Modern Mastery: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Modern Mastery Feature: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris of Wallovers | Modern Masters Blog

Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris have over 30 years of decorative painting experience combined. After specializing in creating and painting patterned finishes with stencils they cut themselves, they decided to take their design to the trade and launched the Wallovers stencil line in 2007. Decorative painters and homeowners around the world now use Wallovers stencils, a unique line of repeatable, wallpaper-like stencils for walls and furniture. Initially founded with 13 design patterns, there are now more than 55 stencils available – and the individual artists who apply the finishes can create an infinite number of innovative designs. In the end, all their creative customers are part of the process and feel his or her own personality exuding from the completed work.

Rena and Cynthia continue to do field work to this day and stay on trend creating wallpaper-like patterns for walls and furniture. They also create new tools to make the job easier for decorative painters. For instance, Wallovers is the originator of The Topper, a precut stencil piece that makes finishing the top of the wall fast and simple. In 2013, they created the Allover Brush and the Wallbuster Brush. These brushes were specifically designed to work with allover stencils, enabling the artist to cover large areas easily. We were very excited to chat with Cynthia Davis and showcase some of the beautiful spaces she and Rena have created with the help of Modern Masters products – we hope you enjoy their innovative finishes, tips and projects!

Stenciled Studio Wall | Wallovers Paisley Stencil and Modern Masters Gold Rush Metallic Paint | Project by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Modern Mastery Feature

Beautiful stenciled wall finish with the Wallovers Paisley Stencil and the Metallic Paint Collection, specifically, the color Gold Rush. Doesn’t it look spectacular against the African chair? Perfect studio design.

 

HOW HAS MODERN MASTERS ENHANCED YOUR BUSINESS?

I started using Modern Masters many years ago when I was experimenting with metallic paint. The array of colors offered by Modern Masters enable me to achieve so many finishes in warm and cool tones. I use the paints as opaque base coats, as sheer topcoats and as glazes. They are included in just about every finish I do.

Gorgeous Powder Bath Finish with the Flower Power Stencil from Wallovers and the Black Pearl Metallic Paint from Modern Masters | Project featured on the Modern Masters Blog | Artists: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Striking bath finish with Black Pearl Metallic Paint used as the base. Cynthia and Rena then used Benjamin Moore’s Dijon (193) with their Flower Power Stencil to create the effect.

 

Stenciled Wall Treatment with various Modern Masters products and the Roundabout Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Mastery Feature on artists Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Various Modern Masters products went into this incredible stenciled wall finish, including our Silver Metallic Paint. The beautiful pattern is the Roundabout Stencil.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE OR REWARDING PROJECT?

The most rewarding projects are the ones I have done for charity. I wish there was more time for these. Bringing color or pattern into the home of someone who needs to be uplifted has always made me really appreciate my skills and ability to give art as a gift.

Close-up and Full Shot of Stenciled Room by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Wallovers Stephanie's Damask Stencil and Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Wall Glazing Cream | Modern Mastery Feature

Here is a close-up and full shot of a refined living room with the Stephanie’s Damask Stencil and a finish incorporating the Wall Glazing Cream and Metallic Paint Collection.

 

Faux Pennies Wall Finish with the Wallovers Pennies Stencil and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature on artists Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Amazing faux pennies wall treatment with the Pennies Stencil and Metallic Paint colors Copper, Copper Penny, Antique Bronze and Tequila Gold. Wow!

 

WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?

Use Venetian Plaster in unexpected ways to create textures and then skim coat them with Metallic Paints.

Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint over a Blue Stippled Faux Finish | Tapestry Stencil by Wallovers | Modern Mastery Artist Feature with Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Cynthia and Rena stenciled with Pale Gold Metallic Paint over a blue stippled faux finish. The pattern is the amazing Tapestry Stencil.

 

Stenciled Wall Treatment incorporating Metal Effects Rust Patina and Gold Rush Metallic Paint | Artists: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Stencil: Elisabeth's Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Masters Blog Feature

This warm dining room wall treatment incorporates the exquisite Elisabeth’s Lace Stencil with Gold Rush Metallic Paint and the Metal Effects Rust Patina.

 

Stenciled Fabric with Pharaoh's Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters and the Batik Stencil from Wallovers | Gorgeous Hot Pink and Gold Color Combo | Modern Mastery Artist Feature on Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

You can also stencil fabric with metallics and for a gorgeous result! Cynthia and Rena added a dose of global chic to this exotic resting spot using the Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint and the Batik Stencil.

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS FINISHES?

I love using a warm and a cool tones of Metallic Paints together like Champagne and Platinum mottled together as glazes. Then, stenciling over that in a more opaque application of one of those two colors. It is gorgeous!

The Stained Glass Stencil by Wallovers looks gorgeous on this wall by Cynthia Davis & Rena Paris! They used both Silver and Champagne Metallic Paints to give a beautiful shimmer to the pattern! | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Silver and Champagne Metallic Paints add a lustruous shimmer to these walls with the Stained Glass Stencil.

 

Staircase Stenciled Wall by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint by Modern Masters and the Indian Print Damask Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

Things are looking up with this staircase wall! The Indian Print Damask Stencil was used with Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint for this lovely allover wall project. Doesn’t it look just like wallpaper?

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the amazing projects and stencil designs of Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris of Wallovers! Be sure to follow Wallovers on Facebook and Pinterest to keep up with their artistic adventures. They also teach phenomenal workshops with everything you need to create alluring custom finishes for any surface. Do you have a favorite project of theirs? Let us know in the comments. Have an inspired day!

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The Modern Mastery of Caroline Lizarraga

Through the Modern Mastery series on the Cafe blog, we feature and profile the incredible works of artists who use our products in ever-innovative ways. One artist we’ve featured before is Caroline Lizarraga and her eponymous decorative arts studio is based in San Francisco. We’ve caught up with her again recently and are honored to share her most recent Modern Masters projects with you, as photographed by Catherine Nguyen.

Paris Freehand Drawings over Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarrage | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureLoose and organic freehand drawings of Paris are painted over our Venetian Plaster. The beautiful light fixture and interior design is by Alia Gaffney.

Stenciled Gray Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCaroline stencils a tone on tone pattern treatment over gray Venetian Plaster. The stencil design is the Indian Paisley Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Architectural Drawings over Modern Masters Plum Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga Decorative Artist | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArchitectural drawings are painted over a custom plum Venetian Plaster on bath walls.

Yellow Venetian Plaster with Embedded Family Mementos | Project by Decorative Artist Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureEmbedded Drawings and Designs in Venetian Plaster by artist Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCaroline’s clients wanted a beautiful way to preserve memories of their travels and important moments. She embedded drawings, postcards and other designs within a buttery, textured Venetian Plaster finish.

Stenciled Wall with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureCaroline used our Metallic Paints to stencil the African Plumes Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio on her client’s living room walls. Mixing gold and platinum toned metallic paints helped create a beautiful and versatile contemporary ‘wallpaper’ treatment.

White Elegant Raised Crocodile Wall Finish | Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Decorative Artist Caroline Lizarraga | Photographed by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA luxe, white crocodile finish is created by Caroline with our Venetian Plaster.

Modern Masters ShimmerStone with Raised Stencil Design | Artistry by Caroline Lizarraga Decorative Artist | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA raised design on ShimmerStone creates lustrous dining room walls that entice.

Venetian Plaster Focal Wall with Architectural Drawings | Decorative Artistry by Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtistic drawings look amazing over several colored layers of Venetian Plaster.

Black Venetian Plaster Ceiling in Masquerade Bath | Project by Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureA rich, black Venetian Plaster completes this unique masquerade bath perfectly.

So many inspired surfaces and spaces! We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Caroline’s extraordinary artistry. Please visit her website, Caroline Lizarraga, to see more of her talents. Many thanks to both Caroline and photographer Catherine Nguyen for the beautiful images to share with you. If you’d like to share your work with us for a possible feature, please send images to projects@modernmasters.com – we look forward to seeing them. Have an inspired day!