George James

George James: Mastering Yupo - Techniques for Synthetic Paper

Video Length: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
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George James, AWS DF, NWS shows you dozens of ways to put pigment on Yupo paper.

He has developed a process that promotes predictable results and a creative flexibility unheard of on regular watercolor paper.

If you're stuck in your old watercolor ways, let George James expand your creative horizons with his dazzling Yupo techniques. George uses ingenious tools to achieve effects impossible on standard paper. Even experienced watercolorists will feel like they've discovered a new medium, George takes the frustration out of your transition to synthetic paper.

He shares years of experience with Yupo, from complex layering methods to simple tips on how much water to hold in your brush.

The workshop is a tour de force of techniques. You'll discover new methods for washes, glazing, line work, and adding texture. You'll delight in Yupo's unique properties as George teaches you to reclaim whites from wet or dry paint. He helps you take control of this unpredictable surface with an array of stamps, spritzers, wipes, and rollers.

Wake up to a new world of watercolor in Mastering Yupo with George James.

In this video workshop George demonstrates his techniques for achieving variegated washes, smooth washes, lifting, ghosting, splattering, stamping, creating darks and lifting whites. He creates rich surface textures and luminous dark passages. George is generous with his knowledge and clearly explains the theory behind his every move. The viewer will understand how to anticipate and create desired effects.

Any artist interested in trying Yupo will benefit from this video by this national award-winning artist, George James.


BONUS CLIP: Smooth Washes on Yupo

In this clip from his video workshop, Mastering Yupo, watercolorist George James teaches you how to paint a smooth wash on synthetic paper. The paper does not absorb paint, so George uses a foam roller to smooth variations in the wash. You also learn to make a gradation between two colors.


Interview with George James


Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Francoise Stauber
Mastering Yupo with George James

Excecllent DVD. I was really floundering with painting on Yupo before I watched this DVD. If I made a mistake or simply wanted to make a change in the painting, my only recourse was to wipe off completely what I had done and start all over again which was very frustrating. Or I could not get really good darks. Thanks to George James, I have learned some excellent techniques such as developing textures, working with glazes and obtaining deep darks. He is an excellent and generous teacher . I would highly recommend this DVD to anyone who wants to work with watercolor on Yupo.

Nancy B Brannaman
Tremendous DVD for learning Yupo

George has experimented extensively with transparent watercolor on Yupo paper. He freely shares his knowledge in this instructional video. George boils down guidelines for working with Yupo that are easy to remember after the video ends. George shows how to keep watercolors transparent on this unique paper, using simple, inexpensive tools. I loved his innovative use of stencils, stamps, and found mark-making tools that create an intriguing visual collage during his demonstration. I watched once to learn, then again to take notes, and the third time through will be to follow along and paint alongside George James. I plan to purchase his other DVDs soon.