George James

George James Combo Set


Video Length: 2 Hours 25 Minutes
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This Combo Set Includes 2 George James Instructional Videos

 Mastering Yupo: Techniques for Synthetic Paper

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 DVD 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


Designing for Content: Yupo Master Class

Gain insight and skill on using watercolor on Yupo paper with George James in this Master Class instructional DVD, Watercolor & Yupo Designing for Content.

Create art that captures memories and emotions with gold-medal-winning watercolorist George James. In this advanced watercolor workshop, George leads you beyond techniques for mixing paint and making shapes to the level of feeling color and understanding design.

Inspired by the memory of a childhood music lesson, George demonstrates his entire process for creating meaning on YUPO paper. He translates moods and moments into artistic metaphors, using gesture and color to define his menacing instructor and deliberate shapes to conjure the monotony of a metronome.

With airbrushed glazes, squeegees, masking tape and even his fingernails, George endows the painting with the character, color and elegant curves of his old violin. This DVD features more than an hour of bonus material covering composition, design concepts, acrylics and creative techniques for drawing. The entire workshop guides you from technical and material concerns toward making decisions based on meaning and design. Elevate your art with George James in Designing for Content.


This art instruction video for intermediate to advanced artists is packed with bonuses. George James covers a range of topics, including:

  • What makes a painting an artistic expression
  • Art as communication
  • Creating mystery with darks
  • Design considerations for communicating your personal statement or metaphor into your art
  • Numerous YUPO painting techniques you can apply to your work

Bonus Chapters include:

  • Zones
  • The Grid
  • Point of View
  • Exchange
  • Linking
  • Drawing with Shapes
  • Schematic Drawing
  • Acrylics on Yupo
  • George James Gallery


Master's Series Workshops are chosen to be part of the MASTER'S SERIES based on their exceptionally high design and thinking content. While providing a more in-depth view of technique, it also provides the instructor an opportunity to share the foundation of thought upon which their style and content are built. Technique still plays an important role, but it is no longer the stand alone, dominant aspect of the workshop. MASTER'S SERIES workshops provide students the opportunity to understand the design, thought, and feeling that goes into making a successful piece of art.


Bonus Clip: Designing with Zones