Watercolor Painting on Yupo!

Hi friends! Today I will share tips and tricks for using Watercolor paint on Yupo paper. Yupo is a synthetic (plastic) paper that accepts many types of art media. All of the supplies I am using came in the May Smart Art box.

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Yupo paper is not for everyone. I used to use it quite a bit for watercolor before I started my YouTube career. What I loved most was working in huge sheets and filling it with big beautiful washes of color. It is a very freeing medium but not for someone who want a lot of control in their work. I think it is a nice change of pace. Keep in mind it is not going to behave like typical watercolor paper. Don’t be discouraged when using it, you can always rinse it off if you are not happy with it. For that reason in might ne nice for children who tend to create a lot of art! Are you ready to give Yupo a try? Watch the video for handy tips!

Supplies from the May Smart Art Box
  • Watercolors
  • Yupo paper
  • round and flat brush
  • pencil and eraser (not included in box)
  • water buckets (not included in box)
One thing I wanted to emphasis is that Yupo is an unusual paper, you will not get the look of a traditional watercolor with it so if this kit is your first introduction to watercolor I recommend you pick up a pad of good cotton watercolor paper to try. It is about as opposite as you can get!
If you would like to receive a surprise box of art supplies to your door every month please check out our sponsor Smart Art they ship to many countries and always contain full size supplies, not samples. You can also purchase past boxes from their website if you don’t want a surprise. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

YUPO, Sea Horses & Monkeys {oh my!}

Happy Saturday friends! I had some fun this week playing with Yupo paper. Yupo is made of plastic and it is smooth and yet, by some force of magic watercolor sticks to it. You can use it with other mediums too such as markers, inks, watercolor crayons and even oil pastels. It is fun stuff. At the beginning of this video I will show you a piece of yupo that was stored in a folder touching the manila paper for years, the ink repelled, well I rinsed off the paper, wiped it down and was able to paint on it, I used that experiment for the background on yesterday’s card. You really do not need to be afraid of wasting this paper because you can just rinse it off if you like!

So you have probably thought “hey, Lindsay, won’t my painting get ruined if it gets wet?” and yes, a damp finger print will lift the paint off but you can spray it with a sealer or better yet, mat and frame it under glass. If you are like me and mat your watercolors and the put them in a clear art bag you should probably seal it before matting because if the bag presses up against the surface of the painting it might stick, especially if it is humid…then again, you could market it as “ever-changing art” LOL!

And now for something completely different…, in the comments of the above video on YouTube a few of you asked to see my Sea Monkeys, and I could not disappoint so here you go…

And a cameo by my dog Hazel who is about 3 feet from me during every video I shoot:) I hope you enjoyed this bit of whimsy. You can find YUPO paper at most art suppliers online. I have Yupo lightweight 26″x40 sheets I cut down but you might prefer to buy smaller sheets or pads for convenience of storage. Actually it is cheaper per square foot to buy the smaller sheets at Blick when I just checked so there you go! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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