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Like frosting: Explore palette knife painting

January 14th, 2022

Sometimes we can get in creative ruts. It’s good to mix up techniques and try new things. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, we’re all about opening minds to all forms of creativity whether you are an artist or not. For example, if you paint with traditional brushes, try palette knife painting to stir up new creative juices. A palette knife is a metal knife (not sharp at all) with a wooden handle. Famous palette knife painters include Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, and even TV’s own Bob Russ. Whether you prefer acrylics or oils, they will work equally well with a palette knife. What’s so fun about palette knife painting is the textures and ways you can literally create dimension depending upon how much paint you load on the knife. You can truly lay it on thick! But be sure to work up to those layers though. If you apply too much paint, the paint can crack, peel, or even fall off. Many landscape and seascape painters love this medium. Want to know more?