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Yupo is a compelling and unique alternative to traditional art papers. It's a synthetic paper, machine-made in the USA of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain-resistant, and extremely strong and durable.
This extraordinary, non-absorbent surface resists tearing and buckling and remains perfectly flat, eliminating the need for soaking, stretching, or taping.
Watercolor professionals have found Yupo to be receptive to a variety of aqueous techniques, but it is also ideal for offset printing, silkscreen, debossing, drawing, acrylic painting, and more.
Choose Bright White or Translucent sheets. Pigments applied to the Bright White sheet retain their true clarity and brilliance while the Translucent sheet allows for special layered effects and tracing.
Yupo is pH-neutral, flawlessly smooth, and recyclable.
Because of the unique qualities of this paper, dirt and oils hinder its performance. We recommend removing spots and fingerprints with soap and water before use.
Handling Charge — When ordering sheets of paper or board larger than 18” x 24” in quantities of less than 10, a $3.00 per order handling fee applies. Paper or boards may be assorted to reach the quantity of 10.
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A Surface that is Fun!
from Reno, Texas
Comments about Yupo Watercolor Paper:
Yupo is great for alcohol inks, watercolor, and acrylics. I love the way alcohol inks move and mix on Yupo. It is a great surface to work with. I love to experiment while I am painting, and many times end up with a real mess. If I have worked on regular paper, I have to trash lots of failed experiments. Yupo can be used over and over until you get something you really like. That saves lots of paper. Mistakes are easily corrected, saving time and money. Yupo does require some getting used to, due to drying time and the non-porous surface.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Fun and Frustrating
from Amelia Island, FL
Ah the joy and pain of yupo. It's great if you are willing to let it do its own thing, but trying to control it to match your own vision is a challenge. I'm still learning the tricks, but with mixed results, which is fair for any new medium. I've had some interesting results I couldn't get with any other paper, so want to continue experimenting. Friends like using alcohol ink with it, but I am liking watercolor and even sumi-e ink better.
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Love this paper!
My friends and classmates are amazed with my paintings on Yupo. Nobody else in my circle had tried it and now all are crazy about the fact that you can manipulate watercolor on it. I especially like the transparent Yupo; it looks like stained-glass windows when placed with light behind it!
from Oakdale, MN
I needed large, heavy Yupo paper for an alcohol ink project. I was impressed with how the well packaged the paper was shipped. Not a single dent and it arrived in perfect condition, I would not hesitate to order Yupo again from Blick's.
good product fast delivery
By wannabe artist
color flows smoothly
from Garden City, NY
This is a lovely paper -waterproof and sturdy [opaque 144 lb.]i use the paper in layered art projects- it cuts beautifully and can be colored in multiple ways. It arrived from Blick in perfect shape, well protected.
High quality, super painting surface
from Alexandria, VA
I am an abstract artist and utilize yupo to provide a surface that I can create magical effects using scrapers and other tools. The thickness of the surface is particularly important when you adhere the finished work to a surface (such as a board) or when framed behind glass with a matte.
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It has some drawbacks
from Castro Valley CA
Am I maybe using this stuff wrong? The labeling refers to it as good for mixed media, alcohol inks, a different way to watercolor. However I found that pencil smudges terribly when you try to erase it. I used Sakura Micron pens to outline, they wouldn't dry, so they smudged also. I tried other pens; prisma, pentel, whatever else I had...none of them set up.It has a great smooth surface, if that's what you're looking for, and it will not rip or tear! But unless you're using specific ink and/or straight up watercolor without sketching or outlining...well, I guess you're just up a creek! Disappointing - they should make it's limitations clear, I bought 2 pads of the stuff!!!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for your review. It sounds like you’ve correctly discovered that Yupo is a very different surface to work on. Because it’s non-porous, it doesn’t absorb ink the way paper does. One of our Product Specialists will be following up with you via email to offer further suggestions and tips for working on this surface. If you feel this product simply doesn’t meet your needs, we understand and will be happy to assist you with a return. Just call 1-800-723-2787 to speak to a Customer Care Agent.
I bought large sheets of yupo paper which comes in varioussizes. I have found yupo to be a lot of fun to use withalcohol ink. If you haven't tried it you might be interested in playing around with it. You can get someinteresting and lovely patterns.
Very substantial weight and very robust. Great surface for ink or thin acrylic washes.
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