Have you ever seen a professional paint with a palette knife? If so, you probably have seen how the harsh edge of the paint provides a nice texture and something different from what the traditional brush is going to give you. This is a great tool to experiment with and might be something that you want to take advantage of. Of course, you need to understand a few specifics based around the palette knife and how best to use it. With these tips, you are able learn the basics of the painting process and move on from there.
first, you want to make sure to obtain a variety of sizes and shapes of palette knifes. These different sizes and shapes are going to give you the ability to produce different looks and effects. When you use a long place, it allows you to quickly and easily apply longer sweeps of color, while the shorter blades give off more of an angle when you paint. A rounder blade is going to prevent you from ever cutting a hole into the canvas, and it is also going to give you a smoother look than what a flat edge knife is able to provide you. Just make sure, when you are shopping around for a particular painting palette knife, you want one that has a flexible blade that has a nice spring to it. You do not want one that is extremely stiff as this is just going to increase the chances of you puncturing the canvas. However, a floppy blade that does not have any spring to it is going to reduce the amount of control that you have.
When you are ready, scoop up paint onto the palette knife like you might if you were scooping out peanut butter with a knife. When you apply the paint to the canvas, it is rather straight forward as you are basically spreading the paint on the canvas just like you might spread jelly onto a piece of bread. When using the knife though, you want to hold it properly in order to ensure you have the most control over it. While you are spreading it across the canvas like you might jelly, you still need very specific control. To do this, you want to hold the handle firmly and your index finger traces along the knife so the tip of the finger rests right at the base of where the blade reaches the handle (as if you are cutting into a stick of butter with a knife). The feeling is a bit different from holding a paint brush, but you are going to quickly become use to how you hold it. You can alter the angle of the knife on the canvas, which is going to alter the amount of paint you smear onto the canvas. You can also go over the paint on the canvas with the palette knife in order to scrape off some of the paint you want to remove.