Details for "Karen Bishop: Flowing Effects of Yupo"

Flowing Effects of Watercolour on Yupo


Karen Bishop AFCA


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We're excited to offer this interesting workshop by Karen Bishop zooming all the way from Calgary

Who: All levels welcome

When: January 29-30, 2022

10am-3pm both days 

Where: on Zoom, in your own home or studio


Course description:

In this weekend workshop you will experiment with the flowing effects of watercolour on yupo.  Yupo is a super smooth non-absorbent painting surface that suits watercolour pigments beautifully.  You will explore how watercolour paint flows to create loose, expressive patterns and shapes.  You will also explore how the pigments mix, pushing and pulling each other in unexpected and spectacular ways.  Combining this looseness with controlled layering you will achieve exciting and dynamic paintings with colours that are rich and vibrant.  Karen will also show you how to finish your work without framing.

This class is great for beginners or those with a knowledge of watercolour painting who want to add a new approach and add to their skill set.

Supply list to follow.

Below are the colours I use.  I have marked with an asterisk the ones I would definitely get, the others are nice but you can live without them if needed.

  • Indigo*
  • Pthalo Blue
  • Cerulean or Horizon Blue*
  • Bamboo Green (Pthalo Green or Hookers Green also work)*
  • Green Gold
  • Quinacrodone Violet or other purple*
  • Lemon Yellow or other light transparent yellow*
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep or other yellow on the orange side
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Cadmium Scarlet or other medium red*
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna*

Heavy or Medium weight Yupo Paper

  • Pads are available in 9x12" or 11x 14" sizes, whichever size you are comfortable with works just fine.

A board and tape to attach your paper to, we will be doing lots of tipping, so if you need to make sure you cover your working surface with an old towel or paper.

Rag or paper towel.

Water container

A palette with a large centre mixing area


  •  #6 or #8 round brush
  •  teeny brush #0 for details
  •  Large 1 or 2" brush for laying in water (optional)
  •  #12 filbert (1 3/4" flat brush works fine too)



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Artist's Statement:

My work is not intended to be a faithful reproduction of the landscape before me.  Instead I paint by feel.  The paintings that evoke the most emotion are those completed on location where I am able to allow my surroundings and the weather to dictate how I proceed.  I try not to worry about the ending, rather I let the painting unfold and track its own course across my paper.

For me painting allows that perfect quiet, where I am peaceful and at peace with myself, and my surroundings.  It's an escape from the everyday, a chance to experience the earth more fully, a chance to breathe and know that all is well.

To put it simply, I paint because it makes me happy.  My hope is that ther viewer can find a similar joy and peace in my work.


Karen Bishop portrait

Artist Biography:

Karen was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1968 and moved to Kingston, Ontario in the winter of 1992.  When she first arrived in Canada she was unable to work while she waited for her papers, so she made use of the time by enrolling in some art classes which she enjoyed very much.  In 2002 she graduated from the University of Alberta's Extension centre with a Fine Arts certificate.  Since 2007 she has been pursuing her art full time and between May of 2011 and January of 2016 she co-owned and operated The Daffodil Gallery in the heart of Edmonton's gallery disctrict.





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To Register:

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Cancellation Policy:


If you are unable to attend a workshop, refunds are not issuedbut you may find another person to take your place.


Only if the workshop is full and there is a willing replacement on the Waitlist, you can cancel through Kolina Logan ( in which case a refund will be issued.


No refunds will be issued within 24 hours of the workshop start time.  NSAG reserves the right to cancel the course.



If you have any question regarding this workshop please contact Maureen Coles at

Cost & Status

  • CAN$78.00
  • CAN$97.50 with Non NSAG Member Workshop Fee
  • CAN$78.00 with NSAG MEMBERS ONLY
Spots Available:
2 spots available
Registration Open Since:
2021-12-19 00:00:00
Registration Closed Since:
2022-01-28 19:00:00
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