Citrus Fruit Palette Knife Painting

Have a zest for texture? Use palette knife painting techniques to create vibrant lemons using on Blick Premier Canvas! Learn every step of the process, including priming and toning your canvas, sketching from observation, and color mixing. Find out how to mix and apply Utrecht Cadmium-Free Acrylic C...


1. Tint the gesso with Cobalt Blue and thin lightly with water. Apply the mixture to canvas using a large brush.

2. Once the canvas is dry, create a sketch from observation using an HB pencil.

3. Combine one part Utrecht Acrylic Matte Gel Medium with one part of Titanium White Utrecht Artists’ Acrylic.

4. Combine the matte medium with small amounts of Cadmium-Free Yellow Lemon, Brilliant Green, and Ivory Black. Add White to each color to create muted mixtures.

5. Use the paintbrushes to apply a single layer of paint over each element in your drawing — leaves, lemon, lemon slices, and pulp.

6. Combine large amounts of the matte medium with Brilliant Green, Ivory Black, White, and Cadmium-Free Yellow Lemon to create four more color mixtures as follows.

7. Add small amounts of White to the color mixtures.

8. Use palette knives to fill in large areas of color, then add texture to shape.

9. Use the side edge of the palette knife to texturize the pulp of the lemons.

10. Add shading with Ivory Black.

11. Add highlights with Titanium White.

12. Darken the leaves with Turquoise.

13. Add Cobalt Blue to the remaining White and fill in the background with the largest palette knife. Dot with Cadmium-Free Lemon Yellow, Cadmium-Free Yellow Light, and Brilliant Green, then blend the background.