Yupo paper?

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Have you heard of Yupo paper? It's a tree-free, synthetic paper from Legion. Like many watercolor supplies, it's not particularly cheap, so I wanted to just dip my toes barely into the water with a tiny, 5x7 in. 10 sheet pad. I've seen it around on Instagram, but I ignored the lesson on it in the Watercolor Mastery class I took since I didn't have the supply at the time. (Honestly, I am also such a stereotype of a man--I hate to ask for directions or read instructions!)

It took me a few days to work up to trying it and it was not at all what I expected. Sure, I had a vague idea it would be wonky--it's not really paper after all, it's more like a matte plastic. Even setting my expectations "low" was not sufficient! I tried to make a simple blue sky + green grass landscape. What I got was a blue green mess.

It was disappointing enough that I haven't tried again. I'm not even sure what to do with the one painting I now have--the paint is not stable on it and could easily wipe off. I believe that is one of its features actually, so I should probably just wash that entire thing off and try again. I might have to break down and actually watch some tutorials on it, heaven forbid! 

What about you? Have you tried this "paper" and do you have any tips or tricks for me? This is definitely not a supply I'd recommend for a beginner.


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