Card-Mak­ing Tech­niques: Yupo Pa­per

Join Deb­o­rah Nolan to learn ex­cit­ing card-mak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for Yupo pa­per!

CardMaker - - Contents - By Deb­o­rah Nolan

Yupo is a syn­thetic card­stock made of 100% polypropy­lene. De­spite its non­porous na­ture, Yupo has long been a fa­vorite with water­color artists be­cause it doesn’t pill, curl or warp, and it al­lows pin­point con­trol of the paint. Artists who work with ink ap­pre­ci­ate the way col­ors re­tain their vivid­ness and how Yupo’s smooth matte sur­face yields crisp images. A va­ri­ety of me­dia can be used on this pa­per in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, acrylic paints, Dy­lu­sions ink sprays and paints, In­dia inks, al­co­hol inks, Archival inks, Staz-On inks, Sharpie mark­ers and Faber-Castell PITT artist pens.

Yupo ini­tially ap­pears to be iden­ti­cal to glossy card­stock, but the dif­fer­ences are great. Ink dries on the lat­ter al­most im­me­di­ately. Ink also can­not be re­moved from glossy card­stock, so blend­ing can quickly be­come muddy as the col­ors pile up on one an­other.

In con­trast, ink takes longer to dry on Yupo, mak­ing it eas­ier to ma­nip­u­late and re­move. Ink can also be re­ac­ti­vated and will con­tinue to in­ter­act and move as long as it is wet. As a re­sult, color blend­ing is au­to­matic and trou­ble-free.

There are three im­por­tant caveats to con­sider be­fore work­ing with Yupo. First, its non­porous sur­face re­quires ex­tended dry­ing time with­out ben­e­fit of a heat tool, which will warp and melt Yupo im­me­di­ately. Sec­ond, fin­ished projects should be sealed with a fix­a­tive such as Kry­lon Clear Coat. Fi­nally, skin oils pro­vide a per­ma­nent re­sist when they come in con­tact with Yupo, so rub­ber gloves are a must.

There are many tech­niques for ap­ply­ing al­co­hol ink to Yupo. Hours of en­joy­ment are guar­an­teed to any­one who wants to sit down and have a good play. And af­ter you’ve ex­hausted the al­co­hol inks, you’ll be hooked enough to try wa­ter­col­ors, acrylics, mark­ers and all the rest of the me­dia.

Drop­ping Ink

Step 1: Squeeze drop of ink onto Yupo pa­per. The droplet will ex­pand in a cir­cu­lar shape, re­sult­ing in an aura or halo ef­fect (Photo 1).

Step 2: Re­peat Step 1 as de­sired with the same or dif­fer­ent col­ors. As droplets

ex­pand, they re­act with the other droplets (Photo 2).

Step 3: Re­lease drops of 91% iso­propyl al­co­hol or Ranger Al­co­hol Blend­ing So­lu­tion (ABS) to fur­ther in­ter­act with ink droplets (Photo 3).

Blend­ing Ink

Step 1: Ap­ply drops of three al­co­hol ink col­ors to felt or foam ink ap­pli­ca­tor tool. For best re­sults, al­low space be­tween col­ors. If de­sired, add drops of 91% iso­propyl al­co­hol or Ranger ABS (Photo 4).

Step 2: Pounce ap­pli­ca­tor on Yupo pa­per or dab with twist­ing mo­tion (Photo 5). Step 3: If de­sired, re­fresh ap­pli­ca­tor with ink or al­co­hol and re­peat Step 2.

Pro­pelling Ink

Step 1: Squeeze drop of ink on Yupo pa­per. Step 2: Blow through straw to chase ink into veins or to ma­nip­u­late droplet’s shape (Photo 6).

Tex­tur­iz­ing Ink

Step 1: Squeeze drop of ink on Yupo pa­per. Step 2: Af­ter ink has dis­si­pated but is still wet,we gen­tly blot with tex­tured pa­per towel or sea sponge (Photo 7).

Push­ing/Drag­ging Ink

Step 1: Squeeze drops of ink on Yupo pa­per. Step 2: Push droplets into planes or lines with side of cof­fee stir stick (Photo 8).

Re­mov­ing Ink

Step 1: Ap­ply 91% iso­propyl al­co­hol or Ranger ABS to pad, cloth or cot­ton-tip swab.

Step 2: Press pad or cot­ton-tip swab into inked Yupo pa­per; lift off de­sired amount of ink (Photo 9).

Re­sist Stamping

Step 1: On dry, inked Yupo pa­per, stamp im­age with Archival ink. Step 2: Im­me­di­ately re­move ink with dry, soft cloth (Photo 10).

Re­sist Sten­cil­ing

Step 1: Place sten­cil on dry, inked Yupo pa­per.

Step 2: Dampen foam ink blend­ing tool with 91% iso­propyl al­co­hol or Ranger ABS.

Step 3: Gen­tly rub blend­ing tool over sten­cil to lift ink (Photo 11).

Droplet Sten­cil­ing

Step 1: Place sten­cil on dry, inked Yupo pa­per; se­cure sten­cil’s edges with re­mov­able tape.

Step 2: Hold down first sten­cil open­ing with two fin­gers; drop ink into open­ing (Photo 12). Step 3: Let ink sta­bi­lize be­fore re­leas­ing fin­gers. Step 4: Work­ing clock­wise, re­peat Steps 2 and 3 with each sten­cil open­ing.

Mask­ing, Ver­sion 1

Step 1: Place plas­tic mask or sticker on uninked Yupo pa­per. Step 2: Ap­ply ink(s) to foam ap­pli­ca­tor tool and pounce over sticker and sur­round­ing area (Photo 13).

Step 3: Once dry, gen­tly re­move sticker (Photo 14).

Mask­ing, Ver­sion 2

Step 1: Place sticker on dry, inked Yupo pa­per.

Step 2: Ap­ply al­co­hol to foam ap­pli­ca­tor tool and pounce over sticker and sur­round­ing area.

Step 3: Once dry, gen­tly re­move sticker.

Doodling

Step 1: On dry, inked Yupo, doo­dle with per­ma­nent ink pens.

Step 2: Start doodling in up­per left corner and work clock­wise. Cover doodling with scrap pa­per to avoid smear­ing.

Step 3: Al­low doodling to dry 24 hours; spray with fix­a­tive.

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