Sunday, March 17, 2019

Meet Dynasty Artist Nicole Wright

This month on the blog, we are featuring some painters new to the Dynasty Artist program. It is our pleasure to introduce you to Dynasty Artist Nicole Wright of Nicole Wright Designs.

Dynasty Artist Nicole Wright
Our questions to Nicole appear below and her answers follow in red. All photos appear courtesy of the artist.

Where are you from? 
"I live in Calgary Alberta, Canada. I live along the Canadian Rockies where the Rockies meet the prairies. I hike, kayak and camp all year in the open prairie and all throughout the Rockies. I gain a lot of inspiration from the beautiful landscapes that surrounds me. Our winters are long, cold and unforgiving. This gives me a lot of time to create." 

Artwork by Nicole Wright
How long have you been painting?
"Dynasty Artists, followers and makers are amazing painters. I have thoroughly enjoyed being exposed to all their inspirational work. I am less of a painter and more of a mess maker. My passion is Mixed Media. I love blending outside the lines, stenciling, layering tissue, old book pages, stamping and textures. I blend may paints, crayons, textures, glazes and wax with my Dynasty brushes. My brushes make it possible to for me to get to my next level and up my personal game." 

What is your favorite medium to work in? 
"I have only been using my Dynasty brushes for about 5 months. I was asked if I wanted to try them out and I asked, 'Can they handle what I put my brushes through?' Heavy gesso, plaster, matte medium, paints with sand textures and texture pastes to name but a few.  Layering all of these things at once and achieving the look I want needs to work hard for me. On art journals, canvas, wood, burlap, linen.  Just a few substrates I work with all the time. In case you’re wondering if I feel my brushes can handle what I put them through, they can." 
Artwork by Nicole Wright

What is your favorite subject matter to paint? 
"My creative projects are shifting constantly. I design with many manufacturers’ products, mediums, inks, paints and die cuts. I prefer to be challenged and challenge those that follow me. It is my job to take what I might not normally work with and make it mine. So it’s clear I designed it. I love to maximize my supplies and try to share how to use whatever it is in multiple ways."

What Dynasty brush is your favorite? Why? 
"I have a few I really love. I am new to the Dynasty Brush line, but I am already playing favourites. The Flat brushes are my go-to for blending my paints, waxes and glazes. I use the stencil brushes almost as much. They aren’t just for stencils in my studio. I often use them when I have used texture paste. Here, I can blend deep into those impressions with multiple layers of paints and wax. This technique really adds those layers of texture and colour I strive for." 
Artwork by Nicole Wright
Where can we find you designing? 
"These days you can find me designing for some of my favourite manufactures. I have my own stamps with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. I am a Contributing Writer for Canada’s largest paper craft magazine, Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. I teach for them at their annual event The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival held in Edmonton and Calgary Alberta in September. I also teach at scrapbook stores and mixed media retreats. I am a Ranger Ink Influencer sharing tutorials and inspiration projects with newly released product.  I am also an Amazon Influencer. I was approached by Amazon to create my own Storefront on their website. Here I have created boards with all the products and manufacturers’ I use including Dynasty brushes."

You can follow Nicole and her work on multiple platforms: her blog, her Facebook page, her Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and you can subscribe to her newsletter!

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Nicole and the kind of work she does! If you'd like to learn more about being a Dynasty Artist, comment below or reach out to us via direct message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

And as always, if you would like to know more about Dynasty and our commitment to creating high quality brushes for artists, crafters, and designers, please visit our website

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Meet Dynasty Artist Marlene Fudge

This month on the blog, we are featuring some painters new to the Dynasty Artist program. It is our pleasure to introduce you to Dynasty Artist Marlene Fudge!

Dynasty Artist Marlene Fudge in her studio. 
Our questions to Marlene appear below and her answers follow in red. All photos appear courtesy of the artist.

Where are you from?
"I was born and raised in West Chester, PA and haven’t ventured too far away over the years. I now live in the Lehigh Valley in eastern PA  with my husband of 32 years and our kitties. I have two beautiful daughters, one lives about an hour from me and one lives in Alexandria, VA." 
Painting by Marlene Fudge



How long have you been painting?

"I started painting about 23 years ago when my girls were little. We always loved to do crafts together and one day while browsing through the craft store for the perfect project for them, I found a sweet painted Halloween design and really wanted to try painting it. I bought the necessary paints and some brushes, and it turned out pretty cute. I had so much fun painting it that I wanted to try more.  I was hooked and I haven’t stopped since!"


What is your favorite medium to work in?
"I like to paint with many different mediums but my favorite is acrylics. I love how quickly they dry and with all the different mediums, like extender and glazes, there are so many options to create so many different designs."

Painting by Marlene Fudge

What is your favorite subject matter to paint?

"I enjoy painting flowers, birds, fish and pretty much anything Christmas but I think my favorite subject is landscapes. I love to paint from photos that I have taken when we travel or even around my town, and sometimes even out the window when my husband is driving!"

Painting by Marlene Fudge




What Dynasty brush is your favorite? Why?
"I have so many favorite Dynasty brushes but I think my absolute favorite are the Mezzaluna brushes. I use them in almost all of my designs. They are such a versatile brush. I use them to pounce in pine trees and foliage. I stipple fur on with them. I dry-brush with them. They are definitely the most used brushes in my collection."

Marlene has designs appearing in The Decorative Painter, Painting World magazine, The Pixelated Palette and Painting E-Zine later this year. 

If you are interested in meeting Marlene, she is teaching four classes this year at New England Traditions in October and three classes at World of Color Expo in November. 

You also connect Marlene and her work on multiple social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and her YouTube channel

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Marlene! If you would like to learn more about the Dynasty Artist program, visit our website

Friday, February 15, 2019

Not Just Paint Brushes

One of the best parts about Dynasty Brush being on social media is being able to connect with artists as they create their art with our tools. Our brushes leave our factory and land in the hands of all sorts of painters, makers, designers and artisans. Every time you tag an image with the #dynastybrush hashtag, you let us follow your artistic journey.

It was on a recent Instagram post from an artist using Dynasty brushes that someone commented that our IPC line of brushes look like they could be make up brushes. 


Did you know that our parent company FM Brush also makes cosmetic brushes? It's true! The same fine craftsmanship and exceptional quality that you expect from Dynasty brand brushes can be found in FM Brush's Beauty Strokes NYC cosmetic brushes

Beauty Strokes NYC Streetwear 6 piece detail set
So the next time you are looking to treat yourself to some new make up brushes, be sure to check out all that Beauty Strokes NYC has to offer! 

Would you like to learn more about Dynasty? You can find our website here

Curious about the varieties of Beauty Strokes NYC brushes to choose from? You can explore the whole collection here. 

Do you want to learn more about FM Brush and its tradition of excellence in brush manufacturing? We invite you to get to know our company here