Making "OLD" paper

so I am highly interested in staining some paper to make an "old" like Dr. Who Journal. I know that I want to stain it with some various teas, but my question is, what paper like thicker type paper is the best kind to use? I want it to have that fiber like look on the edges, and normal paper, like printer paper won't work. So! maybe something like white or cream construction paper is what I am seeking, is there any kind of inexpensive paper like that that is in a larger pack? thanks!

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17 replies since 31st January 2012 • Last reply 31st January 2012

I dont know of any in a large package, but I like to buy the individual sheets they sell in the scrapbooking section of the crafts. Sometimes you can find a some really cool paper with fibers in it or leaves or stuff like that Happy

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oh ok! yeah I was thinking I will probably have to check the scrapbook paper! I love all of that paper! Happy thanks!

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Have you tried rag paper?

It's a pretty thick, high quality paper.Print will last alot longer on this paper than most. Also if you buy paper that was cold pressed it will maintain its rugged fibrous look if you get hot pressed it'll have a really smooth texture.

http://www.artfortune.com/paper-tips/

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well tea dont really work well.

take cartrigde paper and some dark coffee. dip inside n wait for paper to soak in color. if u wan a wrinkle type look without actual wrinkles the lightly wrinkle it when its IN the bowl/watever. it will become darker where you wrinlkedl. u can also SLIHTLY tear the edges to make 'century old' look.
hope this helps! i did it for a school progect on egyptian civi

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@suzy lee thanks! i will check out those papers!

@ lbbindidodold thanks! that is awesome! i will try that technique!

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thnks!

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i wanted to ask u how to set up yur own q on the board

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just figured it out.
griffindorgrl pl see my HARRY POTTER PARTY on the board

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Stonehenge and Rives make thicker paper that's easy to stain and much more durable than regular papers. They tend to be around $3 per sheet on discount art stores, but sheets are each 22x30 or so.

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Hey anyone who likes potter hear shud see mY How to on this site.just search for Harry potter snacks.the main pic is hedwig with a invitation to a Harry potter party.

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hey i forgot 2 tell you. try to burn the edges of the paper

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thank you for all of the tips ladies! I need to work on making that journal now! haha I just haven't gotten to it! Happy

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Sounds like a fun idea. It depends what era you want there's a creamy yellow colour that looks really good or you could use a subtle parchment paper but not one with to obviouser design, or could go crazy and use a whatever colour you want maybe TARDIS blue or Rose or something and claim its paper from gallifrey and this was there traditional colour of choice. Good luck with the journal.

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Sounds like a fun idea. It depends what era you want there's a creamy yellow colour that looks really good or you could use a subtle parchment paper but not one with to obviouser design, or could go crazy and use a whatever colour you want maybe TARDIS blue or Rose or something and claim its paper from gallifrey and this was there traditional colour of choice. Good luck with the journal.

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