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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 31 July 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219699
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 360
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £16.99

Palette Knife Painting in Acrylics


Projects, techniques & inspiration to get you started by Tim Fisher

Book Description

Painting palette knives come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and have been used since the 1800s to apply paint directly to the surface of a painting. Palette knives allow you to apply paint thickly and freely and to create wonderfully expressive, vibrant results.

The book starts with a comprehensive section on palette knife techniques and working with the relatively fast-drying acrylic paints. There are then be a series of eight projects that become more challenging as the book progresses, beginning with bold, blocky beach huts, moving through sweeping, scenic sea- and snowscapes, and ending with a striking sunset scene of Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK.

Some of the projects will show how to use palette knives alongside brushes to introduce texture into your paintings, but most are created using palette knives only. The book also explores painting wet-into-wet, as well as collage and mixed media, incorporating paper clippings, sand and sea shells to create a vibrant painting based on a day by the sea.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

A brief history of the palette knife 8

Tools 10

The knives 10

Materials 12

The paints 12

My palette 14

Additives and mediums 16

Surfaces 17

Other items 18

Brushes 18

My workspace 20

Holding the knife 22

Basic techniques 22

Loading the knife and making a stroke 23

Working with the shapes of the knives: mark-making 24

Care for your knives 38

Ways of mixing 39

The importance of sketching 42

The Projects 44

Beach Huts 46, Summer Meadow 56, Big Rock Splash 66, Winter Woodland 74, Salty Seaside Lobster 85

Taking it further 96

Barges on the Blackwater 99

Alpine Pinkweeds 107

Bamburgh Sunset 114

Index 128        

About the Author

About Tim Fisher

Tim Fisher was born in Leicestershire, UK, and has had a lifelong interest in art. He is well known for his love of colour and experimentation and works in a wide range of mediums. Many of his paintings have been produced as fine art prints and cards. Tim is a regular contributor to the 'Leisure Painter' magazine. He also runs workshops and painting holidays as well as demonstrating to art groups throughout the UK.


Follow Tim on Instagram @timfisherartist

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