Palatte knive, we love you
Portal, that must have sounded challenging from me, but in fact I welcome you wholeheartedly. There has, for about three decades, been some question about whether painting is dead. No, it isn't, it has hardly gotten started. And further, the art topic isn't only about painting as such...but at least some of us want to sustain painting.
I love payne's grey. Use it all the time. Also, cobalt blue/black. They are nice alternatives to black for flat areas of darkness and contrast well with warm hues.
Allright, now I'm fighting dirty
. Here's why I love palatte knives:
YOU MUST PALATTE. Reasons:
1.It kills your brush. The two things that kill a brush are pressure against the bristles over time (splaying them outward, they loose their spring) and paint getting up on the top part of the bristles where they connect to the brush.
Mixing with your brushes does both of these things, taking years off their life.
2.Palatte knives mix better. You can smear, razor, scoop, divide with them. They are suited to mixing. It's a little awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll never go back. I'm not talking one of those knife knives for painting with, I am talking about a mixing knife... Here's a link.
You want the handle like this:
and the head like this (to allow for scraping):
The knife shouldn't be too big or too small, it should be flexible and feel comfortable in your hands.
3. It doesn't matter what medium you are using, better control of your color is important. Palatte knives allow you to stay neater, move piles of paint around, and they are a lot easier to clean than brushes. You can even scrape your palatte with them if you are out of razorblades.
I use a large round glass tabletop as my palatte. It was cheaper than the smaller palattes they sell intended for art (mine was $18), and it's more durable.