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TerraSkin vs. Yupo

6 Nov

I’ve been using both TerraSkin and Yupo paper for several years.  These two smooth papers have been produced as shopping bags and labels, envelopes, wristbands, signs, banners, booklets and more before it came to the fine art world.

I heard that TerraSkin was a more eco-friendly alternative than Yupo synthetic paper but it’s really a toss-up.  Neither use trees to make their paper, both conserve water in their production processes and both are non-toxic.  The biggest difference is in the plastic they use to hold the ground stone, also known as Calcium Carbonate together as a sheet.  Yupo uses Polypropylene which has a high melting point, is pliable has a slight static charge (attracts dirt and dust), and costs less than Terraskin.

Terraskin uses High-density Polyethylene with a lower melting point, is less pliable, doesn’t carry a static charge (attracts less dirt and dust) but costs more due to a higher purity (100% virgin).

Here is what these two chemicals look like:

I’ve made up charts of each paper’s properties below.

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My Thoughts on Synthetic papers:

Synthetic papers are easy to work with and have only slight differences that I’ve noticed.  The paper doesn’t need to be stretched.  It doesn’t shrink or expand.  They work fairly well with wet or dry mediums but the floating wet paints take a lot of practice to control.  Terraskin seems easier for layering colors but with patience and practice you can find ways to work with both.

If you are not happy with your painting, you can take it right to the sink and wash it off, although Terraskin tends to stain with certain pigments.

Tyvek is another synthetic material that painters are experimenting with but I haven’t worked with this yet.  Synthetic papers are being embraced by artists for their durability, eco-friendly qualities and their unique painting surfaces.

These papers may be better for the environment due to their tree-free and low water production processes but many of our oceans have plastics floating in them causing problems for the marine wildlife.  So I would advise painters to re-use and recycle their papers rather than tossing in the garbage.  Since I work in watercolor, it’s easy to just rinse off a painting and start again.  If you are using a more permanent medium and wish to start over, remember to use the back or maybe you would turn it into a collage or recycle where #2 plastics can be recycled as an alternative.

 

CREDITS:  https://www.globalplasticsheeting.com/our-blog-resource-library/bid/92169/polypropylene-is-it-different-from-polyethylene  http://www.sea.edu/plastics/frequently_asked_questions, http://www.sea.edu/plastics/current_sea_research

creeping yellow roses with logo

“Creeping Yellow Roses”, Watercolor on TerraSkin paper, 26″x34″ Katie Turner

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Roadside Daylilies

31 Aug

Over the weekend I delivered two paintings to the Utica Library.  I’m participating in the Central New York Watercolor Society Signature Show for the month.  The show is filled with amazing watercolor paintings by many Central New York Artists.  I was impressed with how much talent is right here in the local area.  If you like watercolor definitely take the time to visit.  Here are the two paintings I have hanging in the show.

swaying daylilys

Roadside Daylilies #1”
by Katie Turner
Daylilies are a very temporary flower, usually dying within a day. Like the daylily, our cry goes up that life is short and our cup too little filled. Oh to have given others as much pleasure as freely as the daylily.

Roadside Daylilies #2 by Katie Turner Seeing Daylilies alongside the road is like a breath of fresh air. I think some farmer’s wife must have planted them long ago – before they moved. Now I get to enjoy these glimpses of color, left to the wild.

Roadside Daylilies #2
by Katie Turner
Seeing Daylilies alongside the road is like a breath of fresh air. I think some farmer’s wife must have planted them long ago – before they moved. Now I get to enjoy these glimpses of color, left to the wild.