Monday, June 18, 2012

SANCTUM ARC Winner! Also, how I "antiqued" those maps.

Well! Thanks so much to everyone who commented last week--I was thrilled to see that so many people feel the same way I do about maps to go with books.

In a few weeks, I'll unveil the map of the dark city, the place where most of SANCTUM takes place, on my website. Still working to get the final details in place.

But for now--one of you has won an ARC of SANCTUM, and a custom copy of that map!

And the winner (chosen by random number generator from the comments left in this post) is ...

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the book and the map!

Some of you have asked me why the maps look so aged and worn, so I will tell you: I did that part myself. It was kinda labor intensive, but very much worth it. Here's what I did:

  1. I printed the maps on heavy, 25% cotton paper that already had a cream tint to it.
  2. I painted each map with tea. Just me and my basting brush and English Breakfast. Yep.
  3. Once both sides were saturated with tea, I scuffed the edges of each map using a rag. Rubbing. Lots and lots of rubbing.
  4. I dried each map for 10 minutes in the oven. 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. I burned the edges of each map in a candle flame.

For each map, this process probably took about 25-30 minutes start to finish. Now you see why only 45 copies exist :)

And I have about 6 left! So ... there will be more opportunities to win one!

Have you ever "antiqued" a document or picture before? Did you do something different from what I have here? How did it go?


  1. I totally get taking that long on something that's fun and you love...but even so...a half hour a map???
    Wow-anyway, Congratulations to Stephanie!

  2. Congratulations, Stephanie!

    That's a lot of work on those maps. I got nervous when you said "saturated with tea." I would've been nervous about ruining them. But I suppose you've done this before and knew what you were doing ...

  3. I used to do this trick as a kid (minus the drying it in the oven part). It looked really cool and it's easy to do.

  4. Now that's cool! I'm sure the recipients of the maps think so too.

  5. Did the tea method for a school project, once. Love the scuffed edges idea! I love crafty things so I think 30 minutes per map is cool... :-)

  6. What a cool idea! I'd be afraid of setting it on fire in the oven. :)

  7. ha! Yes, we played a prank on a friend of mine when we were 13 or so. Basically we aged a creepy letter written *by a previous house owner* in 1815 talking about how her house was haunted. Yes, big imaginations, even back then.

  8. Lucky you, Stephanie!

    And wow, Sarah. That sounds like such an awesome (if intensive) process.

  9. Girl, you are crafty! I never knew that about you!

    My sister tea-dyed her shoes for her wedding to get just the right shade. Tea is so versatile. Congrats to Stephanie!

  10. Very nice!

    We antiqued a journal for a colonial project once. Used the tea first, then dripped some beeswax on the cover, and then singed the edges of the whole thing over the gas stove. Stitched the pages together too. Can you tell we were proud of the result? ;)

  11. holy macaroni! had no idea how the "antiquing" worked... that's a LOT of time investment! wowza!
    congrats stephanie!!!!! :)

  12. Congrats to Stephanie!

    Those maps are awesome!

  13. Congratulations to Stephanie.

    If I ever win a map, I wonder if you could douse it with Earl Grey? I like the smell of bergamot. (Kidding of course. I admire your patience, persistence, and something else with a p? psychological perspicacity?)

  14. Congrats!!!!!!

    Oh man, I really want one of those maps. It would look so nice next to my Maurader's Map, LOL! ;)


  15. I sure hope every one of those map owners appreciate what they have!!