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What is Impasto Art? Thick, Textured Paint

What is Impasto Art? Thick, Textured Paint

What is impasto? Impasto is an art term used to describe thickly textured paint that is almost three-dimensional in appearance. Using an impasto technique often leaves visible brush strokes in the finished painting. Many times those brush strokes are actually more important than the subject matter itself. You could almost say impasto is a type of sculpture—but for painters. And on a canvas. For example, if you see a painting and you’re not sure whether the artist has used impasto technique, just look at the painting from the side. Check for globs of paint sticking out from the canvas. That’s impasto. From the...

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How to Paint with a Palette Knife

How to Paint with a Palette Knife

by Marion Boddy-Evans 01 of 06 CHOOSING A KNIFE Shanna Baker/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images Painting with a knife is a bit like putting butter or jam on bread and it produces quite a different result to a brush. Painting knives are excellent for producing a range of effects, from textured impasto work to sweeping areas of flat color, even tiny shapes of color. A painting knife and a palette knife are very similar and many people use the terms interchangeably. However, there is a difference between the two knives.  WHAT IS A PALETTE KNIFE? Strictly speaking, a palette knife is a long, straight blade...

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Abstract Art for Every Style Home Decor

Abstract Art for Every Style Home Decor

Lighten a traditional setting, deepen a transitional one, establish a palette — abstract art can give more than just modern rooms a boost   I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone say, "Abstract art wouldn't look good in my house." I'd have a lot of dollars. It's a common misconception that abstract art works only with a modern aesthetic. Although it does look great in modern settings, it can light up the most traditional of interiors as well. One of my objectives in designing a room is to expose clients to things they wouldn't intuitively...

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