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Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Photo Sunset


This is my first attempt at working with watercolor on photo paper...very cheap photo paper. I had a vague plan to paint Fall leaves when I laid down my first brush strokes but the paper had other ideas. I had expected the paint to bead up but instead it took each stroke and showed the trail of every bristle. When I want paint to move and soften I'm in the habit of lightly spritzing it with water from an atomizer but as soon as the mist hit the photo paper it buckled like crazy! There was nothing I could do but wait until it dried. Fortunately, the paper flattened itself out eventually so I looked at it trying to decide what I could work out. Because of the way the paper buckled it created a landscape of sorts, at least to my eye, so I proceeded to follow that up with some tweaking. The above image is my result. I DO plan to try this paper again, a little wiser but knowing full well I will have very little control over the end product. That's kind of exciting actually.

6 comments:

Diana said...

Very interesting effect. I like it.

I once tried yupo paper and just couldn't get a handle on it. Is it similar?

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Diana.:) You know...I've never painted on Yupo so I don't really know how similar it is. The surface of the photo paper must be just as slick but it's paper so it buckled when wet which created problems. I doubt the same problem would arise with Yupo it's all plastic, isn't it? Did you experience any buckling w/Yupo? I'd love to know.

Patty said...

Really interesting effects you got here Billie! I'll have to get out to the store and get me some of that cheap photo paper.

BTW, I have done a couple of paintings on Yupo, and you are right, it doesn't buckle.

Billie Crain said...

Patty, I was surprised at the granulation I got on this paper. In fact, it was full of surprises. Thanks for letting me know about the Yupo. I had assumed it wouldn't buckle but I also assumed the photo paper wouldn't buckle. What was I thinking?! I may have to break down and buy some Yupo afterall.

Jean Haines ASWA said...

What a great experiment Billie.............love it!

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Jean!