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Altered Art Technique – Tea Dye Aged Look

Using varnish and a simple altered art technique you can create an aged tea dye effect on your altered art or scrapbooking pages. Note this process may not be acid free! Check with the product manufacturer. I used Paper Plus Tea Dye Varnish by Delta which is acid free.


This technique looks great on collage style pages with lots of layers. Once your layout is completed you can paint the entire layout with tea-dye varnish.

I used the tea dye varnish on a tree and leaves I had punched out of white vellum. It gave them a brown and crispy look, which is what I wanted for my fall page.

Alternate idea - you can cover an area or two with vellum and paint over them, when you remove the vellum these areas will remain “crisp” and not look aged.


You have now created an antique tea dye effect! This would be a fun idea to try for heritage pages or even on a mini album. Even just using it on a torn paper edge would look great!

Find more altered art techniques here.

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