Moldy paper tutorial

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by juno, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    BlindSquirrel Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's really cool. Thanks for the tutorial.
     
  3. penwiper

    penwiper Well-Known Member

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    That's some excellent faux-foxing. Great tutorial, thanks. :)

    Gen
     
  4. gnrlotto

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    Wouldn't a thick mixture of dark brown water color spattered give the same effect (and possibly be easier)?
     
  5. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't know about you, but I can't consistently spatter watercolor. Also, the ink chunks create a darker center and a lighter ring -- more like real mold.
     
  6. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i wish i would have had this guide a few years back when i made my "book o de dead". i just went with TONS of tea, soaked the pages, and left various ones outside (above bugs) with little bits of bread and sugar on top for a week or so.

    lots o mold that way, and the prop stank so damned bad i sold it.

    great tutorial.
    chris
     
  7. Matsuo

    Matsuo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    BRILLIANT.

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    Matt
     
  8. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hydin -- one of the secrets I don't mention in the tutorial is to rub the backs of your pages with rosin (like you get for a violin bow). It gives the pages a GOOD smell that is often equated with age.

    The Book of the Dead SHOULD smell bad ;)
     
  9. rocketeer25

    rocketeer25 Sr Member

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    Excellent tutorial. :)
     
  10. bleyd

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  11. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well, I always hated when people would mention an awesome product and then not show you where to get it. I actually get my walnut ink from an extremely well-stocked scrapbook store. They sell the luggage stamps as well, and bags of watch faces, sealing wax, etc.

    It's sometimes hard to deal with the help -- they're all about scrappin', but they've given me good suggestions on distressing paper and such.

    The rosin trick is actually an old magicians trick for using props in a performance. Smell can create such a strong mental image, it really helps when creating "props" that have a prediction or whatnot on 'em.
     

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