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WN Watercolour on YUPO A4
After hearing about Yupo from other artists on redbubble I finally got round to getting some and took it on holiday with me. A4 size is much too small really but I had a load of fun and look forward to experimenting with it again.
The guy who cleaned our room noticed I`d been painting flowers in the gardens and left this little glass of flowers for me. A lovely surprise for one of my first attempts.

Featured in The Art of Still Life April 2013

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  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 1 year ago

    Beautiful arrangement, Val!

  • Thanks Sal.

    – Val Spayne

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 1 year ago

    This turned out great, Val! Love it. Now that you’ve tried, Yupo, what do you think of it?

  • Well Marsha….I have a few abstracts under my belt! lots of drips! I`ve used crayons and inks as well with watercolour. Rubbed it off ,put it on again Lol! Used brushes, my fingers, a sponge .What fun. It could be addictive. It just takes so long to dry. What I left at night drying wasn`t the same in the morning!! [minutes in the hot sun though on holiday] I will take some to the art group I go to to have a go. I think they will like it…….and I guess I did too. Thank you.

    – Val Spayne

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 1 year ago

    This is really lovely, Val. What a nice story, too. I am looking forward to seeing a lot more from you on yupo. What about the terraskin paper? Have you tried that yet?

  • Hi Bev if there were more hours in the day I would try EVERYTHING going! No time is ever wasted experimenting I always think.

    – Val Spayne

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 1 year ago

    Val, you might want to try a hair dryer to speed up the drying time…..that’s what I use whenever I work on yupo. (as well as watercolor paper). Just don’t let the surface get over heated as it can warp. So far, I haven’t had any trouble. But if your hairdryer has a tendency to get really hot, just hold it further away from the surface.

  • Thanks Marsha…….I tried that and it blew the paint around , which led to another experiment, blowing the paint with a straw! Obviously my paint was too wet! I am so impatient at times. All tips very welcome.
    So willing to learn from those who have mastered yupo.

    – Val Spayne

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 1 year ago

    Yupo! I’ve not tried it yet. I paint w a gal who often uses it w amazing results! I like this! Ad how lovely for someone to leave you flowers!!!!

  • You must have a go…….has a mind of its own Sally. Yes and I left a big tip!

    – Val Spayne

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 1 year ago

    Lovely work Val.How nice of that person to leave you flowers.

  • Thank you Lilian. Yes very nice and lots of swans made from towels!

    – Val Spayne

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 1 year ago

    lovely painting Val!

  • Thank you so much Linda.

    – Val Spayne

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 1 year ago

    Lovely work, how nice of the gentleman to leave a vase of flowers for you! Nice effects with the yuppo. I must try it!

  • Think he was after a tip!!! Yes have a go………a weird surface to work on ,but fun. Thank you Angie.

    – Val Spayne

  • neon-gobi
    neon-gobiabout 1 year ago

    such talent – very nice

  • Thank you Cris [and for the wine!]

    – Val Spayne

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 1 year ago

    Great work Val! I only have a4 sheets of yupo at the moment and yes, it’s probably a bit small for sone of the amazing effects that people can create with it. I definately need to experiment more too as I don’t think there are any traditional “rules” on how to use it :) I like that the paper dries nice and flat without having to be stretched

  • Thanks Dianne. Yes I think almost anything goes. A bonus that you don`t need to stretch it and if you make a total mess you can wipe it off and start again……Its so tough for a flimsy paper…….no waste!!

    – Val Spayne

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