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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Artist Resources: Varnishing

Varnishing is a personal artistic decision, taking into account the variables in application and the desired finished product.  There are a lot of materials out there for varnishes and applications, but these are two of the best paint manufacturers for varnish products and technical help in application.  Golden Artist Colors makes MSA and Polymer varnishes, and Gamblin Artist Colors makes Gamvar and Cold Wax varnishes.  Between the two, you can finish almost any type of artwork.  

Golden Artist Colors has a large resource on their YouTube channel for varnishing.  They include not only how to use their products, but how to decide if you need to varnish and how to remove varnish.




Gamblin Artist Colors has products for varnishing oil paintings or using cold wax as a varnish for a matte finish, suitable for finishing a range of mediums.  Scott Gellatly demonstrates both of these products in the following video from their YouTube channel:



The best brushes for most varnishes are large flats; I prefer the 2" Faux Squirrel for most of my varnish work.  Other options include the 2" brushes in the Palmer line.  

Keep Painting, 
Karyn 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Paint Brush Highlights: Interboro


Interboro brushes
Interboro is by far my favorite bristle brush, mainly because it holds up beautifully with the heavy bodied acrylic paint I use -- but also because it comes in SO many sizes and shapes that I can always find what I need.

Since it created with fine pure white Chungking bristle, which is double boiled to ensure it's shape after continued with heavy paint, this brush holds up under the hardest wear. The tuft is designed with our proprietary Interlocked technology to utilize the natural curve of the bristle, maintaining the length of the natural hairs.  This brush is excellent for oils, heavy body acrylics, and encaustics.  It also comes in larger sizes -- good for mural work.

Interboro brushes
Interboro is our long handled oil painting brush which comes in our speciality patented angle wave shape, ideal for landscape foliage or animal hair, in sizes 6, 8  and 10.  It also comes in fans, brights, filberts, flats, rounds in a range of 1 - 20 in size.

Keep Painting, 
Karyn 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Paint Brush Highlights: New Faux Squirrel Shapes



Faux Squirrel shapes from Dynasty

You already know how great the Faux Squirrel line is, a favorite for watercolor artists.  The supple hairs hold a lot of fluid, created out of a blended synthetic with an exceptional tip that holds it's point and spring.  Plus, these synthetics are created to work like real squirrel hair, without the environmental downside.  You also know that this brush comes in ultra large rounds, quills and super wide flats.  

But, did you know that it is now available in several of the cool Dynasty patented shapes?

Just this year, we've unveiled the new line of Faux Squirrel shapes, including Whales Tail, Wave Flat, Wave Filbert, Wave Angle, in line with the Black Gold patented shapes.  The line also contains the reliable favorites like Angle, Dagger, Liner and Oval wash.  

You can find these new shapes where Faux Squirrel brushes are sold; try them out and let us know what you think!
Keep Painting, 
Karyn 

For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.