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how do we 'age' paper to look old?

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Nicename Sun 23-Nov-14 14:31:22

DS is writing a document for homework and has been asked to age it. If its been written with a fountain pen, what's the best way to do this? Grill it?

FrauHelgaMissMarpleandaChuckle Sun 23-Nov-14 14:32:17

I would put it in tea first, before you write on it, and dry it over the radiator and it goes brown and crinkly smile

sesamstrasse Sun 23-Nov-14 14:33:09

Rub a wet tea bag on it, let it dry and burn the edges a bit

ExtraVolume Sun 23-Nov-14 14:33:15

Crumple up the paper, then tea.

Nicename Sun 23-Nov-14 14:33:43

Won't that take ages though?

FrauHelgaMissMarpleandaChuckle Sun 23-Nov-14 14:34:06

Probably overnight but you could try drying it in a very very low oven at a push?

claraschu Sun 23-Nov-14 14:34:57

Don't forget to burn the edges a bit all the way around.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Sun 23-Nov-14 14:35:01

You could try crumpling it up lots, sprinkling cocoa powder or dirt on it, flicking tea on it, then ironing it under greaseproof paper.

Nicename Sun 23-Nov-14 14:35:41

I wanted to put a bullet hole and fake blood on it but D's says I am being over melodramatic.

Crazy8 Sun 23-Nov-14 14:35:48

I find a brief soak in very strong black coffee is the best thing to use. Then dry and burn edges.

FrauHelgaMissMarpleandaChuckle Sun 23-Nov-14 14:36:09

Has he already written on the paper with a fountain pen?

Because if he has, you can't wet the paper or the ink will disperse.

Nicename Sun 23-Nov-14 14:37:47

He's not written on it yet. He could do it in pencil, I suppose (WW1).

FrauHelgaMissMarpleandaChuckle Sun 23-Nov-14 14:39:10

Age it first and write on it after if you can.

Muskey Sun 23-Nov-14 14:45:39

I would use a wet tea bag rubbed over the paper dry with a hair dryer. Burning the ages also gives it a ragged look

Monathevampire1 Sun 23-Nov-14 14:58:20

Rub over with a wet tea bad, try not to soak the paper. Pop on radiator or in the airing cupboard for a short while. Tear edges and then write on the paper.

Bartlebee Sun 23-Nov-14 15:03:08

We have just done this today.

Wet tea bag, dried on radiator, ripped down the edges.

CheckpointCharlie Sun 23-Nov-14 15:04:47

All of the above and can he do cursive writing? That would look all ye olde!

Nicename Sun 23-Nov-14 15:05:37

I'm experimenting much to DHs amusement. Sadly we don't have NY instant coffee. Chickory just seems to dissolve the paper (yuk)

gooeybaby Sun 23-Nov-14 15:06:16

is it meant to be a letter from a ww1 soldier?

NorbertDentressangle Sun 23-Nov-14 15:06:55

After you've got it damp with a tea bag sprinkle a small amount of ground up instant coffee on it to leave age spots.

Nicename Sun 23-Nov-14 15:07:30

He was taught cursive at school - and been arguing with his teachers since reception about it (but why do I have to learn cursive when I can already write?).

NorbertDentressangle Sun 23-Nov-14 15:07:59

ah, X posts - I see you don't have any instant coffee.

Nicename Sun 23-Nov-14 15:09:54

I havea little conveyor belt going in the kitchen. Its smelly and brittle!

Nicename Sun 23-Nov-14 15:11:43

Photocopy then age it? What do we think?

Bloodyhell11 Sun 23-Nov-14 15:12:23

I have just done this. Rip paper along each edge, you still have a rectangle, but edges are wobbly. Leave tea bag to stew in hot water, give tea bag a squeeze, rub gently all over paper, go over edges a few times, as the paper. Has been ripped, it will pick up more colour. Instant coffee, crush with a teaspoon ina cup until it is fine powder. Sprinkle tiny amounts over paper, it will look like foxing when dry.
Do all above on both sides.
Put on newspaper to dry near a radiator. I use brown felt tip to write on, looks "faded".

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