2 Us­ing pal­ette knives

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Pal­ette knives aren’t just for mix­ing paint. In fact, you’ll see some knives mar­keted as ‘paint­ing knives’. Re­ally, just use what­ever gets the job done. I’ve used large, plas­tic putty trow­els for cre­at­ing rocky tex­tures in some larger paint­ings.

A gen­er­ous amount of paint ap­plied del­i­cately with a knife. Thick paint ap­plied with a knife by press­ing straight down and lift­ing straight up. Paint scraped across the can­vas. No­tice how it de­scribes the tex­ture un­der­neath. In this de­tail from a Bouguereau paint­ing, you can see how he cre­ated a rocky dirt ef­fect by knif­ing on paint.

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