Monday, September 29, 2014

Antiquated Paper: DIY

  I've always loved old looking paper, and recently I decided to make my own. I'd done this before a couple years ago and I thought I'd try it again using a new method. It turned out really well, so I thought I'd share a DIY with you guys!


   What you'll need:
-A baking sheet
-Sketch paper (this works better than printer paper or card stock)
-Black tea of any kind
-One cup of water
-An oven

   Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and boil your water. Meanwhile, lay your paper flat on the baking sheet. If you have more than one piece of paper, make sure they don't overlap.

   Step 2: Steep tea in boiled water for about five minutes, more or less. Use as much or as little tea as you want, depending on how dark you want it.


   Step 3: Pour the tea over the paper, making sure to soak both front and back. (You may not have to use all the tea.) Put in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning the paper over in the pan half way through.


   Step 4: Pour excess liquid out of the pan, and place paper in the oven for a few more minutes so it can dry out a little and be less fragile to handle. After about five minutes I like to let it air dry the rest of the way. If it stays in the oven to long, it may get to 'crispy' to fold or roll up.


   And that's it! This kind of paper is great for writing old fashioned letters or doing ink drawings on. Thanks to my sisters, Hannah and Sarah, we were able to photograph the process and do a little still-life photo shoot which I think turned out great! I am really awful at photography, so I adjusted the lighting as I was commanded and kept my little brother from climbing on the table and messing things up. (-: Yeah, they probably put more effort into this post than I did... So, thank you guys for putting up with your weird older sister's ideas. 


      Bonus Tips: Remember, every batch of paper you dye is going to be slightly different depending on how dark a tea you use, if you bake it for longer, etc... If you want your paper to look extra distressed, you can crinkle it up before you spread it out in the pan. Burning the edges can also add a dramatic effect if you want.(-: I've also heard that coffee works as a replacement for tea.

    If you have any thoughts, tips, or questions, comment below. And if you happen to try this, tell me how it goes. I love hearing from all of my lovely readers!

~Elizabeth

17 comments:

  1. How very wonderful! Thank you Elizabeth (Could I call you lizzy? :D)
    ~Evie

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    1. I'm glad you liked it Evie, and you may most certainly call me Lizzy! All my friends do. (-:
      ~Lizzy

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  3. You don't know how useful this was to me!:)
    I'm working on a project and this is exactly what I need:)
    Thank you!
    June
    The Journeys' of my beating heart

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    1. Aww, you're so sweet. I'm glad this post was of any help, and tell me how your project goes(-:
      ~Elizabeth

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  4. I was so excited to see that you did a DIY post! I love this idea. Your antiqued paper turned out great!

    I'd love to try this some. :)

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    1. Thanks, Hannah, I had a lot of fun doing it. I think I'm going to draw a map of my story world on my paper and hang it on my wall.(-: Tell me how it goes if you try it!
      ~Elizabeth(Lizzy)

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  5. That is so cool. I love the look of old paper. I have to do this now. I also like that your siblings helped you, I have seven younger siblings and I make them dress up and do photo shoots with me.

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    1. It must be a large family thing. (-;There are six kids in my family, and someone my three of my sisters love photography, so there are always photo shoots happening. I have to say that the costume photo shoots are the most fun!
      ~Elizabeth

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  6. Oooh! I love antique-y paper! It's so gorgeous! Whenever I see notebooks or something at the store with paper that looks old and worn I just have to buy it (I have a lot of unused notebooks...) But hey, now I can make my own! XD

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    1. Thanks Hannah! What is it about neat notebooks that makes them so buyable? I too have several notebooks waiting to be filled. (-:
      ~Elizabeth

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  7. This looks awesome! I love drawing and I'd love to draw on some distressed paper. My sister once did coffee art and it smelt AWESOME...but then it got infested with ants and she had to throw it out. So annoying. >_<

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Cait. I love drawing too, but my skills are sort of rusty. I'm planning on drawing a map on distressed paper, though. Coffee art? I bet that was really cool, I'll have to try it some time. (-:
      ~Elizabeth

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  8. Oooh, this is so cool. :)

    xx Nicole Rose

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! I had a lot of fun doing it.(-;

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  9. What a fantastic idea! The finished product is really looks 'ancient' and original! :)

    Much love!

    Acacia x
    blog / acacia rachel

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