Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Workshop: Something Else To Do With Yupo

Today at Studio 1212 Gallery we were treated to a workshop featuring Carole Rosefelt's Yupo Creations. This very creative artist showed us some of the things she has done with acrylic paint on Yupo paper. The imagination is the sole barrier, it seems, to what can be created using this versatile medium.

According to www.TreeHugger.com, Yupo is a synthetic paper which was originally developed in Japan, is produced in Chesapeake, Virginia in the U.S. The company touts the eco-effectiveness of YUPO, saying that synthetic paper enters the waste stream at a far slower rate than conventional paper. They point out that, since it is polypropylene (PP) plastic film, it is fully recyclable."

Yupo is thought of as a slippery canvas, but artists who paint on it regularly have learned to use its characteristics in developing their own style. However, today we weren't particularly interested in the composition on our papers, but in the colors and textures that we had painted on the papers.

We were using a heat gun to melt the pieces of Yupo we had cut from our "paintings" into objects that we could combine and make into wall hangings, pins, earrings, angels, and a couple came up with pieces which could be collaged onto paintings. These are a few of the ones I made today.

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