But yesterday I dragged the big Rubbermaid box of supplies to our dining room table, and pulled out a small pad of Yupo paper and my Quiller watercolor palette. I have had the Yupo pad and also some larger Yupo sheets for months, but never experimented with it before.
Yupo has a smooth, shiny finish that reminds me of photo printing paper, freezer paper, and finger-painting paper. Most watercolor paper has some texture that absorbs the paint. Not Yupo. The paint slips and slides all over. This automatically adds an element of abstraction and looseness to your painting.
Here is the description of the product:
Here are my first efforts- (not necessarily completed yet!)
I brought along one of my Jean Haines painting books, since she uses a loose, atmospheric painting style, and tried my hand at some of her examples.
I also tried a normal watercolor landscape of a beach scene, but don't like it. It makes a difference when you do not paint on a regular basis. I think I'll keep the box of art supplies under the dining room table and try to do a little something every day.