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 Mastery: Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio

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

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

 

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

Painted Furniture Glazed with our Tintable Scumble Glaze.

 

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What is your go-to Modern Masters product?

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

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

 

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

 

What is your dream finishing project?

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

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

 

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

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A Mix of Metals

Projects Mixing Metallic Paints by Modern MastersUsing our Metallic Paint Collection on your furniture, wall, trim and ceiling projects provides a touch of luxe shimmer to your surface — the bonus is that you have a seemingly endless variety of metallic paint color options to fit your style.  While many create gorgeous results with one metallic color, we found a few projects by our friends that used multiple metallic paints on different surfaces with great success. Read on!

FURNITURE

Modern Masters Metallic Paint on Furniture | Project by Stiltskin StudiosStiltskin Studios used a mix of several metallic paint colors to achieve a richly colored bedroom set.  Black Pearl, Copper and Smoke Metallic Paints were used on the body, tops and hardware.

Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Table Project by Artsy Chicks RuleNancy of Artsy Chicks Rule is a pro at amazing DIY transformations.  She used Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint to do a table makeover and even added a handpainted compass.  Visit her metallic paint on furniture blog post for more details on this project!

WALLS

Textured Wall with Multiple Metallic Paint Colors | Modern Masters | Project by Tracy WadeDecorative artist Tracy Wade created a beautiful decorative wall finish with our Texture Effects applied as a strie horizontal base pattern with Silver, Warm Silver and Pale Gold Metallic Paint mixed and blended on top. Zen Gorgeous-ness!

Metallic Paint Wall Finish by Unfauxgettable Interiors | Modern Masters Cafe BlogUsing several colors, including Copper and English Brown Metallic Paint, decorative artist Leslie Redshaw of Canada’s Unfauxgettable Interiors finished a bath with a stunning, shimmery wall treatment.

DESIGN ACCENTS

Stenciling with Metallic Paints | Project by Heather Sanders | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHeather Sanders from 5th Wall Surface Design created an incredible focal point for a client. Using our Antique Bronze and Ivy Metallic Paint, she stenciled a beautiful Modello® Designs pattern onto the side arched walls of a niche. Striking!

Using Matte Metallics on Crown Molding | Modern Masters Project by designer Cynthia WeberDesigner Cynthia Weber pulled all her design elements together by giving it all a crowning touch: metallic paint on the crown molding! Using our Matte Metallics, she blended Champagne, Brass and Warm Silver at the same time to create a unique metallic trim finish.  Such a warm, luxe look!

CEILINGS

Blended Metallic Paints on Dome Ceiling | Modern Masters | Project by Andrea Blair MurrillDecorative artist Andrea Blair Murrill has done several amazing projects with our products, including this 15′ wide dome. It was based with Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint and then glazed with a blend of Pale Gold, Antique Copper, Statuary Bronze and Copper Metallic Paints. Be sure to stop by our Modern Mastery feature of her Broads with Brushes studio.

Ornamental Ceiling Painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Meme Hill StudioAnother frequent user of our products is Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio.  She’s done several creative projects and one of our favorites is this unique 12′ tray ceiling she based and glazed with several of our gold and bronze metallic paints as well as handpainted the ornamental design. Beautiful!

Are you now mulling over a mix of metals?  There are so many great ways to mix and blend our Metallic Paint Collection on many surfaces and we’d love to see how you do it!  Have an inspired day!

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