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Monday, January 16, 2012

On the Beach # 19

I finally got to a town larger than Roseburg. We have about 20,000 people here and only a craft store. Grants Pass has over 33,000 and has a little art store .... so I got to browse through a very limited supply of new paper. I came home with three, a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, some tinted paper, and Yupo.

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.


MEliz said...

I have seen some beautiful pencil "paintings" on yupo, I was thinking of watersoluable graphite.
Or using it for monoprinting. Nice painting

Claire M said...

I can really get the idea of wet sand from this painting. But, from your description of the 'paper', I think I'll stay away from it. Funny to read your adventures with it.

Kristin said...

Makes me want to go out and try it, your adventures definitely peak my curiosity. Not sure I would like it either but synthetic paper sounds soo interesting. Thanks for sharing and boldly experimenting with papers. I am learning a lot through your process.

Kelly said...

...cool, Elva! This could be some sort of space image too! :-) Thanks for explaining Yupo paper. It's properties sound challenging and interesting...