Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Experimenting with Yupo and Alcohol Inks

Hi and servus again!

This is my second post today - and if you have missed my short early morning invitation to my new tutorial, please, scroll down to the previous post where you will find the link to the tutorial over at Our Creative Corner.  ;)

In this post I would like to share a new passion of mine: Yupo paper!

I have only just started experimenting with Yupo paper. It is a synthetic paper that makes a lot of media "behave" differently than on normal paper. So you can create great effects on it with inks, alcohol inks, acrylic paints and many other media.

I started with alcohol inks as I love how they spread and create these beautiful patterns on the Yupo.
Here are some experiments with different ways of application, using Isopropanol, diluted inks, stamps, mark making tools...

 I simply let the alcohol inks drip from the bottle onto the Yupo. 
The lighter tones were done using diluted alcohol inks and a pipette. 
To dilute the alcohol inks I used Isopropanol.

I only used three different colours by the way. They mix this beautifully on the paper - simply by adding more layers of inks and/or isopropanol. 

I sprayed a mix of Isopropanol and water onto the dripped on alcohol inks and created some running lines.

#2 detail

I used diluted alcohol inks and tried to create smaller splatters using the almost empty pipette. 

I used mixes of heavily diluted alcohol inks and pure Isopropanol to create layers of drops of all sizes.


I used Isopropanol and rubber stamps, bottle caps,  ribbon (dipped into Isopropanol) and other tools to create marks. The black script was stamped on using black archival ink. 


I used pure alcohol inks. isopropanol and soft scraping tools to spread the inks. 



the same procedure with heavily diluted alcohol inks

Working on Yupo is such great fun! 
Thanks for stopping by! 



  1. these backgrounds are gorgeous. art in themselves.

  2. your background pieces are freakin stunning Claudia!!

  3. Wow, that's really awesome, a magic effect, many many thanks for sharing with us, a fantastic inspiration with so many possibilities!!!
    Das muss unbedingt ausprobiert werden, da komme ich überhaupt nicht mehr raus aus meinem Labor ;-) LG Kerstin xx

  4. Wow Claudia these are stunning! I need Yupo paper!

  5. awesome tutorial Claudia. Thanks for the time it took to do and post. Appreciate it.

  6. boah sehen die "Versuche" klasse aus !!!
    Ich bin ganz hin und wech *gg
    Woher hast du denn dieses tolle YUPO ???
    LG hellerlittle

  7. Yes, thank you for sharing! These are amazing.


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