Paper er, conservation?

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Posted by George Aar on December 01, 2002 at 08:45:55:

O.K. this is a somewhat different sort of question so those of you of a real "purist" nature or of a weak constitution may want to avert your eyes.

I've got a 20th century reproduction of the classic image by Sharaku of the Yakko Edobei. I really like the print and it does have the correct colors and mica ground, however it looks just a bit TOO pristine. Is there a way to give it a little more age or "character", without risking great damage?

I mean, I don't want to trash the thing, just give the paper a little more color, maybe define the "chain lines" a bit, anything to take away the harsh, ultra-white, sterile look it has now. Do I have to wait 200 years to get the look I want?


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