This video by Toronto artist D.D. Gadjanski demonstrates some of the different characteristics that set Yupo paper apart from other watercolor papers. Yupo is, in fact, NOT paper but a polypropylene sheet that’s silky smooth to paint on with acrylics, oils, watercolors, inks, or gouache.
- colors stay intense because they don’t absorb into the paper, yet they are permanent
- you can reactivate the watercolor easily and wipe out areas or soften edges
- unique textures are possible due to the striking, sharp edges and puddling of paints on the surface
- you can use wipe-out tools to draw back into the paint with more contrast than watercolor paper