How to Create With Minx and Yupo Paper

Yupo is a synthetic, man-made paper that has a non-porous surface. I was curious as to how Art Anthology Minx Shimmering Inks would work on this unique surface. Join me and see what I learned!

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How to Create With Minx and Yupo Paper
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Yupo comes in a number of sizes.  I had a small pad and a few pieces that I had cut up for another project.  I started, not quite knowing what I was making, but with an open mind and ready to play.

Yupo comes in a number of sizes. I had a small pad and a few pieces that I had cut up for another project. I started, not quite knowing what I was making, but with an open mind and ready to play.

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Minx Shimmering Inks come with a dropper.  I started by dropping 6 or 7 drops of red Indulgence onto the Yupo paper. The inks will stain your hands so you may want to wear gloves.

Minx Shimmering Inks come with a dropper. I started by dropping 6 or 7 drops of red Indulgence onto the Yupo paper. The inks will stain your hands so you may want to wear gloves.

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Drop alcohol onto the Minx and watch as the Ink spreads.  Since the paper is non-porous the inks are free to move around without absorbing into the paper.

Drop alcohol onto the Minx and watch as the Ink spreads. Since the paper is non-porous the inks are free to move around without absorbing into the paper.

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Place a few drops of pink (Enchanting) onto the paper and blow through a straw onto the inks. It's best to start with fewer drops of ink because it's easier to control the flow.

Place a few drops of pink (Enchanting) onto the paper and blow through a straw onto the inks. It's best to start with fewer drops of ink because it's easier to control the flow.

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Adding a small amount of orange, or Radiance, I continued to blow with the straw until I liked the pattern.  Use a heat tool to set the pattern in place.  It can take a long time to dry!

Adding a small amount of orange, or Radiance, I continued to blow with the straw until I liked the pattern. Use a heat tool to set the pattern in place. It can take a long time to dry!

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To avoid making muddy colors, I kept warm and cool colors separate.  Drop Panache (turquoise) and Stargazer (blue) Minx onto Yupo.  Tilt the paper so the colors mix a bit.

To avoid making muddy colors, I kept warm and cool colors separate. Drop Panache (turquoise) and Stargazer (blue) Minx onto Yupo. Tilt the paper so the colors mix a bit.

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Place the Take Flight stencil over the Minx and let this sit overnight.

Place the Take Flight stencil over the Minx and let this sit overnight.

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The next day I peeked underneath and it was still a bit wet.  Sponge Reef Velvet through the stencil.

The next day I peeked underneath and it was still a bit wet. Sponge Reef Velvet through the stencil.

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Remove the stencil and use a heat tool to dry the Minx.  I learned that they will reconstitute with water, so they need to be sealed. More on that later.

Remove the stencil and use a heat tool to dry the Minx. I learned that they will reconstitute with water, so they need to be sealed. More on that later.

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For the next technique, I dropped Allure (yellow), Decadent (brown), and Radiance (orange) onto freezer paper (or a craft mat, but mine is so dirty!) Drip alcohol onto the colors.

For the next technique, I dropped Allure (yellow), Decadent (brown), and Radiance (orange) onto freezer paper (or a craft mat, but mine is so dirty!) Drip alcohol onto the colors.

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Swipe the paper through the inks.

Swipe the paper through the inks.

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Here is how one swipe came out.

Here is how one swipe came out.

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This is the second swipe. Dry the inks in between swipes for the best results.

This is the second swipe. Dry the inks in between swipes for the best results.

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Add another color, Majestic (purple) to what is left on the mat and swipe on a new piece of Yupo.  This technique creates really interesting effects.

Add another color, Majestic (purple) to what is left on the mat and swipe on a new piece of Yupo. This technique creates really interesting effects.

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Epic Fail!  I crumpled up Saran wrap and placed it on top of the inks to create a unique pattern.  When I checked it the next day, it hadn't dried a bit and the colors were mixed together.

Epic Fail! I crumpled up Saran wrap and placed it on top of the inks to create a unique pattern. When I checked it the next day, it hadn't dried a bit and the colors were mixed together.

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Since the Inks are not permanent on Yupo's non-porous surface, I sprayed several coats of Krylon Crystal Clear fixative before adding any other media.  Let the coats of fixative dry in between.

Since the Inks are not permanent on Yupo's non-porous surface, I sprayed several coats of Krylon Crystal Clear fixative before adding any other media. Let the coats of fixative dry in between.

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Use stamps and archival ink pads, stencils, and Art Anthology mediums to embellish each card.  I kept them simple because I wanted the shimmery inks to be the star.

Use stamps and archival ink pads, stencils, and Art Anthology mediums to embellish each card. I kept them simple because I wanted the shimmery inks to be the star.

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On several of the cards, I used Art Anthology stencils with Velvets, which have a matte finish, and Sorbets, which have a shimmery finish.

On several of the cards, I used Art Anthology stencils with Velvets, which have a matte finish, and Sorbets, which have a shimmery finish.

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I got a bit carried away with the Amber Gemstones on this card!

I got a bit carried away with the Amber Gemstones on this card!

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I had to use my new Dina Wakely stamp set! Stamping with permanent ink, paint the bee and butterflies with Sorbets, which are more transparent.  Gold Digger is a great color for wings.

I had to use my new Dina Wakely stamp set! Stamping with permanent ink, paint the bee and butterflies with Sorbets, which are more transparent. Gold Digger is a great color for wings.

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I also painted over the words with watered down colors and cut the phrases apart. Fussy cut the images and attach them to the cards with foam squares.

I also painted over the words with watered down colors and cut the phrases apart. Fussy cut the images and attach them to the cards with foam squares.

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Here are the completed cards.

Here are the completed cards.

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As a final step, splatter bright colors mixed diluted with water to add even more interest.

As a final step, splatter bright colors mixed diluted with water to add even more interest.

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For this card, I used Natalie Kalbach Urban Scribble stamp set which includes a rubber stamp as well as a foam, two-sided stamp. It's a great set for layering.

For this card, I used Natalie Kalbach Urban Scribble stamp set which includes a rubber stamp as well as a foam, two-sided stamp. It's a great set for layering.

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I decided to make them into art postcards (if there isn't such a thing, I am making it up right now!) mounting them on white card stock and stamping them on the back.

I decided to make them into art postcards (if there isn't such a thing, I am making it up right now!) mounting them on white card stock and stamping them on the back.

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Visit Kathy's blog at:   				http://kathyadamsmixedupart.blogspot.com/ See Kathy's art work on Pinterest:    	https://www.pinterest.com/katluvsdogs/my-art/

Visit Kathy's blog at: kathyadamsmixedupart.blogspot… See Kathy's art work on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/katluvsdogs…

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