We all love the look of old, weathered photos & postcards. But, is it possible to create that same time-loved look while using new prints? Absolutely! And, believe us when we say: no one will know the difference!
What you'll need:
- shallow pan (we like enamel)
- very hot water
- wooden spoon
- black tea bags (Lipton works well)
- dishdrainer or drying rack where the pics can stand up
Hang 4-6 tea bags over the edges of your pan, while your water is heating. Lay 1-3 prints on top of the tea bags. When the water is nearly boiling, pour it into the pan, over the tea bags and prints, until the prints are nearly covered.
Put a lid on it, and let the prints soak for at least five minutes as the tea steeps. During this time, you can periodically stir the brew, so the pictures are entirely covered. The edges may curl...don't worry about it; we will straighten them out later!
You can leave the photos in the tea for up to twenty minutes (for an average postcard thickness). We don't recommend longer than that, as the paper may start to disintegrate. Take them out when you're happy with the amount of "aging." Straighten them carefully -bend the edges back in, flatten the centers so they're not rolled- and then prop them upright in a dish-drainer until they're dry.
Once they're completely dry (overnight is always a safe bet!), stack them all together and sandwich them inside a thick, heavy book (we use a dictionary). Leave them for another day or two, until they're reasonably flat.
And, there you have it! A lovely, aged look for your not-so-antique images!! In the below picture, all of these postcards were purchased new last summer in Paris. The ones on the left have not been aged and have a very "fresh" look. The ones on the right have been aged, using this exact process.
We hope this How-To has been useful...happy "making!" :)