Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Applying oil paint thickly and liberally so that it stands out from the painting surface and maintains the mark of the brush is called impasto. The paint can be applied with a brush or palette knife. The paint should have a buttery consistency and is usually used without medium. If using a brush, the bristle brush will work best because it holds more paint much as the palette knife will. Applying paint in this manner makes it more light reflective and makes a pleasing, tactile surface.

The impasto method is often used by plein air painters. It allows you to cover the canvas more quickly and allows the painter to easily produce an impressionistic, more"painterly" painting.
Knife painting is a versatile and expressive way to create a richly textured surface.

At first, painting with a knife is a bit trickier than painting with a brush but with a little practice you will get the hang of it.

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