2021 update: Shortly a part II is coming.

After playing off and on for six months (yes, six months!)….I think I can finally nudge this post to the front. It’s too much fun to keep holding onto!

Sometimes I’m slow. Seriously slow. And Yupo? This is a paper that brought me to a halt! I’ve been working with it for months off and on, trying to decide if it’s a product that’ll work with cardmakers. And I was nearly ready to say yes, because all the techniques I’ve been learning and trying have been more fine-arts oriented. But I think I’ve got a few ideas baked enough that some of you daring folks are going to fall in love. And some of you non-daring folks are going to watch the alcohol inks and oooh and ahhh til you need some of this paper. I know, I know. Just saying. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. And then come on back for the cards made with the backgrounds I created!

Alcohol Inks

yupo alcohol

Alcohol inks have always been good on slick papers – but I like them just slightly more, if that’s possible, on Yupo. I’m working out ways to create some paintings with them, since the colors are so intense. Hang tight, more will be coming eventually! Be careful not to put Ranger’s alcohol blending solution in a mister – I’ve been told it has some things in it that would be awful if you inhaled any of it. But for the texture here, colorless blender worked.

Copic Reinkers

Since Copic markers are alcohol-based, guess what? The reinkers are too! They also work with the same technique, drops on Yupo. Wait for it to dry a bit, and you can spray on some colorless blender in a mini mister for interesting effects.

Yupo Copic


I found that watercolor on Yupo is much softer in color, and all the brands I tried worked about the same. (It also takes WAY longer to dry!) As I showed in the video, you can’t let watercolor pigment build up too much or you’ll end up with a sticky puddle…but here are cards made from the watercolor images I created during the video. This first one features removal of color with a brush to create flowers!

yupo flowers

I created this scene by layering colors – and being careful not to let pigment puddle too heavily.

yupo wc scene
yupo wc leaf

One more? Sure! How about a leaf, traced from a real one? The color puddled up, and I dabbed it off – and created amazing texture. I removed the veins with a dry brush – very cool look, and I didn’t even have to put anything on the card. Beautiful just as is!

yupo brusho

One last bit of watercolor – I just had to try Brusho! I dabbed color off, then set it out to dry – and didn’t even recognize the paper when I looked at it the next day! It’s almost a chalky surface – very cool! I stamped the sentiment and image – then used a damp brush to remove color from the egg…yes, what a cool thing this paper does, right!?

Stamping, Inking, and Copic Markers

Since I know someone will ask – more testing is still underway on a lot of our usual stamping and inking techniques. For the most part, I haven’t found any stamping inks that remain stable on Yupo and hold up an image.

But I’ve got a Copic drawing of a cat that I did with Copic markers directly, no stamping – it’s interesting to see how the marker works with brush nib application now that you’ve seen what’s in today’s video.


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