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Wheat Paste Techniques | Wheatpaste Process

Updated on September 29, 2013
Wheat Paste Techniques
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Uses for Wheatpasting

Wheat paste, also known as wheatpasting, was developed long before we were around. As a matter of fact, different civilizations throughout the years have used it as form of adhesive, or glue. Some of the uses are:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Book Binding
  • Wall Stickers
  • Promotional Posters



Materials to Make Wheatpasting

  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Pot (to boil water)
  • 2 Containers
  • Water

Steps to Create Wheat Paste

  1. Begin the process by measuring a 1:4 Flour to Water ratio. This means 1 cup of water per every 4 cups of flour. Each should be placed in different containers.
  2. Fill the pot with water and heat until it boils.
  3. Once boiling, fill your pot with the amount of flour based on your ratio. (For example: 4 cups of flour = 16 cups of water) You MUST stir until the pasting is ultra smooth and there are no more balls of flour or clusters in the mix.
  4. Last but not least, turn off the stove and place the wheat paste into the extra container.

Creation Technique

  1. Add sugar/corn starch to the wheat paste, once it has cooled down. This will make the wheatpasting extra-sticky.
  2. Do not leave paste out of fridge for extended periods of time. For best results- make sure you use the paste as soon as possible. Plan ahead if needed, or store in the fridge for no more than two days in container.
  3. By adding copper sulphate, you will extend the length of time your poster stays up. It best protects the paste up.

Matt Haffner's Wheat Paste

Graffiti Tutorial: Wheat Pasting

Materials to Paste Wheatpasting

  • Bucket
  • Paintbrush/Paint Roller (Brush For Corners/Hard to Reach Places)
  • Squirt Bottle

Wheat Paste Techniques

  1. Ensure wall is smooth or as smooth as possible.
  2. Add wood glue into mixture before applying. (1 Wood Glue:5 Wheat Paste Ratio)
  3. Wet surface layer on desired location with pasting.
  4. Place image payer(poster) over wet surface.
  5. Add a last layer of wheat paste over poster.
  6. (Optional)Layer with Minwax Polyacrylic for a powerful clear finish touch.



Popular Wheat Paste Artists

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      5 years ago

      Thanks, really cool writeup I am an artist from Mauritius, you can check my work and your feedbacks are most welcome! Gael

    • Vimural profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tucson

      Thank you for heads up, I have adjusted the error!

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      6 years ago

      hmm, did that say "4 cups of water = 16 cups of flour"

      i think they've got that ratio backwards...

    • Vimural profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tucson

      I am glad I shed some light on the subject. I hope to make more hubs in the future to show a different perspective on street art and perhaps gain some fans.

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      I actually checked Shepard out after reading the hub, some pretty cool stuff. I think the leo et pipo threw me for a loop, two guys pasting up old pictures. Thanks for shedding more light on the subject.

    • Vimural profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tucson

      That is the controversial topic. Many traditional street artists frown upon this type of art. It is quite simple to design an image through software such as photoshop and then print it out. Another very popular artist (perhaps the most famous) is Shepard Fairey, or "Obey". Bottom-line is he has created art and uses his tools as an advantage. Call it innovation or non-artistic, but he makes millions of dollars.

    • Bazmak profile image


      7 years ago from Michigan

      They are considered artists for putting up posters?


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