I first tried TerraSkin paper thinking that I found an eco-friendly alternative to Yupo synthetic paper. After a few tests, I realized that I found a wonderful versatile mixed media paper even if it can’t totally replace Yupo for some painting techniques.
List of properties
Here is a succinct list of TerraSkin’s properties
- Eco-friendly. The main component of this acid free paper is calcium carbonate, a non-toxic, mineral. No water or bleach is used to produce it and it may be recycled.
- Tear resistent. It is impossible to tear the paper. You need a cutter or scissor to do it.
- Fine texture. The fine texture allows the use of dry mediums (soft and dry pastel, colored pencil …) as well as wet mediums (watercolor, ink, acrylic …). Marks made with fine tip felt pen can bleed a little. When the small pores of the paper are saturated by paint, it becomes more difficult to add dry medium. Maybe it is because the paper is not totally dry. I don’t know yet.
- Don’t curl. No need to tape or pin the paper to a board when applying wet mediums like watercolor or thin acrylic paint. It won’t curl.
- Can be embossed. I’m not a specialist of this technique, but I tried to emboss the paper with the tip of a paint brush and it works very well.
TerraSkin vs Yupo
TerraSkin looks like Yupo in many ways, but they are different.
Yes TerraSkin is a thick, tear resistant, non-curling, fiber and acid-free paper, but it should not be confused with Yupo paper. The fine texture of the TerraSkin retains the paint and the paper soaks up paint and ink (even if it is less absorbent than cotton paper). In comparison, paint and ink stay at the top of the slick and totally non-absorbent Yupo.
In short, TerraSkin is wonderful for artists looking for an eco-friendly strong paper with a very fine texture to work with dry, as well as wet mediums.
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