I began working with a palette knife more this past year even though I was initially taught that a palette knife is not a painting tool but rather a mixing tool. I love the texture and raw, loose marks made by these tools. Plus I find that it's wonderful to try out something, to keep my creative spirit growing.
These days I've been using some extra heavy gel to thicken my acrylics without removing their vibrancy and I'm loving the results. It has been a challenge as I find I don't have the control over the palette knife that I do with paint brushes, but it's been interesting to see how anyone new to painting must feel. For me using a paintbrush and stretched canvas is like using paper and a pen, very comfortable.
The weather's become a bit cooler, it's been a lovely fall, so this weekend I'm going to hole up in my studio and experiment. I can't wait.