I have for a while been wanting to try Yupo paper, and got the opportunity after picking up some recently during a weekend away in Portland. The ‘paper’ is synthetic with a non-porous surface that repels water. It has a very lovely smooth texture and my favorite part is that you can paint on it with oils immediately after taking a sheet out of the paper pad—no need for any gessoing. It is perfect for travelling with or using for plein air painting due to its ease of use. I really enjoyed painting on it as it is such a different experience from working with linen. The paint goes onto the surface like butter—it is very smooth and you can easily see the brushwork. When scraping paint from the surface it wipes off quite quickly and easily. As the surface is non porous it does not absorb any paint and therefore you will not find any lighter areas on your painting as the paint dries. The colors don’t sink in but rather float on top of it. On Yupo a color’s unfiltered brightness and truest essence emerges.
Oil paint is not quite advertised to use on Yupo paper – the Yupo pad itself states that the surface is great for watercolor, alcohol inks, and acrylics but does not mention oil paint. It works like a dream with oils and do hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!