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Monday, January 16, 2012
On the Beach # 19
I have seen some intreguing work painted on Yupo. It feels like very fine leather. Delicious! I tried it first. Oh my gosh! What strange paper. It isn't even paper. Further research tells me it synthetic and is advertised as washable watercolor paper. But I hadn't read that part. I just jumped right in. I wanted a lovely clear smooth sky. I laid the wash down and set the painting aside to dry. I tipped it at a slight angle to hopefully keep the more intense wash towards the top. When I looked again, all the paint had puddled in a line at the very top. Hummmmmm. Time to start over. Without even reading that it is washable I took it to the sink and rinsed it off. Clean!
What to do with this crazy paper? Some beach rocks in wet sand sounded like a good experiment. I even got out some ink which is supposed to be permanent. I swooshed and swirled and felt I had very little control over what I was doing. Once dry I went back and found I can very easily lift out highlights, and I worked on a few edges ... and ended up with dry ink on the palm of my hand when I just touched the darn stuff.
It will take a lovely clean line with an ink pen ... and I suppose acrylics will give interesting results, but it is so different from paper, I doubt I'll do much on it. Thank heavens I only bought two sheets.
I do have a purpose for some of this Yupo. I'm going to cut sheets the size of my various sketchbooks and slip them in underneath a page when I'm getting juicy in the sketchbook. The Yupo will keep the moisture from soaking through. ... so I'm glad I bought it.