In this instalment of Incite, Conspire, Inspire, we bring you the extremely radical and dangerous technique of making wallpaper. Like, seriously.
You see, in a world dominated by paid advertisement and where social media overtakes most of our visual input, wheatpasting is the hero we all deserve. Wheatpasting democratises the streets, allowing you to express your voice, share your leaflets or your artwork. Wheatpasting is the crusty, mouldy poetry of the streets.
Does it sound like something you’re into? Good, because we are into it too. Wheatpasting will allow you to stick the paper to walls in a much more permanent way than duck tape. And we are here to teach you how.
To make wheatpaste you will need:
A whisk, or a spoon, or something to stir your potion.
Two parts of flour.
Three parts of water.
A stove, or a fire, or something that will bring your concoction to a boil.
This is how easy it is to make wheatpaste:
1- Mix your ingredients inside of the saucepan
2- Put it on the stove and bring it to a boil, whisking all lumps and ensuring the mix is homogeneous.
3- Keep on a boil and whisk until it thickens and looks like sticky, runny and very smooth porridge, about thirty minutes.
4- Let it cool, then pour it into a sealable container.
Now for the fun part. Time to take it to the streets!
Make sure you have:
The container with wheatpaste
Your prints! This could be artwork, or leaflets, or whatever you want to show to the world
Gloves help if you don’t like a sticky mess over your hands.
Once you have everything you need, get on the streets! Wheatpaste works best in non-porous surfaces like glass, but you certainly should experiment! If you have leftovers, ideally you should keep the tub refrigerated. If you leave it for too long it will dry up and it could also explode in a disgustingly smelly mess, so maybe just use it all!
Now that you hold this power, what kind go trouble will the world see?
SEE YOU IN THE STREETS!
Video stolen from @zerofoursixeight