Painting with Princeton Catalyst Blades and Wedges

(♪♪♪) JEAN:
I’m Jean Nerenberg. BAILA:
I’m Baila Miller, and a long term friend of
40 years, with Jean. JEAN:
And we share a studio. We’ve been sharing
a studio for nine years. (♪♪♪) JEAN:
These are the tools that
I have been using up until the time that we discovered
the new Princeton tools, and I liked this one at the time
because it did provide me with some very
wide lines and thin lines, it had a variety,
but it’s very stiff, it’s not flexible,
and it’s also very wide, so I was not able to
get into small areas with it, and somewhat the same
could have been said for this one which is
made out of metal. The spacing is quite
different on this one, and the grooves are different,
so I was not 100% satisfied with either one of
these tools, and I was delighted when
I found the new ones. BAILA:
I got especially excited
about the wedges, because they are
very flexible, you can work
in small spaces, they’re wonderful
for travelling, I had just returned from a trip
where I brought them with me and was able to use them, and they make great lines, which is something
I’ve always struggled with. I guess if I was
shopping in a store and saw these tools I would start to think about
what can I do with them, and what new possibilities
do they create for me. So I created a set of
demo boards using systematically
each tool in turn to see what the various
shapes look like. I think that basically
they’ve added to the variety of marks
I’m able to make, and given me some new ideas
on the kinds of marks I might want to think about
making in the future. (♪♪♪) JEAN:
The flexibility of
these tools is wonderful. I often use them
holding my hand at the base so I have
a lot more movement with them, and rhythm, and I like that. Did not have that with
the previous ones. I also like the fact that
these tools come in a variety of sizes and they’re colour coded so I can work into
very small areas when I want to, and I wasn’t able
to do that before, and I also like them
because when they’re so flexible I don’t have to just
use them one way, I can turn them
on their sides, I find that I can twist them
and create a number of concentric circles with them, and that is also
very appealing to me. BAILA:
And I find that I can do
similar things. I tend to be more partial
to the wedges, but find I’m using them
way similar in terms of turning them,
hitting them flat and making unusual ridges
on the paper in the paint, and dipping them
into the paint directly and feeling
a lot of control as I then work
the paint on the canvas. Sometimes we’ll pour it
on the canvas itself and then use
the wedges or tools to create shapes
and to move things around. I also have discovered
that when I have texture, especially resin type textures
on a canvas, the tool of the wedge is
a wonderful way of bringing out the highlights
on the top of it because I can adjust
the heaviness of my hand, and then create, control the amount of colour
I’m adding as an accent. (♪♪♪) JEAN:
I find that Baila
gives me lots of advice and when
I show her a piece she will often say
“Well that isn’t working right,” and I do the same
with Baila, and we listen to each other,
so it’s very symbiotic. BAILA:
I would agree. (laughing) (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast


  • boscorner

    What a cute couple of friends! Anyway this tools look really nice to use


    I would have preferred to see way more painting with these ladies and way less standing there talking about the product. I can't say I learned anything :(.

  • Sh Ng

    Thanks for this demo, it is very helpful.


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