Under the Sea with Vicki Ross and ColourArt

Say all you want about social media "friends" not being real friends! I've met several in person, and have to say it is very successful because we already "know" each other and have all things art in common. Linda Ann Smith comes over every 6 weeks for a Wicki Play Day! Another social media friend, Lynda Wessell comes over as well. We have a big time!

Anyway, the exploration the last time Linda Ann came over was to play on Yupo paper with ColourArte paints. I had no idea where I was going with mine, which became painfully obvious as I went on. In hour 4, we decided to call it quits. I hate to quit, and had nothing to lose, so later, I just kept washing out and repainting until this little guy swam out.

Here is the video link:

I will briefly show the steps and step-out shots below, but I highly recommend watching the video. You can FF through the parts that bore you.


  • Yupo Paper (available readily online)
  • ColourArte Silks in various colors including Mango Mama, Emperor's Gold, Royal Orchid, Sea Spray. Silks are an acrylic glaze.
  • ColourArte Twinkling H20's in the same colors
  • ColourArte Primary Elements France Papillon set #401
  • ColourArte Primary Elements Glaze
  • ColourArte Radiant Rain Periwinkle

Step One:

Using various colors of Silks, I made some marks. I was leaning toward cool colors. I kept on going, hoping for a flash of brilliance. Then I started seeing an ocean-y scene develop, and added the Emperor's Gold as a sandy beach. The fish came next. I'm not one to paint from my mind, but we were gabbing and teaching…not focused on making a "painting".

Step Two:

I decided to put the entire thing underwater. With the Twinks, I made some loose drips from the top. With Yupo, you can erase back to white paper with just water. That means that once you disturb the under layers, they disappear. So, get in and get out with the brush! It is a different surface (think Chili's menus) and totally non-absorbent. You just have to change your mindset and learn to use that to your advantage. 

Step Three:

I totally took out the fish. It was a freaky fish...and I at least wanted it to look like a real fish.We had Clown Fish in our saltwater tank back when we had a tank.

Step Four:

I continue to push and pull the darks and glazes. When I decided I wanted the fish to look like he was swimming, I erased him again so I could put him back at a slight diagonal. This gives the composition some movement.


I kept adding blue tones, alternating Silks and Twinkling H20's, then mixed some glazing medium with the France Papillon Primary Elements for slight color variations. The final touch was a few sprays with Radiant Rain Periwinkle.