What is wheatpaste?
Simply put, wheatpaste is a mixture of flour and water used to form a glue that can be brushed onto ordinary paper and attached on just about any smoothly textured surface. In the world of street art, wheatpasting is a viable form of art and communication whether making a political statement, announcing an event or just getting your artwork noticed.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own. You could always buy some, but what fun is that?
One of the good things about wheatpaste is its cheap and the materials needed are everyday items that you may actually have already at home.
Materials you will need:
1. Flour (white or wheat)
2. A cooking pot
3. Some water
4. Something to stir with (i.e. spoon, whisk ,etc.)
5. A container
That’s about it! A little sugar is optional, but it helps add a bit more stickiness to the mixture.
1. First you have to decide how much you want to make. I use a 1:4 ratio, meaning, for every cup of flour you’ll need 4 cups of warm water. You can make from a few cupfuls to gallons if you want, just keep everything in the proper ratio.
2. Mix the flour and water in your pot until you can get a pretty smooth texture (get as many lumps out as possible).
3. Using medium heat, place the pot on the stove . Mix it often while cooking. If it starts to thicken with chunks at the bottom of the pot, use your stirring utensil to break it up while continuing to stir.
4. You want the mixture to thicken to a glue-like consistency. If you want, mix in a little sugar, but take the pot off the stove so the sugar will not burn.
5. Get your container and pour your mixture into it and let it cool. Grab a paint brush or roller and get to work!
*Remember according to the law, like graffiti, this is considered an act of vandalism and defacement of property. Depending on what city you live in you could end up serving jail time or pay extremely high fines, so always get permission.
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