PASTE UP WORKSHOP Notes

paper & MATERIALS

The ideal paper for pasting is between 80 - 100gsm. Anything heavier than about 120gsm will be take longer to absorb the glue and won't stick as easily. Lighter than 60gsm is a bit too delicate once wet. Ideal papers are photocopy paper and brown kraft paper. Butcher's paper can be used, but has to be pasted quickly. Tissue paper won't work, nor will paper with a shiny coating. You can experiment with wrapping paper, magazine pages and scrap papers - but they don't all work all the time. If you are unsure, it's always best to test a little out - you can mix a small amount of PVA with some water to do tests.

Permanent colours are best for creating paste ups - acrylic paint, indian ink, permanent markers etc. Do not use watercolours or textas that are not permanent!

TO REMOVE A PASTE UP: Soak the paste up with water - use a spray bottle or big sponge - or even a hose if possible Warm water also helps. Once the paper is soaked through with water, peel the paste up off the wall. If it rips and sticks, keep soaking. A paste up can't be kept after it is removed (unless you are very very very careful with removing it and can lay it flat to dry)


GLUE

Bring 3 cups of water to the boil.

Mix 1/4 cup of flour with 3/4 cup of cold water to make a runny paste.

Add paste to the boiling water and STIR! This is important - if you don't stir, the glue will burn on the bottom of the saucepan.

Turn heat off, add 1/2 cup of white sugar, stir in and let it cool.

Add PVA glue for extra durability!