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08-31-2013, 11:38 PM
10.5x7 watercolor on Yupo, drawn today with a brush only, then painted from one of my red hibiscus blooms. After doing so many neutral toned animals, I was ready for a bright splash of hot color!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.
C&C welcome :heart:

09-04-2013, 09:02 PM
Kay, this is a splash of red!! We have been playing around with Yupo at the Studio and are finding it to be quite fun. . .well, it does what it wants to in a lot of instances! :lol: Perhaps a bit of dark in the center of the Hibiscus to give it more depth?

What are you using to 'fix' it? It has to have some type of spray to keep it from wiping off. I want a permanent spray. :confused:

Katherine :music: :music:

09-04-2013, 10:09 PM
Thanks! Will do. I use a Krylon fixative.

09-06-2013, 01:24 AM
Thanks!! Is it glossy, matte, etc. Will the fixative rub off? I do not want that.


09-07-2013, 01:32 PM
Hi Kay,

I love the color and vibrancy of your watercolor! Your hibiscus just pops!

Do you prefer painting on Yupo as opposed to traditional paper?


09-07-2013, 05:41 PM
I use a matte fixative and it's permanent. John, I just enjoy painting on various types of paper, and have not worked on Yupo in awhile.

09-07-2013, 09:23 PM
Kay, thanks for the info!!!

Hugs, Katherine

Charlie's Mum
09-08-2013, 12:21 PM
Unusual, bold and bright - a cheering sight!:)

09-11-2013, 06:21 PM
Some amazing effects with Yupo! Been experimenting with it myself. Kay,have you tried Acrylics? I use lots of water with my Acrylics for that watercolour look,and of course it is much more permanent.Nicely done painting:thumbsup:

09-11-2013, 09:01 PM
Yes I've tried acrylics and like Wc better.

09-20-2013, 07:12 PM
Hi Kay the yupo paper certainly creates an interesting look, very strong and pretty painting that is quite smooth and very different to working on arches paper! I was wondering if you have ever used rough arches for flower painting or do you tend to keep to the not?

09-21-2013, 10:55 AM
Thank you, Caroline. Yes, I have used others such as rough, hot, smooth and do tend to use the not (cold press) mostly. It is fun to experiment on various ones.
Your blog is lovely!

Vivien Maloney
09-23-2013, 04:10 PM
Lovely bright flower..gorgeous colors Kay.
I've never used Yuppo. It sounds difficult to control but I guess that's the fun of using it.