Alcohol Ink Techniques on YUPO!

Hi friends! Today I have a really fun project using alcohol ink on YUPO paper! You can use either liquid alcohol ink or alcohol ink markers (BTW the sale links to snag the 24 packs of Spectrum Nior markers are now working! You can get the four original 24 marker packs for $20 each and the two NEW 24 marker packs for $24 each and there are NO Duplication between any of the 24 or 6 packs sets so you can build your collections budget allows.) Thanks to everyone letting me know there was a problem with the links yesterday and being so patient while it was resolved:) You are the best!

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If you don’t have YUPO paper don’t despair! You can use vellum/parchment (modern vellum is not really vellum, it is a plasticized paper) you can also use glossy cardstock for a similar effect or if you are feeling brave try this on any light-colored non porous surface like tile coasters or white dominoes. Watch the video for full instruction!

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Supplies:

I hope you enjoy experimenting with alcohol ink on yupo paper, if you don’t have Yupo try whatever glossy paper you have or even acetate sheets or vellum. Art is all about experimenting and having fun so make some time for arts and crafts today! This post contains affiliate links, when you shop via my special discount links you help support the free content on my channel and get great deals, thank you and happy crafting!

LIVE! Watercolor Painting on YUPO Paper 12:30pm ET!

Edit: Here is the final painting from today’s live stream:

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Hi friends! Today at 12:30pm eastern time we are going to have fun exploring water-coloring on YUPO paper!

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Recently Yupo Paper has been popular with alcohol ink artists (I’ll be posting a tutorial on that soon!) but I always enjoyed it for watercolor. I first tried out the paper about 15 years ago and liked it so much I bought a pack of huge sheets that I am still working through today! I had a few requests to demonstrate it so I figured that would be fun to do today. In the photo above you can see a quick teacup painted on regular cotton watercolor paper (top) and YUPO below and you can see the difference the papers make. If you have ever wanted to loosen up more in your work I recommend giving YUPO a try! Here is the reference photo for today’s painting.tea-with-lemon-783352_640.jpg

You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with other painters or ask me questions be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page.

Supplies! I scouted out this mornings steals on Amazon and will share links and prices below. By purchasing via my special discount links you get awesome deals and you help support my free live tutorials, thank you:) *As always follow along with what you have at home, having more supplies does not make you a better painter:)

  • Watercolors: Here are some deals on Student & Professional grade watercolors that I personally use:  Sakura Koi set of 24 (never seen the price this low!) $14.18  *They also have a good price on the 48 set!, Prima Tropicals Set of 12 in metal tin $14.16 (great mixing set!), Prima Decadent Pies set of 12 in metal tin $12.13 (Great for landscape panting) and Cotman Sketcher set of 12 $12.99 (this is what I teach with) For Professional grade paints today’s deals are: Holbein watercolors at about $2 per tube when bought in sets (vs $9 when bought individually) Mission Gold sets $38+ (They are always cheaper on amazon for some reason and I am using the 24 perfect pan set in today’s tutorial) and Daniel Smith 6 tube essentials set (A GREAT mixing set) $25 *The price on this fluctuates between $25-$45 on Amazon and retails for $60 on some sites.
  • Yupo Paper: 9″x12″ pad of 10 sheets $13.55 *other sizes available too!
  • Silicone tools to wipe out highlights (these nail art tools are the same as expensive art silicone tools at 1/4 the price!)
  • Watercolor brushes (you want ones that do not hold a lot of water because Yupo does not absorb anything) this set of 5 Majestic brushes for $16.32 has all you need!
  • You will want a fine tip pen for today’s project, I am using a ultrafine sharpie because I know it will dry. I will use this to draw my design directly on Yupo paper.
  • *Yupo paper is also great with alcohol inks and markers, tutorial on that coming soon!
  • Pattern to print and trace

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Tips & Tricks for Yupo!

  1. Yupo is made of plastic so it does not absorb the paint and water so use little water or it will take a long time to dry.
  2. If you don’t like your painting you can rinse away watercolor, although some colors might stain.
  3. Yupo will not warp so you can use the cheaper lightweight Yupo with no problem whatsoever.
  4. Thick watercolor application may remain stick when dry especially if you are using a paint containing honey. Make sure to frame your masterpiece with a matte and glass (not Plexiglas because it can flex and stick to the paint) if you want to keep it for posterity.
  5. Go with the flow! Yupo is a very fluid and slick surface to paint on, let it do its thing and don’t try to control it too much.
  6. Avoid using a heat tool or blow dryer on Yupo, the heat tool can warp the paper and the blow drier will just push your paint and water around. Patience grasshopper.

I hope you check out this fun project. I think Yupo would make a great paper for kids too, you can simply wash it off and reuse as much as you want for little kids watercolors and finger-paintings. There are just a lot of uses for this wonderful “paper” and I hope you get your hands on some to try! Have you or would you try Yupo? let me know in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE: Tea-time With Flowers & Lemons Watercolor Tutorial on YUPO Paper!

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!

 

Do You YUPO?

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to explore stamping on a plastic paper called YUPO. I was first introduced to this paper 14 years ago and I used it for watercolor but it is really fun to stamp on too!

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You can make really fun backgrounds by wetting the paper or get crisp stamped imaged when dry. Watch the video to see some fun techniques!

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I used the new release from Rubber Stamp Tapestry for my demo today (each set is listed below.) Deal alert! Get free shipping on USA orders of $10 or more with coupon code SHIPFREE16

Supplies:
Yupo Paper
Watercolor markers
Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:
Aloha
Retro Sundress
Bright New Day
Between the Paving Stones
Stars & Stripes Forever
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Small round brush

Feel free to try these techniques on any watercolor paper for more subtle results! I hope you enjoyed this fun technique and try it for yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

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