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Palette Knife oils (Read 2560 times)
Reply #3 - Jan 30th, 2005 at 4:55am

SeriG   Offline
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  Keeping the knife vertical throughout the painting, parallel strokes side by side, creates a kinetic effect which adds optical complexity to your subject matter, as in say, a garden or overgrown plant themed scenario...

  Consistency of knife stroke, is the same theoretically as brush strokes- think Van Gogh's fields- colours are delineated with each pat, not spread in flat areas (knives are great to curb the instinct to draw lines and then fill them in with colours)...
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Reply #2 - Mar 8th, 2004 at 7:19am

Bob_Abrahams   Offline
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The tools I use include bristle brushes, soft  brushes, even an old distorted  1" hardware brush, a range of knives, sticks, wiping cloth, wire, and fingers.

In my opinion the use of painting tools is not a formal process that can be learned from others.  We artists learn by doing, eg trial and error. That is what makes it such fun 

Please have a look at the texture in the recent painting on this site


Warm regards &&Bob &&Australia
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Reply #1 - Jan 29th, 2004 at 4:53pm

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Use a 2.5 trowle shaped rounded point knife. It will do everything.
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Jan 28th, 2004 at 8:57pm

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I am not here to display my work (such as it is) but ask for help. Are they some guidelines as to the styles of stroke a palette knife can make on canvas? I have several knives but other than trial an error, I still wonder if they each have a certain effect when used.

I study Howard Behrens work and he must use certain knives for certain effects, but which?
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