/ PRINT / CUT OUT/ WEAR IT/ PASTE IT/ Guilty of ART!//
/ A4 mask made for paste up & adornment/ represent the revolution/ print & paste/ instructions follow/ image from a stencil by Melbourne street artist HaHa/ Guilty of ART!//
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Mix one cup flour for every cup and a half of water into a pot.
* Boil on a very low heat, stirring constantly. (with a wisk, if possible)
* Continue boiling/stirring as paste becomes thicker.
* After approx. 20-30 mins. paste will become thinner and more transparent.
* Upon reaching desired smooth, pliable, and somewhat transparent consistency, put paste into air-tight jar or bottle or other such container.
* Let cool.
* With paintbrush or rag, coat surface with a thin layer of wheatpaste. It should go on clear.
* Apply poster/artwork to coated area and flatten. Be sure all edges are sealed.
* Apply thin coat of paste to surface of work. (Optional)
Paint brushes or inexpensive sponge brushes
Fliers and/or posters
Container with lid
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.
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 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!