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
Allow 3 tea bags to soak in 2 cups of warm water for about an hour.
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.
Repeat step 2 with the remaining tea bags until you achieve the desired effect.
Blot up any excess moisture with paper towels.
Place a paper towel on either side of the sheet of paper.
Place the paper on a flat surface and stack heavy books on top. This will prevent the paper from warping as it dries.
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.