To show the YUPO workshoppers how to 'save' an old YUPO painting, I began by wiping off some of the old paint from the still life that was on this YUPO paper. Since it had been drawn on originally with pencil, I used a tissue dampened with rubbing alcohol to help lighten some of the graphite lines. Then I scribbled more graphite lines to diminish the importance of the remaining recognizable image and lightened them too with the alcohol.
Next, I added some scribbles of charcoal pencil, applied wet, so that it was intense, then painted over much of the existing watercolor, graphite, and charcoal mess with fluid acrylics. I purposely shaped an inner light area for containing the focus of the painting.
After drawing in the chickadee with a Derwent watercolor pencil, making sure to tie it into the background somewhere, I lifted out the shape of the bird from the existing paint and began painting her in with the fluid acrylics, using them like watercolor. Popcorn salt applied to the damp acrylics helped create a bit of fluff to the bird's feathers.
The strong darks on the bird were made with the wet charcoal pencil. Finally, some branches were suggested using a squeegee and paint. Twigs were sketched in using the charcoal pencil.
It's a small sized painting and took less than an hour to complete. Lots of fun, no risk, saved part of an old painting ..... thank goodness the demo worked. Life is too good!
"SURPRISE VISITOR" Transparent Watercolor, Fluid Acrylics, and Charcoal Pencil Medium on YUPO 12 x 9"