In my world, it is the men who collect knives. Pocket knifes especially. My husband, along with his brother and father, belongs to a world of outdoor lovers who find knives the greatest tool to have along side you. I was never one to fully be able to appreciate the knife and all it's wonder, but I have converted! Now, a knife is just the tool I've picked to be my trusty sidekick.
I use a palette knife when painting my artwork. No brushes are involved. Just paint and a piece of plastic very similar to a spackle knife. This is not an unheard of technique, but I would say that it is somewhat uncommon. There are several reasons I have decided to go this route with my paintings.
Reason No. 1. TEXTURE - When using a palette knife instead of brushes you tend to get amazing texture. A textured style can be achieved by using brushes....but it is pretty much guaranteed when using a knife. After trying one painting with this technique, I was hooked.
Reason No. 2. SPEED - With different options in palette knife shape and size, I am able to fill a canvas with paint in no time flat. As far as instant gratification goes....nothing beats a knife.
Reason No. 3. CLEAN UP - Have you ever cleaned paint brushes? Kill me now. I hate it. You know how you clean a palette knife? Wipe it off with a paper towel. Done.
Reason No. 4. DETAIL - As I've already mentioned, I dislike paintings that take too long to finish and it's usually the details that take the longest. When using a knife, those details are almost impossible to achieve because you are only working with flat, angled tools. What a great excuse to not include them!
Reason No. 5. INTIMIDATION - Because details are not as important and texture is high, I believe palette knife painting offers a less intimidating approach for new painters. It was wonderful for me when I was only starting out....and it could be for you too. I suggest this fun technique to anyone interested in painting.
Have you ever painted with a palette knife? I would love to hear your experiences. I also challenge my readers to try this fun process if they have not in the past. And please share the outcome!