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painting the figure


module 1: supplies

E: palette Knives and other tools

b. Rubber tools

Princeton Catalyst Wedge W01

I use it very much like a palette knife. I will move paint around with it, but it's also a great eraser tool.

It's a great way to move paint around on your surface and to erase it from your surface. You can use the bottom part of it as a wide eraser/paint mover. It's also got another edge that you can do some small work with, and even has a couple of corners that you can do some fine detail erasure with it.

Messermeister Silicone Bowl Scraper

Its main usage is actually not in painting at all; it's in sculpture, ceramics etc. but I found it useful as a tool for painting in the same way that the the wedge is in that you can move paint around with it, erase large areas with it, and has a corner that you can do some detail work. Definitely not as essential as the Catalyst but still good to have around especially if you get into more abstract mark making techniques.

Speedball Rubber Brayer

I've mostly used mine over the years as a gesso application tool, but you can also use it as a paint applier. You can make some interesting marks that you can't make any other method. In some ways it's a time-saver tool. As you get further and further into your painting technique you may want to try one and experiment with it.

Colour Shapers

They are shaped like a brush but instead of having bristles, it has a rubber tip to it. It's very flexible. I mainly use this as an eraser tool. I don't normally apply paint with it. It's a great way to do some subtractive painting techniques, which I will demonstrate for you. There's also the large version shaped like a house painter's brush. It's just a rubber wedge. It's used in the same way as a small one but you can cover a larger ground with it.

Kemper Wipe-Out Tool

It's mainly for erasure of paint from your surface, and it's got two different tips. The chisel side gives you a wider shape to do some erasure with and the other comes to a sharp point that you can erase out highlights, for example.

There's a million different other things you can use as you learn to paint and you want to try out different things, but those are the ones that I found the most useful.