CNYWS Watercolor Series:  The Pleasure of Painting on Yupo with Judith Hand

CNYWS Watercolor Series: The Pleasure of Painting on Yupo with Judith Hand

Yupo, is marketed as a “Synthetic Paper,” but it is more like a sheet of plastic than conventional watercolor paper.  Because paint can be lifted from the surface, working with Yupo reverses the normal process for a watercolor artist.  In traditional water color, the most striking “color” is white - the white of the paper.  When working on paper, the artist must preserve white by either masking out an area with tape and/or masking fluid or by painting around the area to be left white.  With Yupo, the paint does not sink into the paper; so it is easy to “lift” the pigment off and return to an almost white surface.  This makes it possible to have a lot of fun by creating very complex visual textures followed by lifting out the subject. matter.  

This workshop will be a technique oriented session.  I will demonstrate a process, and participants will then try their hand at it.  We will work with traditional and non traditional washes, followed by creating all sorts of visual textures using stamps and anything else we can come up with. Then we will explore lifting out subject matter. 

 Materials List

  • Yupo will be provided and sold at cost.
  • Your normal paints and brushes – really just a few brushes and a few tubes of watercolor.
  • Support for the Yupo – any painting or drawing board will do – approximately ½ sheet watercolor size.
  • Bulldog or other clips to fasten it down
  • Watercolor pencils if you have them – not a necessity, but if you like to draw before you paint, one or two will be useful.  Graphite won’t work. 
  • Sharpie marker(s) if you have them.
  • Water container(s)
  • Spray bottle
  • Drop cloth or towel 
  • Sponge and/or paper towels
  • Tissues - lots
  • Small sponge rollers  - available in any paint store, but I will have some available.
  • Anything you think might create an interesting texture:  **Stamps, plastic mesh, bubble wrap, etc.  Use your imagination.
  • Plastic cereal or cracker box liner – useful to create a mask when you spray or stamp.
  • Scissors
  • Some snapshots or sketches containing simple shapes to use for reference (Flowers and figures both work well.)

**Stamps:  If you happen to have some commercial stamps, wonderful, but you can easily make stamps to achieve texture by cleaning up a Styrofoam meat tray, cutting it into whatever shapes you choose and then pressing almost anything (paper clips, brush handles, nail head, pen, eraser, etc.) into it to emboss a pattern.  Once again use your imagination.

 This process can be messy – just keep that in mind – you may want an apron or shirt.

Visit Judith's website and click on the Yupo gallery to get an idea of what is possible with Yupo.