4/06/2007

Tyvek and Yupo

I have been experimenting with different synthetic papers. I tried the YUPO sampler pack and was quite pleased with using it for water media. It recieves the paint so sensitively. I feel as the the acrylic is floating on the surface of it. I liked it enough to want to order a big phat pack of it. "YUPO sheet surface is primarily polypropylene with some exposed calcium carbonate resulting in low surface energy...YUPO synthetic paper is a category 5 polypropylene (PP) plastic film and is 100% recyclable....Yupo is a 100% "tree-free" product, containing neither timber nor any other organic fiber." Well I don't know if I can speak so eloquently or scientifically as THAT! But this paper is wonderfully expressive and worth the time to try out.

I also read about Tyvek.
"Tyvek combines all the best physical properties and characteristics of paper, film, and fabric. Tyvek is equally strong and protective dry or wet. It is lightweight, flexible, smooth, particulate free, opaque, and resistant to water, rot, mildew, chemicals, abrasion, and aging....Made from 100% high density polyethylene fibers."
I ordered myself a roll of it at Talas. It apparently can be sewn. i saw some really bizarre clothing and jackets made of it online. Imagine the art potential!!

This is all so very strange for me. I have long been a proponent of using bark, seed, and other natural debris in my work. I am a rustic girl! I really live in the woods and enjoy that connection with the most basic of things. This departure to "plastic" surfaces is a weird turn of events for me. I want to help save trees. And I also revel in new things, new techniques. new textures. These 2 products should provide all of these!!!!

4 comments:

Craig said...

I just bought two sheets of the 140 lb. Yupo paper to try. I've been frustrated at how the watercolor paper curls when I apply a coating of Golden Gel Medium, my first step in my current process. I'm anxious to see the results of this new "paper".

julie said...

Hmmm.
I am using 8.5 x 11 sheets from the sampler pack I ordered on their website. I didn't have any issues with what I have already used, but I didn't try to full coat it with medium. I used watercolor and acrylic....
What I did notice was the odd "sheeting" effect as the pigment/medium slid across the sheet.

Did you try to tape the yupo down on a board (like an old fashioned watercolor)??

Craig said...

Sorry, I guess I didn't explain too well. I bought the Yupo because I didn't like the way that watercolor paper curled. I was hoping that Yupo would not have the same effect and I'm happy to say that it doesn't. A full coat of medium and no curls -- much better than the watercolor paper.

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