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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.

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




Pinata alcohol based inksIMG_7690

The inks are forming beautiful textures on the paper.


Jacquard Piñata Colors

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


Leave everything to dry before going to the next stages.


Then you can start looking for shapes and outlining them.


Painting the negative space with white acrylicIMG_7944

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


Some of the layers can be acrylic diluted in water



You can also use white art sharpie markers to add designs

Or a dipping pen and


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

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  • Maureen October 18, 2016, 6:42 am

    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?

    • Sandrine Pelissier October 18, 2016, 9:07 am

      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 (http://opusartsupplies.com/) but you should be able to find it in most art supplies stores.

  • Marci October 4, 2016, 6:31 pm

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

  • Sonia October 4, 2016, 4:30 am

    Thanks again for your useful information, Sandrine.

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