Wednesday, September 20, 2006

My Personal Wheatpasting Tips

So, you made some posters and now you want to put them up. Here's the routine I've worked out over the years.

My favorite wheatpaste recipe:
Whisk together 2 cups of flour and 6 cups of water and bring it to a boil in a pot. Stir it constantly with the whisk and try not to let it burn to the bottom. If it does, don't scrape the bottom while stirring, because you'll get black flecks in your wheatpaste. Keep a large cup of water handy in case it starts getting really thick (like sticky pudding or play doh) and just add more water to keep the consistency about like a thin Elmer's glue. Once it boils, turn it down to low and continue to whisk and add water as needed for a few more minutes. Then turn off the heat, and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes. It will thicken a lot while cooling, so just keep adding water and stirring it in as needed. You should have a white soupy goopy pot full of wheatpaste once it cools. You can stir in a squirt of Elmer's glue, but it is not a necessity. The more you make it the better it will get. This recipe should be enough for at least 60 11"x17" posters.

Carrying the wheatpaste:
Get yourself a plastic 1 gallon jug, and cut a hole out of the top of it. Start right in between the top of the handle where it meets the jug and the opening of the jug. Jab your cutter in, and cut along the fold in the jug where the top becomes the side under the handle (you should be cutting perpendicular to the handle). Cut down until you get to where the downward sloped top turns into the vertical sides of the jug, and cut horizontally along that division line, staying just on the top of the line that separates the top from the side. Go all the way around and back up to where you started cutting, making sure to leave the handle of the jug in tact and fully connected to the rest of the jug. The point of this is to cut a hole big enough to stick a large brush in. Your brush should be 4 or 5 inches wide. You can get a brush like that at any hardware store. Now pour in your wheatpaste. Filling it too high means more than 3/4 of the way if on foot, and more than 1/3 of the way if on bike.

Applying The Poster:
The best and easiest way to put up posters with wheatpaste is to brush a healthy amount of paste onto the area that you want to put your poster on. Make sure you cover an area a little bigger than the size of your poster. Hold your poster up and see exactly how big your paste smear should be if you need to (you won't need to after a while). Then stick the poster to the wet area, and apply a coat of paste on the front of the poster to seal it on. Make sure you get the edges well and try to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles. Don't worry about the poster being moist or wet, that is what it is supposed to be like.

Tactics:
You can just walk around with the jug and the brush in it, and no one knows what it is, trust me. Grab a bag and throw your posters in, and you're off. If you want to cover more area, you can ride your bike with a big basket on the front of it (you have one right?) and put the paste jug on top of your posters in the basket, and just pull up to your pasting spot, straddle your bike while you put up your poster, then ride away. You can cover a lot of ground like this.

Tips:
You will probably get a little messy, so maybe don't wear the $600 Prada shoes out, okay? But the wheatpaste comes right off with a little water. Going out with a friend or two can be an enjoyable time to talk and is a great alternative to TV.

Get out there and wheatpaste!

Welcome to Anarchist Posters!


Hey there everyone.

Welcome to a new blog all about anarchist posters from around the world. Feel free to submit posters you've made to be added to the site, or send in photos of posters you've seen around town or pasted up yourself!

I am also interested in compiling links to other radical graphics and poster websites.

I hope this blog can become a resource and repository of radical posters so that others can print them out and put them up! I'd also like it to be a showcase of anarchist postering endevours.

This blog will mainly focus on anarchist and radical posters in English and from North America, but any submissions are welcome and will probably be made available here!