how does one take a perfectly new deck of cards and make it look old?
Step One: find a comfortable chair on your patio and sit in it ( a beverage of your choosing is not a bad accoutrement, either).
Step Two: Using 000 steel wool (that's what we call it here in the States). Elsewhere it may be called something different...but it's the stuff some people use to clean their pots and pans. I rub it on the face and back of each card. This treatment imparts a faded look--as if the cards have been used to the point that the ink is beginning to wear thin.
Then I take a pencil with soft graphite--probably #1 lead --and,
tilting the pencil until it's almost sideways, I darken a piece of paper
with it. I think you can buy powdered graphite, but I prefer to
sit on my patio, beverage in hand, and do it that way (One must bleed
for their art!). After I have colored the paper with the pencil, I take
each card and rub both sides across the paper. This furthers the
worn look--a slightly greyish hue. When I am done, I have a nicely aged deck and,
depending what I have been drinking, a nicely aged personality.
Note. Steel wool is known as Wire Wool in Britain and you must be sure to buy the correct grade (000 is most commonly marked as fine or extra fine grade) which is available from good D.I.Y. and car accessory shops.
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