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.

Modern Masters Patinas with Artist SK Sartell

Artist SK Sartell uses Modern Masters Metal Effects to enhance a Wardrobe Redo | Via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogHere at Modern Masters, we thoroughly enjoy seeing all the incredible projects that Designers, Decorative Painters and DIYers share with us. It’s so much fun to see the creativity that our products unleash! One such artist doing painterly projects with our Metal Effects is Oregon’s SK Sartell. SK has a distinctive style that has amassed her many fans. She uses patina finishes on unexpected surfaces with a loose, free-form style with a lot of character. We’re so appreciative of the time she took to share one of her projects with us!

Wardrobe Transformation with artist SK Sartell | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSK explains, “Unbelievably, this was $7.99 from a sad little thrift store. At 7’5″ tall x 4′ wide x 2′ deep, it had heavy, solid wood doors and crown. The sides are pressboard so I couldn’t refinished it as real wood.”  SK first painted the piece with Graphite Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and then papered the door panels with aged damask and diamond tissue paper.

Embossing a Stencil Design | Project by SK Sartell featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogThe top cornice is solid wood with a crown. Using Iron Reactive Paint from the Metal Effects line mixed with Durham’s Hardrock Putty, she embossed a damask design with a stencil. “I carefully pull the stencil away while the putty is still wet and this gives me time to smooth and soften the pattern with water and a soft sable paint brush. When fully dry, I sand and carve the pattern. For this piece, I then sprayed the Rust Activator for a rust finish.” Although we don’t recommend using the Iron Reactive Paint mixed in with another product, we couldn’t help but admire the creativity of SK’s process.

Patinating Hardware with Metal Effects | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetal Effects Patina Finishes on Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtist SK Sartell uses Modern Masters Metal Effects to Enhance Hardware and FurnitureMetal Effects Patinates Hardware | SK Sartell Furniture Redo featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogHow to Paint a Patina Finish | SK Sartell | Modern Masters Cafe BlogEach unique knob and raised design is individually treated with the Iron Reactive Paint and patinated with the Rust Activator. As the paint begins to rust, SK adds more layers of the Iron Reactive Paint and spraying it again with the Rust Activator.  After the patination process is complete, she coats these areas with the Permacoat Xtreme, which is specifically made for Metal Effects Rust Finish. She also use the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution to add a verdigris finish in the corners and crevasses. She shares, “The labor time was approximately fifty plus hours but worth the effort.”

Metal Effects Patina Projects by SK Sartell | Patina on Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHas patinating hardware ever crossed your mind? SK doesn’t stop there, though! She works on many surfaces that spark her creativity – even embossing and patinating a refrigerator. For SK, one-of-a-kind freeform designs, bold finishes, flowers and landscapes are her passion and she shares her projects frequently on her blog. In fact, please hop on over to her post on the painted and patinated wardrobe for more on the backstory and the complete transformation. Be sure to pin the inspiring work and leave a comment below for her, too!

Natural Patina and Oxidation Inspiration

Don’t you love seeing a finely aged copper sculpture or the fiery beauty of a rust finish?  We, like many others, think that these patinas can be so aesthetically pleasing. To that end, we developed our fast-working Metal Effects products to help many achieve these looks for their artworks as well as varied interior and exterior projects. Natural patinas form on the surface of bronze, copper and other similar metals and the tarnish and oxidation reflects weathering and wearing due to exposure to the elements over time.  Funnily enough, these patinas act as a protective layer over these metals. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite natural patinas and oxidized surfaces as well as sharing which products can help you recreate these most beautiful of organic finishes.

Verdigris Patina on Door

Long term exposure for copper generally results in the formation of a distinctive gray-green patina called verdigris. Here, both the weathered stained wood and verdigris doorknob create a striking doorway. To create this finish on your doorknob, simply use the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint followed by the Green Patina Aging Solution.

Vertical Rust on SignGiven sufficient time, oxygen, and water, any iron metal will eventually succumb to rust. Unlike the copper and bronze patinas, rust will not protect the iron and will cause it to disintegrate. We wanted to maintain the beauty of a rust finish, such as this one photographed by Don Taylor, without the destructiveness of it. Using our Iron Reactive Paint and Rust Activator will provide both.

Artistic Rust Finish

This is an image of a rusted exhaust pipe at an abandoned warehouse by Scott Ex Rodgers.  Looks like an art piece! We think it showcases how varied rust finishes can be and can inspire artistic application methods when using our rust finish products.

Blue Patina on Door Handle

Bronze oxidizes as well though it is slower to change and will more than likely reflect the patina with flecks of a gorgeous blue. Our Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with Blue Patina Aging Solution is the key to developing a bronzed patina. This weathered carved wood door with a patinated blue door knocker was photographed by Derek Winchester.

Copper Verdigris Patina on Exterior GateTime can create such rich, natural patinas like this showstopping oxidation on an exterior gate from Our French Garden. A combination of distressed paint and our Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with Green Patina Aging Solution can help towards recreating this finish.

Verdigris, Rust and Paint Patinas on Doorway

Oxidized metal and weathered paint finishes often go hand in hand. Rust finishes and verdigris patinas look beautiful together and the Metal Effects products to create those finishes can be used together as well. This door to an abandoned building was photographed by Tom McLaughlan.

Aren’t these patinated surface finishes gorgeous? We love the inspiration they provide for using our Metal Effects projects. To recreate authentic patinas, we do suggest using photographs as a guide on how Mother Nature touches her surfaces.  Be sure to also take a look at our Rust Finish Application Video and Metal Effects Patina Application Video for further guidance.  If you did want to protect your surface prior to patination, we have an excellent Metal Effects Primer that will block the reactive paints and metal solutions from reaching your surface.  To topcoat your rust finishes, be sure to use our Permacoat Xtreme for the best results.  We hope these have proved inspiring – please be sure to share your projects with us!

More Metal Effects Ideas and Inspiration!

 

 

Looksi Here! DIY Projects with Modern Masters

We’ve recently had the opportunity of working with a variety of wonderful bloggers. They each wanted to showcase how Modern Masters products could enhance their DIY and Craft projects in our “Shine Big, Shine Small” campaign with Looksi Square. Looksi is a submission-based site serving the DIY, crafting, home & gardening communities with a way to discover new bloggers, posts and projects. They provide top-of-the-line tutorials, how-tos and informative posts, all in one location. The “Shine Big, Shine Small” projects focused on how metallics have the ability to glam up a space in a small or big way. We’ve picked a few of those projects to share this week and are excited to show you the fantastic results!

Before photo of an urn planter transformed with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Tweak & Style

Debbie of Tweak & Style shares this urn planter as one of her craft projects. The plastic finish which offered a good design was just a bit too plain for her taste (above). By using our Metal Effects Primer and Iron Reactive Paint (below), she was able to give this piece an authentic rust finish. Since she planned on leaving it outdoors, it was protected with Modern Masters Permacoat Xtreme, a topcoat specially designed to stop the oxidized metal finish and minimize any further corrosion.

An urn planter transformed with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Tweak & Style

Doesn’t it look great? She also offers a quick tutorial on how to achieve this look on her blog.

Next, we follow up with DeDe of Designed Decor. She shares in her DIY project post that her drop leaf table and 4 chairs were in need of some serious TLC. Here is what it all looked like beforehand.

Drop leaf table and chairs before being finished with Modern Masters Champagne Metallic Paint | By Designed Decor

Now she was ready for the fun part! DeDe used our Black Pearl and Champagne metallic paints to give this set a completely new look (below). Black Pearl was used for the base coat which provided an elegant black metallic finish while Champagne accented the grooves and details giving new life to this old, run down table. She then used MasterClear® Protective Topcoat to protect everything.

Drop leaf table and chairs finished with Modern Masters Champagne Metallic Paint | By Designed DecorThe results are a fabulous transformation and we love how the new fabric ties everything together!

Laura of Pet Scribbles decided to redo her old box planters by “turning wood into metal” with our Metal Effects products! She shares her step by step tutorial on her blog as well.

Wood planter boxes about to be transformed with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Pet Scribbles

After some serious prep work on the beaten up paint finish (above), she applied 2 coats of our Metal Effects Primer which is designed to block the Patina Aging Solutions & Rust Activator from reaching the metal or wood surface. Once dry, the planters were now ready for the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint. Since it contains real metal particles, she could’ve walked away and left the planters to weather & patina on their own but who wants to wait that long? She used our Green Patina Aging Solution to speed things up and give these planters their striking new look (below). The shiny copper finish combined with the green patina make a great combination!

A set of wood planter boxes refinished with Modern Masters Metal Effects Products | By Pet Scribbles

Last but not least is a DIY project by Tara of Suburble. The natural rust finish of this old metal bench (below) may have been perfect for someone else but she had other plans in mind. She salvaged this bench from the scrap heap by transforming it with the same Copper Reactive Metallic Paint.

A metal bench before being transformed with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By SuburbleAfter a bit of prep work and a few coats of the Metal Effects primer, a beautiful copper finish was ready for patina. Tara decided to go with the Blue Patina Aging Solution and gave this bench a knock out finish (below)!

Metal Effects Patina Transforms a Bench

Tara also shares her project and a cool set of mason jars finished with these same products on her blog post!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these Before & After transformations! Be sure to check out the other big and small DIY projects with our Metallic Paints and Metal Effects:

Metallic Accent Wall and Jewelry Rack by The Benson Street
Patinated Patio Furniture and Crafts by A Nest for All Seasons
DIY Metallic Puppet Theatre and Valentine’s Day Decor by Fynes Designs
Metallic Paint Table and Wall Decor by Restoration Redoux
DIY Metallic Serving Tray by Sweet Song Bird
DIY Light Fixture with Metallic Paint by Seven Alive

Are you inspired now to bring a bit of shimmer or patina to your next project? If so, locate your nearest Modern Masters Retailer or Shop Online here and as always, be sure to stop by our Pinterest boards and “Like” us on our Facebook Fan Page where you can find even more inspiration! We’ll see you there!

Gorgeous Range Hoods with Modern Masters

The kitchen has always been one of the most important spaces in any home. At the center of our beloved kitchen is the often overlooked range hood, an important feature which can easily be transformed with the use of paints, plasters and patinas. Of course, its main function is to absorb odors, airborne grease and smoke but it can also have a much more aesthetic purpose – to serve as an excellent focal point to beautify the kitchen! We share a few examples of some of our favorite range hoods and how Modern Masters has helped bring these wonderful pieces to life with customized finishes that provide a crowning touch. Let’s take a look!

A gorgeous range hood finished in Modern Masters Metal Effects Bronze reactive paint and blue patina solution | By Tom Henman Decorative Painting | Modern Masters Cafe blog

Tom Henman Decorative Painting used our Metal Effects Bronze Reactive Paint and Blue Patina Aging Solution for this unique range hood. We love the juxtaposition of the smooth, light cabinets with the darker, weathered patina!

A range hood elegantly finished in Modern Masters Pewter Metallic Paint | By Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes | Modern Masters Cafe blog

This lovely, contemporary kitchen received an elegant stria finish on its range hood with Modern Masters Pewter Metallic Paint by Bella-Tucker Decorative Finishes. It adds just the right amount of sophisticated brilliance to this space!

This range hood was finished with Modern Masters Metal Effects in a rust finish along with copper foil | By Carmen Illustrates | Modern Masters Cafe blog

This range hood received a fantastic finish with our Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint by Carmen Illustrates. The rust created with the real metal particles in our reactive paint was beautifully enhanced with the use of copper foils. The result is a striking accent piece that complements the rustic wood tones of this kitchen!

Modern Masters Red Russet Metallic Plaster was used for this beautiful range hood | By Craig Getty Painting | Modern Masters Cafe blog

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster works perfectly with the natural wood cabinetry of this inviting kitchen. Craig Getty Painting used our Espresso, Suede and Red Russet metallic plasters to create a subtle, shimmery finish for this range hood. What a great way to top off this space!

Modern Masters Metal Effects helped transform this unique range hood | By Broads with Brushes

Broads with Brushes embellished this range hood with the use of color glazes and our Metal Effects in order to tie in the colors of this fabulous kitchen! Doesn’t it look great against the rich, dark wood and tiled backsplash? We love the work of Andrea Blair Murrill and her team!

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how the range hood can play an important part in your kitchen’s design by serving as functional art! Do you have one that may benefit from a little color? If so, which design style would you prefer?

It’s always a pleasure to see some of the amazing work created with our product lines. Be sure to catch more inspiration on our Facebook fan page and Pinterest boards. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

DIY Painted Furniture with Modern Masters!

Creating a custom painted look that brings out a unique style to older, uninspired furniture has never been easieror more fun! We’d like to share how Modern Masters has helped a few of our blogger friends to do just that with both our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects patina products for their painted DIY projects. Let’s take a closer look!

A beautiful red desk with detail work accented in Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint | By Southside Furniture Revival via Furniture Flippin'

The striking red of this beautifully detailed desk was given the perfect touch of metallic brilliance by Lisa of Southside Furniture Revival. They used Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint for the ornate desk details and the project was featured in the Furniture Flippin’ blog.  Lisa shares that this desk was a Craiglist find and originally looked as it it had sat weathering for years in front of a window. If it could, we think this desk would appreciate its beautiful second chance!

 

Polka Dot Mini Bar with Modern Masters Olympic Gold Metallic Paint | By Simply Jessica Marie

Simply Jessica Marie shared her easy-peasy metallic paint makeover on a polka-dot mini bar cart! By adding just a touch of Olympic Gold Metallic to paint the polka dots, Jessica gave this piece a touch of whimsy — it’s sure to be a fun crowd-pleaser. She lives in in a little apartment and so this mini sized bar cart is perfect for entertaining in her space — we think it’s a fab painted furniture project for her planned Valentine’s Day party, too!

 

An upcycled wardrobe accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By A to Z Custom Creations

This funky and eclectic wardrobe by A to Z Custom Creations offers an array of colorful finishes, including a patina finish on the wardrobe door with Modern Masters Metal Effects in Copper and Bronze Reactive Metallic Paints. The real metal particles in the reactive patina paints gave an authentic weathered look when combined with our patina aging solutions!

 

Picture frame makeover with Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Dreamsicle Sisters

Home accessories can be the perfect way to bring your personal touch into a space as Amanda of Dreamsicle Sisters shared with her Metallic Picture Frame Gallery! Venetian Blue, Rose, Brass, and Champagne metallic paints were all used for this wonderful combination of metallic painted frames and provide the perfect pop of color, too! The frames were all Goodwill finds and after painting them, Amanda arranged them artfully over her daughter’s lovely headboard.  What a great idea!

 Hutch makeover accented with Modern Masters Smoke Metallic Paint | By A to Z Custom Creations

The dark metallic shimmer of Smoke Metallic Paint works beautifully with the bold red of this striking painted hutch and gives all of the iron work the perfect highlight to shine! It wasn’t in the original plans to use metallic but as soon as Angela of A to Z Custom Creations started working on this piece for a repeat client, she knew the original hardware needed to match better with the new aged red – and it was our metallic paint to the rescue! She has a great eye and we love the results!

By using Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Metal Effects products, these artists were able to bring just the right amount of color and shimmer to their projects with very little effort!  We hope you’ve been inspired to give your next project a little something extra and if so, feel free to share it with us on our Facebook Fan Page as we love to discover and share new works of art. You can also find more inspiration on our Pinterest Boards as well. See you there!

Modern Mastery: Ali Kay

Ali Kay of Positive Space We’re excited to introduce another wonderful artist, Ali Kay of Positive Space, in this week’s Artist Spotlight. Ali has been an artist her entire life – as a child, she was always drawing and doing craft projects with her Mom. She took every art class she could in grade school and went on to study fine art in college. She officially started her decorative painting company in 2003 while she was in art school in Milwaukee. Working there for the next seven years, she relocated to Houston, TX in 2010, and she found an incredible demand for high-end custom wall finishes and murals. She’s worked with many talented interior designers on a variety of decorative painting projects and since she comes from a fine art background, she focused her work mainly on murals. During her time in Houston, she began to bring decorative finishing into her portfolio. “I really enjoy doing both!” she says. She’s most proud of the fact that from 2011 to 2013, six of the murals she created in Houston were honored with design awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Earlier this year, Ali and her husband moved to Chattanooga, TN. Her business has not skipped a beat and she’s even begun teaching several courses at studios around the country. We’ve had the chance to catch up with Ali and see how Modern Masters has inspired her creativity. Let’s take a closer look at some of her beautiful work!

Various flowers accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects products | By Ali Kay of Positive Space

Bright, fun and elegant canvas highlighted and accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paints.

 

A beautiful white flower painting accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects rust finish | By Ali Kay of Positive

This captivating painting of FLORA incorporates the use of our Iron Reactive Metallic Paint for the rust accents!

 

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

My most challenging and rewarding project is a dome/rotunda mural I painted in the home of interior designer Tania Shaheen. The top of the dome reached 35 feet high. It required custom scaffolding to fit inside the rotunda. Because the rotunda was 13 feet from top to bottom, I had to work on several levels. The square working platforms did not exactly fit well into the round space, so the result was a lot of reaching and leaning. I found myself in some pretty awkward  positions!

The concept for this project was trompe l’oeil architecture. It was incredibly detailed and my calculations had to be perfect. I couldn’t see the full mural until the scaffolding came down, so I had to try to visualize what it would look like from 35 feet down while working only 6 feet away. After working on the project for just under a month, the day finally came for the scaffolding to come down. It was so rewarding to finally see the finished product! Ms. Shaheen, who helped to design the mural, entered this space in the 2013 ASID Awards and was honored for Best Architectural Feature.

A gorgeous red flower painting accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Patina | By Ali Kay of Positive Space

beautiful flower was nicely accented with our Copper Reactive Paints and Activators. Notice the ALLURING decorative scroll work?

 

Decorative ornamental dome sealed with Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish | By Ali Kay of Positive Space

The soft, neutral tones of this space IS given an elegant touch with a HANDPAINTED dome sealed with our Dead Flat Varnish for a lovely and durable matte finished result.

 

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

My go-to product is definitely the Metal Effects Iron Paint and Rust Activator. I first discovered it while taking a class with Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio a few years ago. We created a stenciled finish with the rust finish and I was fascinated. I went back to the studio and immediately started experimenting with it. Now I put it everywhere! Doors, light fixtures, mirrors, everywhere! I developed a technique to incorporate it into my fine art pieces and this has really changed my entire body of work. I love the fact that it is unpredictable. When I get to the stage of activating the rust in my canvas paintings, I get so excited to come back and see what happened, I can hardly sleep! I recently taught my rusting technique at the IDAL Convention and it was a great success. I think I inspired a lot of people to start using the system. Recently, I’ve started experimenting with the tarnishing copper paint, and I’m having a lot of fun integrating that into my fine art as well.

Modern Masters Metal Effects rust finish beautifully stenciled | By Ali Kay of Positive Space

This powder bath received a unique stenciled finish created with our Iron Reactive Paints and Activators!

 

What is your dream finishing project?

I have some big ideas swirling around in my head. I want to do a mural in a huge space that would include collage. I like the idea of painting over fabric, book pages, old drawings, textures and the like. I’m sure there would be some rusting in there somewhere too. It’s something that would take a lot of time, but that is usually what gets me excited about a project. As for the subject matter of this dream mural, it wouldn’t matter too much, but I would want it to include people. I love painting figures and it’s something I don’t get as many opportunities to do as I would like to.

Modern Masters Canvas Workshop with Ali Kay of Positive Space

Ali Kay teaching her techniques in a canvas class!

 

We want to thank Ali for sharing her beautiful artistry with us! You can see more of her incredible work in her Online Portfolio and Positive Space Facebook Fan Page. In March, Ali will be teaching at Prismatic Painting in Cincinnati, OH and in April she’ll be teaching at the Faux Retreat in Spooner, WI. As always, it has been a pleasure to see a the artistry created with our product lines. Be sure to catch more Modern Masters inspiration on our Facebook Fan Page, Pinterest boards and Twitter stream!

 

Modern Mastery: Taurie Goll

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

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

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

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

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

 

What is your dream finishing project?

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

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

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

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

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

 

What is the most inspiring place you have visited?

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

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

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

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

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

 

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

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

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

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