Anyone on here paint on Yupo with watercolor? If so, do you sprat fixative on the finished paintings? I have a friend who is going to ship some unframed, and am wondering if they will be safe to ship without fixing the paint.
Lori, I have never used Yupo myself, but from what I have read and heard from those who have used it, if you use watercolor, you have to do something to it to try to make it stay on the paper. Unless the watercolor paint is staining, moist or damp hands could probably rub it off. Not a big problem if you just want to play with it and use the same piece over and over again -- for practice only. I used watercolor on smooth clayboard, but had to spray it with a lacquer finish to ship it.
I shipped a painting on yupo in a tube and it arrived safely. I never sprayed anything on it. I am trying t find a correct fixative spray which I will order soon. I did try one I had on hand and it was acrylic and with a glossy finish. To use a glossy finish I think it is best suited to more modern abstract work. I use yupo exclusively. I was for many years painting on plexiglas so this was great transition for me and they both react the same.I have never used a spray fixative in the middle of my work ever with plexiglas or the yupo. i only recently become aware of delta Ceramcoat clear spry varnish or Blair#201 and is well suited for yupo. Whatever you do use a acrylic fixative if you wish to use one. I am not fuly sold on using one but I will venture into it and try a can with matte finish. I hope this is helpful.
I forgot you said to use watercolor you must treat the paper. I use watercolor only and never had a problem with yupo. Maybe you use it as you would canvas painting. Canvas and yupo are different in their reactions to your brush strokes and in the manner which you use your brush. Humm< what I mean is the pressure or lack of. Now I prefer yupo over canvas but again all these years I was painting on plexiglas and people wonder how I did that. I love the yupo because it is easier on my budget and easily stored. It does not work well with acrylic interactive paint. I understand if you use a different type of watercolor not the tube but the liquid or i think honey based paint. Google it that will help. Personally I use the tube type watercolor.
You can got to www.patriciaawalker.com to see what I have done using yupo. This is only to show you what can be done and I put some of my work on the members gallery. Good luck. Hope I was of some help.
I have friends who use Yupo all the time and love it, but I can't deal with the way the paint slides so easily on the yupo. I have tried both liquid acrylic and watercolor on it. I often paint with watercolor and liquid acrylic on gesso covered paper which slides a bit but there is some tooth.
Do you have any suggestions for working on Yupo? Do you work flat? Do you use heavy application, glazes? Thanks.
Nina Allen Freeman
Nina, I have never painted on yupo, but I have painted on smooth clayboard (because I couldn't find the size I wanted in the pre-treated clayboard for watercolor). You can't use a heavy hand in applying a second or third glaze (the paint picks back up). I found two things that worked fairly well. Small spray bottles to spray the watercolor on (don't tilt the board) and the first application is better to use wet-into-wet if you can -- the watercolor does the work for you.
Nina, I always paint on flat surface just as I did when I worked on plexiglas. I Never use heavy glazes. Wish I knew how to help. You dont paint on yupo as you would canvas. It is totally different. You have to learn to work with the surface. It will take practice. Buy just the yupo tablet and work on smaller peices and then wipe it off and keep expermintening. See how your brushes react and what it takes to get ur results. It will be a new learning experience for you. Sorry you are having problems. Then it just might not be your bag. Canvas is just as frustrating for me as yupo is for you. Smile. Have a good day, Paw
I have just bought Yupo paper, made a watercolour. I was not impressed with my first attempt and I will try with Acrylic.
I think that all of us are better with one material or another. I will not give up yet. It is so interesting to find out through your experience.
Paw, where did you go? We haven't heard from you lately. Miss your abstract paintings.
Paw, welcome back. We are looking forward to seeing more of your abstract work!
Thank you. I am a bit scared and hoping I haven't lost it.
He he... I know what your real name is
It might take a while for you to get back up to par. I'm so proud of you that you're walking regularly (a little bird told me that). Start simple... maybe just something small and play around with the paint... just a suggestion to help you have a little fun with it.
See you soon! I'm supposed to be working on some desert paintings today, but I gotta get off of here and get me over to the studio.
Paw it might take awhile to get back to exactly where you were, but it is still there. Just don't let yourself worry about it (easier said than done). If you need to, put a time limit on how much you allow yourself to do each day, but do at least a little bit. I bet you will be surprised how fast it does come back.
Lori, hahaha, yes you do.
I am hoping my brain will cooperate. I am sure it will as the rest of my body so far has...Except my hair...oh well I will just start a new style. I am an artist we can do what we want, right, hahaha. Yes, I am actualy living up to my name now the first in history. My feet are saying what is all this about. We both need to get back to work. I am straightening my studio up that is a start. looking at all the presurgery art work to see if postsurgery art pieces will change.We will see.
We are looking forward to seeing you it is just around the corner.