Step 1: Treat the paper to create a faux ancient effect
Use slightly thick handmade paper, at least thicker than the standard printer paper. Tear edges to make the paper appear old. Crumple it and flatten it out. Ask any adult around to make some tea decoction (OK, they can drink some if they want). Ask them to make it really as strong as possible. Pour it into a cake tin and let it cool.
|Swirl the paper around in the tea decoction and press down on it with a brush. (Photo by Namitha)|
Place the sheets/s of paper one at a time into this decoction. Press over the creases with a thick brush. You can even scratch on it lightly with the handle of the brush. Swirl the paper. It takes about half an hour to develop a light tint. Keep it for longer if necessary. Place sheets between sheets of clean paper to dry.
|Remove the paper from the tray and place between sheets of clean paper. (Photo by Anant)|
Step 2: Creating the treasure map.
Sketch the treasure map on a rough sheet of paper. When the design is final, draw it lightly with pencil on the dried "ancient" parchment, and use a fineliner pen to draw the final version. It might be a good idea to use a brown pen to add to the aged look. As you can see we made do with black. You can add 3 D objects while presenting the project. You are only limited by time and imagination. In fact, this might be a great idea for designing a board game.