Painting Knife Techniques

If you’ve ever spread frosting on a cake, you have an idea of the textural possibilities when using a painting knife to create an oil painting. Deborah-Quinn Munson explains how you can achieve a variety of effects, from the sweeping strokes to refined details.

Tip file: DIY palettes

From Karolle Grondin, in the November 1999 issue of The Artist’s Magazine: Old, yellow photo album pages make great acrylic palettes. The pages are light and easily transportable for outdoor painting. You can also spray them with water and scrape dry paint off with a palette knife. You may also like these articles: