Thursday, November 3, 2011

Blending Paint with Dynasty Brushes

     When getting started in watercolors or acrylics, or switching from oils to watermedia, it might be tricky for some to learn how the paint moves and blends on the paper’s surface.  In this quick video, the artist is using a round brush and single blender brush to blend acrylic paint, a technique that could also be used with watercolor paint.  Notice how she has a light touch and yet the paint is controlled by the shape of the brush tip and her use of water.
  Sometimes, blending color may occur on the substrate, and other times, this work may be done on the palette depending on the medium and technique the artist is using.  Regardless, using the right brushes for your style is key.


 To find these brushes nearest you, check the website:  Where to Buy

To see more videos on using Dynasty Brushes, check out our video channel on YouTube.

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Dynasty Brush: A look inside the company

the manufacturing headquarters in Queens, New York
     Dynasty Brush is a division of a larger brush company called FM Brush, started in 1929 by Frederick Mink, located in Queens, New York. They make a range of brushes, about 17, 000 styles and distribute them globally.  For artists, Dynasty brushes are created for different mediums as well as skill levels and interests, including brushes from both synthetic and natural hair. 
      To see the scope of their range, you can visit these earlier blog posts:
     Dynasty creates brushes for a range of skill levels and budgets.  Some artists starting out may need to experiment with a lot of brush types to find the ones most useful for their practice. 
     So over the upcoming months, I will talk further about the differences between synthetic and natural bristle brushes, what each type has to offer the artist as well as the different styles of brushes and how they can be used in various media.  I will discuss the differences between the Dynasty brushes and their uses in fine art as well as talk to artists that use these brushes and see how their art takes shape.

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A Fresh Start for the Dynasty Blog

painting the Plains in 2009

     Hello, I am Karyn Meyer-Berthel and the new blogging voice of Dynasty Brush, Inc., a division of the FM Brush Company.  Let me tell you a little about myself and how the blog will unfold in the weeks and months to come.
     I come from a long history of art and art materials.  A painter myself, I have had the privilege of working in many areas of the arts industry and with many different artists.  My fine art background started when I was quite young, taking private art lessons in my small hometown in South Carolina.  Although I didn’t major in art in college, I was an artist through and through, and returned to painting in graduate school.  Since then, I have spent time painting backdrops for theatre, working for art magazines publishers, producing painting videos and interning in the conservation department at the National Gallery of Art.  Through it all, I have continued to paint and sketch when I can.
     I have formal training in realistic painting, pastels, drawing, watercolors and acrylics.  I enjoy working realistically quite a bit, especially figures.  However, my own work has evolved to mostly abstract acrylics at this point.  Sometimes on quite a large scale as you can see from the image above. 
     So now, I’m here with Dynasty, blogging and sharing with you all some interesting tidbits about brushes as well as fascinating artists and their thoughts about the importance of good brushes. 
working on a commission
This blog will cover everything from brush making and brush quality to projects and painting techniques.  We’ll take a close look at many different artists and even hear from a few from time to time in guest blog posts.
      If you have ideas or interests that you would like to see here, please let me know; I am always looking forward to hearing from you.

Keep Painting,