How to Wheat Paste Full guide
1. Have something ready to paste
Obviously, if you are going to paste, you need something TO paste. This can be anything from magazine pages, laser printed designs, stencils sprayed onto sheets of paper, acrylic painted designs, anything that is waterproof. For more respect, I would suggest using one of your own designs, no one likes a rat.
2. Make your paste
It is so hard to find the perfect recipe. Every recipe you will find contradicts another. After trying and trying and trying, I have found the perfect combination to share with you. You will need;
- 8 tablespoons of flower
- 1 cup of cold water
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- stove top
- a medium sized pot
Mix the flour and cold water together in a separate container from the pot. Only add enough water so it is pourable. Make sure there is as little clumps as possible.
Now add the cup of warm water into the pot while it is on the stove. Pour the flower mix into that. Stir.
Turn on the stove and keep stirring. Let the mixture come to a boil. Make sure you stir most of the time, making sure that all stays the same consistency and that there isn’t any gathering up at the bottom of the pot.
The flour in the mixture will make it thicken. Once it is a paste-like thickness, turn off the stove. After it is off, add in the sugar. This is what will give the paste extra strength and get rid of some of the odor. Keep stirring that shit.
After you let it cool, you can pour it into whatever container you have convenient.
Clean the pot in between batches.
If you wait a while between making the paste and using it, you may need to add a tiny bit of water to thin out the paste enough so it is spreadable, so carry around a bottle of water. Only add a little bit at a time.
3. Pasting in public
This is also something that I have experimented with and found a routine that works great for me. Of course, every one and every where is different, but here is how I go about doing it.
- I carry my paste around in a closable cookie container. I carry that in a wine tote bag (or a normal drawstring bag), where the container fits snug in one of the compartments of the tote and in the other I keep a plastic bag with brushes.
- Obviously, if you can, make sure as few people are around as possible in the area that you decide to put your paste up. But if it isn’t an option, just do whatever you can to look inconspicuous. Pretend that you are tying a shoe or something, or better, pretend you are looking for something in the bag while you are dipping your brush into the paste.
- Try to look as innocent and average as possible when you go out to do any kind of graffiti. Don’t be flinging your cans, brushes, or rollers around or wearing ghetto clothing with paint stains all on it. Don’t wear anything that will bring attention upon yourself. (helpful hint; if you are spray painting, carry a hoodie with you so when you make you longest shakes of the can, you can put it in the hoodie to muffles the sound)
- Dip your brush, put a decent amount of paste on the surface, take your image, place it up being careful not to let any bubbles form, put a coat of paste over the image, then smooth it down, paying most attention to the edges.
- Then leave. Now is when it is at it’s most vulnerable. With luck, no one will spot it and try taking it down.