Moldy paper tutorial

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juno

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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.
 

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hydin

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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
 

juno

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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 ;)
 

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juno

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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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