Friday, December 15, 2017

Behind the Scenes: A Look At Our Techno-Synthetic Brush Video

Back in September we had Dynasty Artist Tracy Moreau in New York with us for a variety of in-store demonstrations. While Tracy was here and with the help of Gregory Mink, our Vice President of Sales, and Tony Martin from Make Nice Media, we were able to create a video about some of our Techno-Synthetic brushes and the Art Station. Settle in and learn all about our Kalel, Faux Kolinsky, Faux Squirrel, and our Black Gold brushes!

Here are some words from our Director of Cosmetic & Retail Sales, Jacqueline Mink Cooper, about the process of making a demonstration video such as this one:

"It was a fantastic week working and watching artist Tracy Moreau demo the Dynasty brushes. We were able to illustrate different elements of the Dynasty lines in real time. We also introduced new brushes Kalel and NY Sable to the Dynasty family. Tony Martin, from Make Nice Media spent several days filming our in-store events. Tony is a creative marketing communications pro with over 20 years of experience in digital video production, social media, PR and relationship management. He was able to capture the important aspects of the brushes, our artist, the stores, the customers and the FM Brush Company in a unique and creative way. So much of what we do, even in our business model, gets a creative bent. We strive to support the stores and the sales staff that carry our products and educate the consumer as to why Dynasty brushes are distinctive, all while having some fun! I look forward to more events like this in the future!"

Tony Martin from Make Nice Media captures Dynasty Artist Tracy Moreau's paint process.

Tony Martin from Make Nice Media lines up a shot at the Art Station for one of our video shoots.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Retailer Spotlight: Jerry's Artist Outlet

Welcome to our first ever Retailer Spotlight! In an effort to help our painters get to know our retailers better, we are doing an occasional blog post about one the art stores that offer our brushes. This first post is an introduction to Jerry's Artist Outlet

Located in West Orange, New Jersey, Jerry's Artist Outlet is an art supply store and an award-winning custom framing and design center--making it a one-stop shopping experience for area artists. Store staff member Bonnie Shefts was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us. 

Our questions appear in bold. Bonnie's answers appear in italics

How long has Jerry's Artist Outlet been in business? 
Jerry’s Artist Outlet had a soft opening in October 2000 and had an official opening in December 2000. The events of September 2001 put our store in a tenuous position that our amazing customers and vendors turned around--making our first year in business pretty darn remarkable!

Does your store have a motto or philosophy?  
There are a few mottos for our store. We’ve chosen to put the phrase "You provide the talent --we supply the tools" on our business card. In the store itself we refer to Jerry’s as an artists’ candy store. Allen and I believe that attitude is everything and we do our best to share that philosophy with our staff and customers. 

What sort of relationship does your store have with the west orange community and/or your local artist community? 
We are very involved with private and public schools in West Orange and many neighboring communities. We contribute gift certificate (awards) and product (awards) to schools and non-profits. We sponsor events for non-profit art organizations and we have free giveaways and free raffles. We established a scholarship for deserving student(s) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Jerry’s also opens our doors during and after hours for schools to bring students in for a tour and quick lesson on artist supplies. We offer some free demonstrations and classes. Jerry’s artist outlet is extremely proud of our involvement in our town and neighboring towns.

What sort of art supplies does your store carry?  
You name it!  Adhesives, brushes, books, canvas, boards & surfaces, drawing boards, pencils, pens, charcoal, pastels, markers, easels, drafting supplies, drafting tables, acrylics, watercolors, oils, water mixable oils, gouache, mediums for all paints, origami, watercolor paper, printmaking paper, drawing paper, decorative paper, inks, screen & block printing, fabric paints, leather paints, aerosol (spray) paints and much, much more…

Does your store offer any services, classes, or demonstrations?  We have lots of classes, demos and workshops.  Some months we have 2 events a day, 4 times during the month. Other times we keep it down to 1 or 2 events a month, because of the season.

Please tell us about your staff. Are any of your staff members practicing artists as well as employees? Everyone of our sales associates is a practicing artist!  They are so very knowledgeable and love to share info with each others and their customers. We encourage our staff to do their art by offering them big discounts on their supplies and by giving them as much product as possible.  We try to visit their studios as well. 

Thank you so much to Bonnie for sharing her thoughts and photos with us. Right now, Jerry's Artist Outlet is having Holiday/Winter sale with significant savings (50%!) on Dynasty brushes!  You can't possibly pass that up--stop by the store or order online today! 

Other ways you can find out what is happening at Jerry's Artist Outlet:
Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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Friday, November 17, 2017

World of Color Expo 2017 Recap

Thank you so much for coming out to paint with us at the World of Color Expo last week! The Dynasty Brush staff and our Dynasty Artists had a blast meeting all of you. We hope you all had as much fun as we did and we can't wait to see you again!

Dynasty Artist Miguel Rincon gives a demonstration.

Dynasty Artists Sandy McTier and Jill Fitzhenry greet painters at the Dynasty Designers booth.
Dynasty Artist Jill Fitzhenry leading her Great Horned Owl project class.

All photos appear courtesy of Director of Marketing, Veronica Towey.

Interested in keeping in touch with our Dynasty painters? Check out the Dynasty Painting Friends group on Facebook. You can also follow Dynasty Brush on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And, as always, to view our entire selection of hand-crafted artist brushes, be sure to visit our website

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dynasty Brush at World of Color Expo

Dynasty Brush is once again heading to Herndon, Virginia for the World of Color Expo (WOCE) at the Washington Dulles Hilton

We will be at WOCE November 6-11, 2017 at booth 402-404 and we are the proud sponsor of the Opening Night Party where Dynasty Artist Jill Fitzhenry will be teaching a class on how to paint this festive Let It Snow set. What a perfect way to celebrate the opening of the Expo and the upcoming winter holidays!

Be sure to catch Dynasty Artists Sandy McTier and Miguel Rincon as well. If you are going to WOCE and plan on attending a Dynasty Artist class let us know! Tag us in your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter if you are hanging out at our booth or meeting our talented artists. We'd love to see the Expo from your point of view!

And as always, if you would like to learn more about the large variety of brushes we make, please visit our website

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Anna Wilinski

Just in time for πŸŽƒ Halloween πŸŽƒ, our Artist Spotlight features Anna Wilinski, a face paint/body paint artist and co-owner of Jest Paint. Anna was kind enough to take time during the busiest part of her work season to talk to us about her career and experiences. 

How long have you been painting?
I have been painting faces since I was 10 years old. I started face painting as a part of a clown troop that my mom and another mom started at my school. I paid for college by painting at parties. I did my first full bodypainting when I was 26 for an international competition in Florida.

What do you enjoy most about face painting?
I love the social aspect of face and body painting. I can be creative and I get to make human connections at the same time. It has given me an opportunity to spread happiness to children and adults though beautiful and wild transformations.

What are some of the challenges of face painting and body painting?
Face painting can be challenging when you have to try something new right on the spot. I don’t stick to a design board, so a lot of times kids will ask for things that I never heard of or painted before, and I have to just wing it! Face painting also requires you to work very fast and in all types of weather. Sometimes if feels like your line will never end, and closing the line is definitely the hardest part of the job!  Body painting takes a lot of endurance as well. I usually spend 3-6 hours painting someone, and sometimes you realize that even that isn’t enough time for what you hope to accomplish. It is also hard for the model to stay still for that long. The challenges are nothing compared to the amazing feelings that you get from the positive of feedback from your colorful clients and lasting images that you can take with your camera.

Do you have a favorite design or project?
I have a few body paintings that I really love. One was a guy my husband and I painted in hundreds of individually shaded scales. It took a long time and a lot of patience, but it was so worth it. He was totally transformed into a wild lizard monster and every move he made freaked me out!

What kinds of paints do you use?
I use Global Colours BodyArt water based face paint cakes the most. The colors are really bold and I love the consistency as well. They feel comfortable when on and wash off with soap and water at the end of the day. You just activate them with a wet sponge or brush and they even have cakes with multiple colors which helps speed up your designs and blending. My husband and I help Global come up with new colors and new rainbow cake combinations throughout the year. Their paints are Vegan and Cruelty free and very hypoallergenic.

Do you have a favorite Dynasty brush? What do you like about it?
I have been having a ton of fun painting with the Black Gold brushes that come with crazy shaped bristles. My favorites are the Butterfly Shader, Whale’s Tail, Hat Trick and the Wave. I can make all sorts of cool flowers, palms, leaves, butterflies, branches, snakes and even sharks with these brushes. I love using them the most when I am painting sugar skulls. I can make so many cool patterns and floral designs with them.
Do you have any advice for those who are interested in trying their hand at face painting or those painters who want to pursue this as a career?
If you like being around people, and you like art, then face painting might be a really fun hobby or career. Make sure to buy professional supplies and get entertainers insurance to make sure that you and your customers are protected. YouTube is filled with amazing tutorials. (Click here for Anna's YouTube channel!) I have a couple blogs with a lot of good information for new painters that explain in detail a lot of things to consider when trying to decide how much to charge for your services and the break down of all the products out there. I own a face paint supply store called Jest Paint and we have very active customers that review a lot of our products to help other painters decide what they might like. If you can find painters in your area that get together and have jams, you will learn so much. You can also take classes or head to face painting conventions to get a lot of hands on learning. The best way to learn and see if this is the thing for you is to get a small palette of paint and volunteer your services for a family party or school event. 

All photos in this blog post appear courtesy of the artist.
Thank you to Anna for participating in our Artist Spotlight! If you are interested in seeing more of the magic Anna creates with paint, you can follow her and Jest Paint in a number of ways:


Friday, October 6, 2017

Call to Artists: Show Us Your Autumn and Halloween Work!

It is October here in the US and fall is finally upon us. Temperatures are starting to cool off, leaves are changing color, apples are ripe 🍎🍏, and pumpkins are everywhere πŸŽƒ!

Are you working on a seasonal paint project? Painting pumpkins with the kids? Painting faces for Halloween parties? Painting a fall foliage landscape? If so, we'd love to see how you are using your Dynasty brushes to help celebrate all that October has to offer!

Share a photo on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram and Twitter using the #dynastybrush hashtag so we can find your images. We will share/retweet/repost all of our favorite images. And it doesn't have to be a finished piece--works in progress count too! So get to painting πŸ–Œand get to sharing! 

Next up on the blog: Just in time for Halloween, an interview with face painter Anna Wilinski of JestPaint. Until then, check out all of Anna's face painting tutorials on YouTube

As always, for more information on our extensive line of brushes, please visit the Dynasty Brush website.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dynasty Artist Tracy Moreau coming to New York!

Dynasty Artist Tracy Moreau is coming to New York at the end of September for lots of painting fun! She will be visiting the Dynasty/FM Brush HQ to work on some instructional videos for the DynastyArtists YouTube channel and visiting some local retailers to demonstrate our brushes in the store. 

Here is a schedule of events so you can meet Tracy in person:

Friday, September 29, 2017:
Jerry's Artist Outlet 
495 Prospect Avenue
Essex Green Shopping Center
West Orange, NJ 07052
Tracy will be there starting at 11:00am demonstrating our NEW Kalel and New York Sable collections

Saturday, September 30, 2017:
Artist and Craftsmen Supply -- Park Slope
307 2nd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tracy will be demonstrating both our Black Gold line and our Black Silver collections--and maybe a few more, so be sure to visit and see what other Dynasty brushes will make an appearance!

Be sure to visit Tracy's website and follow her on Facebook!

And as always, be sure to visit the Dynasty Brush website, our Facebook page, our Twitter feed, and follow us on Instagram!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Featured Artist: Cindy Walter

This installment of Dynasty's Featured Artist takes a turn toward fiber arts. Allow me to introduce you to Cindy Walter--author, television host, and quilting instructor who paints on quilts instead of canvas. Let's get to know Cindy!

How long have you been quilting and when did you start painting your quilts? What gave you the idea to combine the two?
I’ve been quilting since I was very young, but did not work in the field until about 1990 when I took a quilting class and realized I could teach the topic better with more information. I first taught very traditional quilting technique, and still do. In 1995, I wanted to paint on my quilts but was intimidated by paints. So I created the Snippet Sensations© technique  in which you put a fusible glue on the back on the fabric, cut snippets of fabric and use these to create a picture. This technique was very popular, enabling me to teach all over the world and sell over 100,000 copies of my books. At some point, I decided it would be easier to just use paints. My first book on the topic was co-authored with Jennifer Priestley in 2002, The Basic Guide to Dyeing and Painting Fabric. After almost a decade of experimenting and creating I decide to write a different type of fabric painting book in 2011 called Fabric Painting with Cindy Walter. This last book truly combines my love of color, mixed media and quilting.

What sort of paints do you use on your quilts? 
I use acrylic paints made for fabrics or textiles. All type of paints can work to some extent on fabric. But the main needed attribute is the paint must be permanent and washable. This quality is found in acrylic paints, omitting watercolor and oil paints. Another desired quality is a soft hand once the paint is dry, this can omit artist quality acrylic paints. There are endless mordants to add to regular acrylic paints to turn them into paint for fabric, but I have found for the most part they don’t work well and are expensive. Fabric paints are not expensive and will give you the best results. For pictorial type of pictures you must use opaque or thick styles of paint. I also use transparent thin styles of paint for coloring fabric and fun techniques like heliography.

 Do you have favorite subject matter to paint? Why?
Using paints on fabric is not easy and very different than painting on paper or treated canvas. I prefer simple easy topics such as a flower. I’ve also created the technique of actually painting quilts instead of piecing or appliqueing. Such as painting the mariners compass instead of the difficult piecing process or painting an Hawaiian quilt instead of endless applique. I teach this at the quilt shows.

Do you have a favorite quilt pattern? Why?
No, I’m unique in the sense that I like all styles of quilts and patterns, from historical traditional techniques and quilts, to very abstract modern styles. I teach the whole range.

Do you have a favorite Dynasty Brush? 
Yes, definitely. The acrylic paints tend to be heavy bodied, so you need a stronger flat brush to pull the paint. I use Mastodon Shaders, from size 2 up to 12, Eye of the Tiger Flat, and Dynasty series 16101350, 151, in flat or bright. I buy these all by the gross for my student kits.

What keeps you happy while working?
Color, I love color. And color can set my mood: orange and brown – YUCK, cherry, yellow and blue – PURE JOY.  

Do you have any advice for those who want to combine quilting with painting?
Experiment on scraps of fabric first. Maybe color a lot of small pieces with transparent paints in which you can sew together to make a pieced quilt top. Then work with thicker paints and experiment painting pictures on small pieces of fabric. The key is experiment, play and enjoy the results.

Cindy adds:

I live in Hawaii with my husband, Michael A. Lilly. I’m surrounded by inspiration and I love to share this inspiration with others that is why I travel and teach. Before you are jealous that I look out at palm trees and the ocean every day, realize traveling to/from Hawaii on every business trip is not easy. But no complaints. I teach some type of painting class at the large quilt shows such as International Festival or American Quilter's Society, on quilting cruises, and I love teaching for guilds. Another way to attend my workshop is on Craftsy--(I get monthly discount coupons to give to students so friend me on Facebook).

All photos in this post appear courtesy of the artist.

Thanks so much for sharing your story with Dynasty, Cindy! Do you have a question for Cindy? Email her at

Here is a list of Cindy's upcoming workshops and shows:

As always, you can explore the Dynasty brush collection and MORE on our website. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier at Splashes of Hope

If you missed the previous post about the Dynasty Brush Paint Night with Splashes of Hope, click here. 

Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier of Sandy McTier Designs recently spent some time in New York to teach a three day painting seminar with the Decorative Artists of Western Nassau (DAWN) and to attend Dynasty Brush Paint Night with Splashes of Hope. Here Sandy talks about her experience: 

I taught a three day painting seminar with the Decorative Artist of Western Nassau Chapter (DAWN) in Long Island, NY and invited Veronica Towey (Dynasty Brush Director of Marketing) over so that the painters could do some brush shopping! They scooped em up! They loved having Veronica there and enjoyed a pop-in visit from Greg Mink, Dynasty's Vice President of Sales.  

This was my first trip to NY and to the FM Brush Company and they made me feel right at home and part of the Brush Family!

I noticed immediately what a tight-knit family-run business FM Brush is! There is a genuine passion that can be felt in the building and in talking to the people in the office as well as the brush makers--to carry on the family business and make the absolute best brushes available. 

The factory tour was amazing! I got to see where and how the brushes were made. From loading the ferrule with the best bristle materials available, to the crimping of the ferrules on the handles--with a beautifully crafted antique crimping machine. it gave me that much more appreciation for the love and craftsmanship that goes into creating every single last brush! 

The DAWN ladies were invited to attend the Dynasty Splashes of Hope Event and we were all thrilled to see so many of them show up to help paint on the murals. Several ladies returned to continue working on the details of the murals which was AWESOME! 

The venue was spectacular! Who wouldn't want to have their studio spaces in a castle?? 
Tony, the videographer, taped some educational and informative brush tutorials with me and fellow Dynasty Artist Shar Sosh. Splashes of Hope Ambassador Ethan shared all of his special and favorite Dynasty brushes with Tony. Splashes of Hope Face Painter Sandy painted up faces using Dynasty Theatrix brushes.

The entertainment of a live one-man band performer set the mood for fun, fellowship and lots of paint slinging!

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Sandy! If you want to see more about what Sandy is up to, be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you want to learn more about all of our Dynasty Artists, click here. And if you want to learn more about how you can support Splashes of Hope, visit their website

Looking to browse our vast selection of brushes? Check out our website!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dynasty/Splashes of Hope Paint Night 2017

Last week the friends and family of Dynasty Brush got together with our friends at Splashes of Hope to take things from clinical to colorful at hospitals and medical clinics. You may remember from a previous post on the blog, that Splashes of Hope and Dynasty Brush have a very special relationship forged through the hearts of both Splashes of Hope founder Heather Buggee and FM Brush's late CEO Frederick V. Mink. 

We got together at the Splashes of Hope studio at the Suffolk County Park's historic Coindre Hall, on the grounds of West Neck Farm in Huntington, New York. Coindre Hall is a beautiful medieval French chateau-style mansion designed by architect Clarence Luce that overlooks Long Island Sound. It made for a lovely location for us to paint and create!

Coindre Hall
With the help of Dynasty Artists, FM Brush family and friends, Splashes of Hope painters, and members of the Decorative Artists of Western Nassau, we soon got to work painting all sorts of ceiling tiles and murals to be installed at the Northport VA Medical Center

Splashes of Hope's Heather Buggee (in pink), photo courtesy of Veronica Towey
Dynasty Artist-In-Residence Shar Sosh and Splashes of Hope Senior Mural Artist and Project Manager Sarah Baecher chat with Splashes Star Ethan Chang and his mom.

Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier "monkeys around" at the event!
FM Brush's Linda Mayer and her husband Kenny

Dynasty's web designer, Luke Tarnowski

Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier and members of Decorative Artists of Western Nassau (DAWN)

One of the hightlights of the evening was Dynasty Brush and FM Brush giving a special gift to Heather from Splashes of Hope to thank her for all of her hard work. Dynasty Brush's Director of Marketing Veronica Towey presented Heather with a Dynasty Brush "bouquet" made up of Heather's favorite brushes: Blue Ice and Orange Ice

Splashes of Hope's Heather Buggee with Dynasty's Director of Retail Sales Jacqueline Mink Cooper
Dynasty Brush would like to thank our sponsors FM Brush and Blick Art Materials, our Dynasty Artists Shar Sosh and Sandy McTier for all of their support, the Decorative Artists of Western Nassau, and of course Heather and Splashes of Hope for such a successful event! And a very special heart-felt thank you to Jacqueline Mink Cooper and Greg Mink for their father's spirit of giving alive in all of us πŸ’“

Would you like to see more photos of the event? Check out the album on our Facebook page! 

Would you like to help Splashes of Hope #splashitforward? Go here to donate and go here to volunteer!

Our next blog post will feature Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier--stay tuned! 

As always, if you want to learn more about Dynasty Brush please visit our website

Photos in this post appear courtesy of Veronica Towey. Our Social Media Coordinator and Dynasty Blogger Lori would like to give a special thanks to Veronica and Sandy for all their info and photos.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Meet Mastodon, Dynasty's Strong-as-an Elephant Line of Brushes

Need a strong brush that works well with a variety of media? Meet Mastodon, Dynasty's strong-as-an-elephant synthetic brush. Our Mastodon line of brushes are designed to stand up to thick, heavy-bodied paints as well as a multitude of surfaces--like ceramics, wood, rough paper, and canvas. 

Each brush is constructed with quality materials such as synthetic bristle and a seamless golden ferrule. And the strong, clear acrylic handle is formulated with anti-bacterial properties making them exceptional tools in a classroom where brushes are shared!

Part of the proceeds of the sales of our Mastodon brushes are donated to Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation, the world's first elephant hospital.  

Would you like to learn more about Mastodon, our other brushes, or the other social initiatives Dynasty supports? Visit our website

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dynasty Orange Ice

Looking for a synthetic bristled brush with a perfect point and a perky personality? The Dynasty Orange Ice line of brushes fit the bill! Two different types of synthetic bristles are brought together in these brushes by way of a specialized manufacturing process. The tip of each brush consists of soft white synthetic bristles at the center surrounded by a layer of orange synthetic bristles--sort of resembling those orange ice pops with the creamy vanilla middle! The unique shape and combination of bristles provides the artist with a tool that allows for great control and fluidity of strokes. Orange Ice works best with watercolors, acrylics, inks, and water-soluble oil paints. 

Ready to refresh your work? Find out where you can find Orange Ice here

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dynasty Sky Brush

Need a big brush to do a big job? Then Dynasty's Sky Brushes are just what you need! 

Looking to gesso a canvas? Ready to lay in a large amount of color at once? Sky Brushes are perfect for quickly and effectively painting bigger surfaces. Made with strong nylon bristles secured into a natural wood handle, Sky Brushes are the work-horse of any studio--good for both prep-work and artistic painting. They can be used with a variety of media which means not only can they help you create a masterpiece mural in acrylics, they can also help you give a dazzling makeover to a piece of furniture with chalk or milk paint.  

Dynasty Sky Brushes are what every artist needs at their fingertips for big jobs. Want a set for yourself? You can find retailers on the Dynasty website! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Dynasty's BIG MOP Watercolor Brushes

Some of the softest brushes in Dynasty's collection, our BIG MOP watercolor brushes get the job done! Available in small, medium, and large size, these brushes allow the painter to lay in large areas of watercolor with ease. The super soft black camel hair bristles set in an oval ferrule can hold a lot of paint, making wash application a snap. The clear lacquered white birch handles are sturdy and long to provide the artist with both comfort and control, especially when working on large scale projects. 

Ready to add a set of Dynasty BIG MOPS to your studio? Click here to find a retailer near you! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dynasty's Stencil and Textured Stencil brushes

Spring is here and for a lot of artists that means it is time for exciting new projects! Maybe you are looking to freshen things up around the house or in your canvas painting? Stencils are a fun, quick, and easy way to add pattern, color, and texture to a project.

Dynasty Brush carries two type of stencil brushes: our standard Stencil brush and our Textured Stencil brush. Both lines of brushes are crafted with quality white bristles and solid lacquered handles and can be used with both stencil paints and acrylic paints.

There are two clear differences between the standard Stencil and the Textured Stencil brushes. One is obviously the color of the handles. This allows for easy identification. When you are in the moment, busy creating your masterpiece, you can easily reach for the right tool based on color. The second difference is the configuration of the bristles. The Textured Stencil line has a patented two tier bristle shape which helps contain color inside the stencil space. 

If you are a crafter, a decorative artist, a mixed media artist, a scenic artist, or an artist looking for new ways to incorporate text or patterns into your work, these brushes would be a fine addition to your studio. 

Want to know where you can find Dynasty brushes near you? Click here!