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Plein Air Painting Essential Tools: A Painting Knife for Pastel

30 days ago   |   By Michael Chesley Johnson

Use a painting knife to scrape off excess pastel
Wait-aren't you confusing the medium? No, I'm not. Most people think a knife is used only for oil or acrylic painting, but I also use one when I'm working in pastel. For me, it's just another tool, like an eraser or blender.
In fact, I use it for both purposes. I use it to:
Scrape off pastel that is too thick Blend pastel Push pastel into the surface so it sticks better Add textural marks
Painting knives come in many forms-long, short, fat, wide, tapered, straight. I prefer a small, trowel-shaped one. You might find a different shape suited...
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