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How can I make this book cover look old? Answered

I'm making the Book of the Vishanti from Doctor Strange out of an old textbook, but since it was so clean and well-preserved (as well as the wrong color) I decoupaged some crumpled tissue paper to the cover and painted it with some acrylic paint. Now my problem is that the cover looks a little too much like it was painted, and is really just one flat color. Are there any techniques I can use to make it look more worn and ancient? 

Note: in person, the cover looks a lot more drab and consistent in its color.

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Lenny nort
Lenny nort

5 months ago

Yo! I’m into book binding at the moment and I’m making rivers book from doctor who, I used sandpaper on mine, and it looked ok, but kinda like it had been dropped a few times, which didn’t really change the fact that the colour I’m using is just one colour, but I have seen people use chalk and chalk pastels to shade things so you could try that?

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ThirdEarthDesign
ThirdEarthDesign

4 years ago

A picture to see what we're dealing with may help us give you some better advice. But nevertheless, book ageing (both covers and pages) is commonly achieved using coffee.

Mix coffee with water, brush onto the cover and spine then let it dry. Gently rub it with a fine sandpaper to create a faded/worn look. Usually a good idea to spend more time rubbing the edges and spine as this typically wears more. To give it a dusty look sprinkle some cornstarch over the cover and rub in with your hands. How well this works may depend on the effect the acrylic paint you used has on it.

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rickharris
rickharris

Answer 4 years ago

TEA - I am English :-)

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ThirdEarthDesign
ThirdEarthDesign

Answer 4 years ago

I'm Welsh and our national drink is beer, but I wouldn't recommend using it for this purpose :)

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Numbuh1Nerd
Numbuh1Nerd

Answer 4 years ago

Pictures have been added, thanks for the suggestion! I'm a little worried about sandpaper scraping up the tissue paper. Should I be?

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ThirdEarthDesign
ThirdEarthDesign

Answer 4 years ago

Just use brewed coffee. The tissue paper will probably pose a problem to create the desired look using the coffee and sanding technique. You may be better off seeking out a book that is the correct colour to begin with, ideally a plain cover. Then you can add the necessary details and age it accordingly.

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Numbuh1Nerd
Numbuh1Nerd

Answer 4 years ago

Also, should I be mixing coffee grounds with water or brewed coffee?