Sewing on Yuppo

Tennessee has been covered in snow.  Seven inches!  So I have been at home away from the scanner and the studio.  So far I have only used a scanner for my beginner’s-blog.  But tomorrow I will start trying to use my video camera. 

While I am learning how to blog I have also been learning about yupo and so far I have been very pleased.  The best thing lately has been that it can be sewn with a sewing machine.  Sometimes a stitched line adds interest and color and smoothes out the transitions in a collage.  Notice how much for finished the edge looks with the sewing on this example. I was surprised because I expected the material to make large holes where the needle went in, but it looks like any other paper does after going through the sewing machine.

I was also pleased with the results of painting watercolor over the colored pencil.  I liked the green picture more in real life, but I can see it is too green.  I think it needs a layer of pattern.  The regular colored pencil is nice because it doesn’t lift when you paint over it like the watercolor pencil does.  I will have to play around to see which I like better.  I often work this way, trying out things until I hit on the way that works best for me.  Obviously there are lots of possibilities with yupo.

 I also painted over the colored pens.  If I used many layers of pen, it smeared but one layer of pattern remained firmly on the paper.  The water bleeds on the two figures were not pen smears, but there was a lot of smearing on the brown piece.


  1. this is the first time i have heard about yupo and it sounds very interesting. i enjoyed my visit to your blog.

  2. Oh my goodness I love your art! And always recognize your work when I see it in books and magazines. I am very drawn to both your faces and your wonderful textual backgrounds. two of my favourite things. I am so happy you started a blog. I have tried yupo a couple of times but was not to thrilled with my results so I am looking forward to see what you discover.

    Cheers to experimentation!

  3. I'm so happy to find your blog, as I've been an admirer of your art for quite a while.

    These posts about your experiments with Yupo are wonderful. Thank you! I recently purchased some Yupo, but haven't used it yet. Now you've got me thinking about all the possiblities!

  4. Yupo, sounds great. I have been sewing more and working it into my work. This could work out just fine. I need to find some.

  5. you can get Yupo paper from THE ART SCENE - www.artscene.com.au