7/26/10

YUPO PAINTING

Color 'dances' so vividly on YUPO. As it dries, it keeps its intensity, since the paint can't soak into the slick surface like it does on regular cotton watercolor paper.

This YUPO painting has been created with fluid acrylics. First, miskit was painted carefully on the whitest shapes, then the whole page was covered with randomly applied colors of very fluid paint, all the same value. The colors mixed on the paper rather than in the palette, since they were so juicy when applied.

When that paint dried, the next darkest value shapes were also miskited carefully, then once again the whole page was covered with more or less random colors, very juicy. This process continued, each layer of paint getting darker, until 7 layers of paint had been applied on the successively applied value shapes of miskit. The result was a total of 8 values in the painting, as well as a unifying blend of colors.

Removing the miskit is relatively easy on YUPO. Use your fingers to rub it off or lift it off with rolled masking tape. Avoid using a rubber cement/miskit remover.

Some corrections were made before I could call it finished. When regular watercolor on cotton paper is miskited, a small amount of paint comes up with the miskit. Fluid acrylics stay put and won't lift when the miskit's removed, resulting in a more glorious glow to the colors. And since this has been created on YUPO, the "POP" of the colors is vibrantly alive. Love that YUPO - and love using Fluid Acrylics on it, too.

"LIQUID GOLD" Fluid Acrylics on YUPO 25 x 31"

19 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

Vividly beautiful!

Cynnie said...

What a colorful world your created. A dream of place...wonderful!!!

Melissa said...

I'll have to get some fluid acrylics. I love that the miskit doesn't pull it up!

That painting is beautiful!

Javier Ona said...

The final result is great. I love it. and can´t wayt till test the technique. Many thanks.

Billie Crain said...

Gorgeous, Sandy. When you work with fluid acrylic on Yupo how do you frame the finished work? May I ask?

Christiane Kingsley said...

Glorious colors! I have missed your posts. Sandy.

meera said...

beautiful!!! Do you spray a fixer and seal the painting? and unlike watercolors the fluid acrylics won't rub off when dry?

Sadami said...

Dear Sandy,
Fantaaaaaastic !!
Cheers,
Sadami

Lisa Walsh said...

I never thought of using miskit with fluid acrylics, but after seeing this gorgeous painting, I'm going to have to give it a try. I love this, and it also has the feel of one of your batik paintings. Beautiful use of color and value.

SKIZO said...

Fascinating work.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Meera, spray or paint a thin layer of polymer varnish mixed with 1/3 gloss medium to seal the painting several days after it's dried. No need for glass over it if it's secired to a foam core surface. However, because the painting has a watercolor look, I prefer to always use a mat around it...therefore requiring plexi or glass over the mat and painting. I do not seal any of my YUPO paintings unless they are directly displayed exposed to air/no glazing.
Lisa, this is done eaxclty the same as the wax batik and batik look alike taped paintings that I do, except that I'm using miskit instead of the wax or masking tape.

jane minter said...

stunning sandy

AK said...

Sandy, this work is mesmerizing.

Barb Sailor said...

As AK say - this work is mesmerizing! I love the process and I love the results. A fascinating way of painting.

meera said...

Sandy, Thankyou very for the info on sealing!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thank you so much for sharing your process with this colourful Venetian piece of work. If you don't mind, I'll give this method a try when I next get a YUPO out. I had a go with about three works recently, but not very satisfied for some reason... so you have inspired me to start again. Thanks.

Chris Beck said...

What glorious color, Sandy!! Just love this.

Ross Lynem said...

Thank you Sandy for sharing your Yupo process. The colors and the light are most stunning. I tried it a couple of times and just had a riot of fun with it. Now after seeing your beautiful work i must break out the Yupo once again.

Ross Lynem said...

Hi Sandy. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your most encouraging comments. But you are right! I had not one Yupo painting posted so i shall do that right away. When i did try it the first time i started to laugh because it was just such a hoot! The paint did all kinds of lovely, strange and beautiful things. Must do some more. Thanks for your inspiring blog. It is a great find......