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Not quite a brush. Not quite a palette knife. Princeton Catalyst Blades and Mini-Blades are crafted from flexible silicone to give artists exciting new tools for expression. Mounted on artist brush handles, they offer a unique blend of tradition and innovation.
Designed for use with heavy body paints, Catalyst Blades are at home with oils, acrylics, and water mixable oils. Because they're heat-resistant, they excel with encaustics. Artists are using them with plaster, clay, and even frosting. Made of FDA-approved silicone, they're great for food crafting.
Cleanup is a breeze with Catalyst Blades and Mini-Blades — in most cases it can be done with mild soap and water. The solvent-resistant silicone is simple to wipe clean, and dried paint can easily be peeled off their surfaces. Dishwasher safe, they can be separated from their handles for cleaning and replaced when dry.
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Great quality, nice tool for acrylic painting
from Ponte Vedra, FL
Comments about Princeton Catalyst Wedges and Blades:
I bought this after taking Flora Bowley's Intuitive Painting course.. it was on her list of suggested materials, and I am very happy with it. The one I purchased is very sturdy, with a long handle, with a firm tip. A good purchase, in my opinion!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I use these all the time...They are perfect! That clean up great, too!!!!
Works Great for Me
sturdy handles, blade is attached very well, the handle is easy to manipulate and has a finish that is smooth enough to be cleaned easily with soap and water after use. I used it to scrape texture paste and Gesso with good results
from Durham, CT
These are fabulous for loading paint, mixing and creating textures. Very versatile for mixed media and acrylic painting. I believe they would be just as nice with oils but haven't used them that way yet. I have recommended them to friends already. They are so great that I have ordered more types and styles - LOVE
Love the Blades!
By Cee Black
from Endicott, NY
I use these blades with my acrylic paints. They're flexible and you can make all kinds of marks with them. Very durable, easy to clean, love them!
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Princeton Catalyst Blades
from Sydney, Australia
Love these blades. Nice long, weighty handles makes applying, scrapping or mixing paint a breeze. Very well constructed with a sturdiness much needed when using impasto paint. Moves the paint easily on the canvas and glides beautifully. I have no hesitation in recommending this product to any artist especially abstract artists for an alternative method of paint application.Final comment - Love these blades
from Pahoa, HI
These are fun to paint with to get interesting marks and lines on the canvas. You do need a good amount of paint on the blade in order for the marks to take. The blades with the fringe-like end takes a little extra effort to get the paint off but definitely worth the marks it makes.
Nice niche product
By Mud Spinner
from Manassas, VA
I bought the Shape 5 to use with both clay and acrylic paint, and it is great for both mediums. I use it on wet clay to provide interesting texture and shaping while the clay is still on the wheel. Once the clay has been glaze fired, I use the brush to get specialized detail effects with acrylic paint. I have only used it for a couple of weeks on a few pieces, so I can't comment on how well it holds up, but it seems well made and I haven't noticed any deterioration so far. It is very easy to clean. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it really is a niche tool, not what most people would use on every piece. Still, when you need a particular effect, it is very handy to have. It's not really a "must-have" in your tool set, but the better your imagination, the more you will use it.
Mini Paint Blades
I prefer it more than my pallete knife. It is easier to clean and is diverse in its uses.
Needs Attention To Detail
from San Anselmo, CA
I originally purchased several Catalyst wedges and found them to be wonderfully versatile. I have used them from everything from Gelli prints to impasto acrylic canvas paintings. I decided to purchase the entire collection of Catalyst tools from Blick, an amazing value at just over $200. As I was processing the unpacking of 38 tools, adhesive stickers became a big issue. On the Catalyst tools with a wood handle all of the SKU stickers (from Princton not Blick) left a tactile sticky adhesive residue on the wood handle. This is an issue with many paint brushes I've purched in the past, so I have a can of "Goof Off" handy to remove adhesive residue. The stuff left on the Catalyst wood was VERY difficult to remove, even with the adhesive remover. Removing the adhesive involved removing some of the light varnish that the tools are finished with. With that many tools to clean, it became a lengthy, scummy job, that permanently marred the finish of several of the tools. The wedges are pliable and rubberery, and were unaffected. The problem is only with the blades and mini-blades. It's still an amazing tool set for the price, but be prepared for a sticky mess with the wood products.
Artist Jenny Learner shows how fast and simple it is to make beautiful encaustic monoprints when using Catalyst Blades and Wedges to create designs.
Painting tools can be beautiful as well as functional. Artist Lisa Schmitz explains why Catalyst Blades and Wedges inspire her to dig deeper during her creative process.
Artist and instructor Andrea Horyn explains how she uses a wide variety of Catalyst Blades and Wedges for her own work as well as teaching young students how to work with them. Because these tools are made from rubber, they are safe for everyone to use - and they clean up easily.
Artist Jenny Learner shares an ancient batik technique she applies using Catalyst Blades and Wedges and encaustic materials. These versatile artist tools can be used with a wide variety of media and applications.
Artists Baila Miller and Jean Nerenberg talk about the various ways they use Catalyst Blades and Wedges in their paintings. These unique tools have allowed them to discover new ways of applying paint which has shaped their painting technique and imagery.
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