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Whether you're pasting artwork, political posters or fliers for a show, wheat paste is a good medium to glue them up with. Unlike wallpaper paste, wheat flour is cheap and easy to get a hold of. If you're going to be doing a lot of pasting, a bucket with a lid, a handle, and a paint roller work well. Otherwise a plastic container with a lid will hold enough.
* These are optional
Pour dry wheat flour into the container about 1/3 of the way full. Slowly mix it with water, stirring as you do so. You want the wheat paste to be thin enough to paint onto walls but thick enough to stick.
To put something up paint the wall with a thick layer of paste and smooth your poster over it. Make sure you glue the edges down. Don't paste over the poster or you won't be able to see it. Wheat paste is not clear. If you're worried that the poster might get damaged in the weather, or if you want to make it harder to take down, spray [or paint] a clear coating of shellac over it. The wheat paste sticks best to surfaces like cement. If you put the poster up well enough the only way anyone is going to be able to take it down is by buffing it off.
If you're worried about being linked to the crime, wear gloves and carry a plastic bag with you. If you see a security guard or a police officer, put all your wheat pasting supplies in the bag. To make it even less suspicious wear some nice light-colored clothing (so that the wheat paste doesn't show up on it) and carry a Gap shopping bag. Play it off.
Remember, it's best to wheat paste with a purpose. It's a great way to make a political (or anti-political) statement or put up your artwork for others to enjoy. Good luck and have fun!
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jeeff: 10th May 2005 - 14:57 GMT
i was just wishing the other day that there was more practical information to aid in my "pet projects." very very useful. thanks.
elaine: 10th May 2005 - 14:58 GMT
i like a good recipe. as a casual observer, and a meddler, can i suggest surgical gloves rather than washing up gloves, you would get more control, which you might want. you can buy them in big boxes
Jamie: 10th May 2005 - 15:01 GMT
thinks.oO( hmmm, pet bird...)
elaine: 10th May 2005 - 15:03 GMT
how very practical you truly are, peter. and economical too. you could cook it down to a semolina consistency and add cheese
angry protractor: 11th May 2005 - 12:46 GMT
1 sheet avery labels (your design applied)
elaine: 14th May 2005 - 16:26 GMT
i realise this is a bit left field but this entry hasta link to this one because moss grafitti recipe link was found there! www.storiesfromspace.co.uk/data/html/mossgraffiti.html
mazer1: 16th Jul 2005 - 21:45 GMT
ha lol im gonna go wheat past all these trash cans in my city thanks for the recipe!! ~ MaZeR.OnE DtAk_OgAk
fresh: 27th Nov 2005 - 06:46 GMT
Thanks man, I've searched for this recipe for a while now. I'm currently a writer, and am very interested in getting into postering. how can I best make my posters? By this i mean, should i draw them all out, or have them some how printed? Because I don't understand how people have printouts that big?! Please help me out someone!! Thanks in advance
static: 11th Dec 2005 - 21:09 GMT
if i put spray paint on my poster will the shellac ruin the paint?
buttons: 28th Dec 2005 - 20:06 GMT
There is a cooked clear weat paste but some one whould have to search for it
Kon: 2nd Jan 2006 - 01:21 GMT
Oh, and I forgot to ask, how does wheat paste hold up over time? Can I make a big batch and use it over a month, or do you have to use it soon?
domino: 3rd Feb 2006 - 09:16 GMT
the thinner the paper the better, it absorbs the paste and sticks on real good. at kinkos you can print out large copies and magnify your drawings.
fray: 5th Feb 2006 - 14:08 GMT
someone asked about big pasties, these are done with a few pieces of paper, you buy a roll of thin paper, usually about 1m thick and fucking long, and line the sheets up. most large pasties are stencilled aswell.
i suggest using a cooked wheatpaste, as it is clear and can be used as a top coat, protecting your pastie from the elements and really sealing it on the wall.
here is the reicipie for a cooked paste
Prepare 1 cup (2.4 dl) of very hot water. Make a thin mixture of 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of white flour and cold water (just enough to wet all the flour and make it liquid enough to pour). Pour the cold mixture slowly into the hot water while stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. When it thickens, allow to cool. Smear on like any other glue. For slightly better strength, add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sugar after the glue is thickened. After using a portion, reheat the remaining in a covered jar or container to sterilize it for storage or keep refrigerated.
i use this recipie regularly and put the paste up using a thick paintbrush or an old style broom on a stick for large posters.
good luck, and happy pasting.
klepto: 11th Feb 2006 - 23:04 GMT
tahnx for the recipes, im a graff artist, and im all abou the cause so ima get into wheat pasting
denvervicer: 28th Apr 2006 - 15:41 GMT
yeah that wheatpaste works ok but if you realy want your stuff to stay up try using wall paper paste (and you can add a little wood glue if you want it to be water proof).... they cant get it off!
jimbop : 3rd May 2006 - 11:20 GMT
im 13 and love sticker street art me and my twin bro do it all around our high school and it gets some gud publicity so im happy
anon (22.214.171.124): 23rd May 2006 - 19:38 GMT
I especially like the clear paste, it looks great.
ehsohz: 2nd Jun 2006 - 16:47 GMT
Thx to all all those who posted recepies! Im a stenciler and was curious about putting up huge pieces and wheat paste or variations there off was a mystery to me...
SUM1: 7th Jun 2006 - 09:31 GMT
WHAT PAPER CAN I USE AND CAN I GET PRINTED DESIGNS IF SO WHERE HELP ME PLESE ...THANKS FOR THE RECIPIES GOOOD 1 :)
ROB: 7th Jun 2006 - 11:15 GMT
YOU CAN BUY SUMTHING LIKE WRAPPING PAPER (PLAIN) AND GET IT PHOTOCOPIED WITH YOUR DESIGN JUST ASK TO PUT YOUR PAPER IN THE PHOTOCOPIER
EVA_unit_01: 9th Jun 2006 - 08:52 GMT
my choice of paper is butcher's paper they sell them in big rolls, they're cheap, and take to paste really well. but the bitch is cutting them to size
Editor: 9th Jun 2006 - 10:00 GMT
This article is now google's number one result for wheatpasting, thanks to everyone for all the advice and tips!
zag: 23rd Jun 2006 - 01:55 GMT
cornstarch works really well instead of flour - it's completely clear and sticks reeaaall well (especially if you follow fray's suggestion and add some sugar when you're cooking it all up). i usually start out with 1 cup cornstarch/2 cups water. it gets pretty thick so you can add more water as it's cooking. the tricky part with cornstarch is that it clumps up like crazy, so use a potato masher or a blender (one of those blender-stick things is perfect) and get out as many lumps as possible.
Mad Paster: 26th Jul 2006 - 20:41 GMT
shyt, I used all types of other stuff, but know I know the deal
BlazedOne: 31st Jul 2006 - 22:05 GMT
i was wondering how to get ur perfect deisighns on there?? where do you get butcher paper, wraping paper, and all thoses papers printed on?? or do you have to draw/paint them on by hand??
hool: 1st Aug 2006 - 03:01 GMT
use a photocopier to enlarge prints. get big prints made cheaply at kinkos, or similar print shop. it's not expensive to get black ink printed on plain paper in large sizes.
ryan: 1st Aug 2006 - 07:34 GMT
I am a graduate student writing my master's thesis on wheatpasting. I am looking to interview individuals who wheatpaste either via email or in person. Please contact me if you are interested in discussing your art: firstname.lastname@example.org
bot-boy: 3rd Aug 2006 - 12:13 GMT
thanks 4 the recipe i have been lookin 4 a while. i have been in to stickers but this is really good and graphing got a little borin.
madeyoulook: 10th Aug 2006 - 05:01 GMT
i was wondering if regular startch would work for wheatpaste? or elmers glue in water just like you paper mache. so if anyone could answer that i would greatly appreciate it.
email@example.com: 6th Sep 2006 - 23:56 GMT
is wheat pasting elegal? because i would like to get into it but dont want to get caught, please email me with answers!! Thanks!
guy: 19th Sep 2006 - 16:51 GMT
im no lawyer but if you put anything up on property that you do not own it is illigal. but just sack up and look over your sholder when your putting up a poster
boozebuzz: 7th Oct 2006 - 10:51 GMT
wot if u use paint or posca pens to do ur design?
iamnormal: 25th Oct 2006 - 17:21 GMT
i thought that kinkos was cheap for getting your posters printed, but it ended up being $9 for one 24"x36"!! rip, guess i'll be painting my own
redhanded ever: 9th Nov 2006 - 23:10 GMT
im tryin ta get the mixtures down using wood glue itsa pain in the ass
DIRTY: 4th Jan 2007 - 15:34 GMT
Wheatpasting is king.
crow for the cause.: 22nd Jan 2007 - 03:41 GMT
i hear newsprint works the best. also, i'm taking a screenprinting class at a community college for only $60 to print all my graphics for free! as long as i put in the effort and the labs are open, i can print hundreds of posters for no cost!
Muffin Man: 1st Feb 2007 - 14:03 GMT
Ok..well I been interested in this art form for a while. And I think its time I get around to getting something out there. I got my design, pretty simple for now. I traced a grenade in illustrator and I must say I like the result, it has lots of potential. So with that said, I should print out my first batch of prints today and do up some paste when I get home, hopefully tonight Ill have some pictures going. But can I ask if anyone here has other good pages that talk you on how to create these posters? I seen some incredible ones like 2cents uses. So yea, feel free to add me on myspace as well http://myspace.com/pawe1 till then live life, defeat is not an option and stay loyal to your God and art.
fear: 4th Feb 2007 - 04:37 GMT
what type of paper should i use and whats the best way to get an image on it? FEAR-ONE@HOTMAIL.COM
A29ER: 28th Feb 2007 - 20:07 GMT
make sure u make a certain amount of wheat paste. Wheat paste will smell after a while if kept in a bucket with a lid on.make sure that doesnt happen. if you make wheat paste and go over the poster it will go clear but there is a certain way to make it.
this way it doesnt smudge the paper once u go over it again. it works.clear
RobotW/Roots: 8th Mar 2007 - 22:47 GMT
i been interested in street art of all kinds for a while now and ive experimented with most. i just started pasting and ive found a good mixture for the paste, but im wondering what color medium works best and what type of paper?
Instorenow: 9th Mar 2007 - 00:44 GMT
I use bank paper, its thin and light so i paste two against eachother. It easy to distribute.
Instorenow: 9th Mar 2007 - 00:47 GMT
Also, how long does it last if you put it in a jar or something and when heating it up, do you mean micrwaving it?
RobotW/Roots: 9th Mar 2007 - 19:13 GMT
whats bank paper exactly? i never heard of that. i just been using butcher paper. the only problem is that it has a wax backside and that makes it harder to make it stick.
RobotW/Roots: 26th Mar 2007 - 19:22 GMT
thats very true
clevr: 30th Mar 2007 - 15:08 GMT
I use newsprint printed on with an injet printer. Spray some Arcylic spray varnish to keep the ink from smudging and your all set. You can get newsprint dirt cheap and HUGE. I have a few up on my outline on the floor like a police dead body line
sir fanceepants: 5th Apr 2007 - 18:00 GMT
i read the comment of adding wood glue to make it waterproof. you can also add bookbinder's glue to make it super resistant.
jason: 7th Apr 2007 - 14:38 GMT
If you mix 1 part elmers glue and 1 part water you get a good result that is clear - just mix it in a water spray bottle -- clean the tip when you're done or it will dry and ruin the bottle -- it's fast and cheap (depending on how much glue you wanna buy). I've used this method for band flyers and they are still there from years ago!!
iman: 7th Apr 2007 - 17:01 GMT
to klepto: is this the klepto i know from long island? a kid i know named Brian, from Columbia? you seem like a tagger, but you never told me you tagged. just wanted to say that if this is the guy i know.
Lily: 13th Apr 2007 - 00:49 GMT
Hi, a friend and I have been planning to put a series of posters on a long, thin surface. The posters will be in the form of a comic strip and will need to be relativley large. How do I get these printed without raising suspision? how can I transport them?
devin: 19th Apr 2007 - 00:44 GMT
hey, I recently got into putting up posters around my town, and I've been using spray adhesive to stick them up, and I've been interested in trying the wheat paste instead of my spray. any advice? oh and the spray adhesive totally works so good.
Ladle: 25th Apr 2007 - 17:54 GMT
Wheatpasting is a lovely thing - for those who (like me) cant afford a printer to max out large posters, use homokaasu.org/rasterbator - its a brilliant way to make huge posters that tile up. Enjoy!
Instorenow: 10th May 2007 - 12:30 GMT
bank paper is a 45gsm light wieght shit! its like the butchers paper i think!
Instorenow: 10th May 2007 - 12:32 GMT
i find spray adhesive only works on metal surfaces for me anyway. I've tryed brick walls but nothing happens, how did u make it work?
galen: 29th Jun 2007 - 06:34 GMT
hey just curious, if you used something like rasterbater, what do you use to connect all the seperate papers together to make the one giant one to wheat paste??
Listen up: 18th Aug 2007 - 03:22 GMT
Don't use this recipe. Use the one where you bring the flour/water mixture to a boil. It lasts about a week refrigerated in an airtight container but its fast to make so don't worry about keeping it long term. Also, inkjet printers don't work they smear, sure you can spray it to keep it from smearing but then you can't wheatpaste it as well. I bought poster paper from staples for a few bucks. 3 feet wide by 30 yards. I draw on it with paint markers, spread a layer of paste on my surface, stick my drawing on it, then paste over the drawing to finish.
Ceed: 30th Aug 2007 - 23:12 GMT
Damn!!! I have no other way of making my posters. only a inkjet and if that smears then i am totally majorly screwed. Does anyone know how to avoid it smearing? Please anwser
wholegrain: 12th Sep 2007 - 19:22 GMT
These are good FREE sites for creating poster sized images.
For max-life / no-smear, give a light spray of clear acrylic.
mousey-squeakity: 28th Sep 2007 - 00:17 GMT
on to a happier note...
i copied the cooked heatpaste recipe and am soooo excited to try it tonight!!
brink: 24th Oct 2007 - 02:41 GMT
yeah im doing graff and wanted to get stareted in wheat pasting can you use posters from magazines to past
Punta: 26th Nov 2007 - 18:04 GMT
crazy idea but, could u stick it to the pavement / sidewalk or would it get teared off way to easy? cos i mean something like a hole or crater in the floor would be pretty cool, suppose i could just try..
part time ninja: 27th Nov 2007 - 06:39 GMT
what size bucket do u guys use? just like a BUCKET or like a little pale or what kinda other plastic container?
Bose: 20th Jan 2008 - 01:11 GMT
the only trouble i am having is making the prints larger. how do you print the large poster that can be pasted together to make even larger posters? i have seen the large sheets that i could draw on, but thats not very practical if i want to make a bunch of the same prints.
anon (CPE000f3d3731bf-CM00111ae43f36.cpe.net.cable.rogers.com): 24th Jan 2008 - 01:02 GMT
natali: 18th Mar 2008 - 15:32 GMT
I want to paint posters on my own..BUT i dunno what paint i should use..
ONELOVE: 28th Mar 2008 - 01:43 GMT
werd werd.... helps alot brothas! A homie is pasteing for RZST clothing.. Works like a charm www.canyourzst.com The steezzz gear!! Your info held it down=)
MARS: 31st May 2008 - 03:38 GMT
well, I tried rasterbator and such websties, but the image donesnt come out how i want it to, and I also have to trim every peice of paper, which ends up taking a very long time. Does anyone know where I can get large prints onto newsprint paper in the US? And please don;t say Kinkos, cause they stopped the printing on newspaper option =[
mat: 13th Jul 2008 - 23:51 GMT
im making my own wheatpastes, not with stencils or anything but drawing them up with sharpies and paint pens, im wondering if i could use like charcoals or if theyd' just smudge does anyone know if the sharpie pen is goign to smudge. has anyone tried like paints or anything yet, or would they just smudge or get messed up from the wheatpasting on the top. itd be sweet if anyone could help me with this stuff.thanks
jon: 23rd Jul 2008 - 01:37 GMT
Hey guys to make posters like the pros your going to have to learn the two fields of reproduction. The first one is printmaking, this includes wood cuts, Linocuts, dry point, etching, engraving, color reduction, gum arabic transfers, silkscreening, lithography, etc. This is the way art posters are often made. Before the technological revolution of art printmaking was the only way to make posters. The second option is graphic design with computer software and printers and im sure you all know about that is all about. Check out some pringmaking books.
question: 26th Jul 2008 - 05:02 GMT
i heard once that the shellac can be replaced with sunscreen, which apparently does the job.
santoro: 26th Jul 2008 - 15:27 GMT
for those of you concerned about your ink running just photo copy your origional and paste the copies yea you can only do them the size of a piece of paper but thats all you really need and yes jus regular white printer paper holds up real good and wont run if you have clear coat spray a bit in your pot well mixing ur paste its the first method i tried and i never looked back printer paper is fine
santoro: 26th Jul 2008 - 15:32 GMT
also ive kept wheatpaste non refrigiated in a jolt can for far over a week probly over 2 yea it will start to smell but who cares u get a bad smell for 3 seconds while u paste learn 2 luv it
benjamin : 26th Aug 2008 - 07:16 GMT
has anyone tried the spray adhesive you can buy at wal-mart and stores like that, how does it hold up in comparison to wheat paste? i know wheat paste can last years.
anon (c122-108-152-239.sunsh1.vic.optusnet.com.au): 11th Sep 2008 - 16:07 GMT
Wheat paste is environmentally friendly, spray adhesive is not. Using products that harm the environment defeats the purpose. Its not necessary anyway. Wheat paste is very effective.
caz: 11th Sep 2008 - 16:07 GMT
Wheat paste is environmentally friendly, spray adhesive is not. Using products that harm the environment defeats the purpose. Its not necessary anyway. Wheat paste is very effective.
xarconika: 13th Sep 2008 - 23:03 GMT
Interesting to read about appearing non-suspicious; I live in Detroit and you want to look as shady as humanly possible when you're doing that stuff, because you become a target for criminals if you look too nice/"normal". But I guess if you're in more vibrant metropolitan areas or the suburbs, that works.
Thanks for the info! And I agree that while sprays may protect the longevity of the posters, wheat paste is so simple, cheap and natural that it just makes you okay with the moderate temporality of it.
keprecon: 15th Sep 2008 - 03:20 GMT
Ok, so i've got this fairly large sized piece, all hand drawn with all sorts of markers, pencils, and pens. Is there a household item I can use to seal the sucker up to keep from smearing when i paste it? I really don't want to have to resort to an aerosol spray.
anon (hlfxns0163w-142068086134.pppoe-dynamic.ns.aliant.net): 17th Sep 2008 - 23:11 GMT
keprecon: try hairspray
DonDon: 5th Oct 2008 - 06:39 GMT
I Boil a pot of water.
dapper: 5th Oct 2008 - 20:58 GMT
is there a spot to do large scale color die cut posters on newsprint?
N.B.: 24th Oct 2008 - 00:13 GMT
i found that if you get a hard edged object and run it down your poster and squeez out all the wheatpaste extra gunk it makes it tightly pressed and then spray a clear coat of spray paint and it will last one fucking long ass time. trust me.
Mime: 29th Oct 2008 - 07:43 GMT
To everyone wondering "Will this work?"
al: 18th Nov 2008 - 01:24 GMT
i use the recipe of flour, sugar and water and i paste over my posters every time and it comes up clear as. ive never needed to use shellac.
cookie: 22nd Jan 2009 - 06:37 GMT
what is the best formula for pasting paper onto glass? I am not so worried about perfect appearance, but would like it to be legible still and really hard to remove.
Riley: 30th Jan 2009 - 19:46 GMT
Thanks for this article, I've got some new shit to throw up.
Mime: 31st Jan 2009 - 00:27 GMT
cookie: Glass isn't porous enough to even bother with. If it doesn't peel off of its own accord as it is drying, anyone with a paint scraper or the like can remove it easy-as.
Bec: 9th Feb 2009 - 16:35 GMT
ok so iv just started wheat pasting and im worried abot get caught cos my town has barly and street art. im not sure how to go about it
Kezz: 22nd Feb 2009 - 16:42 GMT
Brilliant advice guys. I'm doing Street Art for part of my A Level course and this has really helped. I'd like to get into Street Art myself but I live in a small cute village, I'd love to see what you guys have got up to though, so if you have a deviantart where you're posting your photos give me a link www.juststrange.deviantart.com
dan: 24th Feb 2009 - 16:46 GMT
you can paste over your poster just use a very thin amount it will act as weather profing
Jam: 25th Feb 2009 - 06:25 GMT
Where can I learn more about working with graphics and home-making posters on the cheap-to-free. I've been playing with vector graphics and am thinking about taking some to Kinkos. How do some of you guys design your graphics and posters?
D E V O E 6 2 8 : 28th Feb 2009 - 22:09 GMT
REVS AND COST IN NYC WERE THE BEST WHEAT PASTERS EVER IN LIKE THE 80S AND 90S. ILIKE WHAT KH1 DOES BUT HEGETS ALL COCKY AND SAYS HES THE BEST WRITER EVER WHEN IN REALITY HE ISNT EVEN A WRITER CUZ HE HAS NO HANDSTYLE AND HE MAES ME MAD AND HES A TOY AND I AM MAAAAAAADDD. FUCK HIM. AND NOW KOSBE IS THE SHIT WITH WHEATPASTES AND IM TIRED AND CANT SPELLL. SRY
D E V O E 6 2 8 : 28th Feb 2009 - 22:11 GMT
BTW NICE RECIPE. COULD I EAT IT WHEN IM DONE? LIKE IF THEERES HALF LEFT OVER.
vinny: 10th Mar 2009 - 01:11 GMT
hi, im looking to wheatpaste photos (large color luster quality posters)...any help in how to protect the photo quality without running the colors would be appreciated...will a shellac work? any quick replies would be sincerely appreciated. thanks!
Joytoy: 4th May 2009 - 00:09 GMT
If you wheatpaste inside (like putting up wallpaper or homemade paper over windows) add some cayenne to the mix. The bugs eventually like to eat wheatpaste and the cayenne keeps them away
tamponboy: 2nd Jun 2009 - 04:33 GMT
yeah, i'm having a shit load of fun pasting posters up. Thanks for all your tips and recipes.
cosmic shame: 17th Jun 2009 - 03:27 GMT
Does anyone have suggestions for protecting large format ink jet prints from weather? Clear Fixatif could work...but it isnt a long term solution...caking on hairspray attracts dirt in the air....thoughts?
marty: 30th Jun 2009 - 12:07 GMT
I want to make my own wheatpaste posters using markers or paints. What markers and paints will work?
anon (ACBFAABE.ipt.aol.com): 22nd Jul 2009 - 21:19 GMT
what could i use to smooth out the creases in my posters?
nerva: 23rd Jul 2009 - 05:46 GMT
i suggest using a stencil technech to make many copies of an imidge. to make long term stencils buy large sheet of thin plastic paper. use a sharpie to trace a drawing onto the plastic paper. use a sodering tool to cut/melt the plastic paper.
reference stencilrevolution.com for stencil techniques or youtube
peace and love from b-moor
whitewulf: 30th Jul 2009 - 04:50 GMT
I live in corporate wealthy snobby newport beach and the area is just fu#@in RIPE for a dose of reality through this form...cant wait... I think i just found my calling...anyone else from the newport area?
Aii the shit !!!: 14th Aug 2009 - 19:54 GMT
weat pasting sounds gay na j/p its B/A if you never done it start small make like 5-10 peaces and just slap them up in one night or day w/e anyway im out lata
ps Aii is an art school im not saying im the shit!
rapula: 22nd Sep 2009 - 22:08 GMT
does anyone have suggestions for the best highlighters to use for wheatpasting. or is there a way to stop the running or fading after pasting? any tips from this vast vault of skill and experience?
.soon.: 1st Oct 2009 - 07:31 GMT
yooo wha kind of paper do yuneed&where can iget it
RP: 1st Oct 2009 - 12:39 GMT
Newsprint works well, or any light, fiberous paper like that. It sticks easily because the paste can soak through it and stick the entire surface of the paper to the wall. Look for it in big 24x36 pads at any arts and crafts store.
Glossy paper and heavy papers do not work well at all, so don't waste your time.
anon (mobile-166-137-135-155.mycingular.net): 14th Dec 2009 - 22:23 GMT
I need a wheat paste person in NYC like as soon as yesterday email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew: 10th Jan 2010 - 17:39 GMT
i know not to dress like a threat while doing all this. But isnt it kinda suspicious for a person walking around at night with a bucket and a broom? E-mail me for sticker trades email@example.com
Kris: 16th Mar 2010 - 13:38 GMT
Drew. A smart idea that was on Wooster Collective was a hard hat and high visability jacket like a council worker. Next thime your walking around and see them working have a look at what they are wearing and tada automatic invisability cloak.... (NOTE not as good as Harry Potters)
lucille: 8th Apr 2010 - 00:40 GMT
does anyone have a recipe for paste which would stay sticky for a long period of time (24 hours, days?) after applied?
Et: 17th Apr 2010 - 19:26 GMT
The best recipe I use to put up all my posters up (which drys clear so you can put a layer over the poster) is 1 cup water start boiling it then make 3 tablespoons of flour mixed with cold water (just enough to pour it) and just pour that into the boiling water and keep stirring it till it gets thick, once you like the consistency put in 4 tablespoons of sugar the sugar is the strengthener for my recipe instead of like wood glue or anything else.
Siknature: 26th Apr 2010 - 16:32 GMT
I have some questions before i start:
1) Could I use newspaper paper?
josh: 5th May 2010 - 02:13 GMT
tony hayward: 18th Jun 2010 - 03:13 GMT
kinkos or copymax or other similar large format printers
Akki: 10th Jul 2010 - 02:08 GMT
I have read nearly all of this forum, but i was wondering if anyone has painted over their wheat-pasted posters. Does the wheat-paste resist paint, i was thinking acrylic paint, not spray paint. thanks
null: 17th Jul 2010 - 19:52 GMT
so printer ink apparently runs and smudges when wheatpasted, what if I print my poster in draft mode? less ink = less possibility of running?
Chace: 3rd Aug 2010 - 20:05 GMT
for those who are not afraid to hand draw large posters i recommend taping recycled paper to a wall in your house and then using a projector...draw the contours of your image with a sharpie of various sizes, eventually making a solid black outline.
RucabazookA: 15th Aug 2010 - 10:32 GMT
I've been schooled! Thanx for all the info...Pasties UNiTE :)
Jolly: 21st Aug 2010 - 17:36 GMT
If I take old newspaper, and use primer and acrylic paint on it, will it run when wheatpasted?
Also, how well will wheatpasting work when applied to a concrete wall that has been painted?
dont be a sell out : 20th Sep 2010 - 21:44 GMT
damn this is a very informative post. i read the whole thing lol. i used to use spray but i think im gonna try this, ive been trying to figure out how to make it and all that for a long ass time. thanks to everyone who had informative stuff to say. alot of it was just the same questions over and over which kinda sucked but its cool. i think im just gonna try a stencil made out of some cardboard first and spray it on some printer paper and make a little paste and post it on the corner and see how it holds up for like 24 hours.
Bee Bee: 6th Oct 2010 - 20:17 GMT
What an interesting conversation! I am a traditional canvas artist not daring enough to risk but I admire those who do. sometimes I've got alot to say. I just may do this one day. And to the person putting primer/acrylic paint on the pastable, that will likely last forever. probly outlast the paper.
deez: 17th Nov 2010 - 23:11 GMT
this sounds like fun i can t wait to start pasting shit up around sf
deez: 18th Nov 2010 - 01:44 GMT
whats the best way to make a lot of posters?screenprinting or whut?how does faile do shit?
A.R.D: 21st Nov 2010 - 02:12 GMT
I havent tried this wheat paste recipe but the cooked on works very well. I use printer paper and marker and just cake it in the paste and it works great but i would recomend a thinner paper
Darwin: 2nd Dec 2010 - 07:41 GMT
Yes! Perfect! All of your comments have offered a wonderful amount of info! Can't wait to do my first poster this weekend!
Twokaer!: 29th Dec 2010 - 22:00 GMT
you can go to http://www.blockposters.com/default.aspx to magnify you pictures.you dont have to go to kinkos!
That Guy: 5th Jan 2011 - 01:34 GMT
just a quick question I was wondering myself..
it looks uncanny vivid bright and real and I am really trying to achieve that affect with my next set and was just curious if that technique could be achieved with just normal printer paper or if there was a better source to look to?
thanks guys, appreciate it
jamak: 7th Jan 2011 - 11:56 GMT
cant you just use wallpaper paste surely its quicker just mix it with water and done?
DrewWilson: 7th Jan 2011 - 23:26 GMT
Wallpaper paste works well, but the point of wheatpasting is that its cheap. really cheap and easy to make in large quanitys.
That Guy: 9th Jan 2011 - 08:48 GMT
hmm guess i got them mixed up, but yes how would that affect be acheived? normal paper and color ink printer?
anon (99-88-245-66.lightspeed.austtx.sbcglobal.net): 9th Jan 2011 - 18:31 GMT
used shur stick heavy duty restripable wallcovering adhesive. it worked really well with light paper, but it just rained and is tacky and seems like it is not protecting the paper at all. should i add wood glue to the wallpaper adhesive? or is there a wallpaper adhesive that is actually watwrpfroof and clear? any help is appreciated. thabks.
gwencyphen..: 11th Jan 2011 - 13:30 GMT
im wanting to wheat paste some manequins i scored into something more interesting to look at,hoping this recipe or the cooked one works on plastic!
Oldassman: 16th Jan 2011 - 17:10 GMT
Bisquick, water, boiling water, sugar also works if you have no flour
Oldassman: 16th Jan 2011 - 17:10 GMT
Bisquick, water, boiling water, sugar also works if you have no flour
ARTFORMATIK: 22nd Jan 2011 - 21:40 GMT
nice. really nice. but what is THE easiest way to put up HUGE images like a cybernetic dolphin flying through waves of circuitry? A digital image. printed unto huge strips of very thin paper? wheat paste one image strip unto wall - then line up the next image strip and piece it together with the first pasted image to appear singular? And then continue until completed? I this the basic science? Will it be easy to tell that these strips are just a pieced together work - or will it appear singular? Or is there another way to print a HUGE single image that doesn't include actually painting the image on the wall myself?
Big Bird: 1st Feb 2011 - 23:06 GMT
Wow... this really helped. ;) all the recipes and stuff. i am 15 and graduated high school early so im bored as all hell. i watched the documentary "Exit through the gift shop" and it got me super psyched about street art. it inspired the shit out of me, hah, i am very greatful to all u who posted recipes. im new to the scene so wish me luck. :)
Barnsey: 2nd Feb 2011 - 23:41 GMT
hey guys, cheers for all the great info, all im wondering is, im a silk screener looking to start pasting, but most silk screen ink is water based/acrylic, surely this will just wash out/drain once it starts weathering? any ideas of more long term silk screen inks? or maybe fabric ink and heat treating?
Paper Trail?: 12th Feb 2011 - 17:15 GMT
Hey everybody, thanks for all the insight.
I've got some ideas for aerosol stencils + paste ups, but I just realized that my dumbass paid for a good chunk of my materials with a debit card with my name on it. Plus, my target wall isn't far from the copy place where I had the images enlarged.
I'm new to the street art scene. How big of a risk is that?
CK: 1st Mar 2011 - 01:46 GMT
Only one way to find out... but if I were you, I'd pick another wall.
MANGO MOB: 10th Mar 2011 - 09:07 GMT
MANGO MANGO MANGO MANGO MANGO MANGO MANGO MANGO..BANGING...SWAG..WHEATPASTE SHIT FUCKING FILTHY OFWGKTA SWAG!
Mime: 10th Mar 2011 - 14:43 GMT
@Barnsey: Acrylic is usually pretty water resistant after a few days' drying. If you want it to last longer, try placing some butchers' paper over it and iron it to fix it. Try not to wipe the paste over it too much when pasting up.
Experiment with some dried paint from when you've done some screen printing. Acrylic may wash out in water when wet but it dries to a plastic-like coat (which is why it's a good idea to clean your brushes immediately.)
atony: 19th Mar 2011 - 09:20 GMT
1.Wallpaper paste, 2. Newsprint paper 3. Stencil or hand draw 4.cover wall in paste 5. Stick posts to wall. 6. Roll paste from middle to corners and all edges. 7. Walk away..... ;)
transcenDance: 22nd Mar 2011 - 18:53 GMT
Sean: 7th Apr 2011 - 02:15 GMT
I was wondering if pasting would work on a wall if it was wet and raining or does it need to be dry.
Also I found that Photo Quality Inkjet Paper works fine if you are printing something out, look for thin absorbent paper
anon (ip68-226-220-163.lf.br.cox.net): 8th Apr 2011 - 03:14 GMT
...if newsprint works i could be in luck becos i hv many drawings on newsprint...but to me it seems like a weak quality paper...if veteran or several veterans of wheatpasting could step forward nd name their paper that wld be neat because althou this post is long i still feel confused about the paper
Loly: 12th Apr 2011 - 19:02 GMT
Wheatpasting works even on the trees/wood check here:
Canelo: 26th Apr 2011 - 23:33 GMT
Will wheatpaste stick to photos, and can you add wood glue or any other type or adhesive to strengthen it other than sugar or cornstarch?
Canelo: 27th Apr 2011 - 00:44 GMT
also how long will photos or posters stay up with wheat paste if they are not tampered with?
Stash: 16th Jun 2011 - 20:13 GMT
nick: 23rd Jun 2011 - 17:10 GMT
type in "street art 101 by shephard fairey Must see" on youtube he teaches you how to make a clear strong wheat paste that he uses.
Hannah: 4th Jul 2011 - 05:41 GMT
Hi, so i was wondering if wheat paste would stick to poster board? The kind where its glossy on one side(the side i paint on) and papery on the other? I like making spacepaintings and wanted to post them up around my town, but you can only do it on glossy paper. please email me if you have, please and thanks (: firstname.lastname@example.org
DL: 4th Aug 2011 - 12:54 GMT
im looking to make 30ft size posters etc - how do you get this done.
iv been using thos sites that cut up the images to a4 and posting em around but the sticky tape i use to stick em together just doesnt go down well with me in terms of the end result once its on the wall.
tbones: 18th Aug 2011 - 07:27 GMT
hey does anyone know if you can print images and paste them without them running by using a laser printer? thx :)
Defy: 22nd Sep 2011 - 04:45 GMT
im new to this and want to start pasting around.
deck1: 15th Nov 2011 - 09:20 GMT
this is radical get out there everyone! its time to keep it real. everything you need is written above.
Nazz: 25th Nov 2011 - 20:39 GMT
I asked somebody to get me some wheat flour and they ended up getting me wheat bran. Can that be used as a substitute?
Jake : 1st Feb 2012 - 20:08 GMT
how do you paste up large pictures like thisthishttp://www.flickr.com/photos/gwork/112370627/in/set-72057594060091822
Jarred A: 3rd Feb 2012 - 04:02 GMT
Wow, a cheaper and better alternative to wallpaper paste. Thanks for this great tip!
Jorilla: 10th Feb 2012 - 00:11 GMT
I want to incorporate wheat-pasting into a mural design. Does anyone know how long a properly sealed wheat-pasting can last before the image decays?
"nos+one": 2nd Apr 2012 - 05:22 GMT
Wheat Paste + Super Soaker + Wall Mountable 2-D Nuke Ink + Urge to Irk a Locksmith = I'm not saying saying ya'll should do that shit... But ya'll should do that shit...
Shout outs to Arobek Enze Shit Noyc CasL and May (yes you too May, you little go-over-and-over-and-over-and-overererer)
A big double x cross'd down arrow salute to those who recognize, this is *N0ER* the TEK Ly-4m headed back to the front lines.
FishyWalls: 14th Apr 2012 - 09:47 GMT
Lovisart11: 14th May 2012 - 20:08 GMT
Wow 5 years of comments... cool! No Kinkos in Canada... Any idea where to get affordable large-scale prints of artwork or photographs in Canada, particularly Ontario? Thanks :)
Raulpastes: 3rd Jul 2012 - 21:24 GMT
I was having poor results with the poster board paper so i decided to switch to Newsprint paper and its F***ing awesome. So if your looking for some free Newsprint or "Bank" Paper try your local newspaper. I walked into the local newspapers office today and politely asked if they would sell me some newsprint and they straight up gave me a whole roll of paper for free. Im talking almost 1000 yards of paper for nothing. No more Staples or Office Depot trips for me i scored enough paper to last me atleast a year or two.
Flowerchild: 27th Jul 2012 - 00:41 GMT
I only want to do something temporary. I actually got permission to put something up for a day and I want to use poster board. Does it stick at all? I want it to stick and not be impossible to take down after a few hours.
Scrage: 15th Nov 2012 - 15:57 GMT
If half the people on this thread who asked "what paper can i use"? "what paint can i use"? "will such and such paste work"? "will it stick to this that or the other"? did some experimenting and then came back and posted their findings this would be a much more informative post. There are some good pieces of information here but its a shame a lot of people never bothered their arses to read it before posting a question if they had then the same questions wouldn't have been posted over and over again:)
driftpunk: 14th Jan 2013 - 14:49 GMT
starting to paste again. got a free blueprint printer so i cant print up to 48 inches wide and however long i want!!
here i come seattle. prepare to get pasted!!
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