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This page is really for general tips associated with books and libraries, however, the main feedback seems to have been in ways to make paper look old.
There are several ways to make paper look old, here are just a few.
WARNING - several of these suggestions put paper into an oven or uses naked flames; please watch this process very carefully to ensure it does not catch alight. An adult should always be present.
First make tea without milk and sugar. Then take the teabag and soak the paper with it. If you are not completely satisfied you can tear the teabag open and smear the contents over the paper.To make it look burned, take a match and set fire to the edges. Be careful to not burn the paper too much, otherwise there will be nothing left of the paper!!!
A.GREYLING(9 years old)
Use water and cocoa powder!
1) Use a sifter and sprinkle cocoa powder over the paper, in a baking pan.
2) Add the water directly over the piece of paper.
3) Put in the oven at 400 degrees, with water and everything.
4) take out after roughly 2-3 minutes.
5) Empty out water and let dry just a bit before putting it in the microwave for a minute.
6) Turn on stove and put the paper on the stove, but shake it around, which will produce some "burnt stains." (Will produce lots of smoke)
7) Optional: using a lighter, carefully burn the edges. (SEE WARNING ABOVE)
Iron the paper on both sides (put a sheet of plain printer paper over the paper to be aged. The more you iron the darker it gets) then dampen it in water and lightly sprinkle tea over it ( if you don't have loose leaf tea just cut open a tea bag, coffee powder works too but not as well.
Get a flannel and put some water and some coffee into it. Squeeze thoroughly and wait for some of the mixture to drain through. Then rub against the paper and put in oven for 4 mins.
After that get a match, dampen the centre of your paper so that it doesn't catch a light, hold lighted match under the paper and wait until the desired spot of the paper is to your standard.
Aging paper to look older than it is - I have found soy sauce one of the best but depending on how dark or light the paper has to be mixing soy sauce with water will give you the exact tone you wish. Soy sauce comes in two strengths which is good and being cheap can last for many many projects
1: Get the amount of sauce you need to do a A4 size piece of paper test the soy sauce on a spare or scrap piece first to determine what shade you want.
2: Add water if too dark and if you are doing Calligraphy work I also found lining paper which comes in many grades from light to heavy is great for Calligraphy.
If you stain the paper first it will dry fast and you can write over it without the ink bleeding.
Walnut Ink - Walnut ink is made from black walnuts. It is usually sold in crystallized form, and must be hydrated before using. Apply the wet walnut ink to the paper, lace, fabric or other material. You can create various effects as you strive to make paper look old.
Chloe Bacon (9 years old)
Lauren and Laura
WARNING - Keep an eye on the paper during these processes in case it catches light!
Contributed by Lauren E. Reichart
If you want to add those little brown age spots, sprinkle individual grains of instant coffee onto the paper whilst damp, these will spread giving the really authentic looking mark.
Courtesy of Natalie
Again be very careful when putting the tray on the stove or over a flame.
May also not be suitable for some ovens.
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