Using Catalyst Contours & Mini Blades

By Nicole Tinkham

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We recently posted a picture of these Catalyst contours and mini-blades on our Facebook page to promote the new display in Keeton’s. As we mentioned, they can be used for many things such as painting, printmaking, ceramics and even food decorating! All of that sounds quite amazing, right? In this post, we’re going to look a little deeper and discover how these decorative tools can be used.

What they are

These nylon and silicone tools are heat-resistant, dishwasher safe, and food-safe (approved by the FDA). They are not only great for creating texture in your artwork (ceramics, heavy-body acrylics, printmaking, etc.) but are also handy for cake decorating and food crafting. Contours come in a variety of series, all with different shapes and mini-blades come in 6 different shapes.

Contours

SERIES 20

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SERIES 60

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SERIES 80

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Blades

FLAT

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SCRAPER

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DETAILER

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ANGLE

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ROUND

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LONG

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Uses

One thing we love about contours and mini-blades is the variety of uses they have!

CERAMICS
With an ergonomic design, contours and blades provide a solid grip. This allows the right amount of pressure to be applied when working with ceramics.

ENCAUSTICS
With a heat resistance of 450°F, these tools can be used with encaustics, or hot wax painting (learn more about encaustics here). The blades and wedges are perfect for blending encaustics on your hot plate as well as creating textures in your final piece.

ACRYLICS & MEDIUMS
Working with acrylics and mediums provides the perfect opportunity to play with your contours and blades! They can be used to mix paints and mediums but creating textures is where these tools become really handy.  Just lay down a thick layer of paint or medium and get creative!

FLUID ACRYLICS
You don’t necessarily have to use a thick acrylic. Catalyst wedges and blades can be used with fluid acrylics as well. With a variety of shapes, you can create a variety of different markings.

MONOPRINTING
Contours and blades take monoprinting to a new level. With a wide variety of shapes and sizes, the texture possibilities are endless. The tools can be easily cleaned, allowing you to quickly make positive and negative marks with little interruption.

FOOD DECORATING
Whether it’s creating a decorative design on a plate of food or cake decorating, contours and blades bring creativity into the kitchen. With a heat resistance of up to 450°F, these tools are safe to use with hot temperature foods.

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