Watercolor Painting on Yupo: Painting Waterfalls with Mark Mehaffey

Artist: Mark Mehaffey
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-MM4d
Runtime: 62 Minutes

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In this video, Mark Mehaffey demonstrates how to paint a vibrant waterfall using watercolor techniques on a YUPO® surface.


Discover how to work from a limited palette of primary colors in warm and cool tones, along with how to use photo references and value sketches to determine the composition of your painting. Then, find out how to create a smooth midtone over the surface of the synthetic paper without leaving any visible brush strokes, and set the foundation of your image. From there, you'll explore how to create texture and lift the paint to make the lightest tones of the painting. Finally, you'll learn how to add the darkest tones and details to emphasize the focal point of your painting and create the effect of flowing water.


A split primary palette of transparent watercolors from American Journey in warm and cool tones
Yellow Gamboge
Sour Lemon
Pomegranate (Quinacridone Red)
Wild Fuschia
Ultramarine Blue
Joe's Blue


Pencils, soft graphite and water-soluble white pencil
Water-Soluble crayons
Brushes—Nylon flats, occasional hake or rigger
Alcohol to wipe down surface
Water spritzer
Blow dryer

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