Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Artistic Polar Bear Challenge: 100 Ways In 100 Days. #79 - Yupo

Yupo.  A rather silly name for, as I found out today, a rather marvelous surface.  I had never worked on Yupo before, so I began in my usual manner of applying somewhat thick acrylic.  That's not the way to get the best out of this silky surface.  It became clear rather quickly that the optimum application was thin and very fluid, letting the paint glide and meander over the slick surface on it's own, mixing and mingling on it's way.   Since the Yupo is non-absorbent, the acrylic stayed wet a long time.  The smooth and slick surface belies the fact that this is also a pretty tough substrate, taking lots of water without buckling.

Yupo Bear

Watercolors would also be fabulous on this surface.  Once again, something I probably would not have tried if not for this challenge. 


Earthula said...

And... do you like it? Would you use it again?


debwardart said...

Another fine job! I'm not a lover of the Yupo, think it's defintely a "love it or hate it" thing. However, I do like the fluid acrylics on it, so it would make sense that traditional acrylics would be good. Just be aware that it is plastic and so are the acrylics so if you paint really thinkly it's possible to pull them off! You can use watercolors too, many do.
Love that you are into trying so many things!

Lisa Walsh said...

Hi Earthula. I don't know if I would use it for any permanent work, but it's oodles of fun to play with.

Howdy Deb. I can see your point. And I always try to paint really "thinkly". :P