How-To:  Weather paper for prop documents

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Tea-staining is the standard darkening method, but Propnomicon’s trick for producing an ancient, time-worn ragged edge is simple, looks great, and is one I hadn’t heard of before.

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2 thoughts on “How-To: Weather paper for prop documents

  1. This reminds me of a project I had in elementary school. We had a project to write a diary for someone crossing the country in the pioneer days. I had of course waited until the last minute so I wrote half the diary in one night, then on the last page wrote about how Indians had been attacking our camp. Then I tore off the last half of the diary and burned up the edges using a technique my dad had shown me with his blowtorch to make it look like it survived the attack.

    After I was done I realized I had used pencil instead of the required pen so I also went back to the first page and put in a bit about how I was using a new-fangled pencil for my diary.

    Laziness makes for creativity. :)

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