The idea for this project came while I was searching for a picture for another post. I had written a post about Classical Music for Halloween, and wanted to find the perfect graphic to go with it. I had it pictured in my head (which is how most of my ridiculous projects start)… a stack of old sheet music from one of my recommendations.
Well, I couldn’t find anything that came close. So I decided to make my own (and take a picture of it). The following is the process I used to make my paper look old. You can use this paper aging technique to make old sheet music of your own, or try it for parchment invitations, a pirate treasure map, scrapbooking, or stationary. Have fun with it!
What you will need:
- Strong tea or coffee, cold
- Paper to be aged
- Cookie sheet
- Instant coffee (optional)
How to Age your Paper:
- You want to print or write anything on your paper BEFORE you age it.
- Preheat oven to 200°.
- Place the paper on a cookie sheet (I use an old one)
- Pour tea/coffee over the paper until the entire sheet is covered, make sure it soaks in on both side.
- If you want darker spots on the paper, sprinkle instant coffee on the paper and let it sit on the paper. Wipe it off after a few minutes.
- Rub your finger around the edge of the paper to wear the edges.
- Place the cookie sheet and paper in the oven for about 6 minutes until dry.
- Gently loosen the the paper from the cookie sheet with a fork. Be careful, it will be hot!
- If your paper smells too much like coffee and not the authentic “old paper” scent you want, stick the sheets in a box with some mothballs for a day or two.
- Experiment with different colors to achieve the look you want; coffee will turn the paper a darker brown, tea will be lighter.
- You can also wear holes in the middle of the sheet by rubbing it with your finger.
- You can let the paper air dry, but weight the edges or the paper will curl.
- I have also heard good things about Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution, just spray it on your paper to give it an old look. (It is inexpensive too)
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