Applying Acrylic Paint With An Old Putty Knife
Mixed media collage artists like to paint papers with acrylic paint and then tear up the papers to reassemble them in other works of art. One way to apply the paint is to use a palette knife or putty knife instead of multiple brushes.My dream tool is the putty knife. An old putty knife is cheap, very easy to use and much easier than brushes to clean. Even artists who do not work in a collage style, enjoy using a putty knife or palette knife directly onto a canvas.
I especially like the way you can smear on paint in layers with a putty knife wiping the older color with a new color and getting all kinds of terrific patterns. As you fool around with the putty knife you will see that you form ridges with each application. You can of course smooth out these ridges or keep them in your work for added interest and texture.
So the next time you are at a tag sale or flea market keep your eye open for old putty knifes. And be sure to keep on hand a collection of different sizes.