Reproducing Old Documents

February 28th, 2010 in member junk     
RanchDressing RanchDressing, member
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I took his copies and scanned them to my computer. My first thought was that I could get the old paper look with photo  shop....and it really wasnt too far off printed onto beige cardstock that I  already had. I also had thoughts of using watercolor to age them, but it  wasnt as realistic as Id imagined. I believed I could use my  caligraphy pens to trace over the original script. They too, couldnt  give me the look I needed. So much for first thoughts...and finally I headed out for parchment  paper and a dip pen.
When I had decided my penmanship looked better than chicken scratch, I  made many attempts to copy the documents. Just like the old days of  Junior High term papers...if you make a mistake in ink, you must start  over. But, all in all, the dip pen worked perfectly to duplicate the ink  pattern of both thick and thin areas of ink in each word. Its much  darker Im sure than the original, but since it will be behind glass it  will make reading easy for observers.
Finally, in the last few minutes of the inking process, it came to me from  where ever it is that it always does, that I could use colored pencils  to age the paper more and to mark the lines on the paper.
It was the  easiest part of the entire process...except for the ink spills, finger  prints and misspelled words...hey, they were on the original.
And finally, it was finished, and in the  mail. This is one of three opened book pages.

I have already learned something new this year and have a little  more experience in making something new look old. 

Just my two cents....
I took his copies and scanned them to my computer. My first thought was that I could get the old paper look with photo  shop....and it really wasnt too far off printed onto beige cardstock that I  already had. I also had thoughts of using watercolor to age them, but it  wasnt as realistic as Id imagined. I believed I could use my  caligraphy pens to trace over the original script. They too, couldnt  give me the look I needed. So much for first thoughts...and finally I headed out for parchment  paper and a dip pen.

I took his copies and scanned them to my computer. My first thought was that I could get the old paper look with photo shop....and it really wasn't too far off printed onto beige cardstock that I already had. I also had thoughts of using watercolor to age them, but it wasn't as realistic as I'd imagined. I believed I could use my caligraphy pens to trace over the original script. They too, couldn't give me the look I needed. So much for first thoughts...and finally I headed out for parchment paper and a dip pen.


Early this year I took on a project that I really had no clue how to complete, but in my usual manner I said "Yes, I can." 

My customer recently purchased a piece of property with the old house still standing and in fairly good condition. The property and house was not only chosen for the family to use for family get-togethers, but also for it's historical value. The first owners inhabited it in the 1800's and the Mr. was a coffin maker. It remained in the family down through the generations and much of it's history was recorded and passed down as well. The new owner was fortunate to be able to work with the local museum and dig out loads of information.

My job was to take copies of 3 open pages of the Mister's ledger and reproduce these so they can be framed with other artifacts from the business and home...to be hung in the old homeplace.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Angie Nelson
posted in: member junk, artwork, old documents, dip pen, parchment paper, ink, caligraphy

Comments (9)

RanchDressing writes: Thanks so much for your kind comments; it means a lot coming from you all! Posted: 11:02 am on March 3rd
DumpsterDecorators writes: Well done! Posted: 8:25 am on March 3rd
alicemom writes: Boy howdy! Fantastic job!
smiles, alice Posted: 7:48 pm on March 1st
Junk_Sophisticate writes: These look fantastic! I'm sure your customer was thrilled!
Candy Posted: 5:14 pm on March 1st
suewhitney writes: I like you 2 cents. Thanks so much for teaching us all what you learned. Beautifully done!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 12:03 pm on March 1st
MakinItHappen writes: Wow, this is really impressive work. Your attention to detail is awesome. Wonderful project! Posted: 11:54 am on March 1st
RustyDiva writes: Awesome work! Very authentic looking. Posted: 11:21 am on March 1st
ninnarae writes: Wow- I bet these will look wonderful framed as a special remembrance! Posted: 10:45 am on March 1st
oldnews writes: Amazing! What else is there to say?! Marie Posted: 1:08 am on March 1st
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