Friday, December 16, 2016

Splashes of Hope Remembers Frederick V. Mink

As we come together with family and friends in the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to tell you about a very special project that is near and dear to the heart of Dynasty Brush and The FM Brush Company.

Splashes of Hope, based in Huntington, NY and founded by Heather Buggee, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing art to life in places that could use a little cheering up--hospitals, shelters, veteran care facilities, just to name a few examples. The company designs and paints murals to brighten environments and improve the quality of experience for patients, visitors and workers alike.

In 2013 Mr. Frederick Mink, CEO of FM Brush, read a news article featuring Splashes and Hope. Mr. Mink was so inspired by their mission that he contacted the organization, wanting to help the artists that bring those murals to life. FM Brush began donating brushes to Splashes of Hope, Heather and Fred became friends, and a wonderful bond was born. Last year Splashes of Hope made Mr. Mink "Man of the Year" at their annual fundraising gala.

Mr. Mink passed away in 2015 due to complications with lung cancer. He spent his final days in the care of those oat Glen Cove hospital. This summer on the anniversary of the passing of Mr. Mink, Ms. Buggee and Mr. Mink's daughter and FM Brush's Director of Cosmetic and Retail Sales Ms. Jacqueline Mink Cooper got together at Glen Cove hospital. It was there that the planning of a mural in honor of Mr. Mink began.

The mural was designed by Joe Gyurcsak of Utrecht Artist Supplies and contains lots of things that were enjoyed by Mr. Mink's: heart-shaped clouds that represent Mr. Mink's siblings, Northport Marina, tulips, the family dog Barney, close friends, and the FM Brush logo. Once the design was approved by the hospital, Splashes of Hope got to work bringing the mural to life. Working nights and weekends, it took two artists seven nights of painting to complete the piece--all with Dynasty/FM brushes.

The mural in the Northwell Health Rehabilitation gym at Glen Cove hospital was officially dedicated on December 5 and featured a moving speech by Jacqueline Mink Cooper. Not only is it a beautiful work of art, but it is a beautiful way to honor the spirit of someone so loved by Splashes of Hope and FM Brush Company.

Mural wall: BEFORE

Mural wall: IN PROGRESS

Mural wall: FINISHED!
Thank you so much to Splashes of Hope for all of their hard work and for Glen Cove Hospital for allowing the mural to be part of their facilities.

On a personal note, I'd like to thank Heather Buggee, Jacqueline Mink Cooper, and Veronica Towey for all of their help with this post. All photos appear courtesy of  Heather Buggee and Splashes of Hope.  If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, please consider "making a splash" with this truly special organization. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dynasty Holiday Gift Guide

Looking to spread a little holiday cheer? Wondering what to get for the creative-types in your life? Consider giving Dynasty Brushes! With so many varieties to choose from and with brushes for every budget, Dynasty has something sure to please the artists and crafters on your gift list!

For the art teachers:

Consider giving those artists educating the Rembrandts of Tomorrow one of our Composition Assortments. With short, smooth wood handles and a variety of bristle types and shapes to choose from, a Composition Assortment is sure to be a great addition to any school's art room.

For your crafty relative who does a little bit of everything:

Do you have a cousin who likes to decoupage sketchbook covers? Or an aunt who loves to turn her flea-market finds into "shabby chic"? Or a mother who does both of those things--and more? Then consider giving your loved one some of our Blue Ice brushes. The durable blue and white bristles are strong enough to stand up to heavy mediums--like acrylic gels, white glue, chalk, milk and latex paints--while still allowing excellent control. I've used Blue Ice brushes on all sorts of project like painting a door in my house with latex paint and painting a shirt with fabric paint for my son's Halloween costume. My three year old even has used these brushes to "paint" on our sidewalk with water, but you wouldn't know it because these bristles are so tough! If you are looking for a multi-purpose brush that can stand up to anything, Blue Ice is it!

For the artist that paints the finest of details:

Do you have that one friend who elegantly hand paints their Christmas cards every year? Or maybe a friend who creates beautiful ornaments? For those who paint in the smallest of details, Dynasty offers the Micron collection. The finest synthetic hair bristles are secured into a smooth ferrule that rests on a specially-shaped handle designed for ultimate control and comfort.

Check out all of these brushes and more on our website. Wanna know where to buy? Click here to find a retailer near you. I won't tell if you want to pick up a few brushes for yourself this holiday season! 😊

Friday, November 18, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Lisa Kimberly Glickman

Today I am going to introduce you to painter Lisa Kimberly Glickman. Earning degrees from both Rhode Island School of Design and McGill University, Lisa is a native of Montreal, Canada and has been painting since she was a child. Read on to learn more about Lisa, her process, and her advice to other artists.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Kimberly Glickman
My questions are in bold, Lisa's answers follow.
How long have you been an artist?
Ever since I could hold a utensil, before 5 years old I guess! I am not able to live off my art so I also teach; but hope one day to be able to paint truly full time. In the mean time, I usually teach mornings and paint afternoons, and all day when I have a day off, and sometimes at night.

Are you solely a painter or do you work in other media as well?
I have worked in glass, and mixed media, and I paint objects usually made out of wood, like old furniture.

Do you work in oil, acrylic, watercolor? 
In the past I worked exclusively in oil. Once I had children and was concerned about fumes I switched to acrylic and from that standpoint was totally self-taught by experimenting with the limits of what I could do with acrylics. The paints of today are far superior to what I first used in the 80s. I occasionally work in watercolor. I would consider acrylic to be my main medium now.

Do you have favorite subject matter?
Figurative works including animals and people are my favourite to do; but I love colour above all so anything that allows me to play with colour relationships is what I enjoy. Lately I have been trying to do landscapes devoid of ambient living things; in the past the  landscape has been a supporting player for my animals.

Do you have favorite brushes or tools?
I love all kinds brushes for different things! I use filberts, rounds, flats, and angles. I use housepainting brushes too, especially when laying down background (I don’t paint on white canvas or plain wood) I love to use a big brush and spray bottle with airbrush medium and water to get those nice drips and flow happening. I never use fan brushes; that would be my least favourite! I love the synthetic brushes in the Black Silver Dynasty series for their bounce. Some of them are softer than others and suitable to use with very wet thinned paint. I also love scrubby old hogs’ hair brushes for the textures I can achieve, and for scumbling. I use my fingers, and sometimes paper towel or cloth to wipe things off. I almost never use palette knives except for mixing paint or applying modeling paste.
What keeps you happy in the studio? 
Loud rock and roll music - I often dance while painting: but also jazz, Celtic, instrumental. Of course great light is essential, & my dogs at my feet. And an inevitably cold coffee.

How is your work space set up?
I have a dinner table which is covered with a plastic tablecloth. On it I keep a tub of each of my base colours at hand, and a huge assortment of brushes, multiple water containers (some for warm colour brush washing and others for cold colour washing). I have two table top easels and two stand easels. I have an adjustable ipad holder on wheels so that when I am working from one of my photos I can refer to it easily. Other images I print out 8 x 10 and tape to my easels.

Do you have any advice for those who want to be professional artists?
Try to paint everyday, remember that it takes at least 2000 hours to develop expertise….and that’s not for everything – that’s just for the one thing you’re working on that moment! If you are not working from life, take your own photos when possible so you can recall things first hand. This allows you more freedom to deviate from your photo, but capture the feeling you want.  

Apply to show your work in everything and everywhere you think might be a good fit for your work. 

Try to develop an ‘elevator” speech about your work, being honest and passionate, so you can sum it up in two minutes

Never apologize. 

Only show work you are proud of. 

Don’t show people your reference photos (unless you are doing portraits). Your painting stands on its own. 

Be brave and bold when working, you have nothing to lose by painting over things. You will only get better and better.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Kimberly Glickman, 22"x 30" on wood panel.
Lisa collaborates with photographer Jonah Migicovsky, her son, painting on photographs of abandoned places. 
If you would like to read see more of Lisa's work with Jonah Migicovsky, visit here and here. I think it is stunning!

"Like" Lisa on Facebook:
Check out Lisa's pet portraits:
Find Lisa on Twitter: @lkglickman
Follow Lisa on Instagram: @lisakimberly1

And as always, you can always learn more about our brushes on our website!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dynasty Artist in Residence goes to France

Our Artist in Residence, Shar Sosh, is currently in France for an exhibition. She has sent us a few photos of her adventures thus far so we are sharing them with you!

Our Artist in Residence, Shar Sosh, in France.

Our Black Silver brushes in use on a small study.

Event poster for an art exhibition in Montmartre.

Would you like to follow Shar on Facebook? You can do that here. Would you like to learn more about Shar and the other Dynasty Artists and Designers? You can do that here. And if you are looking for information about the entire Dynasty Brush line, you can find all of that on our website. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Show Your Work

Every Wednesday on our social media channels--Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram--we have our weekly shout-out to see our you putting our brushes to work! I call it #showyourwork Wednesday. You can share photos of your painting and projects with us a few different ways.

On Facebook, come on over to the Dynasty Brush page and share a photo with us--either as a comment to our weekly #showyourwork post, or as a visitor post on our page.

On Twitter, share a photo with us by tweeting us @dynastybrush or adding #showyourwork or #dynastybrush to your tweet. I just may retweet your photo to all of our followers!

On Instagram, post a photo and tag us @dynastybrushes or add the hashtag #dynastybrush. We may repost your pic!

When you share a photo, please tell us what line of Dynasty brushes helped you create your masterpiece. And don't worry if you aren't quite done with your painting, yet--we LOVE to see your work in progress!

Don't be shy--let us know you're out there! Share a photo with us next Wednesday!

And as always, you can find more information about all of our brushes on the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, October 7, 2016

First Fridays

Many cities have art events on the first Friday of every month. Galleries open their doors in the evenings, some studios open up for visitors, artists come out to support fellow artists, people come out looking to socialize and celebrate the end of the work week. Some communities call these events "First Friday" or "Gallery Crawl." No matter what it is called, it is all about celebrating local artists and art based businesses.

I am based in Pittsburgh, PA where we have a bustling and hustling arts community. For the First Friday of the month is Unblurred, which is in our Penn Avenue arts district. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust also has a Gallery Crawl a few Fridays a year.  The Frick Pittsburgh also has First Friday events every month.

Six years ago, I moved to Pittsburgh from Tallahassee, FL. In Tally there is First Friday events in Railroad Square Art Park, the city's creative arts district. Though it has been a while since I have been to First Friday there, I remember Florida State University having some of their student studios in that same district, so there was an opportunity to see young artist showing their work.

I have also visited First Friday events in St. Augustine, FL and New Haven, CT and each event shed a light on what was happening at that moment in each of those cities. Though those two places are very different, one thing was the same: artists were showing their art and the community gathered to participate.

Does your community have a regular art event that takes place on the first Friday of the month? Don't know? Well, I encourage you to find out--you never know what amazing creative people are living in your neighborhood! And if your town doesn't have an event like this, maybe you should consider organizing one for your Neck of the Woods! Be supportive, share your work, enhance your community!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Art Can Help Heal: Paint Stong Orlando

On June 12 of this year, the city of Orlando, Florida suffered a devastating act of violence at Pulse nightclub. It left the local community hurting and the entire nation stunned. Sam Flax and his team at Sam Flax art supply store in Orlando were left wondering how they could help. Sam came up with the idea to donate art supplies to the community. With the help of the Sam Flax staff and numerous donors, including Dynasty Brush, Sam was able to help the Orlando community through the aftermath of horrible tragedy. Artists who received donations we asked to bring in their work so it could be displayed.

The artists of Orlando created over 250 pieces and the collection known as Paint Strong Orlando will now be displayed at multiple venues over the next several months. Paint Strong Orlando had its opening reception last night at the Orlando Public Library. The pieces in the Paint Strong Orlando collection will be auctioned off with the entirety of the proceeds going to help the victims of the Pulse shooting and their families.

Dynasty Brush is honored to a part of this beautiful project and thanks Sam Flax and his staff for giving back to the Orlando community in such a meaningful way.

Do you want to see Paint Strong Orlando but don't live in Orlando? Good news: you can view the whole collection here.

You can follow Sam Flax of Orlando on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram.  And if you live in Orlando, please shop there knowing they are a business that is devoted to helping their community.

I want to thank Elizabeth Neeley of Sam Flax for all her help with this post. Thanks, Liz!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Introducing Blue Ice

Blue Ice is the name of our newest line of artist brushes. Named after the strongest ice found on glaciers, Blue Ice is a workhorse that every painter needs in their studio. The bristles are soft, yet strong and come to a white chiseled point. The handles are crafted out of kiln dried white birch with a very modern matte black finish.  The special blended synthetic bristles are durable and can easily manage the thickest heavy-bodied paints and media.

This line of brushes can be used with acrylics, oils, chalk paints, and milk paints. I've actually used these brushes with latex paint for some home improvement projects and they have performed beautifully. These durable, easy to maintain, versatile brushes are becoming a favorite of our Dynasty Artists. Want to learn more Dynasty Blue Ice? Go to our website!

And remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Highlights from HOOT

Earlier this month, some of the Dynasty staff, designers, and artists attended the Heart of Ohio Tole (or HOOT, for short) Convention at the Arena Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio. It is a gathering of artists, educators and vendors who specialize in or are interested in decorative painting and tole art. You do not have to be a member of HOOT to attend--all are welcome! Classes are offered, demonstrations take place, vendors are selling Dynasty brushes, and from the looks of these photos, there is a lot of fun and friendship to be had. Take a look!

If you missed this year's HOOT Convention, fear not! Plans are already underway for next year's gathering which will take place August 14-19, 2017 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. You have plenty of time to plan your trip!

A big thank you to Jill Fitzhenry for letting me share her photos on the blog and on the Dynasty Brush Facebook page.  It looks like everyone had a blast!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Back to School: Buying Art Supplies That Last

I am the mother of two young children ages seven and three. My son is entering second grade this fall and we have just embarked on our yearly school shopping quest. With supply list in hand, we make our pilgrimage to the "Back To School" section of a local big box store to select all of the items he needs for the upcoming year. It's pretty easy now--he just needs, pencils, a notebook, some folders--basic elementary school things. As far as art supplies goes, he just needed a box of crayons. Easy-peasy.

I know even though school shopping is a breeze now, as time goes on his teachers will require more things. When college arrives we will be shelling out major cash on textbooks and dorm furnishings. And if he goes into the arts, we will be investing in art supplies.

The art bin I bought for my freshman year of college, still filled with tools from 1996.
Yes, I did say investing. In 1996, I entered college as a freshman majoring in Fine Art. I was floored when I saw the list of supplies each student was required to buy. My parents were too. And I wasn't alone--it seemed that my classmates felt the same way. Because we were 18 year old kids, we complained to our professors about the expense and the sheer amount of stuff we needed to purchase. All of my instructors told us the same thing: those supplies are an investment in your education and your future. Take good care of them and they will last you well into your career.

I am happy to say that I still have a good deal of my art supplies from that list I bought in August of 1996. If you buy quality tools and take good care of them, they will last a good, long time.  

Dynasty makes a variety of brushes for expiring artists of all ages! Check out our Kid Dynasty collection for the littlest painters. 

Is there a young artist in your life getting ready to embark on making art his or her career? If so, check out these sets that are well-suited for a variety of applications and skills levels.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Choosing the Right Brush

Every artist chooses their tools based on personal preference. There are a lot of factors that go into how an artist decides what brushes to use for a particular project. Some of those factors are based on the need of the project and some are what the artist feels most comfortable using.

Overall size of brush: The size of the project can determine the size of the brush. As I have stated in a prior blog post, I worked large scale as a Scenic Artist for 15 years so I needed big brushes that held a lot of paint. If you are laying down a lot of color at once, you are going to want a tool that is big enough for the job. If you use something too small, your job will take much longer! And vice versa--if you are working small and use a brush that is too big, you will spend a lot of time cleaning up your work. Picking the right size brush for the task is important.

Length of handle: An artist's preference for handle length is influenced by a few things. If you are working on something large and need a big brush, you likely will need a big handle. Working large scale means you are probably standing up and using your whole arm to paint, so you will need a longer handle for control and reach over a big surface. If you work in a smaller scale, you likely will prefer a small handled brush--especially if you sit at a table while you paint. A longer handled brush may just get in your way! If you like working very close to your piece, painting small details, a small handled brush is the way to go. If you prefer to stand at an easel and be an arm's length away from your work, a long handled brush may be for you.

Shape of bristle: Flat, round, filbert, fan, oval, bright, angle, liner--all great shapes to choose from! Different shapes create different marks and different textures depending on how you use them. I like to experiment to see what different shaped bristles can do.

Type of bristle: The type of bristle you choose often depends upon what kind of paints you work with, what kind of surface you paint on, and how flexible you like your bristles to be. Hog hair, camel hair, sable, nylon, and synthetic are a just a few of the varieties of bristles Dynasty Brush uses in our brushes.

Comfort: Sometimes it is just about how a brush feels in your hand. Too heavy? Too light? Just right? Is the handle too thick or too thin? All of these seemingly little things are important. Being comfortable with your tools and in your work space leads to a better environment in which to create.

Price: We all want the best brushes, no matter what our budget. Dynasty Brush provides a wide range of fine quality artist brushes for fine art, craft, hobby, and decorative painting alike. Check out our website to see what brush is perfect for you and your art!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Intro to Faux Finishing

Hi painter friends!

As a Scenic Artist, I have done a lot of faux finishing. A practice commonplace to decorative painters and scenic artists a like, faux finishing is a term used to describe any paint finish created to replicate another surface or material. Artists build various layers of color and texture to produce the illusion of wood, marble, stone and many other surfaces.

Oils, acrylics, stains, and specialty paints are all mediums that can be applied in faux finishing. A variety of tools can be employed to achieve the desired effect. Rags, wood grain rockers, feathers, sea sponges, rollers, and of course brushes, are just a few of the tools that can be used. These tools combined with paints of varying opacities, colors, and consistencies can fool the eye into thinking it is seeing something different from what is actually there!

Dynasty offers a variety of faux finishing brushes for your personal and professional decorative painting needs.

Our Flat Finger Grainers, Flat Grainers Extra Long, and Flat Wave are perfect for creating a faux wood look.

Dynasty Brush Flat Finger Grainer

Dynasty Brush Flat Grainer Extra Long

Dynasty Brush Flat Wave

Our Oval Sashes, Angle Bristle & Ox Blends, and Sable Synthetics are just what you need to create some stone or marble details, apply full-coverage glazes or even seal coats. 

These are just my suggestions—the possibilities are really endless. Get some to experiment with to find what works for you!

Friday, June 17, 2016

New website and Instagram!

It has been quite a week here at Dynasty Brush!

We are so excited to finally unveil our new and improved website!

Not only is the new website mobile-friendly, but it has new and updated content such as:
Complete Brush List
Instructional Videos
Black and Gold Techniques
Featured Artists
Distributor Map--to discover where you can find our brushes near you!

And that's not all! You can also now find us on Instagram! Be sure to follow us and if you are using our brushes, be sure to use the #dynastybrush hashtag when posting photos of artwork you made with the help of Dynasty Brush!

Of course, you can still follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube ! And you can use the #dynastybrush hashtag on those sites too.

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

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dynasty's Scenic Fitch

Hello, Painters!

You may remember from my introduction last month that I told you a little bit about my career as a Scenic Artist for theatre. Scenic painters use many different kinds of tools to achieve the paint treatments desired by the Scenic Designer. One of the most traditional tools of the Scenic Artist trade is brush known as the Scenic Fitch.

3" Dynasty Scenic Fitch
The Dynasty Scenic Fitch is designed especially for very large scale canvas work and for theatrical scenic painting. Tailored to the needs of the working professional artist, our Scenic Fitch is made with strong triple boiled white bristles secured into an oval ferrule that is attached to an extra long white birch handle. The extra long handle makes it easy to insert the brush into an extension (often a bamboo pole) for ease of use standing up while working on big backdrops or large scenic units laying on the floor. Fitches can hold a lot of color and offer flexible control. The Dynasty Scenic Fitch can be used with scenic paints (vinyl acrylic, casein), acrylics, and oils.

Would you like to add Dynasty Scenic Fitches to your paintbrush collection? You can find them here.

For more information on the varieties of quality paintbrushes in Dynasty's collection, please visit the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Update and Introduction

Hello, Painters!

I am Lori, the new Social Media Coordinator for Dynasty Brush, a division of FM Brush Company. Karyn Meyer-Berthel, the previous voice of the Dynasty Brush blog, has moved on to spend more time painting and creating. It is an honor and a privilege to follow in Karyn's footsteps. I intend to continue what she started as well as introduce some new features both to blog and on Dynasty's social media platforms.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself: Born and raised in central New York state, I was a quiet kid who loved to draw. Both of my parents are artistic people and they always encouraged me to be creative. With their constant support as well as the guidance of a wonderful team of high school art teachers, I was able to win scholarships that allowed me to further my art education.

I earned an Associate degree in Fine Art and a BFA in Art and Design with a minor in Art History. Although I started painting in high school, I really connected with the process during my sophomore year in undergrad. Later in my college career I took an elective in the Theatre department, which introduced me to the world of scenic painting for the performing arts. I loved it because I was able to paint in a scale much larger than what would fit in my small, shared studio space. When my college Technical Director informed me that I had the potential for a career as a Scenic Artist, I laughed--I could not believe that someone could be paid to have that much fun painting! I started my first scenic painting apprenticeship two weeks after I graduated from college and I have been a professional Scenic Artist ever since.

What is a Scenic Artist? Simply put, a Scenic Artist paints and sculpts scenery for theatre, opera, dance, television, or film. I have spent my career working in regional theatre, opera and higher education. As a Scenic, you need to be able to paint in a variety of styles, meet deadlines under pressure, work collaboratively, and think outside the box. For one single production, you may be called upon to paint a large cloudy sky backdrop, create a faux hardwood floor, replicate vintage wallpaper, and carve a piece of foam to look like a marble statue--so the work is always different. A Scenic Artist is part fine artist, part decorative painter, part house painter, and some would say part magician since we are just some of the many who help make the magic of the entertainment industry.

When I am not painting for the stage, I am painting and drawing at home--working on small projects in acrylic and collage or doodling and painting with my two kids--and pursuing an MBA in Art and Entertainment Management. My family and I have lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for about six years and we really enjoy all of the art this community offers. 

I will updating the blog with new posts on the first and third Fridays of each month, so be on the look out for new content. You can also find me on the Dynasty Brush Facebook page and the Dynasty Brush Twitter account. I am very much looking forward to getting to know all of our readers and followers and seeing what you are creating with Dynasty Brushes!

Painting a sky drop for a Yale Repertory Theatre, 2004.
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Paint Brush Highlights: Black Steel

Black Steel.

Aptly named, Black Steel is the work horse of our "Black" lines of brushes.  These brushes are meant for heavy paint, heavy canvas, heavy labor. Their bristles are a black and white proprietary synthetic mixture, built with the interlocked construction to keep the sharp edge and spring an artist needs.  The handles are a soft matte gray with an anti-reflective coating, which is perfect for plein air artists.  These tough brushes come in rounds, flats, filberts, fans, brights and our patented Wave shapes.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Keep Painting, 

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Artist Resources: Acrylic Mediums

Acrylic paint is more versatile than any other paint with flexibility and adhesion that are completely different from that of oil or watercolor. They can lay down thin in washes like watercolor, go on heavy like buttery oil paint, or take on a variety of aggregates for texture.  With acrylic paint, comes a wealth of mediums, gels and pastes to alter the paint even more, like adding open time, or creating matte or high gloss finishes. Modern artists have the benefit, too, of excellent technicians and conservators that have a rich knowledge of acrylic properties to lean on when questions arise.  Below is an overall list of most of the mediums on the market, with exception to brand specific mediums.  

Mediums:  Mediums are products that can be added to paint in any quantity to change its characteristics. Mediums can be brand specific, but are usually the same across the board, and can often be safely interchanged with other brands of paint.  Mediums are often milky when wet, but dry clear.  It is always advised to test mixtures before applying to a painting.

Crackle Medium  
Glazing Medium -- slows drying time and gives more translucency
Pouring Medium or Self Leveling Medium
Polymer Medium -- used to reduce viscosity and extend color without changing the integrity of the paint film
Fabric Medium
Texture Medium
Iridescent or Interference Medium
Air Brush or Screen Printing Medium
Additives -- follow directions carefully as these are intended to mix in limited quantities.  (slow dryers, flow releases and blending fluids)
Gel Mediums -- see below

Gels are used for changing viscosity, extending color, and altering the finish.  They are also excellent for adhesion in mixed media work.  Pastes are similar to gels in consistency or viscosity but usually dry opaque.

Heavy Gel 
Extra Heavy Gel 
Soft Gel Gloss 
Regular Gel 
Glass Bead Gel
Opaque Gel
Self Leveling Gel
Clear Tar or String Gel
Moulding Pastes
Fiber Paste
Pumice Gel
Clear Granular Gel
High Solid Gel 

If you have technical questions about which mediums are the best to use for a particular process, contact the manufacturer of the product as they are usually the best resource.  Retailer websites also offer great videos and excerpts on medium use as well.  

We don't recommend using brushes to mix mediums into paints, but there are quite a few of our brush lines that are heavy duty enough to handle a heavy body paint mixture, including Black Steel, Beau Blanc, Golden Stag and Interboro.  I am also partial to the Urban FX line for working with acrylics and mediums as they have great sizes and unique shapes.

Keep Painting,

Check out the Dynasty Brush website for more information on our lines of brushes.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Paint Brush Highlights: Black Silver

Our enticing Black Silver line is one of the most versatile brushes we sell.  Black Silver is one of those unique brushes that comes in long or short handle options.  With a variety of sizes and shapes and priced reasonably, it was designed with the student artist in mind.  The synthetic blend of hair is a proprietary blend created for a range of media, so it can be used easily with oils or acrylics and even some watercolor work. Besides being available in so many shapes and sizes, the series includes several of our unique shapes like the Deerfoot, Dagger and Rake, specifically for decorative work and speciality painting styles.  Clearly, a great brush for an affordable price.  

Let us know if you use Black Silver and what you think; share your comments and art here with us.   

Keep Painting, 


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

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Creativeworld 2016

Creativeworld 2016 opens its doors on Saturday, January 30th as the largest, international trade fair for arts and crafts in the world.  It is THE place to discover the latest trends and innovations in the market, and try out new materials and techniques.  There are around 300 manufacturers from 30 countries sharing their products and the new trends in art.  

The fair coincides with Paperworld and Christmasworld all in the heart of Germany, at an easy location to get anywhere else in Europe.  You can purchase your tickets online, checkout the event calendar and view the list of exhibitors on the Creativeworld Website.

We will be there in Hall 4.1 at Stand J 31, come join us and see our brushes and meet our staff. 

Keep Painting, 

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

Friday, January 22, 2016

Artist Resources: Egg Tempera

work by Mark Meunier 
Egg Tempera is one of those unique mediums that has been around for centuries and has a rich cultural history, yet is still practiced similarly to Renaissance artists.  Because of it's durability and brilliance, egg tempera attracts artists that are interested in learning the technique and keeping their works for decades to come.

Egg yolk consists of approximately 50% water and 25% fats, so it mixes easily with water or with oils and dries very rapidly to a strong, permanent surface. It is a brilliant, semi-translucent paint that dries almost instantly. Since it does not lend itself to washes, wet-into-wet, or oil-style blending techniques, egg tempera is best suited to short, overlapping strokes using cross-hatching. If beginning the painting with a layout drawing, use colored pencils or pastels as graphite or charcoal will show through and affect the finished painting. To reduce the dangers of cracking with age, paint on a firm surface like a wooden panel.  

There are many recipes for making egg tempera, usually consisting of a pigment ground into water (paste), plus egg yolk, water and sometimes vinegar or alcohol.  Since there are so many recipes and it goes on differently than other paint, it is helpful to have some solid instruction and resources on using egg tempera for the first time.  Many artists paint very traditionally, working on rabbit skin glue gesso and mixing with precision.  Others work in alternate media with oil paint and use modern acrylic gessoed panels.
We suggest using small round brushes for working in egg tempera, like the Faux Kolinsky series, which is one of Mark Meunier's favorite brushes for his paintings.

Below is a list of online resources for learning more about Egg Tempera Work:
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For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Paint Brush Highlights: Beau Blanc

Beau Blanc
Beau Blanc is our premium white bristle brush.  It is made with the finest quality bristle from Chunking; with the best seamless, nickel-planted ferrules; and the smoothest, white birch long handles for the most comfort, balance and longevity in a brush that you can find.  It is a long standing favorite of many master oil painters and works equally as well for heavy body acrylic painting.

If you have yet to try our Beau Blanc series, you can pick one up at these retailers in a variety of sizes and 5 standard shapes:  Bright, fan, filbert, flat and round.  Try one of these distributors to test one out:

Keep Painting, 

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