Palette Knife Colors

Explosions of color surprised me…..  I was just having a quick play testing some acrylics out with the palette knife.  Thinking about mixing up and testing colors and textures that I might use for bark, forest, trees.

color with palette knife, acrylic abstract art,
Color With Palette Knife

All spurred by my recent trip down south to see The Ancient Empire, the Valley of the Giants and Grandma Tingle.

I thought the palette knife a interesting technique to test out for optimum textural patterns and effects. I am fond of the palette knife and the lovely movement it can create within a painting.



The knife I used is the PK108  for right handers.

The acrylic paints used were  white, Indigo,  Phalo green,  Indian Red, Alizarin Crimson.


Basically,  I lucked out as I was ‘testing’ color recipes and found that I quite enjoyed the area here with the swirls and shadows and lights.

Happy Accidents…. I’m grateful for those, too!






  1. I love how each, brush, knife–fingers, whatever… create happy accidents, and learning to use those accidents is as much a skill as doing photo-realist drawings. And like all such skills… it comes from practice, from doing, and missing, and failing, and doing again. I like the mysterious part of this… that it’s about learning to control.. the uncontrollable, learning to master… FREEDOM.

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    • you’re right, it does come with Practice!! and lots of ones that don’t quite work. Letting Go – is one of the hardest things to teach/share with a class.


  2. Which is, of course, no mastery at all.. but a release from the need for mastery… from all that Patriarchal bullshit… letting it happen, is not easy for us. But maybe.. just maybe, Lao Tzu was right…

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  3. The spot of powerful phalo green is just perfect in this wonderful combination of colors. It stands out but doesn’t force itself on the viewer. I do like your playful approach to color and using a palette knife.

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  4. Now why is that that accidents always end up looking beautiful (at least yours 🙂 ), is it the playful state of never mind, freedom of movement, no rules, no hurry, no control…instinct or the trained hand muscles knowing what to do…I might just end up mumbling over this for a while. Beautiful accident with a perfect color combo, nice play Debi!

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  5. Oh Debi!!!!! Happy accSWOONdent indeedy. I absolutely love this piece. How large is it? What type of paper did you use? Just jaw dropping amazing you talented lady! Blow me away every time!!!

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    • Thank You Jodi!! I’m trying to sort out the new lens, and get my pixels right, lol. Took this outside to get a decent clear shot. And on canvas, its a 12×12 size, with this being a zoom in of a section I liked. The knife, and double loading it before gliding on is the key!

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  6. Hi Debi, the image you posted is so clear, I can see all of the texture and color swirls perfectly. Using the right tool and in the right hand (Debi) produces amazing results. Thanks for posting your palette knife technique.

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