Sunday, January 24, 2010

Yupo Adventure, In Progress


My first adventure painting on yupo and thought I would share this stage with you.  It is difficult to tell where one rose ends and another begins.  My next step is to reform the roses, wetting a petal, wiping it off and repainting it.  It truly is an adventure trying to smoothly form each petal with one stroke.  Since this has set overnight, I am wondering how well the red will lift.  No doubt there will be a pink tint to the yupo.  Do you see the whitest, white in the leaf area on the viewer's right?  That is the actual color of the yupo

14 comments:

Susan said...

This looks like fun, Ann! There was a woman in a watercolor class I took who worked on the same piece of Yupo for months--every week she'd lift and start over. I've never tried it myself.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Ann, you are doing well! I bought some yupo a few months ago and tried it only once. I felt too much out of control:-) But,I suppose that practice makes perfect....For example, Sandy Maudlin can paint the most intricate scene in Yupo. So...don't give up.Your roses already look very good.

RHCarpenter said...

Ann, this red is gorgeous and I can see the petals - you just need to lift some with a damp (not wet) brush and shape a bit more. Keep going and take lots of breaks and let places dry before going back to them. If it stains, use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean it back to white.

hwfarber said...

I'm glad you're experimenting. I've had some Yupo for a couple of years and not tried it yet.

Keep us posted; this looks good.

debwardart said...

Your lace is fantastic! I'm sure you will be able to manipulate the paint to separate the petals. Even though I'm not a fan of Yupo I find I do like fluid acrylics on the surface - you might try that for your next yupo painting. I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished.

Teresa said...

I'm in love with the leaf on the right, right under the flower Ann, all the background seems pretty finished right now, doesn't it?
I know you'll do a great job lifting some petals and putting them down again enhancing the separation between flowers, will be waiting for the next step!

Ann Buckner said...

Susan, I laughed when I read your comment about the woman in the wc class working for months on her painting. I can believe it as it is so easy to lift paint and try again.

Christiane, I love Sandy's work. Maybe you will try the yupo again one day. :)

Rhonda, thanks for all the tips. I'm having fun with this. :)

Hallie, one of the most enjoyable parts of painting is the experimenting with new materials or ideas. Maybe you will get that yupo out and try it.

Deb, thank you. I will try fluid acrylics on yupo just to see what happens.

Teresa, I lifted a lot of the larger rose this morning, now trying to get a somewhat smooth look to the petals.

Deb Léger said...

What an awesome job on that lace!!! Especially when you consider it's lace painted on yupo! The roses look great - I can't wait to see how you lift some lights into them. So, are you liking the yupo more than wc paper?

Nora Mackin said...

Ann I do like the red in here. I've never used yuppo, was wondering if you left an unpainted area between each rose. Yes do you like it.

Ann Buckner said...

Thank you Deb. I do like a lot about working on yupo but prefer wc paper overall. Yupo has a definite learning curve though.

Nora, thank you. I started with white areas but you see how it ended at this stage. What I've been doing since then isn't much better. :( Will keep trying though to get a smoother look to a petal. Lifting is easy but lifting lights so they look like they are flowing into the petal or certain area is a different story. Yes, I like painting on yupo and gessoed paper. It is a lot like learning to paint on wc paper until one learns a bit of control - not sure what will happen, too much or too little water and oh the surprises lol.

Dave Linder said...

Love your blog - your paintings and drawings are beautiful!

Ann Buckner said...

Dave, thank you so much. I took a trip to your blog and so enjoyed your sketching. Will be back to visit again frequently.

Watercolorist said...

You did a much better job than my attempt on Yupo. It is nice to experiment with different surfaces and stretch what one can do with watercolors.
Jean

Ann Buckner said...

Thank you for your comments on the yupo, Jean and thank you for following this blog. It is appreciated. :)