How to Tea Stain Drawing Paper

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How to Tea Stain Drawing Paper
Stained Drawing Paper (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Create drawings that look like they came out of the age of the old masters with tea-stained paper. Tea staining is an easy way to make your drawing paper look aged. It can also be used for scrapbooking, card making and other crafts.

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Things you need

  • Black tea bags
  • Heavy drawing paper
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy books

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  1. 1

    Allow 3 tea bags to soak in 2 cups of warm water for about an hour.

  2. 2

    Take one of the tea bags out and rub it over the surface of the paper randomly to saturate it with a deep shade of brown. It's okay if the tea bag breaks. Toss it out once you've used up all the liquid inside.

  3. 3

    Repeat step 2 with the remaining tea bags until you achieve the desired effect.

  4. 4

    Blot up any excess moisture with paper towels.

  5. 5

    Place a paper towel on either side of the sheet of paper.

  6. 6

    Place the paper on a flat surface and stack heavy books on top. This will prevent the paper from warping as it dries.

  7. 7

    Leave for about 12 hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Once you've tea stained the paper, try brushing on a sheer coat of metallic bronze acrylic paint. You could also add to the effect using coffee grounds or walnut ink.
  • Rip off the edges of the paper unevenly for even more of an aged look.

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