How to make wheat paste

Wheat paste is one of the time proven archival materials used by fine art conservators to adhere Japanese paper hinges. It is made from wheat starch and is widely used because it’s easy to make, easy to store, and archival. It is stronger than a vegetable paste (methyl cellulose) and is typically used on larger, thicker, and heavier artwork.


step by step instructions

Step 1

Assemble tools and supplies. To make wheat paste we use a microwave, Jin Shofu paste, measuring spoons, spoon to stir the paste, spatula, brush, water, rag, and scrap board to test the paste.

Step 1 Making Wheat Paste

Step 2

Measure out one teaspoon of Japanese wheat paste and put it in a bowl.

Step 2 Making Wheat Paste

Step 3

Measure 4 teaspoons of water and add it to the bowl. If you are making larger quantities the ratio of water to paste is 4 to 1.

Step 3 Making Wheat Paste

Step 4

Mix the paste and water together. At this point it will be quite watery.

Step 4 Making Wheat Paste

Step 5

Put the bowl in a microwave for 10 seconds.

Step 5 Making Wheat Paste

Step 6

Test the paste. This is still too watery.

Step 6 Making Wheat Paste

Step 7

Repeat the process until the paste is this consistency. (To make this batch we put the paste in the microwave four times at 10 seconds per time.)

Step 7 Making Wheat Paste

Step 8

Test the paste on a board to make sure the consistency is thick enough.

Step 8 Making Wheat Paste