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Princeton Artist Brushes DAKOTA series 6300 is a better, longer-lasting bristle brush that performs better than natural bristle across a broad range of media. A key advantage of 6300 is that it won’t go limp in even water! Try that with a natural bristle! Modeled on the look and feel of hog bristle, series 6300 is a perfect brush for painters switching from oils to acrylic or water-miscible oil. A real workhorse in even heavy-bodied acrylics and suitable for use with gels and impasto media. Oil painters are catching on to 6300, realizing that it wears much better than natural bristle.
- Synthetic Hog Bristle
- Excellent stiffness in water-based mediums
- Good snap for shape retention
- Great all-purpose brush
Princeton Artist NEPTUNE: When we set out to create a synthetic version of squirrel, we developed a brush that may actually outperform the natural version. Neptune is our softest and thirstiest synthetic brush, delivering oceans of color. Experts in natural hair have been incredulous that this is actually synthetic. We are proud to offer Neptune in a beautiful range of shapes including mottlers and quills with rich wood tones and sea glass aquarelle handles.
- Our thirstiest brush
- Soft and supple with an even release of color
- More durable and affordable than squirrel
Princeton Gesso Brushes
Princeton Better Bristle Gesso Brushes. Use the Gesso Acrylic Primer brush to cover large areas of your canvas with acrylic paint and gesso. This natural bristle brush has flat style ferrules.
Sizes: 2 in, 3 in, and 4 in
Catalyst Polytip Bristle brushes are another Princeton breakthrough that advances the science of synthetic hair. This new series is super stiff yet still extremely responsive. Unlike natural hog bristle, Catalyst has real integrity in water. Natural bristle can be rendered useless when it is water-soaked.
• For the first time, the tip of each individual hair has been split to replicate the natural flags on the finest natural bristle. By giving each individual hair 2 to 3 distinct tips, Catalyst is able to hold a higher volume of paint while providing a smoother application.
Princeton’s flagship brush. Almost 20 years ago, series 4050 was the first synthetic sable to be offered to artists. This brush has been copied many times, but never equaled. A perfect blend of multiple diameters of golden taklon hair, this brush was developed for Princeton by master Japanese brush-maker Naohide Takamoto, the “Tak” in “taklon.” This brush drinks up gulps of water, paints out in supple strokes with a natural snap. Paint, scrub, and push knowing that 4050 will always return to a tight point or crisp edge.
One of our most popular brushes and perhaps because of its looks as much as its amazing performance. Umbria™ is truly special with its deep olive colored handles coated with our Velvetouch™ silicone sealer. These brushes look beautiful in your studio, feel great in your hand, and provide unique performance characteristics. This short handle version works well with watercolor, but allows for the use of medium or lower viscosity paints. That said, many oil painters swear by them. A favorite of tole and decorative painters, Umbria™ excels with acrylics.