Cellulose Glue Paint

Cellulose Glue Paint

Cellulose is often sold as a natural wallpaper paste and cellulose glue paint, while a reversable paint is more elastic than rabbit skin paint and two or three layers can be used.

  • 3 tablespoons (20g) cellulose glue powder
  • 4 cups (1 litre) water
  • 7 ounces (200g - almost a cup) prepared whiting
  • 3 tablespoons natural pigment

This should cover about 86 square feet (8 square meters) and is only for use on absorbant walls and is not washable.

Slake the pigment then add the glue powder to the water and let it sit for 20 minutes; stir well. Add the glue to the whiting along with the pigment, stir thoroughly and let sit for 30 minutes. It should be the consistency of thick sour cream. Thin with water if required.

Test the paint first. If when dry it rubs off as a powder you need more glue. If it carcks or flakes off you need more whiting and/or pigment. Prime walls first with a thin solution of glue 1 1/2 tablespoons (10g) cellulose to 4 cups (1 litre) of water. Let this dry then apply two or three coats of paint with a brush using random cros cross stokes. Let each coat dry for 6 hours. For a semi transparent wash just thin the paint. Wash brushes in warm soapy water.