Definition of palette knife in English:

palette knife


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

    • ‘In some cases, the artist may scratch or splatter paint, add crayon or brush strokes or apply additional paint with a palette knife.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The larger one held tubes of dried-up oil paints, a palette knife, some stiff brushes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Often applying oil paint with a palette knife, Scott fills his canvases with irregular squares and rectangles in a rainbow of contrasting hues.’
    • ‘The beauty of oil paint is that you can wipe it off, scrape it off with a palette knife or paint over it.’
    • ‘Turn them over with a palette knife and colour the other side.’
    • ‘A layer of flake white applied with a palette knife creates shapes with raised edges, giving the paintings a collaged appearance.’
    • ‘He set to work at once without waiting for the brushes, palette knife and paints he had sent for from home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The salient features defining his creative contours are the cascading planes of colours and the broad brick strokes applied with a palette knife.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Courbet's broadly handled paint surfaces, often applied with a palette knife, emphasised the uniqueness of his pictorial vision.’
    • ‘If you want, you can use a palette knife, sponge or brush strokes to add texture to your background.’


palette knife

/ˈpalət nīf//ˈpælət naɪf/