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Study Guide Maculation

In art class "maculation" refers to "waste paper", which can be useful to soak up spilling glue. At this point, we would like to discuss this topic, as it can be a special help when making , e. g. collages.

Study Guide Maculation

Maculation, lat maculatura, a disfiguring spot or stain.
In the field of printing, maculation means waste paper. In art class waste paper can be useful to soak up spilling glue. An appropriate use of maculation provides the opportunity to glue precisely accurate. At the end, you will have a cleanly glued area and a high-quality glue work. In this issue, we would like to discuss this topic, as it can be a special help when making , e. g. collages.

Working with Paper

When working with cardboard and paper, the advantages of Pelifix glue stick become obvious: The glue does not soak and the glued parts can be readjusted directly after having applied the glue.

The Preparation

Only few tools are necessary in order to create a good maculation: pairs of scissors in different sizes, pair of compasses, carpet knife, cutting board, metal ruler, cardboard or sheet of strong paper.


Professional Scissors

Different kinds of scissors are practical

To anticipate it: Principally, you can use any pair of scissors to cut paper. We would like to show you two types of scissors that we have tried out: The half-rounded pair of nail scissors and regular paper-cutting scissors. Nail scissors are very useful for delicate work. Rounded and circular parts can easily be cut out with them.

Long stripes of paper are better cut out with a regular pair of paper scissors. The handle for the middle finger of our model allows the pointer finger to put more strength and endurance into the cutting task.

Different Presentation

Presentation of the Maculation

For the presentation of your maculation, we have used two different colors: Green and light green. The appointed gluing area is highlighted in red.

The yellow arrows show which way the items are to be glued. In the above shown example, the Pelifix glue stick is applied in the left direction. The glue stick is only applied from the inside to the outside. This way, it can be prevented that glue gets under the maculation and the glue gets dirty.

Planning Maculation

Reasonable gluing edges are now made with our suggested maculation processes.

  • The glue stick should be held as straight up as possible when applying it. It will guarantee an even spreading of the glue.
  • In principal, the area is always applied from the inside to the outside.


1. Gluing the edges

On the edges, 2 different types of maculation are used. The outer ones also protect the table surface, the ones on the inside the glue.

A reasonable maculation simplifies the gluing process.

2. Varying the width of the edges

You can also create edges with two types of maculation. In doing so, the width of the edges can be chosen and adjusted individually. Gluing areas as small as 1mm are possible.

3. Gluing the corners

As with the edges, 2 different types of maculation are used for the corners, as well. By varying the inner maculation , you can individually choose the size of the corners Again, the direction in which the glue is applied is important, especially because the corners bend very easily.

4. Gluing wedges

When gluing wedges, we use the advantages of the maculation process. With the help of a second sheet of paper, you can determine the exact size of the wedge. Then, when actually gluing it together, the Pelifix glue stick is lead from the narrow edge to the wide edge, in order to prevent the end of the wedge from bending.

5. Gluing waves

In order to create waves, the glued item is cut into shape beforehand. In our case, glue is only applied onto the edge with the glue stick. If you wish to have a wave-shaped glue trail later on, you will need a second, wave-shaped maculation.

Wave shapes have to be cut into shape beforehand.

For more cutting patterns, there is a selection of waved scissors commercially available. These scissors already create a fixed wave and impart this work a special impression.

6. Gluing circles

When glue is applied onto circles, it is recommended to use a pair of compasses. It will help you to draw the respective size of circle onto the maculation.

The circle is drawn with the pair of compasses and cut out with a pair of nail scissors.

Now the nail scissors come into use. With its help, even the smallest circle can be cut out evenly. Apply the Pelifix Stick several times from the outer edges to the center of the circle, until the entire gluing area is covered with glue.

The maculation is cut circular and the glue stick is applied from the outside to the inside.