Tutorial by Linda Fields

Aging Paper

Want to create an old book, ancient map, or freshly brewed cafe cards? This tutorial, is all you need.

AECP Level 2 Final Project


  • Coffee Grounds
  • Paper Towel
  • Paper
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Heat Gun or Hair Dryer (optional)


  1. Create a staining pouncer using 1-2 tablespoons coffee grounds in a paper towel. Instant coffee grounds yield the darkest results where freshly ground and used coffee will give the lightest stains.
  2. Twist the paper towel closed but not so tight it bursts or breaks.
  3. Spray the pouncer with water to start staining your paper. Mist with water as often as needed.
  4. The more water you use, the darker the stain. Putting several layers deepens the color.
  5. Whatever texture and/or folds in the pouncer will create a cool texture effect when you stain.
  6. Let layers dry before applying the next layers.
  7. You can let each layer of stain air dry, use a hair dryer, or use a heat gun to dry the paper faster.

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While other kids played at recess, I was on the bench quietly drawing. Nothing's changed. I'm still creating on this lifetime quest to "Leave a Beautiful Mark"

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