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palette knife

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noun Painting.
  1. 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

First recorded in 1750–60
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Examples from the Web for palette knife

Historical Examples

  • Billy used that tap when he washed his brushes; he was looking for his palette-knife now.

    The Story of Louie

    Oliver Onions

  • To obtain the freedom of accident Rembrandt put on his colours with his palette-knife; a very common practice at the present day.

  • Sometimes he made a picture with his palette-knife, and put in the fine touches with his thumb.

  • Then, when you have to add more to that, clean that place with the palette-knife before squeezing out the new color.

    The Painter in Oil

    Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst

  • He took a palette-knife and carefully shaved away the telltale strokes.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for palette knife

palette knife

pallet knife

noun
  1. a round-ended spatula with a thin flexible blade used esp by artists for mixing, applying, and scraping off paint, esp oil paint
  2. 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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