Definition of palette knife in English:

palette knife


  • 1A thin steel blade with a handle for mixing colours or applying or removing paint.

    • ‘The beauty of oil paint is that you can wipe it off, scrape it off with a palette knife or paint over it.’
    • ‘With a palette knife or spoon, he applied thick coats of warm enduit, a sturdy plaster mixed with glue used for wall repairs that dries to a high-gloss finish.’
    • ‘If you want, you can use a palette knife, sponge or brush strokes to add texture to your background.’
    • ‘Turn them over with a palette knife and colour the other side.’
    • ‘Other bits of canvas build up the surface, creating a substructure for the artist's play with her palette knife and sculptor's tools, which mold color into an insistent material presence.’
    • ‘She paints these scenes exclusively with a palette knife.’
    • ‘The larger one held tubes of dried-up oil paints, a palette knife, some stiff brushes.’
    • ‘A layer of flake white applied with a palette knife creates shapes with raised edges, giving the paintings a collaged appearance.’
    • ‘In one work, thick dabs of red, yellow, blue, white and yellow-green oil paint applied with a palette knife cover the 10-foot-wide canvas.’
    • ‘He set to work at once without waiting for the brushes, palette knife and paints he had sent for from home.’
    • ‘In some cases, the artist may scratch or splatter paint, add crayon or brush strokes or apply additional paint with a palette knife.’
    • ‘Courbet's broadly handled paint surfaces, often applied with a palette knife, emphasised the uniqueness of his pictorial vision.’
    • ‘The salient features defining his creative contours are the cascading planes of colours and the broad brick strokes applied with a palette knife.’
    • ‘In keeping with her family's long tradition of Dutch Impressionists, she manipulates thick layers of paint with a palette knife to form rich color and texture on the canvas.’
    • ‘Favoring the palette knife over the brush, the artist applies and scrapes away paint on his modestly sized canvases with an intensity that borders on the obsessive.’
    • ‘Often applying oil paint with a palette knife, Scott fills his canvases with irregular squares and rectangles in a rainbow of contrasting hues.’
  • 2British A kitchen knife or spatula with a long, flexible round-ended blade.

    • ‘Squash the mixture down with a palette knife and cook till the bottom has browned and crisped in the butter.’
    • ‘Use a long palette knife to slide the cheesecake onto a flat plate.’
    • ‘Using a small palette knife, thickly smear the insides of all the cheeses with the paste, then skewer two blocks lengthways with a soaked skewer to secure them tightly while cooking.’
    • ‘Using a palette knife or fish slice, carefully transfer each pizza to a serving plate and garnish with basil sprigs.’
    • ‘Remove the chicken from the grill and pour over the pan juices, OR: turn the chicken over with a palette knife so that the cheese is on the bottom.’
    • ‘When frozen, melt the top of the parfait using a hot palette knife, then fold over the excess rice paper so that the parfait is now fully enclosed.’
    • ‘Fill the ramekins, smoothing the tops with a palette knife.’
    • ‘Lift them from the pan with a fish slice or palette knife and place them on a shallow dish.’


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