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Wheatpasting: How to

- An@Rch15T - Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 : goo

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Whether you're pasting , 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.

Supplies needed:

Wheat flour
Paint brushes or inexpensive sponge brushes
Fliers and/or posters
Container with lid
Plastic bag*

* These are optional

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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 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, [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 ing it off.

If you're worried about being linked to the , 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 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, ...)

Peter: 10th May 2005 - 15:01 GMT

and if youre hungry, you can eat the leftover wheatpaste later!

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

fuzzytank: 10th May 2005 - 18:17 GMT

any info on what types of paper and prinitng hold up outside?

Natali: Fascinating stuff!

angry protractor: 11th May 2005 - 12:46 GMT

1 sheet avery labels (your design applied)
1 can of aerosol shellac

& - everlasting graf

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!

jeeff: that moss graffiti is amazing.

buzz: 6th Jun 2005 - 15:33 GMT

thanx 4 the tipz this has been real helpful for me

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

Peter: get back to us with photos of hte aftermath...

Jamie: 18th Jul 2005 - 14:05 GMT

Peter, I like how you say hte when you mean the.

Peter: typos, typos ;P

elaien: throt ti was dlibberate

Kon: Sick recipe man, thanks.

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?

oner: nope.

buttons: 28th Dec 2005 - 20:06 GMT

There is a cooked clear weat paste but some one whould have to search for it

Kon: ....someone really needs to find that recipe.

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?

Loop: What kind of paper can be used for wheatpasting?

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

bug: 24th Mar 2006 - 23:33 GMT

just wondering if wheatpaste would stick to plastic.

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

jimbop: wheatepaste rules

anon ( 23rd May 2006 - 19:38 GMT

way cool.

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


ROB: 7th Jun 2006 - 11:15 GMT


SUM1: fanks

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 , 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.
my glue is always pretty thick so i use rubber gloves to smear it on the wall and then put up my work. a layer over the top of everything seals it off nicely.
happy pasting

kill: how does the paste take to dry?

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:


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.

Slim: whats the plastic bag for

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. 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?
will it b ruined??

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.
Ive been doin it for years and the city is to lazy to remove it.
America is a fascist country.
Fuck the rules,
Beat the man.
Do it.
Political graffiti...

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 till then live life, defeat is not an option and stay loyal to your God and art.

Late guys!!

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.
just boil water. have cold water mixed with flour and once the water has boiled add them at the same time in one . heat it until boiled. make sure to stur it would burn if not careful.
and once boiled and rised. but it in ure bucket bottle etc..
and wait till it cools down and go wheat paste it.

this way it doesnt smudge the paper once u go over it again. it works.clear
add salt to make it harder and Wood glue.!!

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.
any suggestions for what works best for coloring on a paste?

RobotW/Roots: 26th Mar 2007 - 19:22 GMT

thats very true
first time i tried i used wheat flour and it comes out brown.
live and learn

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!!

jason: 7th Apr 2007 - 14:39 GMT has some good tutorials ;)

jason: [[img:19333]]

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.
please email me with any feed back:
jah bless :]

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 - its a brilliant way to make huge posters that tile up. Enjoy!

awaken: 6th May 2007 - 04:30 GMT

Any advice for printing large images without going to a printer?

Jamie: the previous comment?

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?

...: obey

jeeff: obey what, shepard fairey's bank account?

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??


anon: how about packing tape?

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
Thanks in advance

wholegrain: 12th Sep 2007 - 19:22 GMT

These are good FREE sites for creating poster sized images.
Just upload your image and let it crank.
You'll be rewarded with a multi page PDF file.
Trim and paste - or DON'T trim for a mosaic effect.

For max-life / no-smear, give a light spray of clear acrylic.
For covert pasting, I recommend numbering sheets on the back with pencil (1a, 1b, 1c, 1d;
2a, 2b, 2c, 2d; etc)
Then stack them in order. Nothing blows like trying to put together a 24 piece puzzle in the dark.

mousey-squeakity: 28th Sep 2007 - 00:17 GMT

ve been reading this site for ages and now my eyes have truly gone square (or is that just with TV?) any who!
i am really eager to get into stickering more so graff but that all looks to hard !!
to the point...
last night i tried this thing called geletin glue *make sad face and points thumb downwards*
it sucked it was a lick and stick process and all it did was leave a weird/odd taste in my mouth!

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?

jack: 20th Dec 2007 - 17:55 GMT

i can't believe it, over 23 thousand hits on this shit.

pat: how u guys carry ur crap around

jeeff: i use my hands.

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.

any help?

anon ( 24th Jan 2008 - 01:02 GMT


wibbs: tonight im getting started

natali: 18th Mar 2008 - 15:32 GMT

I want to paint posters on my own..BUT i dunno what paint i should use..
any help will be appreciated??

ONELOVE: 28th Mar 2008 - 01:43 GMT

werd werd.... helps alot brothas! A homie is pasteing for RZST clothing.. Works like a charm 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 =[

hai fukiu: 23rd Jun 2008 - 00:57 GMT

thanks...I'm gonna go piss off some yuppie scum

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.
does anyone know if there's any truth to this?

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 ( 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 ( 17th Sep 2008 - 23:11 GMT

keprecon: try hairspray

DonDon: 5th Oct 2008 - 06:39 GMT

I Boil a pot of water.
Put Flour in a cup and and add cold water. stir
Turn off heat on pot of water
now stir in the cup of flour and cold water into the pot
bring pot back to boil
then stir in sugar to make extra sticky
also wood glue if you would like
store in fridge..... can last up to a week. so gives you time to plan

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?"
Try it on a test page and see what works and what doesn't. Experiment.
Also, what about old tomato sauce bottles to store and transport the paste? Easy, fairly mess-free application.
Improvise, innovate, create.

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.
I'll use the heated method.

Diablo: 30th Jan 2009 - 20:07 GMT

No, Riley, I don't think wheatpaste works on shit!

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
thanks x

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

sonic: thanks ima get on it

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


D E V O E 6 2 8 : 28th Feb 2009 - 22:11 GMT


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!

vinny: 10th Mar 2009 - 01:13 GMT

ps - any clear spray shellac recommendations? thanks! vinny

sum1 : sick im so gunna start wheat pasting

Mistir: 23rd Apr 2009 - 20:02 GMT


I'm gonna woodcut some shit and wheatpaste in sf.

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 ( 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.
the paper and sodering tool can be found at your local art and craft store.
aprx 15 bucks for sodering tool
4 for plastic paper bucks for really nice reusable stencil
paint the stencil with spray paint or acrylic paint and sponge on any paper that can be weetpaisted.

reference for stencil techniques or youtube

peace and love from b-moor
stay tru to street art

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
someone heLp me out pLease.

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.

NAGOLS: 8th Oct 2009 - 20:14 GMT

so what is the easiest n cheapest way to wheat paste.....


TeKnO: wheat paste Rules

anon ( 14th Dec 2009 - 22:23 GMT

I need a wheat paste person in NYC like as soon as yesterday email me

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

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?
2)I'm from holland, what the heck is shellac


josh: 5th May 2010 - 02:13 GMT

big prints.
google rasterbator.
upload image.
print out all the sections. trim them up. paste them (clear paste is best for this.
roll it up - paste it out.

c.salamander: long beach all day. art your city.

tony hayward: 18th Jun 2010 - 03:13 GMT

kinkos or copymax or other similar large format printers
36" x 120" is $16.50 at copymax or $0.55/sq ft
pay cash, use an alias, be polite and on your way
cook your paste, use a tight knit roller, always roll or brush out from the center, hit your corners last
3 gallon buckets are your friend
image 43027

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.


nuked: 21st Sep 2010 - 06:11 GMT

Fucking. Sweet. Thanks all going to go do some shit.

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.
I like this cuz it really doesn't ruin something forever. You could remove this with water and a brush, or by pressure washing. less likely to send you to jail! I live in a college town. there are places already full of flyers that might be great experimenting grounds. Good luck to all and Happy Arting. make it count.

d94: thanks but can u use normal 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 to magnify you dont have to go to kinkos!

That Guy: 5th Jan 2011 - 01:34 GMT

just a quick question I was wondering myself..
so say you want to paste up an image, but instead of looking printed like but you actually wanted it to be in colour and have some life to it, like you were looking at an actual photograph or an actual object, what kind of paper would you use? i don't imagine newsprint being able to achieve that quality, but maybe plain printer paper? prime examples would be say like banksy's piece on the iraqi wall of it broken up and a beach and palm trees behind it... or where the wall is being lifted up from the corner and you can see plant life behind it.. the realism to those pieces astounds me!

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

saikone: 7th Jan 2011 - 08:23 GMT

@ that guy.

I think you mean the Gaza strip.

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

@ saikone

hmm guess i got them mixed up, but yes how would that affect be acheived? normal paper and color ink printer?

anon ( 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!
if anyone knows pls get back to me

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

Pooper: 22nd Jan 2011 - 01:11 GMT

go to a newspaper place and buy a blank roll for 2$ legit

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. :)

Hash-MN: Does it stick to glass??

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?
thanks again.

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

@Paper Trail

Only one way to find out... but if I were you, I'd pick another wall.

MANGO MOB: 10th Mar 2011 - 09:07 GMT


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.)
If you want to do monochrome, get some gesso, you can buy both black and white. It dries to an almost waterproof coat. It also makes a good base for any coloured acrylics you might want to try. Cheers.

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

@that guy:
Is Banksy's gaza strip piece even a weatpaste? It looks like he painted that to me . . .
And also, does anyone know if Banksy even does weatpaste? I thought most of his works were stencils(?)

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 ( 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

I'm pretty sure banish does mostly stencils... His gaza strip piece is definitely a stencil

Stash: *banksy

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 (:

Hannah: please email me if you have an answer ***

DL: 4th Aug 2011 - 12:54 GMT

im looking to make 30ft size posters etc - how do you get this done.
iv called the printers they are quoting $40 for a sheet half this size... what the?

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.
can you use any paper or does it have to be a certain kind of paper.
also, i heard wheatpaste comes out clear? if you have any suggestions please let me know.

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.

ashley: 22nd Nov 2011 - 09:38 GMT

lol I want to wheatpaste EVERYTHING now.
I already did my door. XD

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 thisthis

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?

cvlmd: 23rd Feb 2012 - 22:14 GMT

Look out for PLYGRND & CVLMD pastes in the SFV/LA area

"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

Hey guys,
do you reckon it could work on textiles too? working on a "guerrilla" and would prefer avoiding chemical glues and shit like that!

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.

chrisenit: BETTER THAN 4 YRS OF HS lol THAnXX >;-p

chrisenit: BETTER THAN 4 YRS OF HS lol THAnXX >;-p

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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