palette knife


: a knife with usually a flexible steel blade and no cutting edge used to mix colors or to apply colors (as to a painting)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Use a palette knife or small offset spatula, smear pink and white frosting on cake to resemble flower petals. Torie Cox, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 A lot of times people will think of the palette knife or the mixing knife but painting knives come in a really wide variety of shapes and flexibilities. Myrna Petlicki,, 5 Apr. 2022 The horror of Holocaust is a subject that has always exercised an irresistible force on his paintbrush and palette knife. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 In the mid-1860s, Cézanne was developing a new coarse painting technique, often using a palette knife to apply color. Oscar Holland, CNN, 14 Dec. 2022 The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center hosts a closing reception from 5-8 p.m. Saturday for Arizona palette knife artist Dusty Kinman, whose work is on display at the museum. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2022 This exhibition still showcases his extraordinary atmospheric effects — a sunset in a wash of mauve oils, a squall rendered with a few strokes of a palette knife. Jason Farago, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 The surfaces are nervous and brightly acidic in feeling; the paint, laid on with a palette knife, deliciously resembles cake frosting. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Using a small offset palette knife or a piping bag, spread the frosting over the cake layer and make a dam around it. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 17 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palette knife was in 1760

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“Palette knife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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