Wallpaper paste (cellulose paste) is used in bookbinding or for applying paper to large areas. In the process it can, depending on the intended use, be mixed with BOOKBINDING ADHESIVE (see, table under Bookbinding Glue (special information section)). The glue must be stirred into the prescribed amount of water and after 20 to 30 minutes thoroughly mixed again. It will then be ready for use. A brush is probably best for application purposes and the gluing work should then be completed immediately.
For papier-maché work, newspaper pages or egg cartons that have been torn into as small pieces as possible should be added to the paste and allowed to soak overnight or, even better, for 2 days and then thoroughly agitated again. This thick slurry can now be used to make small objects which have a rough looking surface (s. PAPIER-MACHE)
In order to make hollow pieces like, for example, masks, model landscapes or larger-than-life figures, the newspaper sheets should be torn into strips, dunked in the paste and applied in successive coats to the awaiting formed meshwork made from WIRE MESH, FORMETAL VARIUS or CHICKEN WIRE. About 200 ml paste per square metre will be required for this work.
After drying, the objects can be painted with TONING PIGMENTS, POSTER PAINT or ACRYLIC PAINT and subsequently clear varnished.