Wheat Paste Techniques | Wheatpaste Process
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
Steps to Create Wheat Paste
- 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.
- Fill the pot with water and heat until it boils.
- 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.
- Last but not least, turn off the stove and place the wheat paste into the extra container.
- Add sugar/corn starch to the wheat paste, once it has cooled down. This will make the wheatpasting extra-sticky.
- 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.
- By adding copper sulphate, you will extend the length of time your poster stays up. It best protects the paste up.
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Graffiti Tutorial: Wheat Pasting
Materials to Paste Wheatpasting
- Paintbrush/Paint Roller (Brush For Corners/Hard to Reach Places)
- Squirt Bottle
Wheat Paste Techniques
- Ensure wall is smooth or as smooth as possible.
- Add wood glue into mixture before applying. (1 Wood Glue:5 Wheat Paste Ratio)
- Wet surface layer on desired location with pasting.
- Place image payer(poster) over wet surface.
- Add a last layer of wheat paste over poster.
- (Optional)Layer with Minwax Polyacrylic for a powerful clear finish touch.
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