniques. We feel Modern Masters has taken Hoity Toity Peacock to a new level with this amazing product.

Kitchen Vent with the Metal Effects Rust Finish | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Studio FeatureOxidized and Patinated Trunk | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Masters Cafe BlogVerdigris, Rust and Stenciled Patinas on Concrete Floor | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockWhat is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?
Without a doubt, the whole line of the Modern Masters Metal Effects is our favorite. We used to think the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint was our favorite, but then we started using the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and the Iron Reactive Paint for different techniques. They have all become favorites, for one reason or another. It’s like choosing who is your favorite child…you love them all, just in different ways!

Rust Patina Finish on Textured Table Insets | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock with Modern Masters Metal EffectsPanel Bird Art with Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas | Project by Hoity Toity Peacok | Modern Mastery Studio Series Feature on Cafe BlogVerdigris and Rust Patinas on Rustic Table Top | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockIsn’t their work extraordinary? Hoity Toity Peacock provides classes on these Metal Effects techniques as well as run the Brenham, Texas shop where they sell home decor goods and the pieces created with the beautiful reactive patina finishes. The newest project they are working on is a retreat center, with students staying on site 3 – 5 days while learning their incredible techniques, eating gourmet meals and getting pampered. Sounds amazing! Please contact Hoity Toity Peacock on their Facebook page if you are interested in a custom piece and/or taking one of their classes. We hope you’ve enjoyed their Modern Mastery!

Exterior Projects with Metal Effects

Metal Effects is one of our most popular lines and it’s no wonder why – you can create age old patinas virtually overnight! The line is also versatile as you can use it for both residential, hospitality and commercial projects on both the interior and exterior. We’ve rounded up some of the latest exterior Metal Effects projects we’ve spied to inspire your own outside projects for the summer and fall!

Metal Effects Rust Finish as featured in Tiny House Nation | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tiny House Nation on the FYI Network travels across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them. We love the creativity of this cozy home with our Metal Effects Rust Finish on the house facade as designed perfectly by Jess & Kevin.

Metal Effects Rust Finish on Restaurant Sign | Project by The Sign Depot and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogRestaurant with Metal Effects Patinas on Exterior | The Sign Depot | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThe Rust Finish was also used on the exterior of Gusto 101 in Toronto, Canada. The Rust Finish is created with the combination of the Iron Reactive Paint with the Rust Activator. If you’d like to see the journey of the sign project alone, The Sign Depot shares it on their blog. We love the rustic, industrial vibe!

Metal Effects Blue and Green Age Verdigris Patinas on Exterior Projects | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetal Effects also has beautiful oxidized blue and green verdigris patinas. Soul Kitchen Interiors by Faux Studio Designs used the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with the Green Patina Aging Solution on their awning for a warm, welcoming entrance. The Blue Patina Aging Solution over the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint can be seen on the right over an exterior light fixture.

Metal Effects Iron Reactive Rust Finish on Garage Doors | Project by Jen Brooks and featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogThese stunning garage doors were patinated with the Metal Effects Rust Finish. The gorgeous work is by decorative artist Jen Brooks of Passion 4 Paint.

Verdigris Faux Patina by Modern Masters Metal Effects on Caesars Palace Las Vegas Pool Dome | Photography by the Vegas Mavens | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetal Effects is used for hospitality projects throughout the world, including Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Here, the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution beautify the dome overlooking the hotel’s grand pool. Photography by the Vegas Mavens.

Metal Effects Rust Finish on Building Exterior | Project by Raul De La Vega | Modern Masters Cafe BlogDecorative artists who work on exterior projects brave the weather and heights to create incredible facades. This was the case when Raul De La Vega enhanced a building exterior in Mexico with the Metal Effects Rust Finish. He says, “This project was not an easy task, but with your fine products and dedication it was possible”. We love the results!

Is your mind reeling with creative Metal Effects possibilities? We hope so! If you are using the patinas to enhance projects, we recommend protecting the Rust Finish with the Permacoat Xtreme, a protective sealer and topcoat made specifically to complement it. For the blue and green verdigris patinas, we recommend not topcoating them and leaving them to continue patinating naturally. If you’d like more oxidation ideas, check out our Metal Effects Projects Pinterest board and be sure to pin these inspiring spaces as well!

 

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.

Creating Unique Art with Modern Masters

An empty wall just cries for attention, don’t you think? While many of our creative customers beautifully finish the wall surface itself with many of our products, some also create custom art that complements a space perfectly. Browse our gallery wall of ideas in this post for creating great art for your home or finding an artist that can paint the perfect focal point for you.

Artist Ali Kay with a Flower Patina Canvas | Modern Masters Canvas ProjectsFlower Canvas Art with Metal Effects Rust Finish | Artist Ali KayArtist Ali Kay is an extraordinary decorative painter who also happens to be a prolific canvas artist. For one of her art series, she uses Metal Effects patinas along with artist acrylics to add depth and interest to her canvas works.

Rust Finish by Metal Effects | Canvas Waterfall Patina Art by artist Leslie RedshawHarley Davidson Canvas Art | Father's Day Ideas | Modern Masters Art Projects InspirationMany artists also prefer using Metal Effects as the focal product when creating their hanging art pieces. Canadian decorative artist Leslie Redshaw of Unfauxgettable Interiors used the Rust Patina finish in a waterfall effect for a client while decorative painter Paige Sisk of Beyond Finished used Harley-Davidson as an themed ornamental inspiration for the art she created for her husband. Both are wonderful!

Colorful Canvas Art by artist Sticky Shaw with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Canvas Art Projects on the Cafe BlogArtist Robert ‘Sticky’ Shaw uses lots of color and our Metallic Paints to create his fantastical, eye-catching and nature-inspired works of art. Follow him on Instagram to keep up with his works.

Hanging Art created entirely with Venetian Plaster | Artist Jane Head | Modern Masters Cafe BlogItalian-Inspired Canvas Art with Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Artist: Daniel QuigleyOur Venetian Plaster is another medium that many artists use to create their incredible works of art. Artist Jane Head uses it along with gilding materials for her paintings inspired by a local nature reserve while artist Daniel Quigley creates portraits that take quite a bit of time and finesse. Both are ‘painted’ entirely in plaster with not one drop of paint. Incredible!

Herringbone DIY Canvas Art by Kristi's Paintbrush | Modern Masters Olympic Gold Metallic Paint Stenciled Wood Art with Rich Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters and DecoArt Chalky Finish Paints | Cafe BlogDIY pros also love to create their own art! Using Olympic Gold Metallic Paint, Kristi from Kristi’s Paintbrush painted a herringbone art canvas while Steph from The Silly Pearl used Rich Gold Metallic Paint on a stenciled metallic wood art piece. Both are very cool, fun and easy to make. You can also customize these ideas using your preferred color scheme.

Artist Igor Turovskiy with Metal Effects CanvasMetal Effects Canvas Art by Igor Turovskiy | Canvas Art InspirationArtist Igor Turovskiy creates masterpieces with our Metal Effects patina products and he also teaches the art in his studio, Igor Fine Art. Exquisite work.

Aren’t these artist works fantastic? If you’d like a few tips on incorporating artwork that you’ve created yourself or purchased from an artist, the Houzz article 10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers will get you started. For further inspiration, we share many more beautiful art projects with our products in our Modern Masters Canvas Art Pinterest Board and continually pin ideas to the board as well. Send us an e-mail if you’d like to share your canvas works with Modern Masters products with us – we love to see them!

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.