DIY Props: How to Make Realistic Aged Paper in five Minutes

Dec 31, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

DIY Props: How to Make Realistic Aged Paper in five Minutes

Dec 31, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Age-Paper

We all know that the devil is in the details, and sometimes what makes or breaks the final output, be it a video or still image, is the tiniest thing.

When it comes to movie or studio props, ancient maps and dusty old parchments are pretty common. What’s not as common, however, is this quick and easy technique to create realistic aged paper, brought to you by Lewis McGregor of Ugly McGregor.

Forget about soaking a regular piece of paper in tea and then burning it, this next method will give you much more realistic results.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

Once you’ve got everything on the list you’re good to go:

Place two big teaspoons of instant coffee in a piece of kitchen roll

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Fold and twist the kitchen roll, and soak in the glass of water

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Use the coffee-filled kitchen roll to drench the parchment paper in coffee (straight strokes – up/down and to the sides, no circular motions)

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Dab the paper gently with a piece of kitchen roll to absorb big drops of coffee. Repeat the above step on the back of the parchment paper

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Use the hairdryer to dry the paper. Crispy dry is what you’re going for

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Take the paper distresser and go over the paper’s edges with it

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Curl and bend the sides

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That’s it!

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3 responses to “DIY Props: How to Make Realistic Aged Paper in five Minutes”

  1. Andrea Fogliak Fogliacco Avatar
    Andrea Fogliak Fogliacco

    Using a lighter, burn the side.
    When paper start burning, blow on the fire.
    This way the paper will have a little more pirate look with the black burned edges…

  2. Marcus Wolschon Avatar
    Marcus Wolschon

    What is a “paper distresser”? I’ve never seen anything like it and the usual dictionaries find no translation for it.

  3. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    Overly complicated IMHO. When I’ve done this I’ve just spilled tea or coffee on it, maybe a bit of burning with a lighter. Done.