I’ve recently come across an interesting “paper” called Yupo.

Yupo paper hails from Japan where it’s apparently used for some years but has only recently become more widely used. It takes the form of a plastic like substance and I’ve been using watercolours and inks on it.

First you wet it liberally with water, but because it is totally non-absorbent, when you apply the watercolour/ink, it creates the most incredible effect as the colours mix and swirl in the water. Even as it is drying it is continuing to change. It literally takes on a life of its own.

A few drops of neat bleach add quite dramatic touches as it dissipates the ink. It’s fantastic fun and the best thing is that if you don’t like the result, you just wash it all off under the tap and start again!


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