Friday, August 28, 2015

World of Color Expo Spotlight

The World of Color Expo 2015 registration is happening now for the premiere east coast fine and decorative art educational exposition.  Opening on  November 2-7 at the Washington Dulles Hilton, Dynasty Brush has a booth on the trade show floor and several instructors will be there using and demonstrating our brushes, including Jill Fitzhenry.

Below, Jill shares the projects she'll be doing and the brushes she'll be using.  Check our Facebook page often for more info about the upcoming exposition and stop by our booth if you'll be attending.

Keep Painting, 

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Artist Resources: Image Transfers

Image Transfers have to be one of my new favorite painting concepts, and I've been studying numerous ways to achieve them.  There are several ways to get an image to transfer from a laser copy directly to a painting surface, or to print directly onto paint with an acrylic gel skin.  There are also ways to transfer an image in encaustic, opening the door for amazing collage ideas.
GAC 100 works well for image transfer

One of the fastest ways to transfer an image is using a laser printer or xerox and an acrylic medium.  Inkjet prints do not work with this method because the images move and disappear on the paper with waterborne medium.  However, there is a huge variety of mediums that work to transfer an image, such as gloss medium, matte medium, soft gel, polymer medium and many of the GAC products from Golden Artist Colors.  
  1. Crop the edges of the paper as close to the image as possible, so that there is very little extra paper.
  2. Coat the surface of the substrate thoroughly with the medium and a soft brush (Faux Sable is my preference).  You can transfer an image on a panel, canvas, piece of furniture, wall, whatever accepts paint.
  3. Press the image face down on the surface.
  4. Use an HDPE plastic overlay (High Density Polyethylene does not stick to acrylics) on the image and press down with a plastic trowel or brayer to push the image completely into the medium and adhere to the surface.  
  5. Remove the plastic and let the image sit a few minutes.
  6. Gently peel away a corner to see if the image has adhered; if not let the image sit a while longer.
  7. Once the image has adhered, peel away the excess paper and very gently rub off the remaining paper with a wet fingertip.  
  8. Let the image dry throughly and continue removing any paper as needed with water a gentle rubbing.
The above technique is shown below from a video produced by Golden Artist Colors' Materials Specialists Team.  

For more information on image transfers in acrylic, refer to the Golden Artist Colors website and video library.  There are also videos on using Digital Grounds to print on or creating gel skins with images in their library.

For more information on image transfers in encaustic, refer to the R&F Handmade Paints website and Encaustic Resource Library.

Keep Painting, 

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

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Paint Brush Highlights: Golden Stag

It is really hard to choose a favorite brush, if you use several different types of paint or media, work in a range of sizes, or just like art materials (like me).  But, if I had to choose a favorite for my heavy body work, it would be the Dynasty Golden Stag Brushes -- hands down.  Mostly, this brush is incredibly comfortable with a sharp edge.  I couldn't ask for anything more.

This is a synthetic brush, with the feel of a dense bristle brush yet stronger.  It is built to withstand hours at the easel and hold its spring and edge for years.  Incredibly comfortable handle and a double crimped ferrule for balance.  Since these are synthetic, they hold up well on canvas and rougher painting surfaces, like stone or wood.  Available in round, filbert, flat and bright in a variety of sizes and sets.  You can find these lovely brushes where Dynasty brushes are sold:

Keep Painting, 

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

Friday, August 7, 2015

In Memory of Frederick V. Mink, Jr.

It is with heavy heart that FM Brush Company announces the passing of our beloved C.E.O., Fredrick V. Mink Jr.

Frederick Mink began his career as a physicist, working as a lead scientist at NASA Goddard. After many years, Fred decided to come back to NY with his wife and kids in tow to join his father in the family brush business. Fred is 3rd generation of the Mink family to run the FM Brush Company working with his family to expand the Glendale facility and open our facility in Thailand in 1987.

Fred combined his personal experience and his passion for brushes to create some of the most distinctive brushes on the market today.  As a true brushmaker Fred worked with independent artists interpreting their dreams into tools for their creative journey.  Fred felt his greatest accomplishment next to his family was his longstanding friendship within the artists’ community.

Fred’s legacy continues in his family, who stand by his commitment to the arts and artists alike.  He will be greatly missed by all of those who he touched.

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers at this time.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation or to Splashes of Hope  - 

See more at: Whitting Funeral Home

Rest in Peace, Fred, you will be missed.