Free Floating

Free Floating

Yupo paper 13X20, 74 lb weight, bright white

My second try at working with Yupo paper involved a fall theme. I began by drawing a pleasing repetitive pattern using leaves from outside as models. I played with dropping in a variety of watercolors allowing them to mix on the plastic surface. As the paint dried I added leafy-type details.

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The painting looked too plain so I went outside again and looked for another variety of leaves. Again I drew them overlapping and decided to paint them a soft bluish color. Later, I added the darker blue/lavender background. I think I may add more darks under some of the leaves to make them pop. But for now I’m going to leave the painting alone for a while.

Yupo paper is astonishing!

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About mehrlich125

Since I was little I liked to visualize and create things. Painting with watercolors is what makes me happy now. That, and spending time gardening and reading. I love long walks, biking, and the beach. Cape Cod is where I spend a lot of my leisure time.
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22 Responses to Free Floating

  1. Linda B. says:

    I feel like I could touch the leaves – almost hear them crunch. Marvelous.

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  2. windhound says:

    Such a good theme with endlessly fascinating possibilities to train your eyes to see all the colours.

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  3. Deena says:

    I would say that you certainly mastered painting with Yupo paper. The painting is wonderful…

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  4. I’m so impressed with your color, control, the contours and the sheer beauty of this! Fantastic!

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    • mehrlich125 says:

      Elena, your words are very much appreciated! I’m happy that I caught the leaves before today. Boston is in the middle of a rainy nor’easter. Temperatures dropped below 50 and all those gorgeous leaves are crumbled.

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  5. I love these !
    Will discover Yupo paper for myself now … Thanks Marian
    For your delightful discoveries , generously shared .

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    • mehrlich125 says:

      Hi Leslie! Thank you for your kind comments. I think you will enjoy using Yupo paper. At first its a bit tricky until you adjust to the difference from regular watercolor paper. But it offers a wealth of opportunity. So nice to hear from you!

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  6. Beautiful, Marian. Looks like leaves floating on water.

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  7. lesliepaints says:

    Absolutely splendid color!

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  8. mehrlich125 says:

    Leslie, I am pleased with the way Yupo paper retains optimum color. Because the surface is plastic the color never absorbs into the paper. When I paint on watercolor paper I find the color dries to about half brilliance. Its fun/challenging to try something new and different.

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  9. Jana Bouc says:

    Wow! These are gorgeous! I’ve fooled around with Yupo and enjoyed it but never tried to make anything look real like these leaves. Stunning!

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    • mehrlich125 says:

      Thanks so very much, Jana! I find a freedom on yupo while moving the paint around to gain a pleasing pattern. Allowing the paint to dry thoroughly makes it possible to layer paint & slide in details/realism.

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  10. Carol King says:

    I have always wanted to try Yupo paper. After seeing this post I think I will get some sheets and give it a whirl.

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  11. mehrlich125 says:

    Carol, enjoy! I sent you some names/videos to pursue. Look forward to hearing what you think about yupo!

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  12. I like the way you’ve achieved a random, loose quality, while keeping control of the subject.

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    • mehrlich125 says:

      Thanks, Diane! Yupo allows a looser quality. Over the couple of years I’ve painted, I have worked to achieve a more relaxed effect with my watercolors as my brush stokes are often too tight for my liking. At heart I am a detailed pen and pencil girl so this is a big achievement for me. Thanks for following. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

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