This week’s Skinny Alphabet Book Challenge is to create an ‘Aged’ effect to plain white paper/cardboard. To me aged usually either means brown & tattered or rusty….. & I don’t honestly think that this is my best example of ‘aged’ paper – it became a little too muddy & I lost the impact of some of my background stamping when I blotted off the Walnut Ink that sprayed spuriously from the ineffective bottle it comes in. I usually start by painting the page with Gesso (Gesso is the Italian word for Chalk) Gesso gives a nice chalky texture for other materials to ‘bed’ into. I usually give it a thin coat, however you can build it up with some texture paste & then rub over it & this can come out really nice too. Then I use inks, crayons, stamppads, dirt, coffee, tea, chalk – lots of things to create an aged & distressed look. So as not to make this too long a post, this link will take you to one of my blog pages (Goodies from The ‘Guru – listed in the sidebar) to more info on aging paper & materials in general. This is for personal use, not to be republished or reproduced in any way, shape or form.