Paste-up, découpage or papier mâché glue

Do-it-yourself recipe for paste-up, découpage and papier mâché glue

The original recipe was kindly shared with me by the artist Barek, for paste-ups. Over time, I have modified the recipe a bit to hopefully make a stronger, more water resistant glue.

Save those squeezy tomato sauce bottles – you can mix batches of the glue which will last in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Make sure you leave the bottles out for a bit to go back to room temperature and give them a good shake before application.

This recipe is great for paste-ups, papier mâché and découpage. Takes about an hour to cook up, and cool down enough to be useable.

When stored in the fridge, it lasts for about a fortnight. It’ll start to grow a green mould skin across the top after that.

The Recipe

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup cornflour

4 and 3/4 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup PVA glue

  1. Boil 3 cups of the water.
  2. Mix all the flours and the rest of the water until the lumps are dissolved.
  3. Once the water has boiled, add the water/flour mix and stir for 3 minutes, keeping an eye on the mix continually to avoid foaming. This cooks the flour; you will notice that the mix tastes and smells less ‘flour-y’ as the cooking progresses.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, one third at a time.
  5. Leave to cool, stirring periodically to avoid a skin forming.
  6. Stir in the PVA after the liquid cools down, making sure it is well mixed throughout.

I’ve found it’s a good idea to label and date the batch too. Especially good if you have multiple batches going, or bottles of actual tomato sauce in your fridge.

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Barek’s art and DIY aesthetic is a constant inspiration and encouragement. Find him here.

About kellymarietheartist

Visual artist originally from Australia, travelling the world creating crocheted wearable art and functional textile pieces. Sustainable art and slow fashion made from recycled fabrics, wools and metal. Colourful. Psychedelic. Unique.
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