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Watercolor on Yupo paper

A while back I did some experimenting with using watercolor on Yupo paper. Yupo paper has a polypropylene smooth finish and when you apply watercolor it just slides around on the surface of the paper. If you try to go over it, it lifts the paint that is already there. So you pretty much have to get it right the first time. Whereas with watercolor paper the surface is absorbent and the pigment and watercolor seeps into the paper.

It's very tricky using this paper, but the results can be fascinating and very beautiful. I painted an old tree in the forest and there were tricks I needed to master. I wasn't totally happy with it and put it aside. I came across it again while straightening my paper shelves and some ideas came to mine. I decided to work on it again. I really feel I made some vast improvements on it and may enter it into the next juried show.

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Tags: 2016, trees, watercolor on yupo paper
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