Palette knife

DEFINITION

A knife with a spatulate flexible blade, for applying or scraping off a plastic material. There are a variety of types, but the most common are pictured below. The first two on the left have "straight" handles, and the rest have "offset" handles.Painters use palette knives for mixing, applying, and cleaning up paints, especially on their palettes, but sculptors find many uses for them too.Examples of paintings in which paint was applied largely with palette knives: Paul C?zanne (French, 1839-1906), Portrait of the Artist&#39;s Father, c. 1866, oil on canvas, 78 1/8 x 47 inches (198.5 x 119.3 cm), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Also see Post-Impressionism.Natalya S. Goncharova (Russian, 1881-1962), Green Forest, 1912, oil on canvas. See Rayonism.Mikhail Larionov (French, born Russia, 1881-1964), Rayonist Composition: Domination of Red, 1912-13, dated on painting 1911, oil on canvas, 20 3/4 x 28 1/2 inches (52.7 x 72.4 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY.Other sites concerned with palette knives: "Chalkboard" on color theory, painting materials and techniques. Here is information on stretching canvas, preparing grounds, brushes, palette knives, palettes, drawing, colors, types of paint and how to control them. Chalkboard is produced by Ralph Larmann, an art faculty member at the University of Evansville. Also see impasto.<br><br>A knife with a spatulate flexible blade, for applying or scraping off a plastic material. There are a variety of types, but the most common are pictured below. The first two on the left have "straight" handles, and the rest have "offset" handles.Painters use palette knives for mixing, applying, and cleaning up paints, especially on their palettes, but sculptors find many uses for them too.

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