Yupo is a synthetic paper made of 100% Polypropylene. “Do it on yupo” was on the cover of the bound sheets of yupo I bought. I believe the first time I was introduced to Yupo, was in a book of artwork and read about it. Then I went to a supply store (probably Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh, NC…my fav) and purchased a small amount of the paper. When I read about it, it was made to sound incredibly difficult but fun. Sounded good to me! I like a challenge and I LOVE fun! Of course lots of people say watercolor itself is difficult but I find it very fun/easy and frustrating sometimes LOL. I just love watercolor. Anyway, I’d pulled out a sheet of it the other day and professed to those around “not to expect any great works of art because this was just gonna loosen me up and be fun”. I am having so much fun and the painting is actually turning out quite good. The wonderful thing about yupo is the colors stay pretty “true”. It takes a lot for the colors to get “muddy” because they don’t get absorbed by the paper. The paint actually “sits” on the paper until it dries. The BAD part about the paper is you have to wait for it to dry to add detail and you can actually wipe it right off so you have to be careful. The good thing is that you CAN wipe off any mistake and “redo”! You could wipe the entire thing off the page! That is also BAD so I’m sure that a fixative will have to be sprayed on it to KEEP it and perhaps an acrylic clear glaze. Anyway, I am painting a boat on water and got the perspective of the boat OFF and actually was able to “lift” the paint off with a damp brush and repaint the boat. The colors are absolutely beautiful and it’s still in progress……
If you are a “tight” painter as I am: detail oriented …..then you will love painting on this and allowing yourself to just have fun! Don’t expect anything great and just PAINT!
PS: FYI I noticed that some of the more “staining” paints also stain this paper so you will have your “whites” not so white but they still look white compared to the color beside them. Also, the opaque colors may leave crumbs or “sands” of color so make sure your color is completely liquid!