Yupo is a unique alternative to traditional watercolor papers and is a state-of-the-art synthetic material offering all the attributes of the highest quality papers with the added benefits of extraordinary durability. Ideal for offset printing, silkscreen and embossing, it's also good for oils, acrylics, drawings, etchings and monotypes.
Sandy Sandy Article: What I've learened working with Watercolor with Yupo Paper
It's an incredibly durable, stain-resistant, non-absorbent synthetic paper that holds ink with razor sharp precision. This extraordinary surface also resists tearing and buckling and it remains perfectly flat. Yupo's ultra white color and super smooth finish makes all the colors of the rainbow sing when applied to this revolutionary surface. Colors are brilliant, and they lift off completely. It is an extremely forgiving sheet! Neutral pH with a smooth surface.
Six Ways to Work Watercolor on YUPO demonstrated by Cheryl Hoople
Apply paint straight from the tube, or dilute color with water to a creamy consistency. Use a foam roller to smooth the color.
TIP: Blotting the paint with a flat tissue creates a lighter, softer effect.
Choose various colors; vary lights and darks, textures, and properties. For example, burnt sienna granulates easily and can affect other colors. Moderately dilute paint into and let gravity pull colors down and into each other.
TIP: Use a hair dryer to stop all action and speed up dry-ing time. Constantly move the dryer to avoid hotspots and blisters.
3-Blended Or Graded Wash
Apply two or more colors side-by-side, without overlaps. Use a foam roller to smooth, blend, and grade the colors together.
Layer flat washes carefully and lightly over dry paper. Apply the paint in parallel strokes; do not overlap the strokes and, when possible, avoid touching the paper.
TIP: Use an inexpensive or used airbrush to spray on the paint.
Draw a slightly damp brush across a thoroughly dry area of paint in one direction. Then cross over the dampened paint in the opposite direction. You can roll it with a roller, or blot it with a tissue.
TIP: Water activates and disturbs the paint, making it easy to recover whites.
Moisten a tissue to lift out color. It is simple to do. Use your imagination, experiment and have fun! Try spattering color, using templates, and tilting the paper to achieve different effects. How about using salt, plastic wrap, and old credit cards or screens and napkins with various embossed or raised designs?
- 100% Polypropylene
- Neutral pH
- 4 cut edges
- Machine made
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*** To ensure that your paper will arrive without damage to edges or corners, we have a 10-SHEET MINIMUM on all shipped sheet paper orders. You can select any combination of papers, colors and sizes to make up the 10-sheet minimum, unless stated otherwise. ***