Palette Knife Painting: Deep Impasto: Paint Beautiful Masterpieces Using a Palette Knife and the Impasto Technique

Walter Foster. May 2023. 128p. ISBN 9780760382165. pap. $22.99. CRAFTS
Award-winning palette knife artist Elley aptly explains art as a feeling, a desire, a memory, and an emotion. Through experience and mistakes, the author has devised a series of eight tutorials, reminiscent of a Bob Ross presentation, to teach multiple palette knife techniques. These lessons give painters finished products that are artist-inspired, from Van Gogh irises to Japanese woodcut Hokusai waves. The author’s approach entails bigger sweeps and strokes of paint, as though she’s creating swatches of color and then tapping in for highlights and textures on the finished piece. She uses oil paints for her artwork, the book offers alternatives, such as acrylic paint and its properties for molding or modeling paste. A wide assortment of palette knives are presented; the benefits of each are discussed.
VERDICT Far from a how-to for beginners, this book includes projects that expertly teach processes, such as color blocking, blending, and multiple effects that can be executed with a knife. This will likely be a popular addition to craft collections.
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