Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Using a Yupo Painting on a Tray

As soon as I finished this watercolor on heavy weight Yupo I realized it was the exact size of the old wooden serving tray that I was planning to freshen up with some sort of art work. Wouldn't you know I want to put Yupo on a tray!

Well, we'll see how this goes.

I gave the tray a base coat of acrylic paint to seal it. Then a few days later, I sprayed the Yupo painting with about 6 coats of Krylon Kamar Varnish (for oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings). After that dried, I applied an even coat of YES glue to the tray and glued the paper to the tray, using a brayer to smooth it and get out an air bubbles. Now I am waiting for that to dry.

I am reluctant, however, to even think for one minute that the varnish will be waterproof enough that I can set a glass of lemonade on this tray. My next step, in a day or so when the glue has thoroughly dried, is to apply a coat of Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish. Now this medium has been developed to cover acrylic (not watercolor) so I have no idea how this is going to work. I thought I'd use a soft sponge brush, trying hard not to go over the surface more than once. I may decide on two coats. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

1 comment:

  1. Well, if it works and it seals it, this is going to be fantastic! Keeping my fingers crossed for you - I haven't much experience with using yupo for anything but a painting that is sprayed a few times with Krylon finish. If you succeed, you may come up with something other artists want to try!