What is yupo paper ?
Yupo paper is a synthetic water-resistant paper. That means that when used with watercolor, your paint will dry only by evaporation and there will be no absorption by your paper (as would be with regular watercolor paper). This is why yupo paper will allow very nice textures to form while the paint is drying. Here is a close up of some of the effects you can obtain on yupo paper:
A few techniques you can use with yupo paper
With yupo paper, the most influential element is water.
- diluted watercolor paint in watercolor will dry making nice textures and a darker outline, you can see them on that detail of a painting. If you don’t like those outline you can remove them afterwards, when the paint has dried:
- If the paint runs too fast on your paper you can slow it down by adding some soap ( I usually keep a soap in a dish next to my paper when I am painting on yupo. You could also experiment with acrylic gel medium, and acrylics. Acrylics will have t he advantage of making layering way easier.
- You can layer colors on yupo , but it’s tricky, you have to be very careful of not letting your brush go two times on the same place, it would disturb the paint. I wold recommend letting the paint dry completely before trying (like overnight).
- One of the main advantage of Yupo paper is that it will let you easily remove any paint. This is liberating if you are used to watercolor!If the paint is still wet, any tissue paper, dry brush or Q-tip will work. If the paint is dry just re-wet the areas you want to remove. Here I removed some of the paint to make the polka dots on the dress with a Q-tip.
- For the dark areas on your painting you can use the following technique. Use watercolor paint almost direct from the tube, it will be easy to manage, then use a clean new tissue paper and put it on the still wet area you just painted, it will add some transparency to your dark. I used this technique on ” I do ballet 2″:
- Spraying alcohol on wet paint will work great on yupo paper
- You can try acrylics and mixed media on yupo. I made the following painting with acrylics diluted in gel medium, pastels, collage and watercolors.