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an alternative to yupo paper

A yupo paper alternative for life drawings: Gel medium on regular paper.

Yupo paper is a wonderful surface to work on with many media, including watercolor. The most interesting properties of yupo paper to me are the fact that when the paint dries, a lot of textures are appearing and also the fact that if you make a mistake, you can just take a wet cloth or tissue paper and wipe off the paint. If you don’t have access to Yupo paper, you have some ways to emulate what it feels like to paint on yupo paper by using a yupo paper alternative. For this you have to make your paper water resistant.

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To make a yupo paper alternative you will need:

  • Regular drawing paper
  • Gel medium
  • Paint- I used watercolor

 

All you have to do is paint a layer of gel medium on top of regular or watercolor paper. The gel medium, once dried will make the paper water-resistant.Paint a layer of gel medium to make a yupo paper alternative

To make an alternative to yupo paper, paint a layer of gel medium, using a soft brush so you don’t risk damaging the paper.

paint with watercolors on top of the gel medium

You can then paint with watercolors on top of the gel medium. You might see the brushstrokes that left an imprint on the gel medium because the watercolor will accumulate in these ridges, I like that effect.

mix color wet into wet on this yupo paper alternative

This surface works well for painting wet on wet, colors will mix and dry with lots of textures.

your drawing is visible underneath the medium

If you paint the medium on top of a graphite drawing, you can still see your drawing when painting but it won’t be erasable. I don’t mind that as I like when the drawing is visible and part of the painting.

colors will lift when brushed over

As with yupo paper you cannot really layer colors as they will lift when brushed over on alternative to yupo paper.

painting on yupo paper alternative

but you can try painting colors on top of each over and let the mix on the paper until you are happy with the results.

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You can’t layer colors but you can paint wet on wet or wet on dry. Here the skin is painted wet on wet and the features are painted wet on dry.

lifting up color with a tissue paper

You can easily lift off color with a wet tissue paper.

yupo paper alternative painting

Leah 4- Watercolor and gel medium on paper

 

A yupo paper alternative for life drawings: Gel medium on regular paper.
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