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Tutorial aging paper by Joshua-Mozes Tutorial aging paper by Joshua-Mozes
A fairly easy and cheap method to age paper for creating an old book

1-2. I use drawingpaper (I believe this is 200 grams paper). You can see the color difference from the new paper with the ones i already coloured.
3. You start with brewing some strong tea, dont be scroogy about the number of teabags, I used 4 teabags.
4. A large enough basin, tub or bucket to soak your paper
5. The tea must be as dark as possible (Resist your temptation for a cup of tea, this tea is your paint now!)
6. Soak the paper in the tea

EDIT: If the tea is still HOT, use gloves or pinchers of a kind! (chopsticks would do the trick) Don't burn your fingers...

7. Dry it on a drying-rack or on a flat surface. You can speed up the proces with help of a hairdryer.
8-9. After drying the paper looks like this and you could use it already, but the aim is for even darker paper.
10. Now we are using coffee to darken the paper even more.
11-12 Let it dry, and be amazed by the fact the paper really looks OLD...
13. Now you can paint, write, and/or print you texts. And make your ancient book.

In a later stage I also wil submit a bookbinding tutorial. Till then...
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:iconarcanumtwilight:
ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Looks amazing. May I ask where did you get the drying rack?
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The name of the store is Blokker. But I've never heard of it have stores in America...
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EvaAnnPete Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you resoak the paper in coffee after drying it the first time?
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. You can repeat it more then once.

The darker the paper, the 'older' it looks. You can experiment with small strips of paper- first one only tea, second tea and coffee, third tea and repeated coffee etc
Now you can compared and decide which one look old enough. Have Fun :D
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Larpwizard Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Nice patination work! :)
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Just what I've been looking for! Fantastic tutorial!
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:iconjoshua-mozes:
Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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Margo-K Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
AweSomE!!!!!!
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!!!
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So THAT'S how one re-prints the Necronomicon...
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yesssss!

But my goal is as equaly ambitious. I intend to recreate "Von Unaussprechlichen Kulte(n)" written by Friedrich Wilhelm von Junz.

First try [link]

I have to find time to contiue this gianormus undertaking :crazy:
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconooohplz:
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LoopyOnCider Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I bet it smells wonderful too!

Thank you so much for this tutorial.
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, everytime you pick up the paper/book, you feel the urge to have a cup of coffee :D

In time the smell will go away (more or less)

And thank your kind words :D
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KeiCaiAyan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Do you use the same soaking method with the coffee as with the tea?
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:iconjoshua-mozes:
Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, but you can also use a sponse to create an irregular pattern of stains...
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely awesome, can't wait to try it out :giggle:
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, and succes! :D
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LustGodVampire91 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you use Black tea it works quicker^
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're totally right! ^^
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lynxmom Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
the only problem I see is when you're observing a really old book that has this kind of colouring, you will notice groups of pages with the same curves and curls due to moisture damage and uniform discolouration due to sun exposure or spilled liquid, tattered edges from a child's teeth, etc.

When you stack these pages they all go their own way.

Of course you cannot dry them stacked and pressed- or could you? Perhaps with layers of muslin between each page you could press them. Or you might mist them again once dry and coloured the way you want so you can shape them using a large barrel curling iron or a smooth stone... This way even the selective damage becomes an art project in itself...
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the input.

It is almost impossible to color the pages in the exact way as the page before it. This way of colouring gives only the 'illusion' of old bookpages. The layers of muslin you describe could help. Haven't tried that.

And to speed up the drying process you could use a hairdryer, instead of the dryingrack I used.
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing, looks a bit messy for my current space but I'll keep it in mind for the future. ^^
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Messy... Oh, yes, especially the coffee-part. Better use some cover, cloth, or old newspaper under the rack. :D
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JamesDarrow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, and I might have to do it in the tub. :P
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DragonHeartEve Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
:heart: This is a great idea! can't wait to use it! :D
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanj you and have fun :D :woohoo:
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DragonHeartEve Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
I will thanks :D
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanj=Thank*

damn this keyboard! :doh:
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X508 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
It's great butthe images alone doesn't tell me what's going on and the description below made it hard to catch on.
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the input. In a new version I will add the text in the photo's
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Tsukikou Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you :)
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
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Vampirkaetzchen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
this looks really cool! I want to try this one day ^^
is the tea/coffee still hot when you soak the paper?
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Oh, yes, maybe I should have warned about that. :oops:
On a flat surface its cools down fairly quickly, but to be on the safe side: use gloves or a pincher of a kind.
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Vampirkaetzchen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
okay, thank you! C:
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ThePressGang-ink Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial!
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Joshua-Mozes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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