Painting Tools: 

Painting Knives (shapes & sizes)
There are many shapes of painting knives as you can see above. All of them will give similar and yet different results due to blade length and knife shape. In my work, I like to use the two knives seen third and fourth from the right. Below is a closeup of my two favorite knives.

My Favorite Painting Knives:

The two knives shown above are my favorite sizes and shapes. These are the only two knives used in this exercise. I use the larger, tear-shaped knife for about 80% of the painting and the smaller diamond shaped knife for smaller areas and detail work.

Other Tools & Equipment:
One of the great things about knife painting is that you do not need to use any noxious thinners or mediums. You usually use the paint in its thickest viscosity. The only time I add oil to the paint is if one color is greatly thicker than the others. You will need a palette to mix your paint on, some paper towels or a cloth to wipe the knives clean, a small bottle of artist's linseed oil, a stretched canvas at what ever size you select (the original of this painting, which is from my book "Knife Painting" in the Artist's Library Series published by Walter Foster, is small and measures 11" x 14" but of course you can paint it larger if you wish) We have painted this one as large as 18" x 24" in workshops..
Palette of Colors Needed:
The palette of colors for this exercise is actually quite a small one. The colors are Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Green, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow ocher, Burnt Umber and Titanium White

Advance to Color Mixing

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