Saturday, 23 March 2013

YUPO

I have been experimenting with Yupo since late last year and the possibilities are endless. At first I was using just watercolour and if you think some skill is required in using watercolour on watercolour paper my experience with using watercolour on Yupo is a whole new ballgame with many curved balls. This month I have been adding other media as well as watercolour in my play with Yupo. By using a foundation of thinned acrylic I find it gives a bit of tooth to the paper that makes the next few stages not so hit and miss. I wonder what I will discover with more playing?
Here are two examples of using acrylics in the first wash.
Up River
Mixed Media on Yupo
21" x 13"
These noisy Corellas have been flying past our house every morning around 7.30am in the hundreds on their way to better feeding in trees up river. In the evening they all come back down river further into the town. Last year one of their stops was the large Pine tree outside my bedroom window but this year they have left it alone. Gosh they do make a hell of a din when they are in such large numbers
Essence of Magnolia
Mixed Media on Yupo
221/2" x 15"

I have also also used ink in this painting and I just love choosing some "spice" to add just like cooking really.I have painted Magnolia so many times now - each a little different and I never tire of them.
My own two beautiful potted Magnolias thrive in our temperate climate on the South Coast as do we!

18 comments:

  1. Up river is a very strong piece Lorraine a lot of movement in the birds

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    1. I'm pleased the movement came across Paul, thanks

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  2. Both are fabulous Lorraine but I agree with Paul. The first is stunning with its subtle nuances.

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    1. Thanks Laura, a second try has proved not so good - again nuances LOL

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  3. Both beautiful, Lorraine. Your reflections on the water help create a great sense of movement. And I always enjoy viewing your magnolias - these may be your best ones yet.

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    1. Terry - thanks both these made me feel good whilst creating

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  4. Both stunning but particularly drawn to the first one - really gorgeous effects

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    1. Thanks Sharon, as I said to Laura - I have not been able to recreate a second time

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  5. I love both of these, they are so different, I cannot choose which one I prefer. Yupo paper arrived today, so will be playing this week!

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    1. I know you will really enjoy playing with the Yupo Polly

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  6. You make me want to pull out my yupo. These are great! I would have never thought of using an acrylic base. The one of the magnolias is gorgeous!

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    1. Glad this has inspired you Joan, I find it very freeing to use and I just play

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  7. Hello Loraine:) I love your Yupo's. The birds are so beautiful but the second one, the magnolia, is terrific! The red is so nice in the way only can be achieved on Yupo. The brown branches look beautifully against the Red Very beautiful done!

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    1. Thanks Renate, I am just finding out how much you can achieve with Yupo

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  8. These are both so neat Lorraine. Tulip magnolias and parrots, two favorite subjects of mine and you've captured both so beautifully on such a challenging paper. Reading about the acrylic ground you've tried made me think of Daniel Smith's Watercolor Ground that is good for use in painting on many surfaces.

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    1. Thanks Sherry, I have some of the wc ground but I have used acrylic paint as the base so it serves two purposes, a start for the background and for the tooth

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  9. Lorraine - the magnolias are stunning. I enjoy painting on Yupo paper - the nice part is the experimenting. Hope you will share some more of your lovely endeavors.

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    1. glad you like the Magnolias Debbie, I keep thinking of what to try next on Yupo but there never seems enough hours to get all the ideas going

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