Palette Knife Painting on Fabric

This video is a preview of the Christelle’s Art Factory E-mag Issue 11, due to be out end of next week. The main article of this issue will be about working on and with fabrics.

Watch it on Youtube and Vimeo (free downloads)

In this project, I am only using a piece of ivory thick cotton, a metal palette knife and a selection of acrylic paints – also a heat tool to dry my layers in between, just because I’m not patient enough to wait for things to dry…

Acrylic Paints Used: Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic in Pale Violet, Green Gold, Pale Umber, Opera Rose, Cerulean Blue Hue, Titanium White and Ivory Black.

I did not prime the fabric with gesso to start with, as I wanted to experiment painting acrylics directly onto the fabric. I realised that the paint was soaking more rapidly than if I had primed my surface beforehand, which gave me limited time with playing and moving my paints. But I was not particularly bothered with that.
That’s the whole point of experimenting – learning what you like and what you don’t, and re-using the techniques to your advantage in later projects.

As usual, I worked very intuitively on this piece, even though I had gathered my colours beforehand.

Using a palette knife was also very experimental for me, as I rarely paint with these. I would use my Catalyst wedge or an old plastic card to spread paint, but not to create. I really enjoyed it and will definitely use it again – I just need to get a proper studio easel.

I will probably keep this piece for a journal cover – I just need to think about what kind of journal I want to create for this one…

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