As a high realist oil painter, the majority of my detail work is done using script and liner brushes to achieve the life-like refinement of feather detail on a bird, weathered wood grain or cracked and peeling paint. After a few years of using brushes from a local art store in Ontario, I decided to experiment with a variety of brush brands and hair by ordering online. Among my shipment of new supplies were Princeton Select. I had heard of Princeton’s reputation as a high quality brush manufacturer. When I tried the new Select line I was thrilled with their durability and consistent point. I particularly love their softness, which allows me to create seamless gradation, while hiding all brush marks. My favorites include liners, rounds and mops.
As a long time user of natural bristle brushes, I had my reservations about synthetic hair brushes. After trying the Catalyst brushes, I am a convert. When using these brushes, I immediately noticed that they kept their shape while painting, allowing for greater control. These synthetic brush hairs mimic the hairs of natural bristle, but have much greater strength. I can be very hard on brushes with my painting techniques and Catalyst hold much better than natural bristle brushes. The Princeton flats and filberts have long fibers which add greater flexibility to the brushes. The rounds really hold their shape, allowing for greater control of details and mark-making. If you are painting in heavy body acrylics, the Catalyst brushes are great because these brushes keep their properties in water, unlike natural bristles. These brushes are very easy to clean whether you are using oil or acrylic.
I was so impressed with the quality of your brushes and how they hold a nice, sharp point every time. I will of course be buying more in the future! Thank you for making such fine quality brushes!
Love your brushes! Excellent quality and price point.
I prefer the Imperial series rounds when adding the final touches and details to my oil paintings. They are strong, yet subtle, and hold up to rigorous use. The # 4 round is a great size for detail work in small paintings.
My Favourite brushes are, the Princeton Catalyst Series. This is the first synthetic brush I have ever used that worked with oils. It not only holds loads of paint but releases it very well onto the canvas. The split tips allow for great softening effects.
Select is the most exciting and comprehensive brush line on the market. The basic shapes are great quality and the variety of options offer endless possibilities for mixed media work.
I really love using the Princeton brushes. They are definitely my go-to and what I recommend them to students on Creativebug and elsewhere. Love the products!
You won't be disappointed in the brushes or tools from this fab company. Love, love, love it (the product AND the personable, caring people behind it) so it's easy for me to wax poetic ;-). The texture tools (Catalyst tools) are some of the yummiest ever, solid, contoured to fit your hand and so comfortable to use and easy to clean. The patterns you can achieve with them are endless and detailed. And the brushes are beautiful... (my absolute faves being the Lunar Blenders and Filbert Grainers) and are some of the best I've used and the price-point is fantastic!
I mainly use the 20/0 Select™ Artiste Petite. A lot of my work involves tiny lettering that requires a fine pointed brush. I’m amazed at how well that 20/0 brush has held up. I’ve used it hundreds of times and the point always comes back sharp.
Heritage is a fantastic watercolor brush. They feel and perform like sable but are more durable and affordable. The wash brush distributes paint beautifully and the rounds have great spring for thick and thin lines.
From shaft to toe, Princeton’s Velvetouch and Elite lines embody what I have always been looking for in a brush series. Achieving both a consistent point and soft touch, these excellent brushes lend themselves beautifully to fine detailed work, where the aim is to eliminate brush line texture for a perfectly smooth finish. As an artist who highlights the natural world in my paintings and participates in environmental conservation, I believe in using synthetic brushes over natural hairs. They are both animal-friendly and longer lasting. I appreciate Velvetouch and Elite’s comfortable and slip-free shafts with their satin finish. Specifically, I love how Princeton has put extra care in designing Velvetouch with different filament blends depending on the brush shape, which creates great versatility for either soft blending or crisp edges. I am pleased to be using these premium brushes.
I have been using both the Catalyst brushes and the Catalyst tools for about a year and they are my go to tools when creating. They are perfect for adding texture and dimension to your work.
I Recently bought 2 of your Neptune brushes from Jerry's. I was blown away! These brushes hold an enormous amount of paint and water and seem to float above the paper surface, making it so easy to glaze without disturbing the underlying paint surface. Thanks for great quality at an affordable price.
I have used Princeton brushes for nearly a decade. As a professional artist in both studio and plein air, I use a variety of materials. After finishing a painting session, I review the brushes I’ve chosen from my arsenal, virtually every painting has utilized one or more of Princeton’s brushes.
The Catalyst Polytip series is my go-to line of brushes. I work in oil colors, and I like using synthetic brushes more than natural-hair brushes. This Polytip series gives the best of both due to the flagged tips which mimic natural bristle. These brushes aren’t your usual synthetic — they handle both thick and viscous oil paint easily.
I have been using these brushes since they first came out. I use them in the studio, and I also use them while doing plein air work, especially if I’m using water-soluble oils, as these brushes keep their integrity, snap, and clean edges even while wet with water, unlike hog-bristle brushes.
In the studio I mainly use the filbert shapes, in the beginning stages of working, to rough in large masses and establish the feeling and mood of the painting. My favorite brush in the series is the size 6 Egbert. Because of the extra-long hairs and responsive feel of this brush, I can use it to draw shapes and fill in mass at the same time. I also like to use it to finish a painting, to add those calligraphic marks and highlights.
I like to use the Umbria Tip-Dyed series brushes when glazing with oil colors or where a softer touch is needed. What I like most about this line is the way the brushes hold their sharp tip and edges even when using solvents or mediums. When I need a clean, controlled, sharp edge in a painting, such as the edge of a building, this is the brush I reach for. When I scumble on textures in rocks, old buildings, and evergreen trees, this brush provides the lightest touch and just drops the paint along the texture of the canvas, fleshing out the object. I also like the Velvetouch handles — they feel secure in my hand and are a pleasure to hold.
I use several of Princeton’s brush lines in my work and trust them to deliver the results I’m after. I have a full range of various styles and shapes ready to express exactly what I want. It’s like having an orchestra at your fingertips!
Princeton’s mini-detailers became essential when I created a custom line of painted jewelry for a gallery. Each pendant is 2" in diameter and the monogram liner and #2 filbert were crucial for blending and linework
Redline is excellent and exceeded my expectations. The bristles have ample bounce and I was able to use Redline to achieve both texture and smooth gradients. Redline's paint retention is excellent. I was pleasantly surprised by how few times I had to rewet them and this proved useful in those moments when you're in a groove and don't want to take a break. I have to say that I am happy to have Redline brushes in my arsenal of go to tools!
A few months ago I was introduced to the Catalyst tools; so I decided to experiment with them in my latest sculpture. Since the first time I used them I was very pleased with their flexibility and their strength to shape and give texture to the clay. These tools substituted many of my old and favorite sculpting tools. I would encourage any sculptor to give them a try.
The majority of my oil brush collection is made up of Princeton’s Series 6600 Synthetic Mongoose Long Handle brushes. It’s less soft than natural bristle, so you’ll never see a brushstroke, yet holds its' shape better than sable. This makes it a great performer in laying down thinner layers of oil paint.
Siberia brights are perfect for softly blended fur and feathers in oil. With a well constructed sable bright, you have the ability to merge values with minimal to no brush strokes or create striations and more distinct strokes using the chisel edge.
Princeton has done it again with this Series 6200 Umbria™ Tip-Dyed Synthetic Long Handle brush. It’s my go-to choice when applying my first layer to any oil painting. I love it for its’ responsiveness and its’ ability to evenly smooth paint over a canvas, and the fact that its’ synthetic means it’ll live a much longer life
I love Neptune, especially the Quills and use Heritage 4050 in my work frequently.
Natural mongoose has been a popular choice for artists because of the combination of strength and suppleness. The Princeton has managed to truly capture the qualities of natural mongoose in their new synthetic line. The brush hairs are amazingly soft and firm. The long shape of the flats and filberts make them even more flexible while retaining a strong "snap". This quality provides the artists with very good control of detail and mark-making, but also allows for a smooth application of paint. The brush clean-up is quick and easy for oil or acrylic. The overall quality and characteristics of these brushes make them a perfect choice for any artist. If I could only choose one line of brushes, this would be the one for me.
Series 7400 Natural Red sable rounds are great for figure work. They keep their point for almost ever!!!
Summit 6100 is a great brush that is both durable and maintains its shape after years of acrylic painting.
The Snap brush line is wonderful! They are strong and yet do exactly what it says, "snap" back! Great control. Want to get more!
Umbria brushes are the perfect combination of supple flexibility and firm control. These qualities allow for ease of expression with your brush strokes. The flats and filberts have long brush hairs with add to their responsive quality. These brushes are excellent for oil, acrylic and water-soluble oils. The quality of the synthetic hairs allows for a smooth application of paint, yet, firm enough to create visible brush strokes if that is the desired effect. The brushes are very easy to clean, unlike some older synthetic lines. The synthetic hairs of the brush are very strong and can take more use and abuse than natural hair brushes; therefore, ensuring a long life for the brushes. The Umbria brushes are very reasonably priced, making them a great investment for your art.
The Catalyst Wedges are definitely something that I recommend all artists to try,regardless of medium or style. They are the best tool invented for artists since the painting knife! I use painting knives quite a lot in my work but have found Princeton’s Wedges to be a favorite. Their silicone construction makes them more responsive to pressure than metal knives. They are designed ergonomically to fit the hand, and they feel good to hold — very secure. And you can use any side of the wedge you want; in contrast, a painting knife has only one edge.
I can use the sharp edge to either cut through layers of paint or scrape back passages with ease. I use them to drag color across the surface of the canvas to create bold blocks of color, especially where I don’t want the hair texture of a brush to show. It’s a great tool for tree trunks! For me, Catalyst Wedges provide another tool for mark-making, which is a big signature of my work. I work in watercolor sometimes when developing a study for one of my paintings, and I use them to scrape back through the watercolor to provide texture and drama. My favorite shapes are number 1 and number 6.
Neptune brushes are truly amazing! They are able to absorb an incredible amount of water. They are very soft, yet surprisingly, they hold their shape. You can make large, broad washes of color with the upmost ease using the # 2 Flat Wash. The rounds provide great control with the line weight and mark-making. The Neptune brushes rival or outperform the natural hair brushes. These synthetic watercolor brushes have excellent durability brushes and are very economical compared to natural hair brushes.
I have fallen in love with the Princeton Neptune brushes! I am amazed at the amount of water and pigment that these brushes will hold. They glide across the paper and I'm able to paint much longer than with other brushes. They also have a nice spring to them. So amazing for a synthetic brush! Besides being really fabulous brushes they are also beautiful! I love the smooth stained handles (no more peeling paint!) and the lovely pale, frosted sea glass green handles of the aquarelle flat brushes that also have an angled end on them for scrapping out lines in wet color. I have since bought several and they have become my go to brushes. Thank you for such a great product!
I've tried a lot of brushes over the years. I can honestly say that these brushes outlast and outperform any I've ever tried.
I have been using the Princeton brushes for about two years now and I just love them. They are my little workhorses. I paint in acrylic and watercolor and I am totally delighted with your brushes. They have a nice "spring" to them. They keep their sharp edges and put up with my abuse. Did I also mention that I am pleased with your prices? Keep up the good work and thank you.
The Princeton brushes bring painting to a whole new level - love working with these brushes!!
I like both the lines of brushes because of the way they take the paint and how the detail brushes meet my every need in the artwork dept. I haven't had any issues. They also are very easy to clean and the quality is amazing.
Princeton Grainers are fantastic for texture, especially when creating fur and feathers. They stand up to abuse and get the job done! Lunar Blenders are my favorite for dry brushing. The edge is great for getting into small, tight areas and the bristle tips don't disintegrate the way other brands do. Loving the new angle brushes when working with thicker paint in mixed media techniques. I just love the whole range of Princeton Brushes!!! I recommend them to my students and painting friends for their quality and affordability.
I find Princeton brushes are great with both oil and acrylic. Awesome brushes they are a must have!! Love them all. I use the filberts the most.
Velvetouch™ is the finest blend of synthetic I've used. Each brush shape is a unique blend filament diameters to ensure it performs beautifully for its intended purpose.
Princeton’s new Aspen have found a home in my cherished pouch of brushes whether I’m headed out to paint plein air, or working in my studio on a grand subject, deserving the most intimate of attention. Aspen is right in-between with a medium stiffness that allows for firm applications but soft enough that the paint glides onto the surface.
Heritage 4050 synthetic watercolor brushes hold their own against high quality natural sable brushes. They hold water well, have great control and maintain their shape at all times. The brush hairs are firm with a strong spring, yet flexible. The round brushes have an excellent point and allow you to create beautiful, flowing lines. The shaders and wash brushes all perform beautifully. The durability, quality and price make these brushes an excellent choice for any watercolor artist. An added bonus is that the brushes are very beautiful with a gold ferrule, and gold print on a red handle.
Siberia 7050 holds liquid, like watercolor exceptionally well and springs back into shape beautifully. It is perfect for the layered washes and details in my naturalist paintings.
Wonderful brushes, great spring to them. Love the Select Lunar Blenders for painting fur.
Princeton’s Natural Kolinsky Sable Long Handle brushes are the only brush I trust for my most important oil paintings. The natural hair maintains a tight and consistent point which allows me to execute details at the highest possible level. No other brush makes the process of painting as easy and enjoyable.