Thursday, November 1, 2018

Retailer Spotlight: Artist Elisabetta de Maria

Dynasty is thrilled that Italian Elisabetta De Maria will now be selling our brushes! We asked Elisabetta to tell us a little bit about her life and work--enjoy!

Artist Elisabetta De Maria
Dynasty's questions appear here in bold, Eli's answers follow. All photos appear courtesy of the artist.
Please tell us about your art: How old were you when you started painting? What kinds of paint do you prefer? What is your favorite subject matter to paint?


"I was born in Genova 51 years ago and lived with my parents in Bardonecchia, a beautiful holiday resort located in the Piedmont AlpsSince I was a child, I have cultivated my passion for drawing and painting, so much so that I won the painting contest entitled "A flower in your mouth" sponsored by Colgate brand toothpaste! 

Afterwards, music took over painting and it became my main activity. I graduated in Piano in just 5 years with honors (10/10) at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. I have been teaching piano for 33 years now, preparing my students for the exams to be undertaken in the Conservatory, but my old passion for painting has never left me. The desire to deepen new techniques led me to attend courses with Italian and American painting teachers: the Decorative and the Country Painting take over everything! I do not have a favorite subject to paint. I paint gingers, snowmen,  Santa Claus,  animals,  flowers,  landscapes, pumpkins...In short, I develop a project in my head and I turn it into a painted project! But I can tell you what my favorite surface is: wood!!! I love painting old and worn pieces of wood!


In my projects I only use the Decoart products, in particular the American acrylic colors: they always keep perfect, they never dry up despite the passage of time and they manage to give me an excellent result. Recently I met the Dynasty brushes and I must say that I found they are very high quality, they are really good brushes. Despite the work I submit  them to daily, they remain intact and this is very important for me.

"I have been invited to be part of the American magazines Pixelated PalettePainting EzinePainting Word Magazine and Decorative Painter Magazine and my projects have been included in the Sweet Patoodies Club by Sharon ChinnFrom 2016 my projects are published monthly with great satisfaction and you will see my project in the next issue of Painting Word Magazine." 



Where you are from?
"Currently I live in Puglia, in Salento, where I organize painting courses for children and adults, as well as teaching piano." 

How can artists purchase brushes from you? Do you have any other art items for sale? 
"All my projects are on sale in Sharon Chinn's Decorative Painting Store, in my Etsy shop "Il piccolo mondo di Eli " and on my website. Here you will also find the fantastic range of brushes that I use daily for the creation of my projects. You can buy them by sending me an email at elisabetta.demaria@libero.it. 

In addition to Dynasty brushes, all of my works are for sale. For those who want to buy them, you can send me an email and I will be happy to answer. What I hope, instead, is to raise a smile from those who look at my work, to cheer the soul of people with my music and my paintings--to give a little bit of colour to this world unfortunately so grey."



Welcome to the Dynasty and FM Brush family, Eli! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us! 


If you would like to connect with Eli to learn more about her work, be sure to follow her on Facebook and visit her website.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Retailer Spotlight: Anna von Elern

Dynasty is thrilled that Swedish watercolor artist Anna von Elern will now be selling our brushes in her gallery shop in Kampersvik, Sweden! We asked Anna to tell us a little bit about her life and work--enjoy!

New Dynasty retailer, Anna von Elern
Dynasty's questions appear here in bold, Anna's answers follow. All photos appear courtesy of the artist. 
Please tell us about your art? How old were you when you started painting? What kinds of paint do you prefer? What is your favorite subject matter to paint?
"I´m an watercolor artist. I love to work with my hands, together with my brain. I've been making stuff since I was a child. Sewing, embroidery, knitting, painting, calligraphy, and I was 5 years old when I started with pottery/clay. When I was an exchange student in Buffalo,NY I had art as a subject the whole year, and I really enjoyed it. But at the age of 25, when I finished my university studies (I'm a dentist and working part-time nowadays at my private practice) I started painting with watercolors. I love the simplicity and when the unexpected happens. I find it fascinating to see the colors mix with each other together with water on paper and lovely things appear! I love to work with the paper, to leave out some white and to work with the contrasts. I find it fascinating to try to capture the light. My art-work  contents of o lot of different subjects--women in hats, roosters and hens, models, flowers, and the sea." 


Please tell us about where you are from--are there a lot of other artists in your area?
"I live in the most beautiful place on earth, Kämpersvik, a small tiny village at the northern part of the Swedish west coast, just by the sea. Only a 40 minutes ride from the Norwegian border and I love to paint my surroundings! Old boathouses, our archipelago, and the water. We eat a lot of sea food such as; lobsters, shrimps , oysters, mussels, crayfish and crabs and sometimes they can be my subject matter...My boyfriend Per, who is an entrepreneur in ecotourism, brings his guests out on the sea to fish lobsters and to serve oysters on board his old wooden boat. He takes a lot of wonderful photos on his trip and shares them with me so I can be inspired. If I have a hard time finding out what to paint, I always fall back on painting the sea or flowers! 


I was born where I now live and there are a lot of other artists in our area. There is a famous art school here in my municipality, Gerlesborgsskolan, which was created by Arne Isacsson, a very famous Swedish watercolor artist (1917-2010). He inspired a lot of artists and because of the school, there is a lot of artists in the area, especially watercolor artists. Two years ago my art gallery and studio was built. It has been a dream for a long time, to have a place where I can paint, display my art and have courses in watercolor techniques. It's located next to my house where I live with my daughter and our two cats. 


In my studio I give classes in watercolors in an exclusive set-up. There are only 9-10 pupils and every student has a lot of space. My classes run 2-4 days. On the second floor is a flat with 3 separate bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom where students who are not living in the area can stay. I have students coming from different parts of Sweden as well as from Denmark and Norway. I have a partnership with some really good restaurants, where we go for luxury lunches with fantastic fish dishes on the menu. I give around 10 courses a year and next year I might bring a group to paint in Greece."

How can artists purchase Dynasty brushes from you? Do you have any other art items for sale?
In my gallery I also sell a lot of different trays and cutting boards, kitchen towels and a lot of post cards, all pieces with my art. Ten years ago, I came across my first Dynasty brush, and I just love it. I still have the very first one left and I use it every time I paint. I have bought A LOT of different brushes after this, but I never find anyone as good as my Dynasty Orange Ice. I have tried to purchase it in Sweden but can't find it anywhere; when I go abroad and visit art supplies I look for it but I could never find it. That's why I now am a retailer of the best brush for water color! A lot of college students have been asking me where they can get the brush and I am so thrilled to sell them in my gallery and in the near future I will work an a solution so people can buy it from my website." 

Welcome to the Dynasty and FM Brush family, Anna! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us! 

If you would like to connect with Anna to learn more about her work, take her classes and buy our brushes, you can find info at her website and her Facebook page. And be sure to follow her on Instagram

Thursday, October 11, 2018

New England Traditions 2018 recap

Thank you to all of our friends who stopped by our booth at New England Traditions last week! We hope you had as much fun painting and we did! And a very special thanks to artists John Sliney, Marlene Fudge, and Linda O'Connell for their demonstrations. 




If you missed NET this year, get planning for next year! New England Traditions will be holding their 21st retreat entitled "An Autumn Garden" October 8-13, 2019. Be sure to check the retreat website for more information in the coming months. 

We love being able to meet and mingle with the artists and makers who create with our brushes, so thank you for coming out and spending time with us. 

Coming up: our next event is the New York State Art Teachers Association in November. Be sure to check out Facebook page for more details! 

Friday, September 21, 2018

New England Traditions GIVEAWAY!

The first day of fall is almost upon us and soon we will get to experience all the beautiful foliage Massachusetts has to offer as we travel to the New England Traditions painting retreat in October. We will have a few special Tricks and Treats available at booth 13 including a GIVEWAY! 


Be sure to sign up for our raffle! One lucky artist will win a prize package that includes a variety of Dynasty brushes and a selection of DecoArt Stylin' multi-surface fashion acrylic paints! 


So be sure to visit us in booth 13 at the New England Traditions paint retreat in Marlborough, MA, October 2-7, 2018 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel. And don't forget to take a photo while you are there! 

Greg and Veronica getting our booth decor ready!
And as always, you can learn more about all of our lines of artist brushes and our commitment to quality by visiting our website

Friday, September 7, 2018

#howdoyoudynasty Summer Recap and Upcoming Events

Can you believe that in a few short weeks fall will finally be here? It has been quite a summer and so many of you have shared so many of your wonderful painting projects with us: summer sunsets, beach scenes, animals, and lots and lots of flowers!



This summer we ran a special series on the blog called #howdoyoudynasty, which focused on broadening our horizons--taking our brushes off of canvas and paper and trying our hand at painting other alternative materials. 








Friday, August 17, 2018

Making Found Furniture Fabulous: #howdoyoudynasty with Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick


Next up in our summer series #howdoyoudynasty is Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick

Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick

Based in British Columbia, Canada, Deb is one of the founding members of Painting With Friends with Terrye French. As a Dynasty Artist and a DecoArt Helping Artist, Deb's work has been published in many art outlets. As of this week, you can find Deb's work in the FREE ebook 30+ Fashion Painting Ideas with DecoArt Stylin' along side projects by Dynasty Artists Jill FitzhenrySandy McTier, and Tracy Moreau

Deb is a woman of many talents, but the focus of our interview is Deb's experience painting off the canvas--today we are talking about painting furniture!

Our questions appear in bold, Deb's answers follow. All photos used appear courtesy of the artist.

What is your approach to painting furniture? And how do you go about picking pieces?

"When I am painting furniture, I look for older, sturdy pieces. I love to turn something old into something new. Personally, I like eclectic, I like pieces to go together, but not necessarily all the same. The fun is finding the pieces. Thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales and back alley finds are my favorite.

In today’s age and as a long-time collector of Decorative Painting/Tole painting surfaces, I am finding many alternative uses for the larger surfaces, such as cabinets and benches. These make great home décor projects with all the new products available for DIY."

Is your approach to painting furniture different than your other painting work? 

"Not really, other than the pieces being on a larger scale, I approach the furniture pieces in the same way as I would any surface. I think about the functionality of the piece and where it will go. Do I want to stencil or paint a design? Sometimes the size and or shape tells me exactly what it needs. In the past I used to refurbish children’s furniture for craft sales. I am using all the latest DecoArt Americana Décor paints for all my furniture/décor pieces."

How much prep do you do to each piece prior to painting?

"If the furniture is older and marked, I will wash with TSP (editor's note: TSP is tri-sodium phosphate cleaner), then sand. If the pieces are easy to take apart, I will do that as well.
All the Décor paints I am currently using are self-sealing and require nothing more that cleaning and sanding. If I want to paint a design onto an existing finished surface, I may apply a brush coat of DecoArt All Purpose Sealer or Gesso to the design area before painting, then varnish to protect the design when complete."

What are your preferred brushes for these projects?

"I am just in love with the Dynasty Blue Ice brushes for all my larger furniture pieces. The brush is just sturdy enough to move the paint and the soft tips are just soft enough to gently smooth out the paint where it has been applied, this allows even application of paint, and in most cases, in one coat. For smaller projects, my favorite go to brush is the Dynasty Eye of the Tiger ¾” and 1”. I cannot say enough about this little brush, I use it to get into smaller areas and my decorative painting projects as it is affordable and long lasting."

By Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick
By Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick
By Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick

Would you like the opportunity to paint with Deb? She will be at three upcoming conventions. You can find details here

If you would like to follow Deb and her work, here are all the ways you can connect with her:

Email:                        adeb@shaw.ca
Website:                    www.paintingwithdeb.ca
Facebook, personal:  www.facebook.com/deb.antonick
Facebook Page:        www.facebook.com/paintingwithdeb

We hope you are enjoying this special summer blog series about how artists are using Dynasty brushes on alternative surfaces. If you want to be included, summer isn't over yet so get in touch! Tag your photos on social media #howdoyoudynasty or message us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

And as always, if you would like to learn more about our brushes and our commitment to quality, please visit our website

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Brush Guys' Deal of the Week!

Our friends at The Brush Guys have a Deal of the Week featuring our Black Gold and Black Silver brushes!


You can find a wide array of Dynasty brushes available on The Brush Guys website and be sure to follow them on Facebook so you can be the first to know about other exciting Dynasty Brush offers!


And as always, if you want to learn more about our company and our commitment to making quality artists brushes, please visit the Dynasty Brush website

Friday, July 27, 2018

Join Dynasty Brush at these events!

Can you believe that 2018 is more than half over?! Do not fret--there is still plenty of time to paint with Dynasty Brush at a variety of conventions, conferences, and trade shows this year!


Quickly approaching is the Heart of Ohio Tole (HOOT) conference taking place in Columbus, OH August 7-11, 2018. Click here for more information

Next up is the New England Traditions convention taking place October 2-7, 2018 in Marlborough, MA. Click here for more information

The New York State Art Teachers Association Conference in Buffalo, NY November 16-18, 2018. Open to art educators only. Click here for more information

If you are attending one of these events, let us know on the Events tab of our Facebook page. Visit out booth--we'd love to meet you! Check the Events tab on our FB page often as we may be adding more events before the year is over. 

And as always, if you would like to learn more about our business and our brushes, please visit our website

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Taking handbags from "drab to fab:" #howdoyoudynasty with Sandy McTier

Greetings, painters and creators! Recently we introduced a special feature for the summer called #howdoyoudynasty in which we highlight artists making magic with Dynasty brushes this season. No canvas? No problem! We want to see the full extent of how our brushes help you reach your artistic best--no matter what surface you are painting.

First up in our summer spotlight is Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier of Sandy McTier Designs

Sandy McTier of Sandy McTier Designs
Currently based in Georgia, Sandy is a DecoArt Helping Artist and Chartpak Ambassador, a published designer, and an instructor takes her methods on the road to artists here in the US as well as internationally. In fact, as of this posting, Sandy is busy sharing her skills with the Decorative Artists of Western Nassau on Long Island, NY.

Sandy paints on a variety of surfaces--everything from journals to glassware to shoes--making her the perfect candidate for our #howdoyoudynasty summer feature. Today we are talking are talking with Sandy about painting handbags! 

Handbag painted by Sandy McTier, inspired by the dress worn by Lady Spencer at the recent royal wedding.
Our questions appear in bold, Sandy's answers follow. All photos used appear courtesy of the artist. 
What motivated you to go from painting on more traditional surfaces to handbags?

"I am always motivated to try new products and brushes to see what they can do! DecoArt recently came out with Stylin paints that can be used on many different surfaces! I love painting on a variety of surfaces and have to admit, I tend to get bored if I stick with one for too long. So, when the new paint was released, I went on the hunt at thrift shops and Goodwill stores to see what I could take from drab to fab!"

What sort of prep is involved in painting a purse? Does the material it is made out of matter?

"I simply used a damp cloth with a little dish soap on it to clean the purse thoroughly. Rinsed the cloth, wiped it over the purse and then dried it with a soft cloth. As far as the material goes, the paint is made for leather, faux leather, vinyl, canvas, etc. I also recently painted on tennis shoes that were a leather/fabric mix and the paint brushed and covered beautifully on the fabric as well."

Painted by Sandy McTier. Instructions for this project will soon be available through DecoArt.com
How do you come up with your designs? 

"The honest answer is--I don't know. I don't have a formula perse from start to finish on how I want to design something. I've been fortunate to have many of my designs and best ideas come to me in my dreams at night. For the most part though, I sit down with a surface, a medium I want to use, and just start creating. I love the intuitive part of creating and tweaking as I go along to get to a final design and product!"

What inspires you?

"Everything inspires me! Nature, flowers, color, paints and my brushes all inspire me to create! I love taking reference pictures of flowers, buildings, wrought iron, butterflies, birds, and so much more. Many times, I'll sit down to paint a flower and then remember that I took hundreds of photos of that flower. Then I'm able to look through them to see how the petals are formed, how they lay, coloring, etc. However, I've found that if I look through too many pictures, Pinterest, etc. it fills my head with too much and often times keeps me from just creating." 

What brushes work best for this kind of project?

"I love using the Black Gold line by Dynasty. The Flat Washes work great for 'slip-slapping' (a technical term--LOL!) paint over the surface. These brushes are perfect for applying the paint and leaving very few if any brush strokes. Then I switch to my Black Gold Shaders, Angles, Rounds and Liners for the design and details.

I also love to use stamps on my purses and the Dynasty IPC Large Foam Sponge painter is perfect for applying paint to the stamp. Adding dots to your design is made easier using the Dynasty Small Detailer Foam." 

As we can see by Sandy's examples, with the right tools and a little imagination, an artist can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary! Be sure to catch her classes if she comes to a convention or workshop near you! 

If you are interested in learning more about Sandy and her work, please visit the following links:

Sandy's website:     http://www.sandymctierdesigns.com/
Sandy's blog:          http://sandymctierdesigns.blogspot.com/
Sandy McTier Designs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandyMcTierDesigns

If you would like to participate in the #howdoyoudynasty series, let us know! Comment here, message us on Facebook, or post your work to social media with the hashtag #howdoyoudynasty to get in touch! 

And, as always, to learn more about our vast array of fine artist brushes, please visit our website. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

How do YOU Dynasty?

If you follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) you know that we LOVE to see what artists all over the world are painting with Dynasty brushes. This summer we want to know... 

We want to see you, your work, and your favorite Dynasty brush(es) on all of our social media accounts. Not just photos but videos too! Show us how you use Dynasty brushes to paint portraits, stencil patterns, paint faces, refinish furniture--the list is endless! Do you paint with friends? Send us a photo of your whole gang painting with our brushes! Share a photo or video with us from now through August 31, 2018 using the special hashtag #howdoyouDynasty.  We will feature our favorite posts from the summer in a special blog feature on September 7, 2018. 

Thanks for participating and we can't wait to see #howdoyouDynasty!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Save the Date: Tracy Moreau at Jerry's Artist Outlet!

Happy June, painters! We are so excited to announce that Dynasty Artist Tracy Moreau of Tracy Moreau Designs will be doing another in-store demonstration for us this month! 
Image from artist Tracy Moreau
You may remember that last fall Tracy came out to Artist and Craftsman Supply Park Slope and to Jerry's Artist Outlet to meet artists, store staff, and to show everyone what a great addition Dynasty is to an artist's studio. This time, Tracy will appear all day--demonstrating DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and Dynasty brushes in the morning and working with DecoArt Americana Decor line of chalky finish paints in the afternoon. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday!

Saturday, June 16, 2018
10:00am to 7:00pm

495 Prospect Ave.
West Orange, NJ 07052

(973) 669-0995
**be sure to call ahead to reserve a spot for these hands-on opportunities!**

Hope to see you there! 

Interested in attending? Let us know over on our Facebook page for the event! 

Want to learn more about what Jerry's has to offer? Check out our retailer spotlight post about Jerry's here

And as always, if you are trying to decide what Dynasty brush is right for you be sure to head over to our website!

Friday, May 18, 2018

#painterhacks Part Two

Last month we introduced a brand new series here on the Dynasty blog: #painterhacks--in which artists share clever tips and tricks to make life in the studio a little easier. We are excited to bring you two more hacks from artists just like you who are using Dynasty brushes. 



Our first #painterhack comes from Marika Moretti of Marika Country Designs"Even if I use what for me is the best liner, Dynasty Black Gold 20/0 script, sometimes I don't get the lines I want. When I make mistakes, it’s quite difficult to take them away... Water or baby wipes work great to remove wrong floats, but a simple rubber eraser is a super good tool to help you with wrong lines! Just make sure to wet your eraser first and start rubbing the surface! This is the result of the first step on a wood surface. No more worries about getting bad line strokes!!!"

Photo appears courtesy of Marika Country Designs

Thanks for the #painterhack, Marika! Want to see more of Marika's work? 


As painters we know that making our art not only requires prep time, but also a lot of clean up. If you are painting in a classroom or shared studio situation, the line for the sink can be really long as everyone attempts to clean up at the same time. Our next #painterhack comes from artist Debbie James. "I prefer to clean my brushes at home after a class. When I'm finished painting I dress my brushes in extender. This will keep the paint open until I get home. Works really well!" Extender keeps the paint wet for easy clean up at your own place.

Thanks for the tip, Debbie! You see more of Debbie's work on her Facebook page.

If you have a short-cut or a painting tip to share, please get in touch with us here on the blog, on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on Instagram.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Society of Decorative Painters conference 2018

Are you ready to head Back to the Beach? Join some of our Dynasty Artists at the 46th annual Society of Decorative Painters Conference and Expo in Daytona Beach, May 8-12, 2018 at the Ocean Center! 



The Dynasty Designers will be set up at booth #210 doing some fun "Make It Take It" (MITI) projects featuring Dynasty brushes May 10-12. Join Sandy, Jill, Marianne, Theresa, Annamarie as they show you what Dynasty brushes can add to your work. Hope to see you there!

Want to learn more about our brushes? Visit our website

**And we are still looking for more #painterhacks so if you have a cool painting tip or studio secret to share, let us know! We will feature you and your hack on our next blog post!**

Friday, April 20, 2018

#painterhacks

Presenting our first ever post on #painterhacks: tips and tricks to make painting and life in the studio a little easier! 


Our first #painterhack comes from narrative painter Christine Mercer-Vernon--who uses Glad Press'n Seal in her studio. "I use it to seal my palette pressing all air out around my paint. It usually extends my paint another day or two, sometimes more depending on the color. I can mix paint at night, seal my palette then start right in the next morning.🙌" Christine was also featured here on the blog a few years ago. You can revisit Karyn's article with her here

Thanks for your tip, Christine! Other ways to connect with Christine and her work: 
Twitter: @christinemv
Instagram: @christinemvstudio
Patreon: /christinemv

Our next #painterhack comes from Grand Rapids, MI based artist Dillon Pringle

Image from artist Dillon Pringle.

"To get really thin, clean lines - I use a script liner by Dynasty. First, make sure your paint is the right consistency. Too thick, and it won't glide underneath your brush, too thin - and it might puddle and soften as it dries." Dillon goes on to say that consistency is really the key to getting the thin lines you want. "I'd say the viscosity of a milkshake is perfect. Then, make sure to fill your script liner with as much paint as it will hold, while maintaining its shape. Next, carefully wipe off any excess paint on the edge of your palette or paper towel." As with a lot of techniques, Dillon says that it takes some practice. "Practice makes perfect of course, but I've found this method to be the best for getting crisp, ultra thin strokes."


Interested in trying Dillon's technique yourself? You can find a variety of script liners on the Dynasty website

Thanks to Dillon for sharing his process! Other ways to connect with Dillon and his work:
Facebook: Dillon Pringle Art 

Instagram: @dillonpringle 

More #painterhacks to come in a future blog post! If you have a clever way to make an artist's life just a little easier, please reach out to us here in the comment or via direct message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We very much want to make this a regular feature. 

And if you try one of these hacks in your studio, let us know how they work for you!