Friday, January 23, 2009

Have You Ever Painted on Yupo?

Have you ever painted on Yupo?  Yupo is basically synthetic paper, it is acid free and archival too.  It has a slick surface.  If you paint with watercolor paint on Yupo paper you can create some amazing textures.  The paint just sits on top and the colors will mix and intermingle.  You have to be willing to just let loose.  Yupo is great for creating loose, fun and some what abstract paintings.  

Here is a beautiful fun painting I made of a sunflower.  The colors pool and blend and create an awesome background.  I love the texture in the leaves as well. 

Yupo is a bit tricky to work with, so  you need to have an open mind and practice a bit.  It reacts like no other paper.  You also need to be careful not to get any fingerprints on the paper.  The color will repel away from your fingerprints.  You can draw your subject lightly with pencil, however, you cannot erase.  Experiment and have fun!  If you don't like what you've done, it's easy enough to rinse the colors off and start again! 


CLKcreative said...

I'm seriously thinking about taking a watercolor class because of your posts!

Rita said...

I am so happy to hear I have inspired you to give it a try! I hope you find a great class in your area. --Rita


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