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Painting Thick Textures: Part I

Vintage Walter T. Foster books have an incredible aura of nostalgia about them. Their instructions are incredibly succinct, and often the images themselves are the focus of the lessons instead of written descriptions.

painting with a palette knife

Photo by Angela Corpus

Color with Palette Knife and Brush by Merlin Enabnit "The Color Wizard" is delightful in its graphic choices and style. There is no information about Mr. Enabnit in the book itself, but a quick web search pulled up a brief biography. Mr. Enabnit was born in and studied art in Des Moines, Iowa. He then established his career as a portrait artist on the west coast, where he became known as "Seattle's Wizard of Color." He later headed back to the midwest to open galleries in Chicago, and then again settled out west in Southern California. What a life!

painting with a palette knife 2

Photo by Angela Corpus

Painting with a Knife

With painting knives, you can apply thick textures or render intricate details. Use the side of your knife to apply paint thickly. Use the fine-point tip of your knife for blending and drawing details. -Excerpted from The Art of Basic Oil Painting

Do you have a favorite vintage Walter T. Foster book?

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