Definitions for palette knife
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a thin blade of varying flexibility set in a handle and used for mixing colors or applying them to a canvas.
Category: Fine Arts
Origin of palette knife:
a spatula used by artists for mixing or applying or scraping off oil paints
In painting, a small, edge-less, more or less flexible steel blade used to mix paint on a palette and sometimes to apply paint to a surface.
A palette knife is a blunt tool used for mixing or applying paint, with a flexible steel blade. It is primarily used for mixing paint colors, paste, etc., or for marbling, decorative endpapers, etc. The "palette" in the name is a reference to an artist's palette which is used for mixing oil paint and acrylic paints. Art knives come primarily in two types: ⁕palette knife resembling a putty knife with a rounded tip, suited for mixing paints on the palette; ⁕painting knife with a pointed tip, lowered or "cranked" like a trowel, suited for painting on canvas. While palette knives are manufactured without sharpened cutting edges, with prolonged use they may become "sharpened" by the action of abrasive pigments such as earth colors. Palette knives are also used in cooking, where their flexibility allows them to easily slide underneath pastries or other items. See frosting spatula.
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