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Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Brushes are another Princeton breakthrough that advances the science of synthetic hair.
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 two to three distinct tips, Polytip bristles are able to hold a higher volume of paint while providing smoother application.
These brushes are super stiff yet still extremely responsive. Designed for use with medium to heavy body acrylics (as well as oil paints), Catalyst Brushes push even heavy gel mediums with assurance. And unlike natural hog bristle, which can be rendered useless when water-soaked, Catalyst Brushes have real integrity in water.
Set of 4 — A Blick Exclusive!
This set of four essential brushes includes a Size 4 Bright, Size 10 Flat, Size 8 Filbert, and Size 2 Round.
Brush sizes — The length and width of a brush of a given shape and size may vary by manufacturer as brush sizes are not standardized. Since fine art brushes are handmade, expect some variation even among brushes from within a single brush line.
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I have tried a LOT of brushes!
from Lincoln, CA
Comments about Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Brushes Series 6400:
(oils) love this brush. lots of load and just the right snap. Wow this is a great brush #10 bright. I will be ordering more of these.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great for water soluble oils
from Media, PA
Comments about Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Flat:
One of my faves for water soluble oils. Flats hold a lot of paint; short handle riggers are nice for detail & signing.
The chisel edge holds its shape!
from Seattle, WA
As a cityscape painter in oils, I often have the need for a nice crisp square edge on a stroke, as fussing with the edge of a stroke ruins the effect. I've searched for the right brush to facilitate that. So many other brushes easily lose their chisel edge, but the Catalyst flats have held theirs. I found my brush! Thank you Princeton!Also, although I haven't tried them yet, I think the short handled brushes are going to be perfect for plein air.
from New York
Great springiness and snap with both oil and water. The only brushes I've used that work well with water-miscible oils.
The best Acrylic brush I've used
from Milton FL
I have been painting using acrylics for many years and usually use a bristle brush, wear it out and buy another once they lose the springiness... however, these cost a little more, BUT, they hold the springiness... they also hold a good amount of paint. I'm buying more! My brushwork now responds to what my brain is thinking and wanting to do...
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VERY GOOD OIL BRUSH
from Chesapeake VA
I have bought lots and lots of brushes over the years - so I have some insight into different oil brushes. When these CATALYST first came out I bought a couple to experiment with. After using them I found that I liked these for their firmness, as well as being a lower cost alternative to my higher priced brushes. I found them to be good to work with and have enjoyed using them. So, I ordered several more. However, I can't say that I would recommend these for any long-term scumbling techniques. I used the angle shader for scumbling in 2 paintings and the brush began to lose its shape. But, considering the price of these, I don't feel that its a problem since I only tend to scumble with 1-2 brushes out of 12. A fair value.
These brushes are surprisingly firm but flexible. They are great for detail as well as blending in larger size. I'm using them with interactive acrylic and they clean easily and I feel will be durable. I'm particularly liking the size 8 filbert for small blending areas and the short handled round size 2 for detail.
One of my favorites
By Plein air painter
from Seattle, wa
Excellent fimness. Holds up well to water. I use watersoluable oil paint which altho i use medium not water in painting, the brushes i do rinse between colors and they stay nice and firm.
Princeton Catalyst Brushes
from St. Augustine, FL.
I ordered these brushes by a fellow artist's recommendation, and I was pleasantly surprised go the quality of the brushes, ferrules and handle. I just used them for the first time and I like them a lot.
Nice and firm
Solid quality brushes without breaking the bank. They have excellent springy-ness and are the most firm I've found with a synthetic brush, while still being very soft and not coarse like natural bristle.
See why the Catalyst Polytip Bristle brushes are a favorite of equestrian artist Thomas Allen Pauly.
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