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How to paint on stone paper with acrylics and alcohol based inks

I like to try new painting surfaces, and wanted to experiment on Terraskin Stone Paper. You can buy that paper in sketchbooks or in individual sheets, at first view, it looks quite similar to yupo paper, although a bit heavier.

You might also like: An alternative to yupo paper: Painting a still life

From the Terraskin website:

  • TerraSkin is a combination of mineral powder (>75%) and a small quantity (<25%) of non-toxic resin combined to create an environmentally friendly paper.

If you are working on a large individual sheet, start by cutting the paper to a size a bit bigger than what you want you final painting to be. That way you will have a bit of extra space on the sides.

Then you can start working on an abstract background.

I used regular fluid acrylics and pinata alcohol based inks.

To see this painting technique in details you can look at: Painting flowers in mixed media from imagination

alcohol based inks on stone paper
ink on terraskin paper

Pinata alcohol based inks

The inks are forming beautiful textures on the paper.

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Jacquard Piñata Colors

Jacquard Piñata Color line is a highly saturated, acid-free, transparent colors. These alcohol-based paints are indelible, and moisture-resistant when dry. For use on almost any clean surface including leather, glass, paper, plastic, metal, vinyl and more. – Piñata Colors Exciter Pack

acrylic inks on stone paper

Leave everything to dry before going to the next stages.

outline shapes before negative painting

Then you can start looking for shapes and outlining them.

acrylic paint on stone paper
glazing with acrylic paint

Painting the negative space with white acrylic

If you want to you can add multiple layers of semi transparent paint and patterns to add complexity to your design.

acrylic diluted in water

Some of the layers can be acrylic diluted in water

beautiful visual textures on TerraSkin
sharpie white marker on paintings
dipping pen and ink to add designs

You can also use white art sharpie markers to add designs

Or a dipping pen and

white fluid acrylic ink
In Victoria: Acrylic and mixed media on stone paper.

White fluid acrylic

The finished painting: In Victoria: Acrylic and mixed media on stone paper.

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Comments (11)

  1. Martina Kovalevska

    Stone paper are perfect for such art. Thanks for this blog I now have few good ideas for what I can do on my stone paper notebooks.

  2. Jeanette Weaver

    Sandrine you are amazing thank you so much for things I have learned from you I only wish I lived near you to go to your studio. The people that attend look wonderful and their work. You have so much in the way of ideas and technique I try so many.

    1. Thanks Jeanette for your very nice comment 🙂

  3. Dear Sandrine,

    Is there a difference between your online course on Painting Flowers from the Imagination and the one from Artists TV Network?

    Also, are those techniques covered in your 16 week on line course? I’m not quite sure what the 16 week course covers as far as in depth instructions. I am a visual learner, so seeing steps also then opens my imagination.

    Thank you.


    1. Hello Eileen,
      the 26 weeks class is assignment based. It won’t give you a lot more instructions than what you can already find on my blog but it will give you an instruction as what to do each week with links to resources and examples of inspiring artists. For example the first week is “draw or paint something in black and white”. You also get to fill out a form with a picture of your painting or drawing so I can give you feed back and ideas.

      You can read more about the class here:

      1. Thank you Sandrine. I love your style and the feel of flow I experience when I look at your work.
        Thank you for your generosity.

  4. Maureen

    Does the terra skin buckle when wet, and if so, do you have to premount it?. Does it rip easily or not? Does it absorb staining pigments like yupo will? Where do you order yours?

    1. Terra skin doesn’t buckle at all when wet because it is water resistant. It is also a very strong paper, not easy at all to rip.
      I think staining pigments will stain it, exactly like they do on yupo paper.
      I bought mine at the local art supplies store here in North Vancouver: Opus Supplies ( but you should be able to find it in most art supplies stores.

  5. Marci

    Wonderful. I was wondering how to try it out. As always thanks for inspiration!

    1. Thanks Marci!!

  6. Thanks again for your useful information, Sandrine.

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