Wheatpaste

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Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Mr. Eddson Hernandez Delgado from Satelite Branch. Please follow the instructions below and take note of all the pink words, you will need them for the special activity session.

  • Watch the introductory video.
  • Read the fragments of articles from Wikipedia and Streetartsf carefully.
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Wheatpaste


Wheatpaste is a gel or liquid adhesive made from wheat flour or starch and water. It has been used since antiquity for various arts as well adhering paper posters and notices to walls. Closely resembling wallpaper paste, a crude wheat flour paste can be made by mixing roughly equal portions of flour and water and heating until the mixture thickens.

Street artists or urban artists often use wheatpaste because it’s cheap and easy to make in bulk. Artists will use brushes, rollers, and sometimes brooms to coat a surface with the sticky goo, apply their drawing or preprinted graphic, then add another coat on top. The wheatpaste saturates the paper and once dry gets very rigid.

Wheatpaste is easy to apply as most of the work will be done in your studio, the only outside work will be adhering your art to a flat surface. Remember, this type of art is very ephemeral.

How to make wheatpaste:

 
  • Simmer 1 cup of Water. Pour one cup of flour into 2 cups of cold water.
  • Stir with whisk and pour into the simmering water.
  • Stir thoroughly for approximately 3-5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Let the mixture rest for 10-15 seconds.
  • After the paste has heated to a boil, switch stove to low heat and cook the paste rest for at least half an hour, at this point, stir constantly and adjust as necessary: (Too thick, more water! Too thin, more flour!)
  • Upon reaching desired consistency, take paste off the heat and let it cool by leaving it sit out.
  • Stir every 3-5 minutes.
  • Apply piece of art onto a flat surface.

Questionnaire


  • What is wheatpaste?
  • How do you make wheatpaste?
  • What tool(s) do artists use to coat their posters?
  • What should you do if your mixture is too thick?

Learning tip


Have fun! Becoming an interpreter of a language is a very long journey, please have fun. Get immersed in the language in the music, culture, TV. Learning will become a faster and more interesting process.

Argumentation

 

  • Often times wheatpasting is an illegal activity, should there be a law protecting artists?
  • Is wheatpasting a form of vandalism?
  • Is wheatpasting illegal where you live?
  • Do you know any urban artists?
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