Art Technique: Palette Knife Painting

Palette knife pieces are created with oil or acrylic paints applied to canvas or paper using palette knives rather than brushes.

Palette knife painting involves thick layers of paint that create a textural, dimensional effect when dry. Artists vary the size and shape of their knives to create different effects within the paint.

Maya Eventov is a Prairiebrooke artist who paints exclusively with palette knives. She is well-known for her birch tree pieces.

Maya Eventov is a Prairiebrooke artist who paints exclusively with palette knives. She is well-known for her birch tree pieces.

This is another piece by Maya Eventov. Her abstracts in comparison to the birch pieces, shows the diversity that is possible with palette knife painting.

This is another piece by Maya Eventov. Her abstracts in comparison to the birch pieces, shows the diversity that is possible with palette knife painting.

Applying paint using a palette knife involves a technique similar to icing a cake. Palette knife technique affords less control over fine detail than brushwork, resulting in a looser, uncomplicated aesthetic style. As a result of the large quantity of paint used in each palette knife artwork, pieces can take a significant amount of time to dry, making each palette knife painting the beautiful result of a protracted and painstaking artistic process.

Maya Eventov finishing one of her beautiful palette knife floral paintings

Maya Eventov finishing one of her beautiful palette knife floral paintings

Examples of different palette knifes

Examples of different palette knifes

Below is an interview of Maya Eventov from several years ago when she visited Prairiebrooke for the first time. She speaks about her journey as an artist and how she developed such a unique style with her palette knife paintings. Enjoy!

Photo Credits: The Art Girl Jackie, Good Art Company

Written by Nicoletta Niosi-Ortiz