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Catalyst Tools on Ampersand Panels

Jenny Lerner


Princeton Brush has innovation and customer service at the top of the list.  They are continually reaching to improve tools that artists can use, hence the Catalyst tools came along.

“The Catalyst design team realized a need for both tools and brushes that worked especially well with heavy paint.  We wanted to give artists tools that answered this problem in a durable, yet elegant, way,” explains Virgina Cofer, Catalyst Production Manager.

The Catalyst tools do just that.  They are a FDA approved silicone shaped and molded in 6 different tips, sequential sizes and wedges in each.  Since they are heat resistent up to 450 degrees, they work very well with encaustic and won’t scratch hot palettes.  And, since they are silicone, they work quite well with acrylic, allowing the artist to leave the paint to dry on the tip before peeling off and tossing.  No need to wash.

Rebecca Crowell


Since many of the Ampersand panels work beautifully with innovative techniques, mixed media and heavy bodied paints, these tools are a perfect choice.  Encausticbord especially is structured for mixed media application and hot wax, so the blades and wedges can move easily on their surface.  And since panels hold the weight of gels and mediums unlike canvas or paper, Catalyst tools can be used to pile on the paint.  The pairing of Ampersand panels and Catalyst tools is a perfect match.

Rebecca Crowell


Even though the tools were designed to be used with any type of heavy medium in mind, they can be used with anything — even cooking and cake decorating if you’re so inclined.  To see some innovative techniques with the unusual tools, peek at the Catalyst YouTube channel.

Janice Mason Steeves


To see the Catalyst blades and wedges in person, you can purchase via Dick Blick, Utrecht, Cheap Joes and Sax Art Supplies as well as many local art supply stores.  You can also learn more about each shape from the Princeton Brush website.

Ampersand’s Warmest,
Andrea Pramuk
Marketing Director
Ampersand Art Supply

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