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Valarium
12-05-2010, 08:58 AM
Hi all just thought i would pop in with our version of how to age paper the way it will look like a very old scripted page.

The caligraphy is a font that can be found at most font sites, i got the one i'm using in this one from dafont.

The aging process is quite simple:

1. Get some of your non favorite tea (using the one you like is a waste :p ),
ofcourse get some boiling water and put it in, let it cool down a little before you start using it, because if you use it when it's too hot, the paper will get WAAAAAY to soggy.

2. After about 15 minutes of a cool down period you can get to work, use a basting brush or something similar and start painting away of the paper. (do this untill you reach the desired color)

** Side note ** If you are going to use the following procedure, make sure your paper is ALWAYS dry before adding a new layer!

3. For some nice extra effects dip the brush in the tea and flick the tea onto the paper (make sure to never touch the paper when doing this), which will leave alot of nice smears and blots thus creating the effect of aged paper even more.

4. When you are done and have the desired color, you are left with a crumply piece of old paper, to straighten out use your common variety household iron (do not use any form of water on the paper at this point).

5. Burning the edges is a pretty easy task, use a simple candle and burn away.

** Tip ** if you are going to burn the edges, use a candle that's steady on the table, it will save you alot of aggrivation!

You should have something that looks like this at the end.

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz247/Valarium1b/IMG00177-20101205-1442.jpg

Sorry if the picture isn't the best quality, i took this with my blackberry, because the wife is taking the pictures today of the new pieces of steampunk, and the battery is charging.

Joseph

downrightart
12-05-2010, 09:14 AM
Cool Joseph! Thanks for sharing this buddy!

I have dyed some coffee filters with coffee just recently. I want to make some toppers with them on gifts. You crumble them up in a circle and clue a antique/brass button on them.

Valarium
12-05-2010, 09:42 AM
Can we see pictures ?

me likey pictoors !

Joseph

downrightart
12-05-2010, 11:28 AM
Soon as I make one, I'll post it! :laughing:

Just for you Joseph, I'll get right on it soon! ;)

gma2rjc
12-05-2010, 12:57 PM
This is great Joseph! (ask Tracy if she's colored the coffee filters yet. I'd ask her, but I don't want to rush her. Y'know what I mean?)

;)

Barb

downrightart
12-05-2010, 02:04 PM
This is great Joseph! (ask Tracy if she's colored the coffee filters yet. I'd ask her, but I don't want to rush her. Y'know what I mean?)

;)

Barb




See how they pick on me Joseph! :laughing:

(Barb, they are colored. I just need to make something out of them. :001_tongue: )

thecraftycpa
01-30-2011, 01:46 PM
This is a great post. I did this once and all I had in the house was some rasberry iced tea. It came out with a pinkish brown tint (which worked OK for my project). I've also heard that camomile tea will give a more yellow than brown tint, but I've not tried it yet.

pinokeeo
01-30-2011, 11:20 PM
Hey, this is a great how-to. And easy to follow. I might give this a try, just for the fun of it. I have some very old loose tea that I was going to toss.

Thanks for the write-up.

Valarium
02-01-2011, 09:14 AM
Coffee also does the trick (as i found out with some bills that i had gotten today), but tea still does the best job.

This is also good for scrapbooking as a background and such.

Joseph

Mrs J
02-01-2011, 09:44 AM
This project just proves the old adage "everything old is new again".

When the kids were little we did this project with a copy of the "Constitution". We did all the steps you provided, except after dying and drying we ironed the paper flat. Then decoupaged the dried paper on to a wood plaque that we burned and beat up by hammering, so it too, looked aged! This was back in the early '70's when (Oh good grief am I dating myself) colonial decorating was the trend!

Joseph, thanks for the jolt back in time. I think I still have one in a memory box somewhere....if i can find it I will post a picture.

ML

Angela
02-01-2011, 10:02 AM
I remember doing that for a project of some sort when I was in elementary school. We (read: Mom) burned the edges of the paper too.
Thinking about it now, I wonder how she got only the edges to char and not light up the whole sheet of paper. :001_huh:
I remember thinking it was super cool.:thumbup1:

Your coffee comment made me laugh Joseph! :laughing:

Valarium
02-02-2011, 06:49 AM
I aim to please m'lady :D

Joseph

goldenamik
08-13-2011, 11:20 AM
I will have to remember this when I scrap my son's pirate party.

gremlin
08-13-2011, 02:31 PM
I'm one of those weirdos who doesn't have coffee or tea in the house. When I want to make "old" paper, I use paint. I started out with plain white copy paper. I used a cookie sheet to soak them in (one at a time). Then, with just barely enough water to cover the paper, I added the paint. I used browns and dark yellow/gold. Basically, I fingerpainted underwater. The paint colored the paper nicely. I laid the paper out on paper towels to dry (and ended up with colored paper towels too!). I left them semi wrinkled since it added to the "old" look. It didn't interfere with feeding them through the printer either. Then I cut them apart into the clues, and burned the edges. It works to dampen the edges a bit and sort of tear the shape you want, then use a candle to burn the edges while they are still a bit damp. For the holes, I stuck a pin through the paper and made a little bit of a hole, then held the flame to the center of the hole. This part was easier with a smaller flame (trim the wick so it is quite small).

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gma2rjc
08-13-2011, 11:47 PM
Thanks gremlin. I like this idea (I don't have coffee or tea in the house either :laughing:).

Putting pinholes in the paper to burn a hole is super smart. :thumbup:

And I love the way the clues are worded!

Barb

gremlin
08-14-2011, 01:26 AM
Thanks gremlin. I like this idea (I don't have coffee or tea in the house either :laughing:).

Putting pinholes in the paper to burn a hole is super smart. :thumbup:

And I love the way the clues are worded!

Barb

Thanks. I thought up the clues around 2 in the morning. That's when I get most of my ideas for poems. I think in the picture of all of the clues, you should be able to read them. They were for a "treasure" hunt at cub scouts when I was helping the Cubmaster.

In the second picture, some of the wax from the candle dripped onto the clue...it made a pretty interesting splotch on the clue...

Valarium
11-06-2011, 05:34 AM
Thanks Gremlin,

I love the idea, mind if i use that one ?....the pinhole effect i mean :)

Joseph

gremlin
11-06-2011, 03:08 PM
Thanks Gremlin,

I love the idea, mind if i use that one ?....the pinhole effect i mean :)

Joseph

Don't mind one bit. Most of what I do crafti-wise has been learned from trial and error. I'm more than happy to be able to help other people with ideas.

Valarium
11-06-2011, 04:05 PM
Thanks!....I'll post results next time i get aroud to aging a batch again :-)

Joseph

HempJewelryWorld
03-03-2012, 11:57 PM
thats awesome, thanks for sharing!