Friday, August 17, 2018

Making Found Furniture Fabulous: #howdoyoudynasty with Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick


Next up in our summer series #howdoyoudynasty is Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick

Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick

Based in British Columbia, Canada, Deb is one of the founding members of Painting With Friends with Terrye French. As a Dynasty Artist and a DecoArt Helping Artist, Deb's work has been published in many art outlets. As of this week, you can find Deb's work in the FREE ebook 30+ Fashion Painting Ideas with DecoArt Stylin' along side projects by Dynasty Artists Jill FitzhenrySandy McTier, and Tracy Moreau

Deb is a woman of many talents, but the focus of our interview is Deb's experience painting off the canvas--today we are talking about painting furniture!

Our questions appear in bold, Deb's answers follow. All photos used appear courtesy of the artist.

What is your approach to painting furniture? And how do you go about picking pieces?

"When I am painting furniture, I look for older, sturdy pieces. I love to turn something old into something new. Personally, I like eclectic, I like pieces to go together, but not necessarily all the same. The fun is finding the pieces. Thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales and back alley finds are my favorite.

In today’s age and as a long-time collector of Decorative Painting/Tole painting surfaces, I am finding many alternative uses for the larger surfaces, such as cabinets and benches. These make great home décor projects with all the new products available for DIY."

Is your approach to painting furniture different than your other painting work? 

"Not really, other than the pieces being on a larger scale, I approach the furniture pieces in the same way as I would any surface. I think about the functionality of the piece and where it will go. Do I want to stencil or paint a design? Sometimes the size and or shape tells me exactly what it needs. In the past I used to refurbish children’s furniture for craft sales. I am using all the latest DecoArt Americana Décor paints for all my furniture/décor pieces."

How much prep do you do to each piece prior to painting?

"If the furniture is older and marked, I will wash with TSP (editor's note: TSP is tri-sodium phosphate cleaner), then sand. If the pieces are easy to take apart, I will do that as well.
All the Décor paints I am currently using are self-sealing and require nothing more that cleaning and sanding. If I want to paint a design onto an existing finished surface, I may apply a brush coat of DecoArt All Purpose Sealer or Gesso to the design area before painting, then varnish to protect the design when complete."

What are your preferred brushes for these projects?

"I am just in love with the Dynasty Blue Ice brushes for all my larger furniture pieces. The brush is just sturdy enough to move the paint and the soft tips are just soft enough to gently smooth out the paint where it has been applied, this allows even application of paint, and in most cases, in one coat. For smaller projects, my favorite go to brush is the Dynasty Eye of the Tiger ¾” and 1”. I cannot say enough about this little brush, I use it to get into smaller areas and my decorative painting projects as it is affordable and long lasting."

By Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick
By Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick
By Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick

Would you like the opportunity to paint with Deb? She will be at three upcoming conventions. You can find details here

If you would like to follow Deb and her work, here are all the ways you can connect with her:

Email:                        adeb@shaw.ca
Website:                    www.paintingwithdeb.ca
Facebook, personal:  www.facebook.com/deb.antonick
Facebook Page:        www.facebook.com/paintingwithdeb

We hope you are enjoying this special summer blog series about how artists are using Dynasty brushes on alternative surfaces. If you want to be included, summer isn't over yet so get in touch! Tag your photos on social media #howdoyoudynasty or message us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

And as always, if you would like to learn more about our brushes and our commitment to quality, please visit our website

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Brush Guys' Deal of the Week!

Our friends at The Brush Guys have a Deal of the Week featuring our Black Gold and Black Silver brushes!


You can find a wide array of Dynasty brushes available on The Brush Guys website and be sure to follow them on Facebook so you can be the first to know about other exciting Dynasty Brush offers!


And as always, if you want to learn more about our company and our commitment to making quality artists brushes, please visit the Dynasty Brush website

Friday, July 27, 2018

Join Dynasty Brush at these events!

Can you believe that 2018 is more than half over?! Do not fret--there is still plenty of time to paint with Dynasty Brush at a variety of conventions, conferences, and trade shows this year!


Quickly approaching is the Heart of Ohio Tole (HOOT) conference taking place in Columbus, OH August 7-11, 2018. Click here for more information

Next up is the New England Traditions convention taking place October 2-7, 2018 in Marlborough, MA. Click here for more information

The New York State Art Teachers Association Conference in Buffalo, NY November 16-18, 2018. Open to art educators only. Click here for more information

If you are attending one of these events, let us know on the Events tab of our Facebook page. Visit out booth--we'd love to meet you! Check the Events tab on our FB page often as we may be adding more events before the year is over. 

And as always, if you would like to learn more about our business and our brushes, please visit our website