Thursday, July 12, 2018

Taking handbags from "drab to fab:" #howdoyoudynasty with Sandy McTier

Greetings, painters and creators! Recently we introduced a special feature for the summer called #howdoyoudynasty in which we highlight artists making magic with Dynasty brushes this season. No canvas? No problem! We want to see the full extent of how our brushes help you reach your artistic best--no matter what surface you are painting.

First up in our summer spotlight is Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier of Sandy McTier Designs

Sandy McTier of Sandy McTier Designs
Currently based in Georgia, Sandy is a DecoArt Helping Artist and Chartpak Ambassador, a published designer, and an instructor takes her methods on the road to artists here in the US as well as internationally. In fact, as of this posting, Sandy is busy sharing her skills with the Decorative Artists of Western Nassau on Long Island, NY.

Sandy paints on a variety of surfaces--everything from journals to glassware to shoes--making her the perfect candidate for our #howdoyoudynasty summer feature. Today we are talking are talking with Sandy about painting handbags! 

Handbag painted by Sandy McTier, inspired by the dress worn by Lady Spencer at the recent royal wedding.
Our questions appear in bold, Sandy's answers follow. All photos used appear courtesy of the artist. 
What motivated you to go from painting on more traditional surfaces to handbags?

"I am always motivated to try new products and brushes to see what they can do! DecoArt recently came out with Stylin paints that can be used on many different surfaces! I love painting on a variety of surfaces and have to admit, I tend to get bored if I stick with one for too long. So, when the new paint was released, I went on the hunt at thrift shops and Goodwill stores to see what I could take from drab to fab!"

What sort of prep is involved in painting a purse? Does the material it is made out of matter?

"I simply used a damp cloth with a little dish soap on it to clean the purse thoroughly. Rinsed the cloth, wiped it over the purse and then dried it with a soft cloth. As far as the material goes, the paint is made for leather, faux leather, vinyl, canvas, etc. I also recently painted on tennis shoes that were a leather/fabric mix and the paint brushed and covered beautifully on the fabric as well."

Painted by Sandy McTier. Instructions for this project will soon be available through DecoArt.com
How do you come up with your designs? 

"The honest answer is--I don't know. I don't have a formula perse from start to finish on how I want to design something. I've been fortunate to have many of my designs and best ideas come to me in my dreams at night. For the most part though, I sit down with a surface, a medium I want to use, and just start creating. I love the intuitive part of creating and tweaking as I go along to get to a final design and product!"

What inspires you?

"Everything inspires me! Nature, flowers, color, paints and my brushes all inspire me to create! I love taking reference pictures of flowers, buildings, wrought iron, butterflies, birds, and so much more. Many times, I'll sit down to paint a flower and then remember that I took hundreds of photos of that flower. Then I'm able to look through them to see how the petals are formed, how they lay, coloring, etc. However, I've found that if I look through too many pictures, Pinterest, etc. it fills my head with too much and often times keeps me from just creating." 

What brushes work best for this kind of project?

"I love using the Black Gold line by Dynasty. The Flat Washes work great for 'slip-slapping' (a technical term--LOL!) paint over the surface. These brushes are perfect for applying the paint and leaving very few if any brush strokes. Then I switch to my Black Gold Shaders, Angles, Rounds and Liners for the design and details.

I also love to use stamps on my purses and the Dynasty IPC Large Foam Sponge painter is perfect for applying paint to the stamp. Adding dots to your design is made easier using the Dynasty Small Detailer Foam." 

As we can see by Sandy's examples, with the right tools and a little imagination, an artist can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary! Be sure to catch her classes if she comes to a convention or workshop near you! 

If you are interested in learning more about Sandy and her work, please visit the following links:

Sandy's website:     http://www.sandymctierdesigns.com/
Sandy's blog:          http://sandymctierdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sandy McTier Designs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandyMcTierDesigns

If you would like to participate in the #howdoyoudynasty series, let us know! Comment here, message us on Facebook, or post your work to social media with the hashtag #howdoyoudynasty to get in touch! 

And, as always, to learn more about our vast array of fine artist brushes, please visit our website. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

How do YOU Dynasty?

If you follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) you know that we LOVE to see what artists all over the world are painting with Dynasty brushes. This summer we want to know... 

We want to see you, your work, and your favorite Dynasty brush(es) on all of our social media accounts. Not just photos but videos too! Show us how you use Dynasty brushes to paint portraits, stencil patterns, paint faces, refinish furniture--the list is endless! Do you paint with friends? Send us a photo of your whole gang painting with our brushes! Share a photo or video with us from now through August 31, 2018 using the special hashtag #howdoyouDynasty.  We will feature our favorite posts from the summer in a special blog feature on September 7, 2018. 

Thanks for participating and we can't wait to see #howdoyouDynasty!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Save the Date: Tracy Moreau at Jerry's Artist Outlet!

Happy June, painters! We are so excited to announce that Dynasty Artist Tracy Moreau of Tracy Moreau Designs will be doing another in-store demonstration for us this month! 
Image from artist Tracy Moreau
You may remember that last fall Tracy came out to Artist and Craftsman Supply Park Slope and to Jerry's Artist Outlet to meet artists, store staff, and to show everyone what a great addition Dynasty is to an artist's studio. This time, Tracy will appear all day--demonstrating DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and Dynasty brushes in the morning and working with DecoArt Americana Decor line of chalky finish paints in the afternoon. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday!

Saturday, June 16, 2018
10:00am to 7:00pm

495 Prospect Ave.
West Orange, NJ 07052

(973) 669-0995
**be sure to call ahead to reserve a spot for these hands-on opportunities!**

Hope to see you there! 

Interested in attending? Let us know over on our Facebook page for the event! 

Want to learn more about what Jerry's has to offer? Check out our retailer spotlight post about Jerry's here

And as always, if you are trying to decide what Dynasty brush is right for you be sure to head over to our website!