Possibilities for creating an original painting on yupo are endless and very exciting. The slick, plastic finish of the product (the same material as that bar code identifier used on your luggage at airports) offers a chance to manipulate paint to make fascinating patterns as a background for your images or as the foundation for a good abstract.
Watercolor or acrylic paint stays on top of the surface, leaving a brighter, more intense color than paint on paper. When using watercolor, shapes can be lifted out or added by just wiping an area with a damp cloth or brush. “Out of of the Sea” is a large painting suggesting the emergence of life from the sea.
The initial manipulation of the yupo by folding it in on the paint-splotched surface and pulling it apart (being careful not to crease the material) left images that resembled sea shells on a sea bed and triggered the idea. The figures were created by lifting paint off to make the shapes of the five figures and some color was added back to create contrast.
“Ascension” was done in the same manner, removing and adding paint from the background to create the figure of the man after drawing the exaggerated figure in ink.
Other paintings used ink, gold foil, collage, cardboard, etc. to achieve various concepts.
A favorite is the large painting of three European market vendors taking a break from their stalls . “Gossip Break” was a series of steps removing, adding and changing colors and shapes. The expressionistic plants, birds and figures capture the ambiance of the busy market. And nothing was drawn. Everything evolved from lifting or adding paint. Mistakes don’t matter… you just go right back in and change or correct.
I’ve uploaded several finished paintings here to show you the broad range of possibilities with water based media on yupo. Try it. You’ll be amazed at how brilliantly creative yupo makes you feel.