Item of the week: Yupo Paper

Have you ever tried Yupo Paper?  This was one of Little Loft's favorite activities last summer. Bonus: Our studio table never looked so beautiful. 

Yupo paper is an amazing watercolor paper that allows you to experiment with color, materials and texture. 

Yupo paper is an amazing watercolor paper that allows you to experiment with color, materials and texture. 

What if I told you that there was magic paper that encouraged color experimentation, layering, splattering, surprises, oohs! and aahs!? Well, there is. Yupo paper is a semi-plastic coated paper that provides a no-fail canvas for watercolor. Our artist friend, Molly Brose, demonstrated all the ways in which this is the coolest stuff ever.  You can wipe it clean if it gets too muddled, you can keep sections you like and redo the ones you don't, you can use crayon/oil pastel to create a resist effect.  It does require a bit of drying time once you have the image you're happy with, so keep that in mind.  Add water in spray bottle, salt, pastels, chalk and sponges to add new dimensions to your work.

We read :

Through Georgia's Eyes
By Rachel Victoria Rodriguez


The girls at Nature Girl summer camp spent hours adding layers, swishing paint and editing colors until they created a painting in the spirit of Georgia O'Keefe. Here are a few examples of our flower studies:

Orange poppies. Age 6

Orange poppies. Age 6

Yupo can be a bit spendy but if you are ready to take your watercolors to the next level, give it a try! The impermanent quality of this paper can help to extend the fun, think of it as a dry erase board with thousands of possibilities! We found ours at www.dickblick.com.