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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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Princeton Catalyst Blades
from Sydney, Australia
Comments about Princeton Catalyst Wedges and Blades:
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
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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.
I would buy this product again
from Lisbon ny
Products are very nice and the price is real good also
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
from Paterson NJ
In Memoriam.Rest in peace you unholy child, you hybrid of a proper brush and a spatula.I loved your cheery orange color and the warmth of your wooden shaft in my hand. Oh, the cheeky way your ferrell convoluted! The joyful script that emblazoned you!Catalyst! Yes! Catalyst!You were a brush capable of making change.I love how you used to dance across the canvas.Even the gloopiest of acrylics couldn't hold you down.And how you cleaned up! I knew that it was ok if I forgot to wash you. That paint or medium, it would all just peel off. You were a brush that lived for today!To have you days number so few is sad.Alas, you were made of rubber.And as such irresistible to the gaping maw that is my nibbling bunny rabbit.Rest in peace, my brush, my friend.
Swapping my palette knife for Catalyst
from Merrimack, NH
I recently purchased a set of the Catalyst Blades in assorted sizes. I was interested to see if these tools could replace my palette knife that I use to apply my oil paints. Although the products are well made and fun to use, I determined that my palette knife allows me much more control of the paint as I need for my work. I'm always interested in trying new ways to apply the pigment and who knows I may find another use for the Catalyst Blades.
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Autumn Afternoon Oil on Canvas
Merchant response: Thank you for sharing your feedback! If you ever want to talk about tools that might work well for your painting, please feel welcome to contact our Product Experts at 1-800-933-2542. We are available M-F from 8:00am to 5:30pmCST.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Changed the way i paint!
By Neap Turpintine the oiley mess
from the bowels of the underworld (aka NJ)
I have recently gotten into oil painting (7 months into it) and have painted in acrylic for a few years too, I got the smallest orange one for acrylics, it worked as advertised and adds texture, now the white and grey one are the ones that have made the biggest difference to me because I have a hard time getting oil paint on the canvas fast enough and these helped me to do exactly that. It paints like a brush and spreads and cleans off like a palate knife just like everyone else has said. By far, one of the best things to ever be put in a painters hands and makes for quick work of filling in space as it can glide without having to be over saturated like a brush, it also works the paint into the canvas texture giving a transparent paint a wonderful look. Just writing this has made me want to pick my paints up again and use my catalyst blades and polytips (also a great tool). I can not wait to use them with liquin impasto medium since I have only used them with regular liquin to great effect.
Better than pallete knives
from Los Angeles
Man, I just love these. I've bought five more since my first review. One thing I should have mentioned before: I think these are actually much too thick in cross section, and should be thinner and more flexible. However you can easily modify them by flaking away at them with a razor blade as if chipping a stone arrowhead, then shaping them further with rough sandaper. The sandpaper makes their surface more absorbant and thus better at holding more fluid paint.
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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