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How to make a journal/book look really old/vintage? Answered

Hi! I am working on a gift for my girlfriend and need some advice.... I am making a journal that is supposed to look old, aging the paper is not a problem and I found some fonts I can use...but... - printing on aged paper does not make the text look old! How can I make the printing look old? - also the printing looks too regular, not like handwritten. How can I achieve a more irregular look? Thanks! Fypsigon btw...handwriting is not an option, at least not my own....

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oonly1uwish4

Best Answer 9 years ago

My daughter had to do a journal for school from the 1400's. We tea dyed the paper. I you are trying to make the writing look old I would print on a paper then tea dye it. If that doesn't work tea dye it, put it in the oven for 5 mins at 200 degrees write on it then take a tea bag and try to smear it. I had her just write the pages since they didn't have PCs or pewriters then. I also accidentally broke a tea bag in the process of dyeing it but it made it look even better. For the cover we sued thick cardboard and old fashioned fabric ($1 rement at walmart) and then added ribbon in the middle of the whole book cover so it could be tied closed. Mind you, this was for the 5th grade, not a gift. And she got an A+!

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btay1

6 years ago

make a tub of tea and soak the paper in side. after 5-6 mins, take it out for drying.

P.S write what you want 1st then soak the paper.

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hoshichii~

8 years ago

staining it with a used, instant coffee bag works pretty well.

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ScrapNMommy

9 years ago

There are quite a few sites that you can download free fonts from, and there are many, many antique looking fonts out there. Try 1001fonts.com. That is my personal favorite.

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alainmelan

9 years ago

My best method for aging paper is by staining it with coffee. What I did was brush the coffee on to the paper. You may apply several layers according to your taste. This gives the paper an antique/vintage look. For an additional impression, you may also want to crumple the paper and burn the sides or borders of your page. (Just imagine those old treasure maps. ) You may also want to use "Papyrus" as your font and Italic as your font style. I hope you try this and I hope this would impress your girlfriend.

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aafilmproductions

9 years ago

try paperhacks.com not my site but they are verry helpful