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palette knife

noun, Painting.
a thin blade of varying flexibility set in a handle and used for mixing colors or applying them to a canvas.
Origin of palette knife
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for palette knife
  • The space is paint-smeared because he cleans his palette knife on the walls.
  • He also developed the technique of using a palette knife-and even his thumb-to apply and shape paint.
  • The paints are thick-some applied with a heavily laden brush, others troweled on in thick runnels with a palette knife.
  • He used such unconventional techniques as applying paint with a palette knife meant for mixing pigments.
British Dictionary definitions for palette knife

palette knife

a round-ended spatula with a thin flexible blade used esp by artists for mixing, applying, and scraping off paint, esp oil paint
a knife with a round-ended flexible blade used in cookery for scraping out a mixture from a bowl, spreading icing, etc
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