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.

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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A wide craft brush worked great.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Spring & Summer Garden Decor How-to with Metal Effects Kits!

How to Patinate Decor Accents with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Spring and Summer Garden Ideas and Inspiration

Spring is here! The cherry and Bradford pear trees are blooming beautifully, and folks are flocking out to their patios, front porches, and decks, to spruce up for the season. The farmers markets are swarming with eager gardeners like me, who start slowly, planting smaller container projects to get inspiring, magically instant gratification. Depending upon where you live in the country, frost can occur late into April and even May, so who wants to risk planting too many tender lovelies too soon?

Garden Accents with Metal Effects Patinas by Modern Masters | How-to DIY Tutorial

I was thrilled to discover that I could transform a formerly sad concrete planter using one of the new Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits – perfect for small indoor and outdoor projects. The small kits come in Blue Patina, Green Patina, and Rust, and they will be available exclusively for purchase at Hobby Lobby soon.

With Metal Effects, you can update any paintable surface in minutes, and it’s easy and fast, yielding beautiful results, with no experience required. Don’t you love how the blue patina pulls out the colors in the pink-blue blooms, the rusted chair, and my front door, painted with Playful Modern Masters Front Door Paint? And it looks like Mother Nature created it over decades.

Each kit comes complete with full instructions, all of the products you need to cover 1 to 2 square feet.

Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits are perfect for small crafts and are available at Hobby Lobby

One 2-ounce Primer

One 2-ounce Oxidizing Copper or Bronze Metallic Paint or Iron Reactive Paint

One 2-ounce Patina Aging Solution or Rust Activator & a Spritzer Cap Attachment

You just need a drop cloth or plastic to protect the area you work in, a container, and a paint brush.

Spring and Summer Garden Ideas | Metal Effects Patina How-to | Modern Masters Blog

When I found myself itching for something to paint, I wandered out to our very sad, wintery-looking deck. There, I re-discovered this concrete head, all cold, ugly and forlorn, and she was begging for a new look. I decided on the Blue Patina Finish.

Here are the three easy steps for the perfect patina:

STEP ONE

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Protect surrounding surfaces from spills and overs-pray. Clean your item well, if necessary, and let dry. Prime the surface with 2 coats of the Metal Effects Primer. Allow half an hour between coats, and 2 hours for final drying time.

STEP TWO

Applying Metal Effects Bronze Reactive Paint | How to Patinate Garden Accents How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

Paint the primed surface with 1 coat of Reactive Bronze Metallic Paint and allow to dry half an hour.

STEP THREE

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Attach the spritzer cap to the Blue Patina Aging Solution bottle. Apply the second coat of Reactive Bronze Metallic Paint, and while the paint is still wet, spray on a light coating of Blue Patina Aging Solution over the entire surface. As the activated surface dries over 30 to 40 minutes, a real blue patina finish will appear.

Just look!

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I know you are wondering about sealing outdoor items after you use Metal Effects. While the Rust Finish may require a topcoat (included in the kit), no protection is required for both the Blue and Green Patina Kits. Grab a latte, motor off to your favorite nursery for bright, cheery annuals, and your fabulous mini-garden container looks like a million bucks, with little time, energy, and expense. Truly, the kit is all you need for a small project.

Spring and Summer DIY Garden Ideas | How to Patinate Decor Accents with Metal Effects Patinas | DIY Tutorial on Modern Masters Blog

My neighbors, my guests and the UPS man are going to be soooo impressed!

Expect to see lots of posts, projects, and inspiration for spring and summer garden accent projects using Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits. You can also go to the awesome Modern Masters YouTube Channel and see video tutorials on using the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit How-to, the Metal Effects Blue Patina Kit How-to and the Metal Effects Green Patina Kit How-to. The smaller kits will be available in Hobby Lobby soon while the larger kits are available online now at TheHomeDepot.com. If you’d like to buy Metal Effects in individual sizes for custom projects, Modern Masters has hundreds of retailers across the US that carry their product lines. Questions and comments? Write them below!

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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.

 

 

 

Inspired Canvas Artworks with Metal Effects

Bare walls can call out for a great piece of artwork — and since Metal Effects is one of the hottest products going, the combination of the two can bring a stylish, rustic flair to any space. Canvas art also personalizes and dresses up any area, guaranteeing you’ll never have to stare at boring blank walls. We’ve found a few artists who do inspired work with patinas and oxidized finishes on canvas – read on to browse our ‘gallery’!

Becky Hicks Fine ArtBecky Hicks of Becky Hicks Fine Art is a Texas-based artist with a love for nature and all things “country”. Her artwork reflects her passion and in this painting, the rust finish provides a background for an alluring, wild horse.

Canvas Art with Metal Effects Patinas | Beautiful Artistry by Ali KayTree Canvas Art with PatinasArtist Ali Kay of Chattanooga’s Positive Space Art is a master on both canvas and wall space and we’ve featured her before in our Modern Masters series. She frequently uses the Metal Effects patinas to add depth and interest to her paintings and this canvas, one she created for her home, is no exception. Ali also teaches workshops in how to create these treescapes as well as rusty florals so keep an eye on her Facebook page as her classes sell out quickly!

Zebra with Rust Patinas | Canvas Art by Scarlet Johnson of J82 Studios | Canvas Artworks with Metal EffectsScarlet Johnson of J82 Art Studio shares her patinated and oxidized works with us via her Instagram account and we found ourselves smitten! She specializes in decorative art as well as horse and pet portraits – isn’t this zebra stunning?

Metal Effects Verdigris and Rust Patinas as Artwork | Bird-Inspired Art on Farm Gate by Hoity Toity Peacock | Canvas Art Ideas with Modern Masters Metal EffectsArt isn’t just for interiors! Hoity Toity Peacock recently created a patinated art panel with a bird motif for a client’s farm gate. It’s aged beauty works perfectly in sync with the rustic, organic surroundings.

Abstract Tree Art by Igor Turovskiy | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Canvas Artworks with Metal Effects PatinasA master of wielding the oxidizing patinas of Metal Effects, artist Igor Turovskiy of Igor Fine Art creates incredible art pieces with texture and creativity. This fairly recent canvas of a tree has a such stormy drama. So beautiful! Igor also teaches his techniques, with a workshop coming up soon at the Faux Retreat. See more of his oxidized artworks in his Modern Mastery feature.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these art ideas with Metal Effects and please, visit the individual artists’ websites for much more! You can decorate your home with art and paintings that you’ve made yourself or hired an artist (like the ones above) to create especially for you. Be sure to keep coming back to the blog as we’ll soon have a DIY Canvas Art project for you to try, too. Have an inspired day!

 

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!

 

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.

Ideas & Inspiration for Patina and Oxidation

We share a lot of Decorative Painting, DIY and Design inspiration on our Pinterest account but one of the most active communities is in our Patina & Oxidation group board. The board was inspired by our Metal Effects products and we thought it would be wonderful to see all the contributors share amazing images of patina and oxidation they’ve found across the web. We pulled some of our favorites together to inspire you plus we’ve shared some of the Modern Masters products you could use to help recreate the look. Ready to be inspired? Let’s go!

Rust Finish on Door Hinge | Patina & Oxidation Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogA beautiful patinated door hinge looks outstanding on a weathered wood door. Both the rust finish and verdigris finish of our Metal Effects line can recreate this look with ease. Photographed by David DB.

Rust Finish on Garden Door | Patina Inspiration & Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

This rusted garden shed door was featured in the book The French Touch. You can achieve the same look using the combination of the Iron Reactive Paint and the Rust Activator from the Metal Effects line. You can ensure that your beautiful work lasts with Permacoat Xtreme.

French Patina | Patinas in France & other inspiring images via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogThis has a little of everything, no? While the rust is the result of the oxidation of metal, the lovely greenish blue patina is the natural result of copper or bronze continuously coming into contact with moisture in the air.  This verdigris and rust beauty can be found in France and was featured in the PlumSiena blog. Mixing the Metal Effects products would achieve this look.

Plaster and Crackle | Inspiring Images of Patinas | Modern Masters Cafe BlogAncient Buddha statues grace the landscape of Singapore, revealing color and beautiful patinas as they age in time. Using the glazes, crackles and textures within the Decorative Painter’s products can help imitate these time-worn natural patinas.

Patina Details from Chateau Gaudanes | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHave you ever dreamed of moving to Europe and buying an abandoned castle to restore and live in? One family is living this exact dream and blogging about their journey at Chateau de Gudanes. These small design details showing the layers of history can be found on the property. Using the Belezza Series lime products as well at the Metallic Paint Collection can provide a European touch to your finishes.

Bronze and Blue Verdigris Door | Patina Inspirations via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogIs there anything better than an ornamental door with antique hardware? This beauty was photographed by Rachel Stander. Want the look? Use the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with the Blue Patina Aging Solution.

Patina and Faux Verdigris on Wood Mirror Frame | Modern Masters Cafe  BlogYou can bring an old world patina to a relatively new decorative piece, such as a mirror, with Metal Effects patinas. This mirror was photographed by Heather Ann Design &  Photography and featured in Style Me Pretty.

Paint, Rust and Verdigris Patina Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The now defunct House & Garden magazine featured a beautiful array of patina options for gardens. Iron ornaments, oxidized metal sculptures and pots with chipped layers of paint were suggested. Although these are antiques, the easiest and most cost-effective solution to speed up the process is decorative and specialty paints.

Verdigris Patina on Aged Wood Door | Patina & Oxidation Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe blogThis aged door in Peru features a verdigris look over wood – gorgeous! The Vogue Korea photo shoot was featured in the Sarah York Presents blog. Metal Effects is your key to this finish.Colorful Patina on Doorknob | Photograph by Jenny Downing | Patina Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogAren’t these colors incredible? The verdrigris and natural patina create a beautiful palette of oxidized colors. A professional decorative painter can mix the right Modern Masters products to simulate this look. The image was photographed by Jenny Downing.

Let us know in the comments or via direct message on Pinterest if you’d like to be a part of the Patina & Oxidation group board — we’d love to have you share your finds as well! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and pin these images to your own boards for continued inspiration!

 

The A to Z of Using Metal Effects!

Before & After Metal Effects Patina | How-to Tutorial | A to Z Custom CreationsMetal Patinas showcase the beauty and age of time worn surfaces.  Patinas of various colors can be created by treating surfaces with our Metal Effects products – you can literally create a history of aging in just a matter of minutes! Angela of A to Z Custom Creations uses our Metal Effects frequently and she’s got lots of tips to share.  “They create an authentic patina that is simply amazing! I’ve been playing around with [them] for a while and I’ve patinated just about everything I can,” she excitedly says.  We recently came across one of her many beautiful patina projects and thought to share it with you! Here’s her steps:

How to Use Metal Effects by Modern Masters

Angela suggests the following tips for a successful patina project (seen visually above):

  1. Metal Effects has Reactive Metallic Paints in both Copper and Bronze. There is also a Metal Effects Primer available specifically designed to protect the surface. Of the primer, Angela says, “I must admit, I have used the products without this but I think they work better with it”.
  2. Apply two thin coats of the Metal Primer with a brush or roller after making certain your surface is clean.
  3. Angela applied an opaque coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint to ensure full coverage. Let dry.
  4. You can patinate with a single color but for additional variety, Angela poured the  Bronze and the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint next to each and grabbed the individual colors side by side on a chip brush.
  5. Apply the two colors to the surface at the same time, blending them in without losing their individual colors.
  6. The Blue and Green Patina Aging Solutions oxidize equally well when paired together or individually with the Copper and Bronze Reactive Paint. There are also separate materials in the line to create a rust finish.
  7. Working on a wet reactive metal surface, apply your chosen patina aging solutions (Angela used both blue and green) via spritzer, brush or sponge.  The patina solutions will react with the real metal particles in the paints, thus speeding up the patination process.
  8. You can add more reactive metallic paint over the oxidation to find the perfect blend of paint and patina for your chosen surface. Angela worked with the piece until she was satisfied with the results and then allowed the project to fully dry.

Metal Effects by Modern MastersMetal Effects Project | Patina Cow Head by A to Z Custom Creations

How do you like the results? The paint and aging solution combinations create a beautiful, authentic green or blue oxidized patinas inspired by nature. Be sure to read Angela’s full Metal Effects Patina Tutorial on her blog and see other great projects she’s created on her Facebook page!  We’ve also created a fantastic patina finishes application video for you to have as a resource as well. Tell us, what are YOU excited to patinate?

But wait – take a look at these other gorgeous Metal Effects projects!

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!