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My Big Painting Knife

November 12, 2009

My big painting knife shows up in this video. It’s the longest one the artist shows in the assortment of knives. Now I want the rest of them.

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  1. Sherrill Pearson permalink
    November 12, 2009 9:17 am

    Hi Martha,

    These video demonstrations are great! I learned yesterday, that you can use parchment paper to do skins.

    What I am chomping at the bit to see, are demonstrations showing paint application techniques. In the last video the gentleman showed a technique called – I believe he said – scrumbling. Great for someone like me who doesn’t have these techniques under my belt.

    I wish I could see many more demos in this regard. I try to analyse paintings for instruction – I have books up the ying yang but still cannot find enough techs. to satisfy me.

    Thanks again Martha.

    • November 12, 2009 9:26 am

      Sherrill, glad you’re enjoying these as much as I am. I didn’t know parchment wouldn’t adhere to acrylics either. Making a mental note.

      As for scumbling, I have never heard the term used the way he did. Here is the correct definition of the technique:

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scumbling

      I guess his scumbling could be considered a greatly magnified version of the same technique.

  2. November 12, 2009 10:06 am

    There is no better way to learn techniques than just watching! The best things in my life I learnt this way, sewing, embroidery, weaving, etching… My arts teacher in school did not like to talk much, all he said was: “gather round my table and see what I’m doing.”

  3. November 12, 2009 1:24 pm

    I want some of those knives. Especially the larger ones!

    That is one super-mellow dude. LOL.

  4. November 13, 2009 8:08 am

    I have that same huge palette knife, found at- of all places- a remote little art shop in the US Virgin Islands (the only art store there)! I’ve been painting with a palette knife since my art school/college days.

    Thanks for sharing another informative video.

  5. November 13, 2009 6:54 pm

    I took two classes from him in October. He is indeed a very mellow fellow! His name is Peter Andrew and he is an amazing wealth of information! I learned things about color from him that I wish I had learned twenty five years ago. I also enjoyed a fantastic art history lesson on the artists who blazed a trail for all of us who use acrylic paint. I feel so fortunate to have met him in person!
    I bought three different sizes and shapes of those knives. I’m looking forward to experimenting with them! It is something completely new for me.

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