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.