palette knife cleanFor some time now I have been letting my palette knives go without cleaning, leaving a big goog stuck to my knives. Sometimes I’ve even painted with the dried paint still stuck on the palette knife. It really doesn’t bother me that much. Crazy, I know.

I know, palette knives are pretty easy to clean, right? You just get a paper towel or wet-wipe and wipe your paint off of your palette knife. Well, what if you are like me and don’t wipe your palette knife immediately after you are done painting?

For some odd reason, I don’t always wipe off my palette knife once I finish painting. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m lazy or it’s just one of my quirks. Anyway, if you ever have to clean dried acrylic paint off of your palette knife, I have a solution. It’s pretty simple and easy to do. Follow these four steps and your palette knife will be just like new.

1. Get a cup of water that’s almost full.
2. Place your palette knife completely in your cup of water, but make sure your water doesn’t touch the handle. That will make your handle loose and cause your blade to come apart.
3. Allow your knife to sit in the water overnight to loosen up the paint.
4. The next day, take your knife out of the water and peel off all the dried acrylic paint.

Here is a quick video to show you how to clean dried acrylic paint off your palette knife.




Kids Painting With A Palette Knife

June 7, 2014

Here are a couple of images of some of my students who participated in my after school art program. They painted each painting with a palette knife. They did a great job. They painted a sunflower painting and a jazz musician. If they can do you can too!!!  If you are interested in learning how […]

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Beginner Artist Knocks it Out of the Box!

April 11, 2014

I just have to share this. A member of the Palette Knife Academy just posted a couple of images of her paintings on Facebook. Both paintings were created from the painting tutorials within the Academy. I wanted you to check out some of her work below and tell her what you think. I think this […]

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Lily Palette Knife Painting on A Black Background.

February 6, 2014

Here is a quick video on how to paint a lily flower on a black background. The main focus on this tutorial is not so much on how to paint a flower but the technique that I used to allow the black background to show within the painting. You’ve probably seen a lot of artist […]

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Brush Vs Palette Knife

February 4, 2014

As you know I love painting with a palette knife just as much as with a brush; however, they both are two unique tools that can be used differently to create wonderful works of art. In this video I show you the difference between the two and how they can create different textures based on […]

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