Friday, June 26, 2009

A Paintbrush is of course the most universal tool in the application of oil colour. Often times, because I paint mostly with brushes, I tend to forget that there are other ways to apply paint to a surface.

Some of them are,

Palette Knives

Palette knives have always been the traditional oil paint mixing tool. Its true, they are ideal for creating smooth, consistent mixtures of paint and medium.


Stenciling is not a traditional oil painting method. Especially when the concept calls for a repetitive effect or stylized shape, stencils are very helpful.

Rags, Sponges, Fingers

one could create an entire oil painting using rags and/or sponges. Again, the fat over lean rule always applies, so keep that in mind when experimenting in any new technique. If painting with any part of your body, like your fingers, make sure you realize that oil colour and solvents will absorb into your skin and then into your bloodstream if not protected.