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on: September 29, 2017, 12:46:21 PM
Yupo is a non-absorbent plastic 'paper' used in the printing industry, but some artists are also using it with various mediums. It requires parsimonious use of water (or the colour floods everywhere) and it is difficult to blend. But because the colour does not sink into the paper as with watercolour paper, the colours stay intense. I'm not into subtlety, I'm afraid. Here are some small experiments:


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Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 03:37:29 PM
I've tried Yupo and it was a disaster! it was like the paint slipped right off. I was following a tutorial but my paints didn't want to participate at all! :2funny:....

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Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 04:22:10 PM

Thanks for the information on Yupo.  I have seen the word but no idea what it was.  Thought it was a new kind of paint!

Like Robynann, I LOVE the elephant.  If it were mine and small enough, I'd enter it in the miniature show next month. 


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Reply #3 on: September 29, 2017, 09:58:08 PM
Oh Robyn, you are :2funny:.....good way of expressing painting problems.... Thankyou to you and Mea. Little Jumbo was such fun to do. I must admit I love yupo. (Mea you can buy it in little pads now... just reminder to be really mean about how much water you use!)


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Reply #4 on: October 01, 2017, 10:14:20 AM
Love your elephant  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Sounds like that for people who have the need to control their environment, it would needs a lot of practice.  Good for you!


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Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 11:48:01 AM
My own experiments with yupo were both fun and frustrating! Yours are great! You've nudged me to try some more. What's cool about yupo is that if you don't like what you've painted, you can take your sheet of yup to the sink and hold it under running water. Everything literally goes down the drain!

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Reply #6 on: December 16, 2017, 12:14:22 AM
Having only just seen this thread, I must say you have got me curious now. I love a challenge like this.
Your little Jumbo is cute, Linley.  :)


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Reply #7 on: December 16, 2017, 10:36:06 AM
Cath I have some more tiny Yupo paintings to post. I used them for cards for the exhibition and was really pleased with the "loose" look it produced. I've given Jumbo to a little girl who has just seen an elephant at a zoo interstate. Her mother says she shows it to all there visitors. Aren't kids great art critics?


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