Thursday, May 16, 2013

New Brushes: Urban FX

You've seen just a glimpse of the Urban FX line on Facebook page and in the post on NAMTA, so here now are all the delicious details on this cool, completely unique line of brushes, not available from anyone else.  

The new Urban FX line is a combination of two types of brushes.  One uses natural white bristle, in flat, oval, and angular shapes in 3 sizes, small, medium and large.  These have a chiseled edge which can paint a precise sharp line or lay paint down flat on the wide edge.  The other type of brush tuft is a honey brown nylon, with traditional as well as unique shapes for the adventurous painter.  Many of these have national and international patents on the shapes.  

All the brushes feature brightly colored handles, offering proper balance and feel.  Additionally, the handles are coated with our soft touch, non-slip lacquer, to insure ease of handling in all environmental conditions.

Muralist and scenic artist, Brittany Ruhnke spent two weeks in our factory in Glendale designing and painting our new floor.  Brit began her work with the FX Bristle brushes, white bristle in seamless black ferrule.  Perfect for scrubbing into textured surfaces.  Brittany created the detail and motion with the FX synthetic brushes.  

These brushes are ideal for outdoor murals, faux finishing, furniture work and scenic art.  In particular the white bristle brushes work well on rougher terrain like tile or stone.  The nylon brushes are softer and would be better on wood, glass or metal.  These brushes would work best with latex, acrylic or enamel type paints, even oils or alkyds.  Make sure you clean them well after each use, however, to prolong their life.  

Urban FX in action
I will keep you updated on when and where these will be available but right now it looks like they will be shipping in July.

Keep Painting, 

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

NAMTA 2013 in Minneapolis

The National Art Materials Trade Association had their annual convention and floor show last week in Minneapolis.  FM Brush attended with Jill Fitzhenry and Shar Sosh demonstrating new brushes!!  There was a beautiful display of brushes set up, including the new Urban FX which is an outdoor painting brush series and the new Smartbrush, created for touch screen devices.  

I will be sharing more details about both of these new brushes in the upcoming weeks.  But here is a sneak peek at the Urban FX ➔

Jeff Mink, FM's Vice President of Operations and Cheif Innovator, shared some details with me from the booth.  "The show gave FM the opportunity to demonstrate the net price advantages of in house made brushes compared to the re-sellers of imported brushes with artificially inflated retails," he explains.  "With the new association with The Alvin Company, there is national distribution and a nice selection of display assortments."

To get the bigger picture of NAMTA and see Fred Mink in action, check out this video from the show floor in 2012.

Fred Mink and Shar Sosh at the booth

Keep Painting, 

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Artist Resources: Painting in Oils

A Down Town Evening by Gyurcsak
Talented painter and technical expert for Utrecht, Joe Gyurcsak, shares with us a little about oil paints and how to apply them.

Oil colors have a unique historical position among mediums in which an artist can work in, because of their direct link to many of the greatest works of art in the world. This will not change anytime too soon for other mediums as they need to remain in use for hundreds of years before they can achieve this recognition. Artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Sargent, Hopper, Pollack and Rose Frantzen have all worked in oils. With new modern masters still using oils as their medium of choice in the 21 century will make it hard to argue against oil colors as being king of the hill among art media.

There are some wonderful tactile qualities about oil color that keep people coming back for more…….

·      Straight out of the tube oil colors have a wonderful body that is just waiting  to be cut into with a brush, painting knife or medium.
·       Oil colors can be precisely glazed in transparent layers to achieve the most subtle color transitions and effects
·      Oil colors can be applied in thin or thick impasto layers retaining brush or knife marks enabling artists to create unique surface effects
·      The vehicle for oil colors are drying oils, those include linseed, safflower, poppy, walnut and these can be diluted by mineral and gum spirits allowing color to flow and level more readily
·      Oil colors can be painted onto 4 unique grounds: lead white, oil priming white, alkyd primers and acrylic gesso grounds. Of these, lead white and oil priming white are favorites for their slower absorption, thus allowing for increased time to manipulate colors especially in the beginning phases of painting.
·      Oil color mediums include a full range of drying properties from super quick drying, Japan, cobalt and alkyd driers to the very slow stand oil.
·      Artists grade oil colors are considered premium level colors. They are defined by these 4 key features: majority of the colors in a line are permanent in lightfastness (will not fade or darken), optimal pigment concentration given each colors specification, single pigment loading of clean high quality color, and top grade oils and stabilizers in the paint which provide consistency stability.
·      The best brushes for oil color are natural Chungking bristle and stiff synthetic brushes for the beginning stages of painting. If an artist prefers looser brush strokes, or if finer finishing is required, then artists use natural red sable brushes or soft synthetic styles.                        

Interboro Brushes are Chungking bristle
To follow more of Joe's personal work and demonstrations or workshops, you can check out his website:

Keep Painting,

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