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It’s Yupo! February 11, 2008

Posted by Mitchell in Art.

Check out tonight’s watercolor painting:

Bold Sunset

Last Friday I went down to Blick’s art supplies and picked up a pad of 9 x 12 inch Yupo paper and this was my first effort with it.  Yupo is actually a plastic paper that does not work like regular watercolor paper at all.  Paint does stick to it, but does not absorb into it – it just sorta floats until it dries.  Light, even washes are extremely difficult to do as it will sometimes refuse to cover an area – the watery color simply runs away from the surface in spots.  This may be due to oils from my fingertips creating resistant areas where I touch the paper.  I’ll experiment and find out.

Anyway, not bad for a first time with a new media.  I really like the very vivid colors that I can get with the Yupo.  They’re much more intense than what you can usually get with regular watercolor paper.

What do y’all think?


1. geoff - February 12, 2008

I’m likin’ it. Although I’m distracted by the U-shaped mowing pattern as it comes around the tree in the middle. But you’re right – the colors are very vivid and arresting.

2. Enas Yorl - February 12, 2008

The mow pattern in the original photo is much more muted. Yupo makes doing subtle gradient blends difficult so this has a much more “Impressionistic” look than what I usually use. There are a few more things I want to do with this and I may take another stab at softening that part.

3. pajama momma - February 12, 2008

I really like the colors. The sunset/sunrise is lovely.

4. Pupster - February 12, 2008

That’s cool Enas. I think the grass looks neat with the mowing patterns so prevalent. I like the band of flowers at the bottom too.

Is yupo somewhat translucent? Your painting would look even cooler with a soft light behind it.

5. Enas Yorl - February 12, 2008

Thanks y’all! Pupster, the Yupo pad that I bought isn’t translucent. However, there is a new version available. If I can figure out a way to get lighter washes on the stuff I could probably come up with some really neat looking pieces lit up like stained glass. Hmm.

6. Enas Yorl - February 12, 2008

Shit. Of course – gum arabic! It’s the perfect way to thin a color for this! Dammit, why didn’t I think of that last night? I have a whole bottle of the stuff sitting around.

7. S. Weasel - February 13, 2008

Hey, that sky is really neat.

I’m jealous; I didn’t know Blick had actual brick and mortar stores. I use them via mail order.

Been meaning to mention…for some stupid reason, the filter at work will let me see your blog, but gives me the big red hand when I try to access comments. There’s nothing wrong with your blog, I’m sure. Our filter is just a real mess. But I wanted to ‘splain why I hadn’t commented in a long time.

8. Enas Yorl - February 13, 2008

Thanks! Yah the Blickster is virtually the only game in town. Aaron Brother’s carries art supplies too, but they’re mostly about frames.

There’s something about this wordpress template I think – I get an “Unsecure Site” warning when I open comments from work too.

Thanks for dropping by! It’s always a pleasure.

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