Art Recipes: Paste

Paste
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon alum
Mix above ingredients together. Add:
4 cups water
Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Cool. Add:
Oil of wintergreen (to keep paste fresh)
Store in a covered jar in a cool place.

Paper Paste I
1/2 Cup Flour; 2 Tbsp. Sugar; 1 Cup Water; 1/4 tsp. Peppermint Oil or Wintergreen Oil

Mix flour and sugar. Gradually add water, stirring vigorously. Cook over low heat until clear stirring constantly. Remove from stove and add oil of Peppermint. Stir until well blended.

How to use: Spread with a brush or tongue depressor. This paste can be stored in a covered jar for several weeks without refrigeration.

Paper Paste II
1/3 Cup Non-self-rising wheat flour; 2 Tbsp. Sugar; 1 Cup Water; 1/4 tsp. oil of cinnamon

Mix flour and sugar in a saucepan. Gradually add water, stirring vigorously to break up lumps. Cook over low heat until clear, stirring constantly. Remove from stove and add oil of cinnamon. Stir until well blended. Makes about 1 cup. Spread paste with a brush or tongue depressor. Soft, smooth, thick and white, Paper Paste has a good spreading consistency and is especially appropriate for use with small children or for any paste-up work. This paste can be stored in a covered jar for several weeks without refrigeration.

Thin Paste I
Suggested age – 3 & up; needs cooking in preparation. Use with Soft papier-mâché Pulp.

1/4 Cup Sugar; 1/4 Cup Flour; 1/2 tsp. Alum; 1 3/4 Cup Water; 1/4 tsp. Oil of Cinnamon (optional); Brush or tongue depressor

Mix sugar, flour, and alum in pan. Add 1 cup water gradually, stirring vigorously. Boil until clear and smooth, stirring. Add remaining water, and oil of cinnamon. Stir. Spread with brush or tongue depressor.

Hints: makes 1 pint; stores for several months without refrigeration.

Thin Paste II
1/4 Cup Sugar; 1/4 Cup Non-self-rising flour; 1/2 tsp. powdered alum; 1-3/4 Cup Water; 1/4 tsp. oil of cinnamon

In a medium-sized pan, mix together sugar, flour and alum. Gradually add 1 cup water, stirring vigorously to break up lumps. Boil until clear and smooth stirring constantly. Add remaining water and oil of cinnamon. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Makes one pint. How to use it: Spread paste with a brush or tongue depressor. Thin Paste is an excellent adhesive for scrapbooks, collages, and Strip Papier-mâché’. This paste can be stored in a jar for several months without refrigeration.

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