Use of Distress Marker


Videos on You Tube, the seven part Fairy Tales Live Restoration. Part 4, demonstrates preparing head/tail bands for attaching to the spine. At approximately 23:50 into that video, a Distress Marker is being used to “age” the bands so they don’t stand out as being new. Hmmm, is this a darkening exercise? Since there are many colors of Distress Markers, what is the objective, what is the choice based on?

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Yes, I am adding "dirt color". The objective is more restoration than conservation. I am "hiding" the newness of the material and making it blend in better to the age of the book. Bernard Middleton is famous for talking about using actual dirt to tone down his restorations. I don't recommend using actual dust and dirt, but an archival pen or color pencil will work many times.

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