Friday, March 20, 2020

Dynasty Retailer Spotlight: Mack Brush

We are happy to welcome Mack Brush to the Dynasty family of retailers! Established in Jonesville, Michigan in 1891, Mack Brush has a long history of providing high quality brushes to artists and craftsmen. Owner Chris Fast told us a little more about the company.

*As of this posting (12:00pm EST on Friday, March 20, 2020) Mack Brush is still fulfilling online orders during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check their website for the most up to date information.*

Chris's father, Jon M. (Mike) Fast, purchased the company in 1960 while he was still in college.Historically, Andrew Mack and Son Brush Company has long been a purveyor of brushes and supplies for sign painters, pinstrippers, industrial and the automotive painting market. 

Mack pinstripe panel, circa 1900
"We are trying to expand into the traditional art field with the Dynasty line," says Chris. 

But no matter what the product, Chris emphasizes the importance of customer service to his company. "My main goal is for my company to give the best possible customer service. Over the top, put a smile on the face of every customer--customer service!" says Chris.

Much like our parent company F.M. Brush, family is at the heart of Mack Brush---from Andrew Mack and his son, Glenwood, and then to Mike Fast and his son, Chris. When you are supporting Dynasty Brush and Mack Brush you are supporting hardworking, family businesses. 

Chris and Mike Fast


Interested in placing an order with Mack Brush? You can do so a few different ways:

Order directly from the website: mackbrush.com
Call to place your order: (517) 849-9272
Email: orders@mackbrush.com

A big thank you to Chris Fast, owner, for his help with this feature. For a more in depth dive into the history of Mack Brush, be sure to check out their website

As always, if you are interested in learning more about the entire collection of Dynasty brushes, be sure to visit our website. And for the latest news from our Dynasty Artists and Brand Specialists, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


Friday, March 6, 2020

Painting on Denim with Dynasty Artist Tracy Weinzapfel

Do you always find yourself painting on the same sort of surface? Here is something that may take you out of your creative comfort zone--painting on denim! Dynasty Artist Tracy Weinzapfel recently talked with us about how she has ventured into making art that you can wear!
Dynasty Artist Tracy Weinzapfel 

What made you want to try painting on denim and what was your first denim project?  
"I live to love what I do. I was just about to throw out an old pair of pants and I decided why not upcycle them and paint some of my fun whimsical designs on them. I did not have any expectations of how they would turn out and also wondered how a 49 year old woman would look in them. I totally enjoyed the creative process and decided this was perfect for me. The result was amazing and I just love them again! They are a billboard of sorts for being an artist and art teacher. I recently wore them to Creative Painting in Las Vegas and was stopped by so many people at the show and on the Las Vegas strip asking about them." 

How does painting on denim compare to painting on other surfaces? 
"Fabrics such as denim are more three dimensional than say a canvas or art journal. Sometimes you have to manipulate to keep the fabric smooth while you are painting. In this case, I cut cardboard boxes the width of the legs to keep a smooth surface. Also, fabrics are more absorbent so that is why it is important to have the right tools for the right job such as awesome Dynasty Brushes and paints made for fabric."

Jacket painted by Tracy Weinzapfel
Do you need to prewash the denim prior to painting on it? 
"These jeans were used and worn so I did not have to pre-wash as you would new materials. I do recommend pre-washing any fabrics that you paint. I also recommend following the fabric paint directions on the bottle as all paints vary."

What special tools or paints do you use for your denim pieces?
"I used DecoArt SoSoft fabric paints which are great. They dry soft and pliable vs. a standard acrylic paint that would be hard and would crack. I also used my Dynasty Black Silver and Faux Sable brushes. The rest was done freehand I kept my drawings fun and easy."


Other news from Tracy:
"I also had the opportunity to teach a denim painting class in February at one of my local wineries. 20 students join me for an afternoon of painting and wine. I captured that fun here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v26P_z6bvOI&t=30s

I have a membership group called Your Artful Journey: www.yourartfuljourney.com.
This is for members only where monthly you get:
  • Monthly Art Classes
  • Monthly Art Challenges and Prompts
  • Monthly FB LIVES "Wine with Wein" - exclusive access to Tracy for Q & A
  • Private Facebook Community
  • ...and so much love and support! 

To get on the waitlist: https://www.yourartfuljourney.com/waitlist. You will be notified of all events including free ones coming your way.  
For more information please join me on Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/tracyweinzapfelstudios Every Wednesday I am on Facebook LIVE from my Studio at 5:30 pm (PST). I have different topics every week to inspire you to be creative in all you do!

Our thanks to Tracy for sharing her expertise with us! To learn more about Tracy and all of our Dynasty Artists, please visit our website

Friday, February 21, 2020

*GIVEAWAY* Art Journaling with Dynasty Artist Tracy Weinzapfel

Art journaling is a becoming a popular way to keep creative and practice self-care. We recently asked Dynasty Artist Tracy Weinzapfel for some insight about her approach to art journaling and she was lovely enough to share her knowledge here. Keep reading to learn more about how to start your own journaling journey and how to enter our very special contest!


Artist Tracy Weinzapfel

All photos here appear courtesy of the artist.


How long have you being making art?  
"I have been making some sort of art since I could hold a crayon. I was content to be coloring all day. I wanted to pursue Art or Architectures but earned a Bachelor's Degree in Building Construction Management from Michigan State.  My parents encouraged me to get a degree to fall back on and then pursue my passion which I am glad they did!"
   
What led you to art journaling and what do you get out of it?  
"I have done all sorts of art mediums including canvas, wine barrels, wood, paper and more. I worked for DecoArt and got lots of fun experience in many different mediums. I took some much needed time off to step back in my life a couple of years ago to regroup. Life has presented some stumbles and I needed that time to focus on my family and home life.  During that time I picked back up my art journal as a means to just express myself and formed a morning meditation of sorts to focus and rest my mind from life. I discovered how important that time was and started to share the art from that time and in my journals. The response was amazing and I realized I needed to express this creative side of myself again. It is a safe place to share my ups and downs and find the good in every day…even/especially during the tough times." 
Examples of Tracy's journaling
  
What are your favorite tools/supplies for art journaling?  
"My favorite tools are all about keeping it simple and portable. I carry an art journal at all times and like to have one that is travel sized so I can even pull it out in the car or in doctor's waiting rooms. I love basic portable watercolors along with my Dynasty brushes. One final favorite tool are basic black Sharpies. I like to share that basic tools will work and finding the right tool for the job makes the job a ton easier!"

Any advice for someone who wants to try art journaling? What do they need to know? 
"I share my Five Keys to Art Journaling here where I give all the basics to get started. You do not need to know how to draw or paint so do not let that stop you. I teach many shortcuts for those who "cannot draw a stick figure" (which always makes me laugh because how often do you want to draw a stick figure?) If you love colorful things, like to be creative, or want to delve into putting yourself and your emotions in a journal than art journaling is a great place to start. The great thing about art journals is they are great starting places to practice and learn what inspires you. I am inspired by nature and flowers so that has been a tool for me to learn about local plants and succulents. You are not locked into that art journal and can take your art to larger mediums like wine barrels, furniture, clothing and more!"

Other news from Tracy:
"I have an awesome 2 hour LIVE workshop on Facebook on February 29th called Leap into Art Journaling. This is a two hour workshop in a Private Facebook Group where I will breakdown an art journal page from start to finish!  It is a great opportunity and only requires a few basic tools that you probably already have! Plus it comes with a free template/pattern for those who are not ready to diving into drawing. I am going to hold your hand and break it down into bite sized pieces for you to complete an art journal page. It can be viewed LIVE with active chat/participation and/or can be viewed later so you do not need to be there. It is only $19 and you can get your seat here.  

I also have a membership group called Your Artful Journey:  www.yourartfuljourney.com.  This is for members only where monthly you get:
  • Monthly Art Classes
  • Monthly Art Challenges and Prompts
  • Monthly FB LIVES "Wine with Wein" - exclusive access to Tracy for Q & A
  • Private Facebook Community
  • ...and so much love and support! We can't wait to see you inside!
To get on the waitlist:  https://www.yourartfuljourney.com/waitlist. You will be notified of all events including free ones coming your way.  
For more information please join me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracyweinzapfelstudios  Every Wednesday I am on Facebook LIVE from my Studio at 5:30 pm (PST). I have different topics every week to inspire you to be creative in all you do!"

Now for our very special contest! One lucky artist will win a seat in Tracy's 2 hour workshop Leap Into Art Journaling *and* a special prize pack of Dynasty brushes!

Here is how to enter (it is a two part process):
1. Leave a blog comment below and...
2. "Like" Tracy's Facebook page Art Journaling with Tracy Weinzapfel

You must complete both entry steps to be entered in the giveaway. The contest will end Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00pm EST. Good luck!