10/03/2011

Loving Yupo

A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant:  first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn't look like an elephant.  ~Author Unknown
A Sugar High
10x8 watercolor on Yupo
I started this with a wash of rose madder, quinacridone red, permanent magenta and new gamboge and then as in "sculpting an elephant" I lifted everything that didn't look like a dish of candy.  What a blast!  In the past I avoided Yupo - found it very frustrating and gave up way too easliy.  But I just figured with these challenges.....why not make them truly challenging (which I find Yupo is) 



20 comments:

Judy said...

Wow, that looks great! I love the watery effects! No idea if we can get Yupo over here.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Wonderful, colorful, and so fluid. You are handling the paint on YUPO incredibly well!

Dabblerteer said...

Nailed it, again! Nice, very nice.

HELENA said...

What a lovely and inspiring painting. Just wondering what Yupo is?

Best regards,
Helena

RH Carpenter said...

Your work is outstanding, whether it's on YUPO or on paper and I love your choice of colors :)

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, wonderful! I love this. Yupo is such fun to play with, but it definitely can be exasperating. You conquered it!

Katrina said...

Thank you all for the kind words. Helena,
Yupo is a synthetic paper (plastic actually) and is very smooth and slippery. The paint stays on top and is easliy lifted...sometimes too easily.

Anonymous said...

I love your "sweets" (so much better than mine!). now I never heard of yupo before, but if you can obtaim this type of result with it, I WANT TO TRY YUPO !
very, very nice watercolor, these sweets are very tempting in their shiny wrappings.
mico

jamila aladdin said...

this is truly amazing, gorgeous colours and highlights

SYLVIANE said...

Your colours are fantastic!Bravo!

Carrie'sCreations said...

Beautiful, it just glows. Such gorgeous colors!!!

Cobalt Violet said...

Really lovely work. The color is magical!

Nancy Goldman said...

Beautifully done Katrina. It really glows.

Angela said...

Katrina, I love this it is so pleasing to look at. Great challenge.

Kara K. Bigda said...

Oh my gosh -- this is AWESOME! So loose, yet so detailed. Beautiful colors and fantastic light. So well-rendered . . . very inspiring.

Karina D'Aunoy (Peaceful Sun) said...

Wonderful piece! Just love it, I have joined your site and invite you to join mine as well

jane minter said...

superb katrina

plaid petunia said...

Dear Friend, I already knew it but this proves it. You are a Genius! Cathy

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

wonderful wonderful. I love yupo and your painting is glorious
peace n abundance,
CheyAnne

laura said...

Beautiful! I had looked at this challenge and it didn't appeal to me--but your painting has made me think I should go back and take another look.