|YUPO and watercolor negative painting exercise|
Materials: YUPO pad (9x12), transparent watercolors, large and small acrylic flat brush printer paper (Legion Paper has a YUPO sample pack for just $3.00.)
- I tape the back of my YUPO sheet to a foam core board so I can easily move it around without touching it. YUPO doesn't buckle so you don't need to stretch it.
- To start, I applied a variety of transparent watercolors (blues, reds, golds) with a big flat (over 1 inch). A sponge brush also works. Remember, colors don’t fade much on the YUPO so don't be shy!
- For more dynamic color blends tilt your board diagonally at a 45 degree angle.
- Paint rolls off the YUPO quickly so it helps to have an old beach towel, etc. handy to catch the drips or go outside.
- When the I get the colors the way I want them I let the painting dry flat overnight (I prefer this to hairdryer).
- Then I printed out a simple bird, branch, leaves shape on plain printer paper and cut around image to make quick stencil. (You could also use heavier printer paper or transfer your design/drawing to stencil paper.)
- Using an 8x10 window white mat, I decide where I want the stencil over the painting.
- When I’m happy with the placement, I gently tack on the stencil over the painting with a small piece of tape.
- Then carefully use a damp (not too much water) small acrylic brush and a tissue to “erase” around the stencil.You could certainly add more detail to the painting at this point as well.