Have you ever wanted to touch an old journal page or document but were afraid you’d damage it? There is something intriguing about old papers and documents that make me realize, what a treasure they are to us. You can now get that same feeling when you add this simple special touch to a history project. You’ll be surprised at the difference this technique can make in your child’s interest. The results are amazing.
- Worcestershire sauce
Step 1: Prepare your paper. Print your desired text on regular white printer paper. Take into account the font you use for your text. Old documents were often written in cursive. Size your printed paper. If you want to keep your paper the original size then you are all set, however if you want to trim it down to mount on cardstock or something, do your trimming now.
Step 2: Put your paper in a shallow cookie sheet or dish and let it soak in the Worcestershire sauce for 10 minutes.
Step 3: While soaking, use your finger and pull pieces of the edges away while it is in the sauce.
Step 4: Take it from the sauce and place on a cookie sheet and into the oven set to 200 degrees for 10 minutes or until dry. Remove from cookie sheet and you are good! The paper will sort of stick to the cookie sheet but it easily comes up with a fork or spatula.
There are many other ways to age paper, but this works like a charm every time!!!
This image is of the final result, after I took most of the background away allowing you to see the edge details.
Dana and her crew have been crazy busy with life lately. Their jump into country life keeps them full. You can read more about their learning and you can read their Chicken Diary @ Noggins & Nonsense.
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