A painting knife is usually made from metal with a wooden handle. It has a large crank or a bend in the handle which helps to keep your knuckles out of the wet paint you have just applied. Painting knives come in various shapes- pear, diamond, trowel- and are used for painting instead of a brush.
Painting with a knife produces quite a different result to a brush. They are excellent for producing textured impasto work and sweeping areas of colour.
Of course, you can use a painting knife for mixing paint on your palette. It can be used with any paint that has got a relatively stiff consistency. If using acrylics you can add texture paste to thicken paint, such as our Golden Moulding Paste or Raphael Structure Gel.
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