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How to Make A Yupo Art Journal Page

Posted by Kim Dellow

Synthetic papers like Yupo are great fun to use and you can do lots on them that you can't with ordinary paper. Here are a couple of techniques for using Yupo in your art.

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Hi, it's Kim Dellow here with a little piece that utilizes some of the unique properties of Yupo paper. If you haven't yet tried Yupo paper, it is a synthetic paper made from polypropylene. You can cut it and shape with scissors, dies or cutters just as you can ordinary paper, but where it differs from ordinary papers is that it is non-absorbent and color that you put on it can move around freely while it is drying. It is great to use with all sorts of mediums including acrylic paints and watercolors and you can wipe it clean if you don't like what you made and start again!

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Legion Paper Yupo White Watercolor Pad - 9" x 12"
  • Golden High Flow Acrylic - Fluorescent Pink, 1 oz. Bottle
  • Golden High Flow Acrylic - Indigo (Anthraquinone), 1 oz. Bottle
  • Sharpie Water-Based Extra-Fine Paint Marker - White
  • Ranger Black Cardstock 8.5" x 11"
  • kitchen towel
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Brush
  • Water spray

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Let's Make Yupo Art!

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Use a piece of Yupo; I trimmed mine down but you can use any size you prefer. Drip a few drops of both paint colors onto the Yupo surface.

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Use a brush to move the paint roughly around the Yupo surface.

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Then spritz the paint with water and let the paint spread naturally.

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Once you have good coverage of the paint on the surface, use a piece of kitchen towel to lift off some of the paint, then dab with more kitchen towel to leave interesting marks in the paint. Let the layer dry completely.

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Add a small drop of the Indigo paint to the surface and cover the area with a brush, let the paint dry a little bit, then lift off some of the paint again with a new piece of kitchen towel.

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Cut a piece of clean kitchen towel into a rough circle and saturate with hand sanitizer gel then place the circle onto the painted Yupo. Press the circle into the paint then lift it off.

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Take a corner of a piece of kitchen towel and scrape it around the circle shape to make a moon-like object. Use the kitchen towel and a little bit of hand sanitizer gel to remove some of the paint from the edges of the panel. Finally, add spots of highlights with the Sharpie paint pen.

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Have a play with your high-flow acrylic paints on Yupo; you can get all sorts of interesting effects with it if you follow some of the tips here. Also give it a go with your watercolor paints and use water in place of the hand sanitizer gel to lift off paint or add more flow to an area.

Thanks for popping in.

Kim Dellow