Tuesday, July 7, 2015

[crafts] Aging paper for your games, part two

Part one covered using tea, for part two we are going to move to coffee. I have always used tea in the past but some of the results using coffee are really outstanding. Needless to say I am hoping coffee makes it even better.

For this step I pulled out some coffee I had in the cabinet. Honestly I would not use this stuff because we have lived here for five years....and I have never, ever used it. Not sure how old it is. I used two heaping spoonfuls of coffee grounds in hot water (too much really) and then had a pile on a paper plate as well.
I managed to find a black Liquid Magnus Rollerball pen and I added it to the mix, I am hoping it works as good as the red version. This would give me two really good pens (two colors!) for use on the pages.
This time I also took the step of crunching up the paper before wetting it.
This time I only did two pieces of paper, mainly because the rest of the paper is out in the garage and it is hot as hell out there. I am also lazy.

Here you can see the reason why I crinkled it up before wetting it. Now the water pooled on the paper. I am hoping this will cause more variations across the paper. I also took the dry grounds and sprinkled them over the paper.
Again, ten minutes in the oven at 200 degrees. I think I could very easily do a handful of these at a time in my toaster oven instead of heating up the big oven. Maybe next time. I used this twenty minutes to clean up the mess I had made.  ;-)

Here are the results. The watercolor paper on the left, the drawing on the right side. One thing I noticed (maybe because my oven was already hot from the tea paper) but the paper was much more dry this time around. The drawing paper curled! Very cool. Again the Vista ink faded (might use that for something I want to be mysterious and fades) and the black Rollerball seems to work perfectly.
Here is a lower angle so you can see the curl. One thing that is very different is the feel of the paper. The coffee made the paper feel much older. This aging process made the watercolor paper feel almost leathery while the drawing paper came out feel brittle, though it feels and looks much more brittle than it really is.
The back side of the same page.
Comparisons. On the left is the tea, on the right is the coffee. First up is the watercolor paper. The coffee stained paper is much darker and the pre-wet crinkling did its job and provided more variation in color.
 This time I crinkled the coffee paper for a better direct comparison.
This time the drawing paper. Left is tea, right is coffee.
Again, I crinkled the coffee paper. Looking back at crinkling, I will use the post-dry process to crinkle the paper.The pre-wet crinkling ended up giving the paper a much more crinkled appearance. I like the smoother and larger wrinkles in the paper.
One thing I noticed is the edge of the coffee stained paper. I left it in the oven for slightly longer than the tea stained and it produced a darker edge. This adds significantly to the feel of the paper being old. Here is a close up. In the next round of paper aging, I will leave it in the oven for longer. The paper thickness seems to have an effect on this edge burning. The thicker watercolor paper did not have the burnt edges so I am guessing I will need to leave it in the oven for even longer time.
So there you go, it is very easy to make even store bought bright white paper to be aged at home using nothing more than tea or coffee. Here is another shot of the paper that I made in about an hour and a half at home.
If you make some paper, be sure to share it on Google+ and tag me, I would love to see what you make and how you tweak the process to make the paper even better.

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