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Bongo

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Thought I'd dredge up this oldie but oldie of mine as it seemed appropriate for the season.
acrlyic on 22"x26" Yupo

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So just before an image gets placed on your post you'll see it in a slightly cropped form. It looked a lot better to me that way so I cropped it to match - fortunately the original painting is on Yupo so I can go back now and cut the painting down. It's amazing how many times when I'm prepping an image to be posted I'll see an improved cropped version.
 
I love it Bongo! Can you expound on painting on Yupo? It's those thin transparent paper sheets, no? I have a book of them but have never tried them. It looks like you have made a lot of thick texture here. How jhoo do dat? :)
 
Thanks everyone -
Yupo is a paper made of 100% polypropylene. It comes it different weights and sizes - translucent and opaque. I've only used the opaque - it's kinda pricey by the sheet - I bought it by the 60" x 10 yards roll. So with a roll you always have it on hand, and can make any size you want as much as you need and it takes virtually no space.

I paint with acrylics and you can paint directly on it, but there is a learning curve- very slippery. Fun, and can get some cool effects, stays wet longer so you can do some wet in wet, including "fingerpaint".
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acrylic on 20"x20" Yupo

But I ended up mostly using it by first laying down two coats of gesso. You get a perfectly smooth, toothy, absorbent surface. That's what I did with SnS. You can also paint over it - pretty sure this was one I painted over. I've painted over 3 or 4 times - you can still roll it up after you're done. I have about 2 hundred 30"x40" paintings I store flat in a box I made that's just 4" high! Before that I just kept them rolled up, or slid them under the couch. So no more storage problems.
 
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Great advice! Thank you for the info Bongo. I really appreciate it. When you want to display them in a show, do you just frame them?
 
Framing is a problem and why I switched to painting on panels. First,, you need a panel to mount it on - so that adds to the cost of painting on Yupo. For large paintings like I mostly have --30" x40 " it's a very scary thing to do. You'll find out that most glues do NOT work with polypropylene - they'll say that in the fine print on the can. So that leaves few options. Using gel medium is often recommended but I've had mixed results - the painting often peeling right off after a day or two. There are a few spray glues that can work with Yupo -Loctite High Performance is one - and it's archival. But I don't have the nerves or skill to roll out a big painting - too easy to screw up. So I use double stick tape to a panel. Never had one come un-stuck after years on the wall. For smaller paintings I would give the gel medium a try.
 
I like using a gel medium (Nova Color Polymer Gel-matte) on my canvases after I prime them to take some of the tooth out. I prefer a smoother surface, so I like working with that gel stuff. I suppose I like canvases and panels (on bars) so it's easier to hang and don't have to frame it, but I do have quite the storage problem. I've painted over a few pieces, but I'm thinking about painting over a lot more as soon as I run out of blanks.
 
fantastic couple, beautiful work, and also the other, how nice, thanks for posting them
 
Thanks people!

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Hey Bongo -

A nice painting, timely and enjoyable with a good backstory.

Thanks for the great info on yupo & storage/framing, not to mention tips on technique.

Your experience with the plastic and gluing is about the same as mine; still trying things

Don't you have problems with the painted sheets sticking together in the storage box ?

Merry - -
 
No sticking - and surprisingly no mold considering they're in a non-temperature controlled room with hi humidity (Seattle).

60" x10 yard roll o Yupo is $113 at Dick Blicks. You can get eighteen 30"x40" out of that for $6.28 ea. Not too bad - with hardboard it would be $1.67 to $2.50 depending on what kind you bought. But no comparison with ease of use -Yupo is hassle free (no more 4'x8' sheets to cut up) and no storage issues.

Legion - the company that makes Yupo gives ZIP helpful info to artists. At least when I was using it - selling Yupo to artists was(is) a tinnie/weenie part of their business. Mounting info you'll find on youtube etc. is about mounting small, raw non-painted pieces.
 
No sticking - and surprisingly no mold considering they're in a non-temperature controlled room with hi humidity (Seattle).

60" x10 yard roll o Yupo is $113 at Dick Blicks. You can get eighteen 30"x40" out of that for $6.28 ea. Not too bad - with hardboard it would be $1.67 to $2.50 depending on what kind you bought. But no comparison with ease of use -Yupo is hassle free (no more 4'x8' sheets to cut up) and no storage issues.

Legion - the company that makes Yupo gives ZIP helpful info to artists. At least when I was using it - selling Yupo to artists was(is) a tinnie/weenie part of their business. Mounting info you'll find on youtube etc. is about mounting small, raw non-painted pieces.

thanks for the additional info, I have high humidity also, but with high temps for many months and I am too cheap to run the ac much = sticky and some mold.
 
I'm pretty sure I've been through there once upon a time. Lovely city. I traveled through there and Lafayette playing music.
 
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