Fish on Yupo


Working on Yupo is not like painting on regular watercolor paper.  First I work on establishing a background. The plastic paper must lie flat as the paint does not absorb. If you tilt your paper, wet paint will simply roll off.  It dries through evaporation when left flat on a table. Paint swirls in all directions when applied to the slippery surface, making unexpected design opportunities.  Creating modifications is challenging and fun. I use all kinds of brushes to help lift the paint when it’s dry. For this piece I created space for the fish. Once I decided on a composition I began to add paint, insert eyes, and create fins. You cannot lift paint too many times or a resist will build.


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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3 Responses to Fish on Yupo

  1. Joy Makon says:

    Ah so I get to see what you’re up to. Yupo seems to be a fun surface to paint slippery wet red-orange fish with. Nice job!


  2. The excitement is clear in your words and in your wonderful watercolor! You’ve wet my appetite for experimenting with yupo-thank you!


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