Though technically, non-diluted acrylic and even oil paint can be mixed with a brush, it’s usually not a great idea. First, it’s difficult to get a uniform color and second, it is a great way to ruin your brushes. We’re certainly not saying it’s impossible, but it would be pretty difficult for a baker to frost a cake with a pastry brush, which is exactly why they have icing knives. Catch our drift?
Palette knives are blunt tools, with flexible steel blades, that are primarily used for applying paint to a canvas, mixing paint colors and adding or subtracting texture to/from painted surfaces. They are versatile tools that can be used for creating edges, patches and lines.
Trekell Palette Knives have a special electrolytic protection that optimizes the functionality of the spatulas and the spreadability of the color, making it suitable for every need during painting. Our palette knives - which are available in thin teardrop, wide teardrop, rounded teardrop, diamond, multi-angled & long spatula shapes - include the Trekell logo on black, rubber, 4 1/2" handles, making them the perfect fit for your hand.
If you use your brushes on abrasive surfaces, such as scrubbing paint onto rough acrylic-primed canvas, your brushes will not last as long. That being said, palette knives are excellent tools for this sort of movement. Dragging, sweeping or scratching with palette knives are all effective ways to get paint onto your canvas, without destroying your brushes.
We here at Trekell are pretty big sticklers for taking care of your art supplies. Why? Because we take great care in making them AND if you take care of them, they will last a whole lot longer! That being said, palette knives are also great tools for scraping excess paint off of your palette prior to cleaning it with a solvent or warm, soapy water - depending on your medium.
Needless to say, palette knives are essential tools for any acrylic or oil painter!
Main Artwork by: Kim VanDerHoek