This month’s Smart Art Box was a watercolor project on Yupo watercolor paper. Now I can’t claim to be a watercolor expert by any stretch of the imagination, but this was still a fun project. One of the things I like so much about the Smart Art Boxes is that you get to try things you may not have thought to purchase, especially if it’s a medium you’re unfamiliar with!

The Smart Art Box is a monthly subscription box where each month you get a box full of full sized art supplies sent to you to complete a full project, along with a brochure that includes a bit of history on the medium, project pointers, and instructions on how to complete your own project. This is great because if it’s a project you’re unfamiliar with, you won’t feel lost.

Smart Art Box provided me with my box for this video. Inside the box I got a set of 12 Lukas Aquarell Studio Watercolor, a pad of Yupo white synthetic multimedia paper, a taklon wash brush and a taklon round brush along with a little palette for mixing (which I didn’t need because the watercolor set had it’s own palette).

I personally had a lot of fun playing with the Yupo paper. It’s non absorbant…so anything you apply can be completely removed/erased by adding water. I’m not sure it would be a paper I would use for projects that I planned on putting a lot of time into, but I certainly had fun exploring some of the different effects you can get with it.

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