Monday, September 9, 2019

Blue Ice and Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier

Recently Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier came to the Dynasty/FM Brush Company offices for a day of demonstrations. Here is a little bit of what she had to share with us...

For more fun videos from Sandy featuring Dynasty Blue Ice, be sure to follow us on Instagram! To learn more about Blue Ice and our entire collection of high quality artist's brushes, visit our website

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Upcoming Fall Events

We at Dynasty Brush are so excited for these fall shows that we wanted to tell you about them early so you have plenty of time to plan your trip!

October 8-13 we will be at New England Traditions Trade Show in Marlborough, MA. Several classes will be taught, including a few by Dynasty Artist Marlene Fudge, so be sure to register soon to secure your spot. 

In November we will be attending the World of Color Expo in Herndon, VA. Join us at the Washington Dulles Hilton Hotel November 4-9 along with several Dynasty Artists who will be teaching at the event: Annamarie Oke, Marlene Fudge, Miguel Rincon, Sandy McTier, and Jill "Jillybean" Fitzhenry will all be there. Hope you can join us!

Let us know that you will be attending by visiting our Facebook Event page for each show:

Dynasty at New England Traditions Trade Show 2019
Dynasty at World of Color Expo 2019  

We will add more details to the events the closer we get to each show. 

To learn more about our brushes, please visit the Dynasty website. To keep up with all of our events and products, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

Friday, August 9, 2019

Are you a fan of our FAN-Dango brush?

In our last blog post, we asked readers to let us know what they wanted to see on the blog. Our first request comes from Barbara who follows us on Instagram

"What is Black Gold Dynasty brush 206FD used for?"

Black Gold 206FD is our patented FAN-Dango brush. Here is Dynasty Artist Jill "Jillybean" Fitzhenry with a quick video demonstration: 

The blended multi-tapered synthetic bristles splay out in such a way that the FAN-Dango is the perfect tool for creating a lot of fine, flowing paint lines at once. Our Black Gold line of brushes can be used with oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Don't be afraid to experiment! Play with your brushes to discover what kinds of marks they make with thin paint and thick paint, with light pressure and with heavier pressure. Thank you to Barbara for the question and thanks to Jill for sharing her skills with us.

Don't forget--we have a whole YouTube channel with lots of How-To and demonstration videos. Be sure to subscribe! 

If you have a suggestion for the blog, please let us know! You can comment below or message us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Until next time, Happy Painting!

Friday, July 26, 2019

We want to hear from you!

We are taking time this summer to think about how we can improve upon the content we share here on our Dynasty Brush blog--and we need your help!

Please let us know what you enjoy reading about the most. Do you like getting to know new artists and craftspeople? Would you like to learn more about our retailers? Are you looking for demonstrations or tutorials using our brushes? Do you want to learn more about Dynasty and the FM Brush Company? Is there a topic you wish we covered that we have yet to write about?

We want to hear from YOU! Please comment below or message us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We want this blog to be the best it can be, so let us know what you want to see in this space. 

Thank you so much for your help and we look forward to reading your responses. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Preview of Dynasty at HOOT 2019

Join Dynasty Brush and our Dynasty Artists at the 39th (and final) Heart of Ohio Tole (HOOT) convention in Columbus, OH July 15-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Dynasty Brush and Dynasty Artists will be located at booths 411 and 413 and can be found teaching and doing demonstrations at other locations on the convention floor. 

Catch Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier at the DecoArt booth (306, 308) doing demonstrations and teaching three different classes. 

Find Dynasty Artist Deb Antonick at the Stampendous booth (310, 312) doing Make-It Take-It projects with our IPC brushes

And say hello to Dynasty Designer Jill "Jillybean" Fitzhenry who will be teaching her Zebra Splash class featuring our Faux Squirrel and Mezzaluna brushes and a special event Sip & Paint, as well as doing a gift tag Make-It Take-It at the Dynasty booth. 
So be sure to stop by all of these booths to say hello to Sandy, Deb, and Jill at HOOT! And to see where Dynasty will show up next, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Friday, June 28, 2019

New on our YouTube Channel!

The Dynasty Brush YouTube channel is the perfect place to go if you are looking for some inspiration, are interested in starting a new painting project, or would like to see our brushes in action. 

Our most recent videos feature Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier of Sandy McTier Designs demonstrating a few of our brush lines. Here is Sandy painting a serene seascape using our Black Gold brushes and water soluble oil paints. 

Next, Sandy shows us how to upcylce a thrift store find with the help of Black Gold brushes and DecoArt's Stylin paints

Whether or not you are an aspiring artist or a seasoned painter, there is plenty to explore on our YouTube channel! Be sure to subscribe to be the first to know when new videos debut! 

And as always, to learn more about our brushes and our commitment to excellence, please visit our website

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dynasty Brush at Pin It Canada

Join Dynasty Brush at Pin It Canada on June 21 and 22! 

Pin It Canada is a premiere creative event filled with mini-classes, demonstrations, shopping and opportunities to connect artist to artist. Dynasty Artists Jill Fitzhenry, Tracy Moreau, and Annamarie Oke will be with us so be sure to find us on the exhibit floor to create, connect, and inspire in the Dynasty booth! 

You can find registration info for this London, Ontario event here, retreat information here, accommodations info here, and for a complete list of exhibitors, go here

We'd love to know if we will see you on the exhibition floor, so be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page!

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Dynasty and the New England Carousel Museum: Part 2

In our last blog post, we introduced you some of the work being done by the restoration artists at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Connecticut. With the help of NECM Restoration Department Manager Lisa Gibson-Ronalter, in this post we will explore all of the steps involved in the restoration, painting, preserving of carousel horses.

An example of what the horses look like when they arrive at NECM.
The NECM staff includes Master Carver Juan Andreu and his apprentice Chris. They start out by removing any old paint left on the horse using a heat gun. A chemical paint stripper cannot be used because liquid paint removers could soak into--and potentially damage--the old wood. 

Next the Master Carver inspects the wood and repairs any damage done to the surface. Often these horses show years worth of wear and tear. 

Once the wood body is repaired, hand sanding follows--starting with course grit paper, then medium, and finally fine grit sandpaper. After the delicate bits are protected (eyes, glass jewels, etc.) the whole body of the horse is coated in shellac.  Several thin primer coats follow, with hand sanding happening after each prime coat is dry. Thin layers of primer along with sanding help to preserve all of those remarkable carved details that really bring the horse to life. 

Using photographs for reference, a color palette is selected and mixed to match the source colors. Japan oil colors are used. If needed, gold leaf is applied during this stage. 

At this point, painting can now begin! Master Paint Judy Baker along with Restoration Artist Lisa Gibson-Ronalter use oil paints to create a blended finish on the body that resembles horse hair. Great care is taken to provide a realistic look to each section of the horse--a mane flowing in the wind, a woven blanket tucked underneath a leather saddle. Highlights and lowlights support the depth of the meticulously carving. Once the painted piece has cured, a protective clear coat is applied.

Fully restored carousel horse for Sonny's Place Carousel
You can see examples of the fine work of the New England Carousel Museum artists and restorers on carousels throughout New England. 

Thank you so much to both Lisa Gibson-Ronalter and NECM Executive Director Morgan Urgo for their sharing their process (and photos) with us! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Dynasty and the New England Carousel Museum: Part 1

Recently FM Brush Company and Dynasty made a brush donation to the New England Carousel Museum. Located in Bristol, Connecticut, the New England Carousel Museum's mission, as stated on their website, "is to preserve and protect antique wooden carousels and carousel pieces." As you can imagine, work such as this takes the dedication and collaboration of many artisans and craftspeople. 

Horse lovingly restored by the artists at the New England Carousel Museum
NECM Executive Director Morgan Urgo and Painter and Restoration Department Manager Lisa Gibson-Ronalter shared with us a little insight on just what it takes to preserve this part of our history. The restorers have been working on a few different projects, one of which is restoring the horses on a 1925 Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel installed at Sonny's Place, a recreation destination in Somers, CT. 

From restorer Lisa Gibson-Ronalter: "Carved by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1925, PTC 72 is a three row carousel with a 50 foot platform. Of the 48 horses, 16 are signature pieces that have the PTC logo carved in them (a typical ride would have 1 maybe 2 signature horses). From 1925 to 1928 the carousel operated in Delaware Beach, New Castle, Delaware and then came to Lakewood Park, in Waterbury, Connecticut from 1929 to 1945. The ride went back to PTC factory in Philadelphia and then once again went back into operation from 1952 to 2009 in Kiddieland, Melrose Park, Illinois, the carousel ending up in storage in Chicago Illinois. Though magic of restoration and preservation at the Carousel Museum team is working to bring these splendid horses restored to their former beauty. Horses from PTC 72 ride will be displayed throughout the process at the New England Carousel Museum for viewing, showcased and shared with our many visitors and patrons."

Below Master Painter Judith Baker and Painter/Restoration Department Manager Lisa Gibson-Ronalter work on a Sonny's Place carousel horse. All photos appear courtesy of the New England Carousel Museum.

We have a lot to share with you about NECM, their process and their projects so please stay tuned for this special blog series! In the meantime, if you would like to visit the New England Carousel Museum you can find all of the info you need at their website and their Facebook page

And as always, if you would like to learn more about our brushes (like the Orange Ice brushes the restorers are using here) please visit our website.  

Friday, April 26, 2019

Dynasty Artist Jill Fitzhenry at Pinners Minneasota Conference

Join Dynasty Artist Jill Fitzhenry of Jillybean at the Pinners Minnesota Conference May 3 and May 4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Jill will be demonstrating how to turn an ordinary blank canvas into a stenciled chalkboard piece with the help of Dynasty Stencil brushes. You can find her at the Wet Paint booth!

To learn more about Jill, her work and her upcoming classes, you can visit her website or her Facebook page. To stay up to date about when our Dynasty Artists may be appearing or teaching near you, be sure to follow the Dynasty Brush Facebook page

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Show Your Work Wednesday is BACK!

Show Your Work Wednesday is back and we can't wait for you to be a part of it!

What is Show Your Work Wednesday
It is an opportunity for you to show your work (and works in progress) that you have made with Dynasty brushes with the world! 

Why Show Your Work Wednesday?
We here at Dynasty Brush love to see what you are creating. We also want to foster a community of creativity in which artists support each other in their efforts

I want to participate in Show Your Work Wednesday! How can I be a part of it?
You can participate in a few different ways on a few different social media platforms...

On Facebook: Post a photo on our Facebook Page directly. Or you can post in the thread of comments on the weekly official #showyourworkwednesday post. If you have a Facebook page for your art business, you can post a photo there, tag us and use the #showyourworkwednesday hashtag. (Please note: If you try to tag us in a photo from a personal Facebook page, your privacy settings may not allow us to see it.) 

On Instagram: Post a photo or an Instastory and tag us (@dynastybrushes and #dynastybrush) and use the #showyourworkwednesday hashtag.

On Twitter: Post a photo and tag us (@dynastybrush) and use the #showyourworkwednesday hashtag. 

We may share, regram, or retweet your work to our followers! Cannot wait to see what is happening in your studios--thank you in advance for participating!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Meet Dynasty Artist Nicole Wright

This month on the blog, we are featuring some painters new to the Dynasty Artist program. It is our pleasure to introduce you to Dynasty Artist Nicole Wright of Nicole Wright Designs.

Dynasty Artist Nicole Wright
Our questions to Nicole appear below and her answers follow in red. All photos appear courtesy of the artist.

Where are you from? 
"I live in Calgary Alberta, Canada. I live along the Canadian Rockies where the Rockies meet the prairies. I hike, kayak and camp all year in the open prairie and all throughout the Rockies. I gain a lot of inspiration from the beautiful landscapes that surrounds me. Our winters are long, cold and unforgiving. This gives me a lot of time to create." 

Artwork by Nicole Wright
How long have you been painting?
"Dynasty Artists, followers and makers are amazing painters. I have thoroughly enjoyed being exposed to all their inspirational work. I am less of a painter and more of a mess maker. My passion is Mixed Media. I love blending outside the lines, stenciling, layering tissue, old book pages, stamping and textures. I blend may paints, crayons, textures, glazes and wax with my Dynasty brushes. My brushes make it possible to for me to get to my next level and up my personal game." 

What is your favorite medium to work in? 
"I have only been using my Dynasty brushes for about 5 months. I was asked if I wanted to try them out and I asked, 'Can they handle what I put my brushes through?' Heavy gesso, plaster, matte medium, paints with sand textures and texture pastes to name but a few.  Layering all of these things at once and achieving the look I want needs to work hard for me. On art journals, canvas, wood, burlap, linen.  Just a few substrates I work with all the time. In case you’re wondering if I feel my brushes can handle what I put them through, they can." 
Artwork by Nicole Wright

What is your favorite subject matter to paint? 
"My creative projects are shifting constantly. I design with many manufacturers’ products, mediums, inks, paints and die cuts. I prefer to be challenged and challenge those that follow me. It is my job to take what I might not normally work with and make it mine. So it’s clear I designed it. I love to maximize my supplies and try to share how to use whatever it is in multiple ways."

What Dynasty brush is your favorite? Why? 
"I have a few I really love. I am new to the Dynasty Brush line, but I am already playing favourites. The Flat brushes are my go-to for blending my paints, waxes and glazes. I use the stencil brushes almost as much. They aren’t just for stencils in my studio. I often use them when I have used texture paste. Here, I can blend deep into those impressions with multiple layers of paints and wax. This technique really adds those layers of texture and colour I strive for." 
Artwork by Nicole Wright
Where can we find you designing? 
"These days you can find me designing for some of my favourite manufactures. I have my own stamps with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. I am a Contributing Writer for Canada’s largest paper craft magazine, Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. I teach for them at their annual event The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival held in Edmonton and Calgary Alberta in September. I also teach at scrapbook stores and mixed media retreats. I am a Ranger Ink Influencer sharing tutorials and inspiration projects with newly released product.  I am also an Amazon Influencer. I was approached by Amazon to create my own Storefront on their website. Here I have created boards with all the products and manufacturers’ I use including Dynasty brushes."

You can follow Nicole and her work on multiple platforms: her blog, her Facebook page, her Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and you can subscribe to her newsletter!

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Nicole and the kind of work she does! If you'd like to learn more about being a Dynasty Artist, comment below or reach out to us via direct message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

And as always, if you would like to know more about Dynasty and our commitment to creating high quality brushes for artists, crafters, and designers, please visit our website

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Meet Dynasty Artist Marlene Fudge

This month on the blog, we are featuring some painters new to the Dynasty Artist program. It is our pleasure to introduce you to Dynasty Artist Marlene Fudge!

Dynasty Artist Marlene Fudge in her studio. 
Our questions to Marlene appear below and her answers follow in red. All photos appear courtesy of the artist.

Where are you from?
"I was born and raised in West Chester, PA and haven’t ventured too far away over the years. I now live in the Lehigh Valley in eastern PA  with my husband of 32 years and our kitties. I have two beautiful daughters, one lives about an hour from me and one lives in Alexandria, VA." 
Painting by Marlene Fudge

How long have you been painting?

"I started painting about 23 years ago when my girls were little. We always loved to do crafts together and one day while browsing through the craft store for the perfect project for them, I found a sweet painted Halloween design and really wanted to try painting it. I bought the necessary paints and some brushes, and it turned out pretty cute. I had so much fun painting it that I wanted to try more.  I was hooked and I haven’t stopped since!"

What is your favorite medium to work in?
"I like to paint with many different mediums but my favorite is acrylics. I love how quickly they dry and with all the different mediums, like extender and glazes, there are so many options to create so many different designs."

Painting by Marlene Fudge

What is your favorite subject matter to paint?

"I enjoy painting flowers, birds, fish and pretty much anything Christmas but I think my favorite subject is landscapes. I love to paint from photos that I have taken when we travel or even around my town, and sometimes even out the window when my husband is driving!"

Painting by Marlene Fudge

What Dynasty brush is your favorite? Why?
"I have so many favorite Dynasty brushes but I think my absolute favorite are the Mezzaluna brushes. I use them in almost all of my designs. They are such a versatile brush. I use them to pounce in pine trees and foliage. I stipple fur on with them. I dry-brush with them. They are definitely the most used brushes in my collection."

Marlene has designs appearing in The Decorative Painter, Painting World magazine, The Pixelated Palette and Painting E-Zine later this year. 

If you are interested in meeting Marlene, she is teaching four classes this year at New England Traditions in October and three classes at World of Color Expo in November. 

You also connect Marlene and her work on multiple social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and her YouTube channel

We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Marlene! If you would like to learn more about the Dynasty Artist program, visit our website

Friday, February 15, 2019

Not Just Paint Brushes

One of the best parts about Dynasty Brush being on social media is being able to connect with artists as they create their art with our tools. Our brushes leave our factory and land in the hands of all sorts of painters, makers, designers and artisans. Every time you tag an image with the #dynastybrush hashtag, you let us follow your artistic journey.

It was on a recent Instagram post from an artist using Dynasty brushes that someone commented that our IPC line of brushes look like they could be make up brushes. 

Did you know that our parent company FM Brush also makes cosmetic brushes? It's true! The same fine craftsmanship and exceptional quality that you expect from Dynasty brand brushes can be found in FM Brush's Beauty Strokes NYC cosmetic brushes

Beauty Strokes NYC Streetwear 6 piece detail set
So the next time you are looking to treat yourself to some new make up brushes, be sure to check out all that Beauty Strokes NYC has to offer! 

Would you like to learn more about Dynasty? You can find our website here

Curious about the varieties of Beauty Strokes NYC brushes to choose from? You can explore the whole collection here. 

Do you want to learn more about FM Brush and its tradition of excellence in brush manufacturing? We invite you to get to know our company here

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Honoring with Art: Joseph Gyurcsak Creates a Portrait of Fred Mink

2018 came to a close with a very special edition to the FM Brush Company/Dynasty Brush conference room. Joseph Gyurcsak, Resident Artist/Brand Manager for Blick/Utrecht art supplies, gifted us a watercolor portrait of our very own Frederick V. Mink Jr., the former President and CEO of FM Brush

Watercolor portrait of Fred Mink by artist Joseph Gyurcsak

Along with the painting, Joe included the following poem:

Old Friend by J. Gyurcsak

A sparrow falls,

Branches wither,

You are gone,

Hopes are dashed,

Thunder rolls,

Tears flow,

You are gone,

My old friend,

Bitter sweet,

Your fading bones,

Stately you remained,

Until the end,

Gently, gently,

Into eternal sleep,

Free of struggle,

Beneath the pine,

You rest_______________                 

Gyurcsak, who has been painting for over 40 years, met Fred in the early 2000's at a meeting at Utrecht corporate headquarters. Through the years, Joe became close with Fred and our whole company as we worked on projects together. When Joe was working in the area, Fred would attend Joe's painting demos. "...That told me a lot about his character, he was very supportive of me as an artist. He was a genuine caring person who was always interested in what I had to say. I had the same mutual feelings for him."

As one can imagine, it took some time for Gyurcsak to begin such an tender project. "I waited a few years to absorb the loss of my friend, I wanted to be prepared to capture something in his spirit in the watercolor painting. These things can’t be rushed, especially when you are talking about emotions, memories and visual images of the person. You need time to connect with those memories and to sort out all the emotional connections then you can began to see the persons character more clearly." 

Jacqueline Mink, Fred's daughter and Director of Cosmetic and Retail Sales for FM Brush Company and Dynasty Brush, remarked that shortly after her father's passing Joe offered to paint a portrait of Fred "as a tribute to their friendship." Upon seeing the completed painting, Jackie said, "...I saw [my father's] essence. The smile and the twinkle in his eye that said so much; a warm friend, a loving father, and a champion of the arts. Good days and bad, the smile and the twinkle will remind us all to enjoy the journey….. because that is what he did."

Artist Joseph Gyurcsak
We at FM Brush Company and Dynasty Brush extend our heartfelt thanks to Joseph Gyurcsak for this touching memorial to our dear Fred. 

To learn more about artist Joseph Gyurcsak and his impressive body of work, please visit his website. Joe also designed a Splashes of Hope mural to honor Fred. You can read more about that project here

To learn more about Fred and his contributions to our company and the art community, you can read more here

Friday, January 18, 2019

Dynasty Brush at CREATIVATION 2019

This weekend you will find us in Phoenix, AZ at Creativation

Sponsored by the Association for Creative Industries, Creativation is a trade show that brings together professionals from a variety of creative industries. Artists, designers, suppliers, buyers, manufacturers, makers, and bloggers all come together to learn, connect, and inspire. 

If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by the Dynasty Brush booth--2600 on the expo floor. We can't wait to meet you and learn about how you use Dynasty brushes! 

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year, New Practice: Try Art Journaling

Happy New Year! It is the time of year when we think of new beginnings: new health regimes, improving habits, resolving to be our best selves. Are you someone looking to squeeze more creative practice into your already packed schedule? You may want to try art journaling. 

Journaling has been on the rise in recent years. In the current era of constant phone-scrolling and screen time, sitting down to physically write out one's thoughts and intentions can be a welcomed change of pace. It requires very little time commitment and if you are looking to find more space in your life to make art, you can easily add art into your journaling practice. 

Art journaling is affordable and approachable. It can be done in a sketchbook or a notebook--no expensive equipment is necessary. You don't need a studio space or an easel and if your notebook is small enough, you can carry it with you and add to it whenever the urge strikes. The balance between text and visual creative elements is up to you. You can include paint, pen and ink, colored pencil, pastels, collage, stamping, or just sketching with a pencil. 

Looking for inspiration? Check out the work of Austin Kleon and Dynasty Artist Sandy McTier.