This will be a quick tutorial to start off my series on making treasure tokens.
We are making scrolls today!
This morning, you might have made coffee the “old-fashioned way”: with a filter. I recommend unbleached basket filters for crafts. You can use them straight out of the package, but soaking them in tea or coffee (or just using them to brew) softens any manufactured edges and ages them perfectly. Set out coffee and filter in the sun outside to dry.
SIDETRACK: You can wash the coffee grounds and dry them in the oven or outside to use as dirt for basing and terrain work. Dried, used coffee grounds are great for terrain and bases!
Sorry for getting side-tracked – back to the filter. Once the filter is dried (likely that night unless it is Summer) you cut pieces from it. I made my strips 7/16th of an inch wide, or just under an inch (approx. 2.3 cm). I made the length 2.5 inches long for each scroll (6.5 cm). You can cut them longer to make them more bulky, but I wanted these smaller.
As you can see from the first photo, even after you scrape off the coffee, there is residue. That side of the filter will be the outside of your scroll, but you still may or may not want the residue on there. Take a stiff brush or an old toothbrush and sweep your filter with medium pressure until you have the right amount of residue for your project. My scrolls might have been on the ground, so they would have collected some dirt. I brush it twice to clear off any large pieces, but the rest of residue clings to the paper.
Take a toothpick and press it to on the inside edge of the cut paper. Then, roll the paper up on the toothpick like a spool (see image below). Pinch lightly so it does not unravel and slide the tooth pick out. Take a small dab of white glue and apply it to the inside of the edge and then light press so it sticks together. You can unroll a part of the scroll and glue it farther down the length to give it the look of the scroll unraveling, exposing its arcane symbols and esoteric text. That can be applied with a fine point pen – I do not recommend ballpoint. I really like Uniball pens. The gel ink offers sharp edges and the thinner tip means less to smear for those left-handers like myself.
After the glue dries, you have your scrolls, ready to be added to Treasure Tokens, onto bases, or attached somewhere on your miniatures. You can wrap some twine around a single scroll to give it the look it is being stored or transported; you can tie together a whole bundle of them an put them on a cart, in a crate, or on a bookshelf. You can also get some thin satin ribbon to make the scroll/bundle look more precious, regal, or official. The ones I made are going to be the scrolls belonging to a learned wizard and were left behind in the wizard's haste to flee , so they are not bundled, one has partially unrolled where it lies.
There are more tutorials to come in this series on treasure. We will making chests, sacks, books, potions, and anything else catches our eye. Any suggestions?
I hope this sparked some imagination and I wish you a great day as you enjoy your journey!