So with all the 'eye' talk, I was feeling a bit left out . But I can't do realism like all you awesome saucepots, so I reverted to type and decided on a dragon eye - just for a change . You can join in on some level I find . I have also been wondering about Yupo. It's hard to find in the UK, but I found a supplier premierpapergroup www.paper.co.uk, told them what I wanted it for, and they kindly sent me 4, A4 sheets, labelled thusly : I hadn't considered there may be different types, so whether this is what is generally used... *shrugs shoulders* It was a lot glossier and shinier than I had thought. I cut a sheet in half to A5 size (I plan on a few tests) and sketched up my eye. For a bit of a twist I decided to make it spacey, not an original idea, but my take on it, and good for a test. I didn't prep the surface (I have since found out that Iso alcohol is rubbed over, thanks Jackster) and traced it straight on, discovering that it doesn't trace too well, and rubs off quite easily. Then I basically cut out the eye to use as a paper mask and started the background, using Wicked and hp-cs eclipse. The paint actually laid down better than I thought. I had to make some adjustments to my usual pressure and reduction. It was similar to painting on a hard surface, but even less forgiving, (auto for example is scuffed to loose the sheen) and very easy to wipe off, but I liked the finish of it, and the colours looked good. I got the texture using a stretched out piece of cotton wool. You have to do it just right, too thin and the cotton wool moves too much, but it's a good poor mans grunge effect. You can see some larger holes, and I sprayed the thicker material between them. You have to be careful not to smudge lifting it on and off. Then I painted the planets again using some cotton wool for texture, and decided to try and make the pupil a bit of a swirly black hole thingy. The Yupo was a joy here, as I was able to scratch of some twiddly bits with ease, and I just did some daggers in a spiral, and added a couple of layers of colour, then some starry splatters and a bit of reflection. Next it was time to do the dragony bits - without rubbing off my pencil marks. I found this harder, I wanted to keep pretty tight to the surface as I usually would when freehanding this kind of thing, but the paint was blowing through, I had to pull back from the surface, and reduce the pressure again which helped a lot, but didn't give me the tight lines I would have liked. The paint seemed to bead up to. I am not blaming the Yupo for this, but either myself or the paint. The paint on the inside of the eye did not do this. It also came off very easily, even compared to the the other paint I had used. Just a touch and the paint was gone, making handling pretty tricky. I left it for a while to dry. The centre did dry but the rest didn't- so I am concluding it is either that particular colour, or it just didn't like the surface for some other reason, or my way of painting fine lines wasn't suited. I just painted over my pencil lines, and then basically coloured it in. For the texture on the scales I did as I usually do, hold the brush a couple of inches from the surface and move it towards the surface and back, basically doing moving dots for want of a better description. I just find it easier than figure 8's, and a bit less chaotic than scribbling. I carried on until the scaley bits were done, and had to repair a couple of places I had managed to leave the edge of a fingerprint, or a bit had rubbed off, then pulled the tape. This can be a bit nervous but I figured the surface wouldn't pull up, and it didn't and left a nice clean edge, however the corner of the side I had cut de-laminated a bit. I liked the look of it a lot but due to the fragile nature of that particular colour decided to top coat it with a matte finish which worked a treat, although dulled the surface. And this is the result. Not as clean as I would like, and a little lacking in finesse with not so fine lines. So in further tests I will try other colours and see if that has a similar effect. I will also try with and without prepping with alcohol. Do I like Yupo?? The jury is still out on that one. Other surfaces such as claybord I took to like it was made for me, this I am going to have to get to know - it's a bit more high maintenance . So further testing required.