Hey All.
I used to use rubber cement for gluing paper together but a book and writings archivist said that it is the worst over time because both pieces become slightly transparent (as if soaked in oil) and separate anyway. When I am on the go I bring a glue stick with me but lately it has been failing me also. Someone suggested matte medium but I find when I am gluing a large surface, it wants to wrinkle. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks, lady

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Favorite glue, the only glue that does the job for me anyway: Neutral pH Adhesive, archival quality by LINECO. It is "permanent, dries clear and remains flexible".

 

Could someone explain to me the paste and glue brush British way of collaging?

I don't understand what you mean by 'paste and glue British way'! (And I'm British.)

I must have used paste brushes in my British 1950s childhood, but in the 1960s was introduced to Cow Gum, which I fell in love with. That was always used with a plastic spatula-like thing, and I have smaller versions of those which I now use with liquid PVA. 

However, I recently brought a tin of the Italian adhesive, 'Coccoina', and it has a small brush with it! I tried it - and went straight back to the small plastic spatula-like tool! Sorry ... 'adhesive spreader'!

An adhesive you don't have to be afraid of, and mini-spatulas? I'm there. ❥

I almost always use Pritt Stick, but for things larger than around A6 I use the 3M Spray Mount (repositional) though art course tutors tell me I'm damaging my lungs however carefully you use a spray booth set-up. It does give such a good smooth finish! Sometimes I use a liquid PVA I bought for book-making, but find it difficult not to end up with buckled paper even when I leave things to dry under a weight.

Now I'm worried about both our lungs, even though I run outside to spray things.

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