Latest updates from our #wheatpaste (aka Marxist glue) #streetart blitz, #downtowneastside.

Wheatpaste (also known as Marxist glue, or simply paste) is a liquid adhesive made from vegetable starch and water. It has been used since ancient times for various arts and crafts such as book binding, decoupage, collage, and papier-mâché. It is also made for the purpose of adhering paper posters to walls and other surfaces (often in graffiti). Closely resembling wallpaper paste, it is often made by mixing roughly equal portions of flour and water [and some sugar] and heating it until it thickens, or by smearing cooked rice into a paste. [source]

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China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

This is how we do it

We’ll be doing more pasteups today and capturing it on video.  I was going to write about WHY? I’m into doing wheatpasting right now- but, nah- it’s either self-explicable or un-explicable.  Either way: WHY NOT?

Travis pasting Matt’s portrait. Photo by Maryellen Groundwater


Emily.  As the wheatpasted paper dries, it shrinks and adheres solidly to the wall, revealing whatever texture is underneath. Our initial pasteups are still on the wall and survived torrential downpour, unscathed.
Travis doing touchups on the only casualty this week. Looks like a key scratch on Megan’s portrait.

Travis Hengg, Maryellen Groundwater

Megan, Travis, Maryellen, Brandon, Dustin, Emily, Jacqueline.

Today’s pasteups are being prepped:


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