Hi friends, it has been a while since I have posted. Summer has been ultra busy, but so much fun. I love having the kids home, taking trips, visiting with friends and family, gardening and sitting by the pool. What will I do when the weather changes? Will I paint more? That will be the question. Meanwhile, an opportunity has possibly opened up to join a sort of Art Co-Op. “Creator’s Gallery.” If you are the praying type, or even if you’re not, please pray that the Lord would guide me on how to approach this new adventure.
I am technically challenged, but always willing to try something new, with art that is; I am not ready to skydive, although zip-lines are not out of the question. My new art exploration is called “Yupo” It is a ‘paper’ that is 100% polypropylene—plastic. Yes plastic paper. I am always willing to try something that is recycled. It is very different from wood pulp paper. It does not absorb any paint or water at all. Not surprising, but what is surprising is that it actually works with watercolor paints—”works” is the operative word here though. All of the pigment sits on top of the paper and takes a very long time to dry. The first time I used it, I hated it. The second time I used it, I think I liked it. I found that I had to really let loose and paint fast because the watercolors did things I did not expect. For example, the pigments do not move on the paper unless they have a push advantage. By this I mean a dominant color will push a less dominant color out of the way. Also, the more water you put on the paper, the more it will push pigments out of the way. (look at the rose I panted and see what the yellow and green did).
The second watercolor painting I did on Yupo was the “Blue Dog.” A totally different experience than the “Pat Austin Rose.” The “Blue Dog” is a subject I did from my memory and painted fast. It is also more abstract than the rose in that the colors are more adventurous. I don’t know anyone with a blue dog.
Take a look at these two paintings and give me feedback. If you have any experience with Yupo paper please let me know. Send me samples of your paintings or any hints on how to use it. Any painting or art on Yupo paper will possibly be selected fro a future blog about Plastic Paper and Recycled Art. Send your samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are my first two paintings on Yupo. No. 1 “Pat Austin Rose” and No. 2 “Blue Dog.”
Please give feedback. “I love it” or “looks great” are not constructive, please give input. Be specific, I won’t delete you as a friend—don’t worry. And remember, send in your pix of any Yupo art so I can post them on my future Yupo blog.
“Coco” third painting on Yupo below.
Just added a ne painting on Yupo. This is Lucy.