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How to paint a portrait with acrylic on yupo paper

How to paint a portrait with acrylics on yupo paper by Sandrine Pelissier on ARTiful, painting demos
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How to paint a portrait with acrylic on yupo paper

Acrylics are easier to control on yupo paper, even diluted in water they will not “run as fast” as watercolor. When the paint doesn’t seem to stick enough to the paper I add a little bit of soap and that usually fixes the problem.

Soap will also help you get rid of greasy fingerprint marks that are repelling the water if you made some.

Here are a few pictures of my process, I used only acrylics, water and soap, no gel medium or alcohol.

  • Acrylic
  • Paper: yupo
  • 14 x 11 inches

Step by step painting tutorial

squaring a picture for painting

I am painting this portrait from a picture. To reproduce my drawing on the paper I did draw squares on my printed picture and on my yupo paper to be more accurate with my drawing.

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Yupo Watercolor Paper

Yupo is a compelling and unique alternative to traditional art papers. It’s a synthetic paper, machine-made in the USA of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain resistant, and extremely strong and durable. PH neutral.

squaring a picture for painting

This is the drawing I am going to work with. I erased the squares, although you can still see some faint trace on the paper, but this won’t be visible after I’m finished painting.

yupo paper painting technique with acrylic

I am starting with a layer of orange because this color was present in most of the picture. I am still using the paint in a very diluted way for the underlaying colors.

yupo paper painting technique with acrylic

I am paintings with colors, one at a time, placing them on the painting where I see them on the picture. The final colors will be a mix of all the colors I layered.

yupo paper painting technique with acrylic

Here I am introducing some new colors, still working with very watery acrylic

acrylic painting on yupo paper demonstration

I introduced some dark colors, like the black in the background and starts to work with thicker paint in some areas. I like the bright colors in the shades but will have to subdue some of it for the tones to be more accurate.

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acrylic painting on yupo paper demonstration

This is the finished painting, I added paint until I was satisfied with the result.Because I was not trying to be hyper-realist on this painting I wanted to keep some bright colors accents in a few places,and also keep a lot of textures and patterns in the paint, but have the painting look coherent from a distance.

Comments (9)

  1. […] Painting a portrait with acrylic on yupo paperARTiful: painting demos […]

  2. If I had a nickel for each time I came to paintingdemos.com.. Superb article.

    1. Thank you Reyes Blue, that’s very nice!

  3. Incredibly great writing! Honestly.

    1. Thank you!, English is not my first language so I really appreciate your comment.

  4. I guess I am going to have to go get some acrylics…..I just gave mine away last fall. I have worked on yupo with watercolor a little but it looks as though acrylic might give me more control. Thank-you for all this advice. Makes it easier to try having some suggestions on how to deal with the slippery surface! Love your portraits on Yupo, Sandrine!

    1. Thanks Leslie ! I noticed recently the acrylics are easier to handle when mixed with gel medium, it gave them a better adherence to the slippery surface.
      You have some very nice watercolors on your blog, I really liked your Figures page!

  5. Vishinsky Designs

    nicely done

    1. Thank you Vishinsky Designs !

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