This paste is made from cellulose, a substance occurring naturally in plant matter. It comes in powder form and easily mixes with water. Unlike wallpaper paste, it does not contain anti-fungicide and is completely non-toxic.
Can be used to thicken any water-based paints and non-reactive dyes. It can also be used as an adhesive; as a base for marbling; for papier-mache; as a binder and size in paper-making and to convert acrylics into screen-print colour.
To Use: Sprinkle 1 tsp of CMC powder into 300ml of cold water, stirring continuously for a minute, then leave it to stand. Then, thoroughly stir again to mix it all through. The paste should be about the thickness of pouring cream. Add more water if it is too thick.
Process:Lay a sheet of baking paper on your working surface.
Lay papers or fibres on top of one another, brushing paste onto the layers as you go. Tear your papers, lift and move around if need be until you have a pleasing composition. Make sure everything is completely saturated, mop up the surplus and leave to dry.
The cellulose paste provides a temporary adhesion which means that you can move things around, add things inside the layers, cut out, remove and generally be quite flexible. Once it is dry the surface can easily be stitched on.