How to Paint with a Palette Knife

by Marion Boddy-Evans

CHOOSING A KNIFE

How to Paint with a Palette Knife
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Painting with a knife is a bit like putting butter or jam on bread and it produces quite a different result to a brush. Painting knives are excellent for producing a range of effects, from textured impasto work to sweeping areas of flat color, even tiny shapes of color.

A painting knife and a palette knife are very similar and many people use the terms interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two knives.

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