Thursday, August 26, 2010


This is my submission for the current Paint and Draw Together blog. What with all of the moving and craziness, it feels like I haven't painted or submitted in ages when in fact it's only been a few weeks!

Isn't it funny how at the moment time seems to go so slow but in retrospect time really zooms past like a speeding train?


This is a small painting, only 4.5" x 9", done with watercolor on Yupo paper. I stumbled across this type of paper while web surfing a few weeks ago, and ever since my online purchased pad arrived I have been having fun experimenting with what it can and can't do.

Yupo is a fully synthetic watercolor paper. It's plastic, well, polypropylene. You can't paint on it like regular paper because the brush strokes will stick out like a finger painting. But it's really good for applying different types of mediums and techniques.

This painting was done by applying a medium thick wash on one section at a time and then spraying the section with straight rubbing alcohol. It stinks to high heaven but leaves a really unique texture to the painting.

You can also add table salt to a wet painting and when it dries there will be tons of little "dots" left on the painting.

There are other techniques you can do with Yupo, like dripping, freezing, splattering, etc, but I've only tried the rubbing alcohol to mixed reaction.

How ya gonna know if you don't give it a try?


  1. I love your figs! And much applause for going outside the box with your techniques - and for sharing them too! You make me want to do something different!

  2. Beautiful Paula! I am glad I stumbled across your blog while browsing 'paint and draw together'. Beautiful paintings! I especially liked your nature alphabets.

  3. super COOL!! Never saw anything like that in my life! It's very interesting and different - I like it!! Good job!