Technique

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Color Wheel

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Technique

We arrange our oil color tubes on a rotating circular tray that has two tiers. The tray serves several functions. First a rotating tray gives us ready access to all the tubes without having to rummage around...

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The ground

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Technique

Before applying any paint, the surface of the panel must be prepared by sanding, to roughen it, and by applying a layer of paint called a “ground”, a coating that bonds with both the panel and the...

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Hardboard panels

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Technique

We paint on hardboard, as many knife painters do, not on canvas. Thick applications of paint could break if the canvas were rolled. Many of the great masters painted on natural wood or hardboard panels,...

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Painting with knives

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Technique

People are often surprised when we tell them that we use painting knives instead of brushes. They point to some fine lines on a painting and ask if these were also painted with a knife. Yes, they were. We...

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Special Oil Colors

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Technique

To use our knife technique we require highly viscous paints. Oil colors that are the consistency of jam are formulated to spread easily with a brush, but they either slide off the knife or form drooping...

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