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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.
Blick Exclusive! Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Brushes, Set of 4
This set of four essential brushes includes a Size 4 Bright, Size 10 Flat, Size 8 Filbert, and Size 2 Round, all with long handles. Super stiff yet extremely responsive, Catalyst synthetic brush hairs have flags that replicate the finest natural bristle. Intended for heavy body acrylics and oil paints, Catalyst brushes also have real integrity in water.
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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Good quality brushes
By All Ears
Comments about Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Bright:
Great for acrylic painting.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Big and fat brushes are great, tiny are not stiff enough
from Milton FL
Comments about Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Brushes Series 6400:
I had bought a set of these which were larger, and they were nice and stiff... perfect for acrylic; so I decided to try the smaller, detail brushes... well, they are okay for watercolor or fluid inks / acrylics but do not hold enough paint or are as springy as a bristle brush... so I'm staying with these for the big brush strokes, but it's back to bristles for the #2's and smaller...
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All detail work done with the "1" and much water; larger strokes with the #8 (great)
Th Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Fan Brush
from Miami, FLorida
Comments about Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Fan:
I use a lot of fan brushes in my work and this has got to be the best I've use thus far.
The Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Brushes
Nice accurate study brushes. Great on details
The Princeton Catalyst Bristle Angular Brush
Comments about Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Angular Brushes:
Nice accurate brush. Great!
I have tried a LOT of brushes!
from Lincoln, CA
(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.
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
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...
See why the Catalyst Polytip Bristle brushes are a favorite of equestrian artist Thomas Allen Pauly.
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