Sunday, February 5, 2012

Revisiting Yupo

Lutz Tavern  Watercolor on Yupo: the painting as it looks see what it looked like before I tinkered with it, see the link mentioned below.  Hindsight is that the original was actually fine if not better in some ways.
May of 2012 the Lutz Tavern on Yupo original post    I found an artist who has been very successful using Yupo for his Watercolors.  This piqued my interest once again in using this water resistant paper for a water based medium.  The upside to using Yupo is it's resiliency.  You can lift paint with absolute ease, in fact all the
way back down to the white surface.  I wasn't sure this was something that could be used for a painting that one would expect to last a long time because of this.  If  I created a magnificent piece, and it turned out that the thing was going to crack or deteriorate over time, I would have a very difficult time selling it in good conscience, not to mention the disappointment I would feel.  Now that I know it is being used by Mark Mehaffey, an internationally successful artist, I think it is safe to explore once again...I also noticed that my Lutz Post was buried in the archives, and new members would not have easy access to it.  So here is the painting, and if you want to view the original post the link is below.  The original post in May 2011.

The other painting on Yupo is the DeAnthony Thomas painting I did in January.  Most of you have seen that.
In addition, I have added the Lutz and DeAnthony to my pages under the Titles Landscapes and Dreamscapes and People, so you can see them there as well.

1 comment:

  1. I like this a lot - and lots of people are playing with YUPO now, including George James. It's fun to play with and you gets lots of interesting texture but you can't overlay colors and I would spray seal it when done so it doesn't get moisture in it (even behind glass) or get fingerprints, etc, while matting and framing. I played with it a lot when I was first learning because my teacher loved it and used it a lot (still does, but with fluid acrylics now). If you use fluid acrylics, you don't have to worry about rewetting and losing something - but I wonder about putting acrylic on plastic and how that holds up. The YUPO people had me convinced until I heard bad stories about it from others who used it and saw it stretch in the sunlight, bring back moisture to a painting under glass that wasn't sealed, and yellow in a couple of years. So I'm still divided about it but do like to pull out a sheet to play and experiment on once in a while. Maybe Mark can tell you more about his experience so far?