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Painting Knives: How to Mix Paint

Painting knives and spatulas are ideal tools for mixing paint on palettes. They are made of flexible metal or plastic, and available in different shapes.

How to mix paint:

1. Use the spatula to put a small amount of each colour of paint on the palette. 

2. Combine the colours by spreading, scraping and crushing the paint to create a small, evenly mixed glob.

Tips: 

Mix the paint on a smooth surface, such as a plastic palette or a sheet of wax paper.

When mixing paint, try choosing a long enough knife with no elbow (the angled portion of the metal tip) to avoid having the mixed paint collect too close to the handle.

Use plastic spatulas only for acrylic paint. To clean the spatula, wipe it on a cloth while the paint is still wet. If the paint dries, scratch it off with your nail or a blade, if necessary. 

Avoid using a brush to mix paint. The paint will become embedded in the bristles, damaging the brush. This method also wastes paint. 

You will need:

  • Metal or plastic spatula, or painting knives
  • Palette
  • Choice of paint colours 

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