Princeton Brushes for Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolour

Whether or not you’re searching for some contemporary new paint brushes to your assortment, or eager to experiment with one other medium or device, Princeton Brushes are for you. Princeton Brush Firm has artificial bristle paint brushes for each medium, in addition to Catalyst Blades and Wedges, a brand new sort of device fabricated from engineered silicone. I primarily work in heavy physique acrylics, so my curiosity was instantly piqued once I noticed these massive handheld silicone instruments. On this article I share my ideas on the merchandise.



Testing the Princeton Aqua Elite Spherical Measurement 2 Brush with Watercolour Paint

I examined the Princeton Aqua Elite Spherical Measurement 2 Brush utilizing Jackson’s Artist Watercolours, Indigo and Naples Yellow on International Fluid Chilly Press Watercolour Paper.


Sweeping strokes of Naples Yellow watercolour


The very first thing I seen in regards to the paint brush was how light-weight it was, so instantly I knew that this might make some stunning sweeping traces. The comb deal with can also be very {smooth} and isn’t very plump so it feels much more free flowing in your grasp. The comb additionally lends itself to very delicate small markings, as a consequence of its quick deal with and brush hairs, making it good if you wish to have extra management over the comb. When portray with this brush, I discovered that it had an amazing bounce to it and held the water effectively. For me, this is essential because it means you don’t should dip into your water pot each few seconds, however you’ll be able to concentrate on the art work as an alternative. Aside from the tender nature of this brush, it’s considerably paying homage to Jackson’s Artificial Kolinsky. I feel this brush would swimsuit any artwork type inside watercolour, from excessive element to flowing shapes.


A web page of experimenting with the Princeton Aqua Elite Spherical measurement 2


This brush can also be appropriate with oil paint, although this was a dramatically totally different expertise as I personally suppose it’s a little tender for oils. It will be nice for an artist who needs an ultra-smooth end to their art work, however in case you’re making art work that’s extra impasto I might check out the Catalyst Blade Portray Instrument No.6, which I additionally examined right here and you may examine beneath.


Testing the Princeton Velvetouch Flat Shader Measurement 10 Brush with Oil Paint

The Princeton Velvetouch Flat Shader Measurement 10 can be utilized with any medium, so in case you’re searching for a brush for a combined media work, or purely simply so it can save you a bit of cash and get an all-in-one paint brush, that is the one for you. Instantly I might inform it might be good for utilizing with watercolours because it has some very comparable qualities to the Princeton Aqua Elite Spherical Measurement 2 Brush. Because of this, I wished to do that brush with what I feel it might be the least appropriate with, oil paints. I discover this one of the best ways to check a combined media brush, by testing it in opposition to what I feel may be its weakest medium and seeing the way it fares. I used this brush with Jackson’s Skilled Oil Paint on a Jackson’s Canvas Pad 10” x 12”.



At first look, I seen how beautiful the deal with is, with a reddish tone and a slick matte satin end. Just like the Princeton Aqua Elite Spherical Measurement 2 Brush, its deal with is light-weight and simple to scrub, though to be anticipated, it’s plumper in physique as it’s a greater brush. The comb has a mean stiffness, so it might be just a little tender for a heavy physique impasto approach. Nonetheless, I feel an extended dealt with model of this might assist this small challenge as it might take a few of the weight off of the tip. Although this brush is probably not outfitted for some impasto methods with heavy physique paints, I’m very impressed with how appropriate it was with oil paints. This leads me to consider that this brush has the power to be an acceptable match with each medium.


A full canvas pad sheet of marks made with the Princeton Velvetouch Flat Shader Measurement 10


Testing the Princeton Aspen Artificial Bristle Brush Lengthy Deal with Filbert Measurement 4 with Acrylic Paint

Subsequent, I attempted my favorite of all the comb shapes – a basic filbert. Princeton Aspen Artificial Bristle Brush Lengthy Deal with Filbert Measurement 4 is appropriate with oils and acrylics, so I examined it utilizing Jackson’s Studio Acrylic in Uncooked Sienna. I appear to solely use lengthy dealt with paint brushes when I’m portray outdoors or portray a big art work with sweeping markings, or each. One of many issues that enticed me to this vary specifically was the non-glare ferrule. It’s like Princeton knew I wished this brush for portray a big art work outdoors! The stiffness of the comb additionally makes it good for giant sweeping motions, however equally small delicate markings. The comb additionally holds water and bounces again into form very effectively, which I discover very useful if you’re within the midst of your artistic circulation and also you don’t have to fret about water or the disconfigured form of the comb.


The filbert form is able to producing each skinny and thick strokes


You will have already guessed it, however I feel this brush is superb for working in acrylic or oils, indoors or out, creating massive or small mark makings. All in all, I’m but to discover a filbert brush I don’t love – I’m including this Princeton Brush to my assortment.


Princeton Aspen Artificial Bristle Brush Lengthy Deal with Filbert Measurement 4


Princeton Catalyst Blade Portray Instrument No.6 with Acrylic Paint

The silicone instruments are designed to be used with heavy-bodied oils, acrylics, and water-miscible oils. As a result of they’re heat-resistant, additionally they excel with encaustics and artists are even utilizing them with plaster and clay. I attempted the Princeton Catalyst Blade Portray No.6 Instrument out utilizing Jackson’s Studio Acrylic in Uncooked Sienna on an acrylic paper pad.


Shifting thick paint with the Catalyst Blade


My first thought when taking a look at this device was whether or not it might have the ability to unfold the paint equally throughout the floor. It’s also noticeably high heavy in direction of the silicone tip, which felt uncommon. Nonetheless, the device manages to unfold the paint extremely effectively, and I cherished the burden of the comb as its strong nature permits for very skinny coats of paint or thick impasto marks based mostly on how a lot strain you placed on it. The form of the device permits for a wide range of totally different shapes and textures to be made. When making a curved stroke, I discovered it simpler to get a clear-cut line with this device than I do with bristle paint brushes. I used to be additionally anticipating the device to be stiff, however was pleasantly stunned to search out that it was fairly tender on the tip and stiffer as you moved nearer to the deal with.


A flexible vary of marks made utilizing the Catalyst Blade


I then began enjoying round with the sides and sides of the comb a bit extra. My favorite mark making was utilizing the aspect to faucet it in opposition to the thick paint, making a texture that evoked thick foliage. The silicone tip can also be removable for laundry, which I assumed was a quite simple however progressive function for the sort of brush. I used to be involved that it might really feel looser in my hand, nevertheless it didn’t. The one factor I might take heed to when taking it off to scrub it, is ensuring there isn’t a moisture left on it when reattaching it, because it might trigger the wooden beneath to mould. Previous to testing the device, I used to be just a little nervous as I’m used to utilizing paint brushes, however once I began portray with it, it felt so pure and cozy. I’ve now ordered my first batch of silicone instruments.


The blade can be utilized not solely to use paint, however scrape it away


Princeton Catalyst Wedge Silicon Portray Instrument No.2 with Acrylic Paint

Just like the Princeton Catalyst Blade Portray Instrument No.6, the Princeton Catalyst Wedge Silicon Portray Instrument No.2 is at residence with heavy bodied oils, acrylics, and water-miscible oils. Subsequently, I examined this device with Jackson’s Studio Acrylic in Ultramarine Blue on a Jackson’s Canvas Pad 10” x 12”.


Choosing up some Ultramarine Blue with the Princeton Catalyst Wedge Silicon Portray Instrument No.2


There was a stark distinction in utilizing this device in comparison with the earlier artwork supplies I examined. I seen that my palms have gotten used to portray with paint brushes as when first holding the device, it felt odd as relatively than holding an extended brush, I used to be greedy onto an enormous wedge of silicon. The device is expectedly fairly heavy and thick, however has clearly been effectively engineered to suit comfortably in your hand. It’s also extra resilient than I anticipated, and the plastic is kind of stiff. I loved each of those qualities, as a result of it allowed me to increase and expressive markings. I actually loved utilizing the perimeters of it to make totally different shapes. As you’ll be able to see within the portray, I made these petal shapes by utilizing the hand-held a part of the device. It was just a little odd to scrub this device as a consequence of all of the sharp edges, so I might suggest utilizing some form of sponge or brush to get into the sides and ensure it’s completely clear to keep away from cross-contamination together with your colors. Total, I completely loved utilizing the Catalyst Wedge as not solely was it a enjoyable experiment, however the device is bodily the entire brush and the concepts for its utilization are limitless.



Although I used to be apprehensive in regards to the use for a few of these paint brushes, I rapidly realised there was no must be, as all these brushes and instruments actually do reside as much as their identify. I notably loved portray with the Princeton Velvetouch Flat Shader Measurement 10 as I felt that it was true to its ‘combined media’ title because it didn’t lean in direction of one medium specifically. This actually impressed me. The Princeton Catalyst Blade Portray No.6 Instrument additionally deserves an honourable point out as a result of as quickly because the blade touched the paper my apprehension turned to pure enjoyment. The slick appear and feel of the device, in addition to the variety of textures you may make with it, makes this considered one of my favourites. Total, Princeton Brushes and Instruments I examined had been progressive, trendy, inexpensive and let’s not overlook, enjoyable to make use of. I can’t wait so as to add extra of their merchandise to my assortment.


Mark-making with the Princeton Catalyst Wedge Silicon Portray Instrument No.2



Additional Studying

Understanding Brush Form Names, Hair and Purposes

A Household Matter: Handcrafting Brushes

The Growth of Artificial Brushes

Understanding Brush Sizing Methods


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