Experience the Softer Side with Black Swan Brushes

The Animal-Friendly Alternative to Red Sable Brushes

If you're looking for an animal-safe, synthetic brush that offers the same results as red sable fur, Black Swan Red Sable Synthetic Brushes are soft and resilient brushes that can be used with all wet media!

Created with finer synthetic filaments and stiffer filaments that are placed along the bottom of the brush to give it body, power and resiliency, the brush is strong and durable. Each brush features luscious, striking black synthetic bristles, seamless nickel-plated ferrules and durable matte-black wooden handles. The tip of each brush is dipped in high gloss black paint to make them easily recognizable among other brushes and highly iconic. 

Black Swan brushes stand above other synthetic oil and acrylic brushes because they can also be used in the effortless application of watercolors. See below how they offer solid, uniform delivery in all mediums.

Black Swan brushes also are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles like:

  • Angular (Sizes 4-14)
  • Fan (Sizes 2-8)
  • Filbert (Sizes 0-22)
  • Flat (Sizes 0-22)
  • Round (Sizes 0-20)

(Starting Left: Angular, Fan, Filbert, Flat and Round)

 Black Swan brushes are also available in 5 convenient sets including the Black Swan Brush Long Handle Set of 15 brushes!

You will see the real benefit of Black Swan brushes when you paint. They are perfect for glazing and creating the most minimal brush strokes. They are also superior in their blending capability and will provide fine detail work in each of your paintings. They are also excellent for portraiture and the fine details of trompe l'oeil which uses realistic imagery to create depicted objects that appear to exist in three dimensions. 

Black Swan Brushes in Action

So if you find yourself in need of an animal-friendly, cruelty free synthetic brush that can be used in all paint media that will deliver exceptional results every time, look no further than Black Swan Synthetic Brushes: Soft, resilient, sable-like synthetic hair brushes!


Still Plenty of Time to Enter our 2015 Self Portrait Contest

Enter Now!

Last year we had over eleven hundred of people enter our Annual Self Portrait Contest with hundreds of great entries and 33 happy winners who walked away with a combined $4000 in prizes, the 1st place winner winning a $2,000 eGift card. We've had hundreds of entries so far this year and there is still plenty of time to enter your own self portrait!

So, up until April 5th, you can enter your own self portrait submission on our Jerry's Artarama Contest Entry Page. Our rules for the contest are simple: pick any wet or dry media (acrylics, oils, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, you choose!), then paint or draw a picture of yourself and submit it to our Contest Entry Page. You can use any media as long as it is you!. Each contestant may submit one portrait apiece and the winners will be chosen from there. Voting will begin on April 6th and 30 finalists will be chosen by a community popular vote from our fans. 30 additional finalists will be chosen by a jury of artists.

All 60 finalists then will then be reviewed by a separate jury of professional artists who will decide the winners for First Place, Second Place, Third Place and 30 Honorable Mentions.

Last Year's First Place Winner

Outside Looking In by Daniel Vangeli 

All 33 Winners will be announced May 4th, 2015!

Contest Details

So enter today for your chance to win! For the full contest rules and details, check out our contest page. If you're looking for tips on how to create your own self portrait, check out this article: Tips for Drawing Self-Portraits


Please Do Touch -New Exhibit Allows the Blind to Touch Famous Pieces of Art

Madrid's Prado Museum Introduces Unique Art Exhibition for the Blind

Guests feel a textured version of Velazquez's "The Triumph of Baccus" (image courtesy of Museo Nacional Del Prado)

The Museo Nacional Del Prado (Madrid, Spain) opened its first exhibit for the sight impaired recently which allows people to touch recreated famous classical masterpieces. For the visually impaired, this is one of the first exhibits of its kind to cater to the audience with the intention of allowing all people sighted and non-sighted to experience famous paintings. It also might be one of the first exhibits where "touching the art" is actually encouraged in a fine art museum!

The exhibit, titled "Hoy Toca el Prado" opened January 20th and features famous works such as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and El Greco's El caballero de la mano en el pecho. However, you wont find any originals in this exhibit, all paintings have been recreated with special textures so that people can now feel how the paintings look. Each painting has been "enhanced" using sophisticated 3D printing techniques to give certain fabrics, skins, hairs and other elements unique and identifiable textures.  

No bullet proof glass here. Touch this version of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa all you want! (image courtesy of Museo Nacional Del Prado)

So far, the exhibit has received positive revues with sight impaired patrons excited that the exhibition is catering to them and allowing them to experience art in a new and accessible way. "Hoy Toca el Prado" also features audioguides and texts in braille for its informational materials.

And while the exhibit should appeal to the museum's sighted guests with its own unique merits, the museum is also offering opaque glasses so that everyone can experience the exhibit on a level footing. 

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