Painting and Palette Knives
Palette knives:- have a solid blade from handle to tip and the tang/tongue (insert) should extend completely through the handle. The blade is usually forged steel, flexible and blunt. The handle is made of hardwood and the blade is
usually straight. They are designed to be used for mixing paint and cleaning paint from the palette.
traditionally have a narrow cranked arm to the blade as shown in the examples left, this allows them to be flexible, light in weight and helps to keep the knuckles of the hand, out of the paint when in use. There are others that have a straight solid blade; these generally have an angled square end to the blade.
The edges of the blade should not be too sharp, a blunt, smooth edge is often the easiest to work with, if it appears too sharp, dull/blunt it by rubbing on fine 'wet and dry' emery paper. A sharp edge can damage the primed surface of the
canvas and even cut into the fabric.
As shown left, more than one colour can be added to the knife, this can be especially useful where large sweeps of are
colour are needed - an expanse of flat water for instance or the side of a building. Practice different ways of loading the knife and different actions when applying the paint. Try and develop a light touch when applying the paint, too much pressure and the paint will be removed as fast as you try to apply it.
Using a painting knife you are building up layers of paint; make sure your building stands the test of time.
All manner of other useful types of blades can be tried, a wide selection
can be found in the 'clay modelling' section of an art shop, from spatulas to wire tools. Try experimenting with household tools you have on hand, the main thing to remember is that the edge of the blade needs to
be blunt, otherwise there is the risk of cutting the canvas. Have fun and enjoy.
AWARDS | BRUSH CLEANING
| BRUSHES for oils | COLOUR
| COLOUR MIXING |