DIY: From Ugly Joint Compound Texture To Lustrous Venetian Plaster – Part 1 Prep

This post is sponsored by Modern Masters who provided me with Venetian Plaster products and tools. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own​.

How to go from ugly jount complound on paneled walls to lustrous Modern Masters Venetian Plaster

Are you a faux finisher, reluctant to tackle old textured walls for a client? Or, an adventurous DIYer who would love to go from Old World décor to a more contemporary style, using Venetian Plaster?

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Upstyling Your Home With Matthew Mead – And Me!

Matthew Meads' new Upstyled Home Magazine

Surprise! Coming soon to your favorite newsstand is Matthew Mead‘s newest brilliant endeavor, Upstyled Home Magazine.

Lacey Jane the calico and my office managerI just received my copy, and couldn’t wait to sit down with Lacey Jane kitty and a cup of Joe to savor every lovely, super-styled photo, idea, and word.

And yes, how cool is it that Matthew has included several of my favorite blog projects and home vignettes in his magazine. Along with one of my design idols and authors, Mary Emmerling, and  new-found designers that I am now loving too.

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Surprise! Our Front Door Was Featured In The LA Times

My front door, painted with Modern Masters Front Door Paint, was featured in the LA Times recently.

Last week I was blissfully working away in Valencia, California, at the offices of the fabulous Modern Masters team! Along with fellow faux finisher and decorative artist, Mary Childs from Orlando, we each created seasonal DIY projects, to be debuted prior to each holiday.

What an honor and a treat to play with many of my favorite products while conjuring up projects I think you are going to swoon over. Watch for cool and creepy Halloween ideas, coming soon, on the ModernMastersCafe.com blog!

Fortunate color Modern Masters Front Door Paint

During Masterminds week, I later discovered, one of my Modern Masters Front Door Paint projects, using the bright green color Fortunate, was featured in a color-trending story about Modern Masters, by writer Bonnie McCarthy, of the Los Angeles Times.

What a coincidence!

I hope you’ll hop over to the story and check out the bright and inspiring front door projects by fellow bloggers, TheTaleOfAnUglyHouse.com, RobbRestyle.com, ColourSaturatedLife.com, and SpoonfulOfImagination.com.

 

 

 

Use All Three Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits To Create Drippy Abstract Canvas Art

Use 3 Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits to get the drippy effect on canvas!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.

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Dimensional Hand-Painted Floral Finish Using Wood Icing®, A Stencil, And Metallics

Textured "flower power" wall or furniture finish tutorial.

Are you snowed in? We have been for a couple of days this week, enjoying the wintery weather a bit, but also dreaming of spring and anxious to see the yard and blooms again. I decided to venture into my studio and take advantage of the quiet time to conjure up a very simple dimensional hand-painted wall, furniture, or canvas art finish. I used leftover paint and products: some Wood Icing® Textura Paste to add dimension, Chalk Paint®, a large graphic flower stencil, and Modern Masters metallic paints.

Voila! This finish is artsy, easy enough for the snowed-in-kids to help with, and fast-drying.

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Thank You Modern Masters!

Thank you Modern Masters!

2015 was an exciting year for me, getting to explore even more of Modern Masters product line, particularly Metal Effects, to create rust and fabulous patina. I think these products have exploded in DIY popularity due to their ease of use, and wondrous unpredictability.

In the past couple years, I have also explored Front Door Paint, Metallic Paint and Metallic Plaster. Lucky me!

Thanks too, for supporting my workshops this year at ArtFusion in Santa Fe, and also at The New Leaf, in Albuquerque!

As a creative, tutorial-focused blogger, I am ever grateful for opportunities to work with companies like Modern Masters, who appreciate the power of letting artists like me take off and explore new possibilities with their materials.

So looking forward to working with you again in 2016 – and Periscope!

To see all of my Modern Masters product tutorials, check out the categories on my home page, and visit the Modern Masters Cafe blog where lots of artists contribute their projects!

Remembering 2015 Projects: Rusty, Patinated Wall Art Using Modern Masters Metal Effects

Make Rusty, Crusty Wall Art Magic Using Modern Masters Metal Effects products | Tutorial

Thank you Modern Masters for including me to spread the good word about your amazing products during 2015!

It has been a fabulous, creative year for me, using Modern Masters Metal Effects to create projects for the blog, ModernMastersCafe.com, and in workshops across the country.

Rust, crust, and patina, on letters, home accessories, artwork, focus walls and more! Here’s a look back at a favorite art project that I did for our master bedroom, using a old ceiling tin mounted on a wooden frame.

Get my tutorial on ModernMasterscafe.com!

 

Love Rust, Crust, Patina And Pattern? Register Today!

Art Fusion Event in Santa Fe, November 2015

Are you nuts about anything covered in rust and patina? Me too.There’s so much you can do with Modern Masters Metal Effects products, and more secret stuff I will reveal during this class.

This half-day morning workshop is on Thursday, November 5.

REGISTER HERE!

Check out all of the amazing workshops offered at the ArtFusion Event. And don’t put off registering. Several of the workshops are already filled. My Funky Chunky Finishes workshop is full, but you can get on the waitlist.

Hope to see you there. Let’s paint!

The Art Ladies Rock Modern Masters Metal Effects

The Art Ladies create patterned, textured artwork with Modern Masters Metal Effects.

The Art Ladies. A unique, dynamic group of my long-time friends who originally bonded during our term as board members of the local Artists’ League. For almost 15 years we have met for dinner one a month to talk art, learn from each other, challenge each other, and share our lives.

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Summer Deck Projects Using Royal Design Studio Stencils, And More!

Summer deck projects using Royal Design Studio stencils and more

Thanks to Royal Design Studio, and their fun tiny new stencils and one-time-use modello patterns, our deck is brimming with flowers, ferns and fun. During the month of May, for Paint+Pattern, I worked on three summer deck projects that really made an impact our our outdoor living space.

Here are some quickie sneak peeks.

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