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!

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!