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A few weeks ago a friend was telling me about this crazy new paper called Yupo paper – I know, sounds like a dog-sitting service or something – but really, it’s so fascinating! Yupo paper is actually a 100% synthetic paper that’s waterproof and recyclable!
So, I decided to walk into the local art store this week and grab myself a 5×7 pad of this stuff to try out. The first thing I noticed was how strangely smooth it was – it didn’t quite feel like plastic, but it also didn’t feel like paper either. If you have as much fun touching different materials as I do, you will love this stuff!
I also learned just from my own research that Yupo paper doesn’t tear, which is awesome! It means for the clumsy person like myself, you don’t have to worry as much about your expensive piece of watercolor paper tearing after you do that clumsy thing you’re so good at doing. It’s also supposedly very durable, built to last lifetimes, and you can wipe it clean if you need to during your artistic process.
You can also:
Die cut with it.
AND it comes in different gradients of translucency, or super hard white.
Use virtually any medium on it.
Some things I learned from trying it out myself:
Ink sticks REALLY well to it.
Watercolor takes awhile to dry (I mean, it takes awhile to dry on regular watercolor paper too, so that’s nothing new), but when it does dry, the colors are insanely vibrant.
Watercolor looks a little different then it does on regular watercolor paper – it’s got inky, cloudy quality that I’m finding hard to explain.
It doesn’t buckle at all, like watercolor paper does.
So, without further terrible explanation of what the stuff is and how much I loved it, here were my results!
This pretty original 5×7 on Yupo Paper is up in the shop, only $34 and free shipping for US based folks! . . . #originalartwork #original #originalart #yupopaper #painting #mixedmedia #etsy #artistsoninstagram #artist #instaart #housewarminggift #giftidea #etsyshop #purple #pantone2018 #pantone #ultraviolet #amethyst #homedecor #interiordesign
I was also able to find a few other really great examples on Instagram of artists using Yupo paper for their paintings:
Here’s a quick post of the last of my primary color series. 5×7 alcohol ink and Sharpie pen on heavy Yupo paper. These are going up on my Etsy site today but message me if one calls to you! ❤️💙💛 Hope everyone is warm and safe and cozy today ❄️ . . . #alcoholink #yupopaper #primarycolors #artflowsessions #fluidart #coastaldecor #beachhousedecor #beachhousestyle #interiordesign #interiordecor #coastalliving @coastal_living #CLPicks #arttherapy #decoratewithart #wilmingtonnc #obxart #wilmingtonart #obx #coralreef #oceanart #seaweed #seaurchins #sharpieart #sharpie @sharpie #charlestonstyle #hamptonsstyle #aiartcomm #aiartcommunity
Yupo paper can be purchased in most art stores, and I would definitely recommend buying some if only just to test it out for yourself! Because I love Amazon Prime, and I know there are a lot of people out there that love it as well, that’s probably the top pick I would go with if you’re just wanting to test the waters. You can buy a pad of Yupo 5×7 paper for only $6.79 on Amazon! Here are some other options you can find on Amazon – these are all Legion brand (that’s the one I tested) but there are other brands out there:
If you’re a fan of Blick you can also find Yupo paper through them online and in the store – they currently carry the Legion brand as well as one for watercolor that you can buy per sheet.
If you’ve ever used Yupo paper please leave a comment about it! What mediums do you use on it? Do you ever use the translucent one, and why? Is it better to get a pad or one of the large rolls? If you have pictures or a shop, please leave your link with your comment!