Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary!

Disneyland Celebrates 60th Anniversary and we do, too! Modern Masters Metallic Paints, Theme Paints and Topcoats help beautify the park daily. California’s Disneyland is commemorating 60 years of magic and we’re celebrating their diamond anniversary with them! Our Theme Paint, Metallic Paint Collection, MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat, MasterClear® Supreme and Dead Flat Varnish have been used throughout the park and its rides. The products have been chosen for their colors, versatility and durability day in and day out through any time of weather! Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary is set to dazzle all summer long. Here are just some of the attractions which have been coated with our decorative paints and clear coats.

Main Street USA, Disneyland | Modern Masters ProductsDisneyland's Main Street USA features Modern Masters Theme Paints,  Metallic Paints and Topcoats | Disneyland 60th AnniversaryMain Street USA is a beautiful and colorful street that dazzles with shops and displays. For the 60th anniversary, it will be enhanced with shimmering banners and glittering décor.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland | Modern Masters ProductsEver since opening on July 17, 1955, Disneyland has been enthralling visitors with their incredible theme park. One of the most alluring attractions is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. For their 50th anniversary in 2005, the castle was painted with a combination of custom Modern Masters Metallic Paint colors and protected with our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat.

Cars Land Ride | Radiator Springs Racers in Disney Califorina | Theme Attraction Painted with Modern Masters Theme PaintsCars Land is one of the largest and most elaborate theme attractions ever at Disneyland. Theme Paint™ helped create the dramatic desert landscapes that surround the area.

It's a Small World Attraction painted and protected with Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Clear Topcoats | Disneyland 60th AnniversaryAttractions and Rides in Disneyland California were painted with the help of Modern Masters Theme Paints, Metallic Paints and Topcoats Disneyland Firehouse painted with Modern Masters Theme Paints | Disneyland 60th Anniversary feature on Cafe BlogWalking throughout Disneyland is a vivid feast for the eyes. It’s a Small World, Minnie’s House, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island and Toontown are just some of the attractions whose facades showcase our products.

Diamond Anniversary for Disneyland | Modern Masters Products used throughout Park and Attractions | Cafe Blog FeatureDisneyland will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee this entire summer! We’re so happy to rejoice in their 60th anniversary celebration and are so proud that Modern Masters beautifies the parks everyday. We hope you’ve enjoyed a little bit of both Disneyland and Modern Masters Magic!

Modern Mastery: Mario Stanley Morales

Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Mario Stanley Morales

We’re happy to introduce another exciting artist for our Modern Mastery series! Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group founded his company in 1985 and has been creating and designing custom finish concepts for over 30 years. He first came to our attention when he shared many of his unique projects with us on our Modern Masters Facebook fan page. His team has created a diverse portfolio of private and public commissions for projects such as governmental agencies, schools, retail stores, restaurants, religious facilities and residences. Based in Texas, his company straddles interior and exterior projects in both Mexico and the United States. The studio specializes in treatments such as Venetian Plasters, Faux Finishes, Murals, Gilding, Reactive Metal Patinas, Decorative Concrete, Stenciling as well as being well-versed in Feng Shui concepts and Color Therapy. Mario has kindly shared some of his favorite Modern Masters projects with us.

Historic Project with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Theme Paints | Artistry by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMario used both Theme Paint and our Metallic Paint Collection to reinvigorate exterior accents of the Historic Brownsville Museum.

Black Venetian Plaster Wall Finish by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogBlack Venetian Plaster enhances the walls of a contemporary space. We particularly admire the plaster seamlessly finished over the jib door.

Metal Effects Iron Rust Finish on Wall | Project by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMario used the Iron Reactive Paint and Rust Activator from the Metal Effects line to create an elegant Rust Finish Patina on his client’s walls.

Metal Effects Faux Verdigris Finish on Coffered Ceiling | Project by Artesanos Design Group and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogFor a coffered ceiling, the Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution were used to create a stunning patinated finish on the insets. The beams received the Metal Effect Rust Patina Finish.

Metal Effects Patinas on Truck | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe Blog“Our client has trucking company and bought a truck he wanted us to further antique and weather as a showstopping ‘art’ piece outside of his business. We added the Metal Effects Rust Patina finish to certain areas and rusted more on others. Even some newly chromed areas got rusted!” Mario explains. What a fun project!

Retail Project by Artesanos Design Group using Metal Effects, JWR Acrylics and Theme Paints by Modern Masters | Modern Mastery Feature on Cafe BlogRetail Mural with Theme Paints and JWR Acrylics by Modern Masters | Project by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogFor the upscale Nombe sneaker shop, Mario and his team created several murals with both Theme Paint and JWR Artist’s Acrylics. For the retail shop columns, they used Platinum Metallic Paint for the base and aged it with a glaze created with the Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint, keeping the shimmer intact. Finally, the patinated the corrugated metal running along the store with Metal Effects. Incredible!

Showcase Box painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Decoupage | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design GroupPapier Mache Calaveras created with JWR Acrylics and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Artistry by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design GroupSmall art pieces are also created at the Artesanos Design Group studio. The Metallic Paint Collection and JWR Artist’s Acrylics are frequently used by Mario to create one-of-a-kind collectibles that include showcase boxes and papier-mâché calaveras (skulls) that honor the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Mario handpaints and designs all the artistic ornamental touches.

Repurposed Chair Painted and Aged with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of the Artesanos Design GroupSilver Metallic Paint and a Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint overglaze helps create a stunning repurposed chair.

Stenciled Restaurant Bath with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature: Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtesanos has transformed not only the main areas of several restaurants but also their bars, exteriors, private rooms and public baths. In this bath, Flash Blue Metallic Paint is used as a base while both Blackened Bronze and Black Cherry Metallic Paint are combined for the beautiful graphic pattern. Wouldn’t you love to step in this space?

We hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful and unique artistry of Mario Stanley Morales! Please be sure to visit the Artesanos Design Group website for more and follow their Facebook page to keep on top of their latest projects. Many thanks to Mario for sharing his incredible work with us. If you’d like to share your Modern Masters projects, we’d love for you to contact us. Don’t forget to pin these projects and share this post!

Theme Paints Help Create a Stunning Public Art Mural in Savannah!

Here at Modern Masters, we enjoy coming across very special projects — and a 66′ tall exterior mural by artist Matt Hebermehl certainly qualifies!  Matt was gracious enough to chat with us about this very special commission, his process and how our Theme Paints helped him complete the mural creatively and durably. 

Savannah Public Art Mural with Modern Masters Theme Paints by artist Matt Hebermehl

matt hebermehl, as Photographed by Trevor Jenkins of 98 Productions

In the fall of 2013, I was commissioned by the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) to paint a mural on the exterior of Montgomery Hall, the home of SCAD’s digital art and animation department. Vice President Glenn E. Wallace and Director of Ideation Amy Zurcher directed me to create an energetic, vibrant, abstract representation of the creative spirit that swirls in and around Montgomery Hall.

Painting a Public Abstract Art Mural | Artist Matt Hebermehl using Modern Masters Theme Paints(above, below) photographed by Adam Kuehl for the Savannah College of Art and Design

Painting a 66' Public Art Mural | Savannah Artist by Matt Hebermehl | SCAD's Montgomery Hall

The wall itself stands at 66 feet high by 30 feet wide and the work took almost two months. Fellow artist Troy Wandzel and I primed the wall and then artist Tim Foster helped me lay out a grid and sketch of the mural with a chalk snap line.  When it came time to decide which paint to use, I wanted a product that offered a bright, rich palette and the durability to withstand the Savannah sun and humidity.

Montgomery Hall Exterior Art Mural | Modern Masters Theme Paints | Artist: Matt Hebermehl(Top LEFT) photographed by Adam Kuehl for the Savannah College of Art and Design. All remaining images by Matt Hebermehl


I called fellow artist Aaron Marable as well as several historic preservationists and they unanimously recommended Modern Masters Theme Paints. Paul Muto at Star Scenic in Orlando, FL supplied me with the paints and couldn’t have been more helpful and knowledgeable about the product. As I painted the mural, I was amazed at the paint’s coverage, flow, and vibrancy. I used the Hi-Hide White straight and everything else I customized to make my own color mixes.

Exterior Public Art Mural in Savannah, Georgia by artist Matt Hebermehl using Theme Paints by Modern Masters

Public Mural at the Savannah College of Art and Design | Artist Matt Hebermehl | Theme Paints by Modern Masters

When I completed the mural, my friend Tim Piccin helped me apply the MasterClear® Supreme Clear Protective Topcoat in semi-gloss for extra durability. The work resulted in a layered chronicle of the rhythms of life combined with an ongoing exploration of my natural, gestural stroke.

Timelapse Video of the SCAD Mural Project by Matt Hebermehl

We think it’s an incredible work by a very talented artist whose work we hope to continue to see! The project was also a collaborative effort between the school and SeeSAW (See Savannah Art Walls).  It’s the public art initiative that Matt co-founded in 2012, which creates opportunities for a more robust culture of murals and public art in Savannah. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the process of this wonderful mural by Matt Hebermehl and the capabilities of our Theme Paints.  Please be sure to visit the Hebermehl website and follow Matt on the Hebermehl Facebook fan page and the SeeSAW Facebook fan page as well.  What do you think of the mural? Let us know in the comments!

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