I’ve been trying out Lana Vanguard Polypropylene paper, it’s made in France and similar to Yupo paper. I’ll stick to writing ‘Yupo’ though as it’s a much shorter and easier word!
What is Yupo Paper?
Yupo is a synthetic paper made from plastic. Polypropylene pellets are extruded into thin paper-like sheets and cut to size. Various weights of this tree-less paper can be made from the pellets.
This synthetic paper is smooth, smooth, smooth! The paper is non-absorbent so colour sits on top of the paper and takes longer to dry than with other surfaces. I thought this would make it great for blending but the paint just slides all over the place.
Having said that I like this painting of a rose (I started with an acrylic gouache black/white underpainting) and look forward to more experiments with Lana Vanguard paper.