After exploring many different kinds of painting techniques, mediums, and tools, I have fallen in love with one in particular. Palette Knifing is one painting technique that is quick, efficient, and creative. It creates an entirely different piece of artwork that is truly original.
Palette knifing is a technique used to apply paint to a surface using a blade of an artist's knife. It can be made out of either plastic, wood, or metal. The most common type of palette knife, and the one that I like the best, is the metal palette knife.
Different paints are used when using the palette knife as a tool. A major preference is basic acrylic paint because it can easily be built up and the texture is unique. The texture it mainly why artists choose to palette knife instead of traditionally paint. Oil paints have also been used to in the palette knife process, but not to gather the texture that acrylic paint possesses.
Many famous artists such as Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock use the palette knife technique in all of their paintings. It gives their paintings more depth and emotion, and gives them free range of creativity.
The palette knife process is quick yet attention to detail is highly critical. People are often curious about this technique because the tool is mainly used to mixing paints, and not actually creating a painting.
Although palette knifing seems a bit archaic, it is responsible for many famous and successful paintings throughout history.
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