Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Splitcoast tutorial: Watercolor on Yupo

Yupo Synthetic Paper has gotten a lot of attention in the last few months for its performance with alcohol inks - it's also a great substrate for watercolor! In this week's tutorial over on Splitcoast, you'll learn some of my tips and tricks for Watercoloring on Yupo... and you'll get to learn from some of my mistakes as well.

 Yupo is a tree-free synthetic paper, which is non-staining, nonporous, and has a very smooth surface - it's a lot of fun for a variety of techniques, and if you mess up or want to try something new, you can wipe it off and start over! The paper comes in different weights, as well as different levels of opacity - for my samples I used the heavy weight (144#) white Yupo, which is very sturdy.

I have had this Gazebo Overlook image for a long time and was so happy to see that Whimsy Stamps has picked up the license on it. You can watch a portion of my process in the video below - mostly just the mistakes! I definitely need to revisit this card with the right ink to really show off the image!

I purchased this stamp at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago during their mass clearance sale - so happy to have it in my stash!

Here's the video - let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thank you Dina! I so enjoyed learning about the Yuppo Paper & water colors! It was fun to find out you can use colored pencils on the Yuppo too! SUCH GORGEOUS WORK!!! THANK YOU!!! ;)

  2. Never would have thought to use YUPO for watercolor (I've only used it alcohol inks). Love this!!! Thanks Dina.

  3. I sure have enjoyed your video as always, thanks! I love Yupo too but have only used it with alcohol inks till now.....and the idea of adding pencils too is great. So I am interested in more ' adventures' with other media on the yupo. warmly, Miranda